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08-22-2012 11:40 PM
shlbygt SCMC is running Atlanta Motorsport Park in a few weeks. I'll be running VIR on Friday with Rezoom and on to Dawsonville for AMP Saturday and Sunday.
08-22-2012 05:50 PM
gcassidy One other group to consider is SCMC (SVT Cobra Mustang Club). I know it sounds like mostly Cobras and GT500s, but they run (at least for the last two years) in conjunction with SVTOA. They have a nice mix of cars, mostly Fords, and any Focus would feel right at home.

But they are finished for this year at VIR, probably the next one would be next Memorial Day weekend.
08-22-2012 04:56 PM
Pinarello Rider
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Do you know where you'd be going or what group you might run with?
In Virginia you have Summit Point and VIR very close.
I like NASA, but there are many groups that run at both tracks.
I'm familiar with VIR and it's an easy 2 hour drive for me. I've looked at the different groups there, and it looks like NASA is probably the best fit. BMWCCA and PCA have MUCH faster cars on hand. Chin looks mostly exotic - don't know about any others.
08-22-2012 04:49 PM
gcassidy Do you know where you'd be going or what group you might run with?
In Virginia you have Summit Point and VIR very close.
I like NASA, but there are many groups that run at both tracks.
08-13-2012 10:20 AM
Tyler T I use Motul 5.1 and I recommend it. It has a really high boiling point and woks with Dot 3/4 and ABS. I be it at the local motocross shop.
08-11-2012 05:23 PM
sldghmr HPS pads, Ford Heavy Duty brake fluid (if you're going to be changing fluid requently might as well save a couple of bucks), and SS brake lines (not needed right away, but make a big difference, at least on older cars).
08-11-2012 11:33 AM
tigercrazy718 also depending on how hot it is you might want to switch out your power steering fluid. i havent raced the focus on a road course but in my mustang after about 15 minutes in 90+ heat my steering started getting pretty damn heavy bc the fluid was boiling
08-10-2012 01:47 PM
bball40dtw The previous gen Focus rims won't fit. The Bolt pattern is different. Find a good tire shop that sells used rims. The bolt pattern of some previous gen Lincoln, Ford, Volvo, and Jaguar fit the MKIII Focus (5X108). I used Volvo (S40) rims for my winter wheels.

I wouldn't worry about the 16's vs 17's unless you are planning on upgrading the rotors to ones that won't fit on a 16 inch wheel. If you are going to go through rubber, smaller wheels are better. They should be lighter too. If you pick a good tire, I wouldn't worry.
08-10-2012 11:43 AM
Pinarello Rider I'm a stickler for maintaining my things, so I am positive it will be going to the track in good order.

Given my previous forrays onto the track, I expect to be expending more energy trying to drive smoothly than anything else, but going back over the car afterwards is good advice. Good rubber and driver education are probably the two most important "go fast and go safe" improvements one can make, I suppose. I've always thought the best modification a driver can make with $500 is a day at the track with an instructor.

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If you make sure the car is in good working order beforehand, just go out there and have fun; be safe and set some time aside afterwards to do fluid changes and go back over the car.

If you plan on beating on the car, fresh fluids and faster change intervals are going to prevent/prolong internal wear from extended driving with overheated or dirty fluids.
08-10-2012 10:44 AM
Mile30 If you make sure the car is in good working order beforehand, just go out there and have fun; be safe and set some time aside afterwards to do fluid changes and go back over the car.

If you plan on beating on the car, fresh fluids and faster change intervals are going to prevent/prolong internal wear from extended driving with overheated or dirty fluids.
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