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02-03-2006 04:46 PM
focusedaddiction that sounds like a great idea , we're doing somthing similar, sat. test& tune/ sun. points race.
I'm dying to take a non points run in my brothers STI for the hell of it he's been modding as much as me lately, ya can't run from the bug!
02-03-2006 08:18 AM
Carrera26 March 25th is our first Test 'N Tune. Usually ends up being about 25 of the hardcore guys, and we set up various induvidual things like a slalom, then sweepers, then a Chicago box, etc etc, then start running through them over and over. But this year I and others are bringing out digital recorders and laptops so everyone can see their runs right away and get dialed back in with a quickness. It usually means by the end of the day everyone is jumping in everyone elses car too, which is always fun!

Then we can be all kinds of fast for the first event on Sunday. Do that for our first 3 events...
02-03-2006 12:01 AM
focusedaddiction ^^^
Ahhhh! I wish the season would start.

AMEN, couldn't have said it better!..... 2 months & some change...
love my azenis....a certain onramp by 10th av. reminds me of a nice sweeper out by you!!! I wouldn't think of posting a speed.......7????????????..nobody around of coarse
02-01-2006 03:52 PM
Originally posted by Carrera26
2 years of muscle memory from trying to limit spin in first gear was awfully hard to overcome.
That's a great statement, and explains a lot.
I still drive like there's an egg under the gas pedal, and I don't want to break it (the egg, not the habit).
I found myself feathering the throttle in 2nd gear the same as I would have in 1st.
But, you're exactly can mash the gas coming out of a turn in 2nd with some confidence.

Ahhhh! I wish the season would start.
02-01-2006 11:23 AM
viney266 If you have the torque to pull it, I would leave it in gear, if the car is bogging then shift, Just one more opinion, shifting takes time..especially if you can get on the gas earlier in second, then its really worth it..
02-01-2006 12:07 AM
Oni I just received word from Brock on the SVTOA forums, and it looks like he won't be running at most if not all the events. Bummer, he'd give you a real run for your money.

Don't want to run with him? It'll give you a goal to shoot for. I think you have more than enough skill to take down Pat's Cooper S. If you're running that close to him on your street tires against his slicks and at the last OKC event, I was able to put down a time that none of them could match, I think you're going to find you may have gone overkill with the tires in being competitive in our region. Who knows?

Just think. I have to go up against Eric Denison! He's the fastest guy at our events on street tires. Second place might be very comfortable this year unless Jason comes out to a few and gives me a run for my money. Oh well, it's all for fun, right?
01-31-2006 10:01 PM
SVT_BMXer I really enjoy reading all these threads about autoX because i would love to get into it this year and reading this stuff is telling me more and more of what i need to know.
01-31-2006 09:56 PM
Carrera26 It's getting your foot re-trained to put the foot down farther and sooner while sticking in 2nd that's the hard part. 2 years of muscle memory from trying to limit spin in first gear was awfully hard to overcome. Get that licked and I think that there is tons of time to be found.

The fact that that advice came from a guy who won several Stock class National Championships with a torque-less 1.6L Civic makes me believe in it all the more.
01-31-2006 06:28 PM
Originally posted by eazyrider_tim
I don't understand that map at all, and I read blueprints for a living.
01-31-2006 05:32 PM
WD40 I'm still on the fence concerning 2nd gear.
The tighter courses I've run in Great Falls, Missoula, and Bozeman can be handled entirely in 1st gear,
and only peg the limiter on the last couple runs of the day when I've finally found the spots where I can keep a bit more momentum
Yes, the courses are that tight, but a bigger factor is how tall the SVTF 1st gear is.

However, Helena and to a lesser extent Malmstrom AFB are much more open.
In fact, I need 3rd gear quite often in Helena.
Where I really started playing around with the "2nd gear factor" I'll call it after talking with Carrera26 was at Malmstrom.
I finally found the benefits in keeping momentum as well as having much less wheel spin.
(Watching my vids at home and at the track has been a great help,
as I can hear right away when the inside front starts spinning)
I'm definitely going to work on this more for this season.
The first few times playing around with it, I was so absorbed in when and when not to shift, I wasn't concentrating on my line.
I will say this though...
In the last event of the season (Malmstrom again) when I played around with 2nd gear,
my times were only a couple 10ths off of my all out runs shifting more between 1st and 2nd and back again.
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