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SMITHBOY76908 01-19-2009 03:03 PM

looking into autox...
 
I'm becoming more and more interested in autox. My current mods include FS stage 2 turbo, Exedy stage 2 clutch, FS cat-back exhaust, H&R lowering springs, and front tower strut bar. I still have stock brakes and differentials. What all do I need to do to be able to compete?

focusedaddiction 01-19-2009 03:24 PM

your turbo will put you in street modified like me ...it's a tough class but i like a challenge[thumb]
as far as what to get besides [B]A LOT OF SEAT TIME [/B]...( which will be your greatest asset) will be a limited slip diff cause SM is a hard class with evos & sti-s but don't let that discourage you.... it's soooo much fun hard to believe it's legal.


BTW....welcome to your neew obsession[;)]

SMITHBOY76908 01-20-2009 03:40 PM

so how are the classes usually broken down. Will upgrading the differentials, sway bars, shocks, and struts move me into a different class or no?

WD40 01-20-2009 03:47 PM

The turbo is what nails you to SM.
You can do pretty much anything else, and you'd still be in SM.

You can download a PDF of the SCCA Solo Rule book from this link:
http://www.scca.com/contentpage.aspx?content=61
^^^2009 rulebooks should be available any time. (I see they still have 2008 listed)

SMITHBOY76908 01-20-2009 05:38 PM

Awesome! That helps out alot. I guess I could've gone there to start with. Also, tires! What tires are most preffered and have the best performace for autox? I'm looking to get new tires with income tax.

wrc_fan 01-20-2009 06:44 PM

Hoosiers FTW!

Uh, but if your new to autox, you'll probably want to start with a good street tire. Research: Dunlop Star Spec, Bridgestone RE01Rs, maybe the new Kuhmo's??

SMITHBOY76908 01-20-2009 08:50 PM

Awesome! I checked each one of them out on tirerack and the Bridgestone RE01Rs have the best ratings and reviews, but the Kuhmo Ecsta MXs are definitely the cheaper route! I'm gonna have to think it over and decide before next week. Thanks for the input!

As far as sway bars, struts, and shocks, which is best out there and most widely used?

steve35svt 01-20-2009 09:05 PM

I'd go with the good street tires, but my advice for people new to auto-x is, before empting the wallet on go fast parts, work on the part that holds the steering wheel. As focusedaddiction stated "seat time".

SMITHBOY76908 01-20-2009 09:17 PM

gotcha! I'm definitely gonna get some seat time in before hitting the track hopefully by summer! Thanks for the help, its much appreciated! [thumb]

ZenRanger94 01-21-2009 07:22 AM

actually he's talking about seat time at the track. It's a completely different driving experience than on the street or back roads. here's a good read that helped me out http://www.tirerack.com/features/solo2/handbook.htm.
Don't worry about beating anyone yet, just have fun, that alone is worth it.


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