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GodLovesUgly 09-22-2009 09:23 PM

do you Autocross your daily?
 
Hey FF.

i've been really thinking about getting into autocross lately. they hold events pretty close to where i live and i went and watched one and was very impressed. it looks like SO much fun.

My question is, how many of you autocross your daily? is it a good or bad idea?

Thanks.

Dcl2049 09-22-2009 09:29 PM

Me. I haven't had any problems with it in particular, just lots of odds and ends breaking like windows and alternators and random things so don't worry too much there lol.

Car is sitting at almost 100k now. I'd recommend some cheap rims and a set of dedicated tires, but I race on concrete which chews tires up pretty fast. I only run one set year round since we don't really have "winters" here and I can't afford or store 2 sets of wheels.

twerpie1 09-22-2009 09:41 PM

You better believe i auto-x the wagon. Took my class last year in it!!!

daveyboy 09-22-2009 09:49 PM

autocross or drag race on sunday commute on monday

GodLovesUgly 09-22-2009 10:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Dcl2049 (Post 2938897)
Me. I haven't had any problems with it in particular, just lots of odds and ends breaking like windows and alternators and random things so don't worry too much there lol.

Car is sitting at almost 100k now. I'd recommend some cheap rims and a set of dedicated tires, but I race on concrete which chews tires up pretty fast. I only run one set year round since we don't really have "winters" here and I can't afford or store 2 sets of wheels.

yeah i figured that's what i'd have to do, i'm ASSuming that 16s or 15s would be better then my 17s? + some autocross tires.

ZenRanger94 09-22-2009 11:00 PM

daily driver here! the only damage I end up dealing with is my tires. as far as those go, 215/45r17 seems to have a lot of choices open to them. 15s have quite a bit open to them as well, but for some reason 16's are stuck with limited options, unless you want to go to a slightly shorter tire. at least that's what it seems like to me since I have 16s. If you're looking to stay stock, but don't want to chew up your dailys, get a cheap set of 15's and some R comps, though those will be pricy up front, they're definitely worth it. another option is get a cheap set of summer performance tires (kelly, fuzion, etc) that you can drive daily, but don't mind replacing every other year or so.

Dcl2049 09-22-2009 11:11 PM

I like 215/40-17s for Auto-x. They seem to be cheaper and you have a decent selection to choose from. The Azenis like that come with reinforced sidewalls also.

As far as R-comps, I dunno.

tb1999 09-22-2009 11:42 PM

voted, yes even though It's a track only car now.

I did the autoX, Time Trials thing for 2 years as a DD. I even placed 2nd at a National Event in Devens MA, in 2007.

16" rims suck.

Only a few sizes to pick from. I ran in FSP, using Kumho 710's on slower/smaller courses or Yokohama Advans for big open fast autoX's and track days.

I now use 15" rims to lower the CG without having to slam the suspension, and there are way more options for tires.

17" probably offers more options than 16", but you probably cannot go up a rim diameter without getting classed as a modified or prepared vehicle. So only 15" or 16" rims for everything except an SVT! Make sure you study the clubs' car classification specs for allowed mods etc. Rim widths are also a big part of class rules so make sure you know before you purchase anything.

ZenRanger94 09-23-2009 01:17 AM

oh and before you go right out and start buying stuff, you can do a couple of events on your street tires for now. a few events won't kill them right away. that way you can see whether you want to continue, and give you time to decide on what you want to do mod/class wise in the future. I started on my stock pirellies, then worked on some performance all-seasons for another two years before I decided on having a dedicated summer performance street/autox tire and separate winter tires. Main thing, get to know your car and your abilities before you start spending money.

tb1999 09-23-2009 01:37 AM

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Originally Posted by ZenRanger94 (Post 2939247)
Main thing, get to know your car and your abilities before you start spending money.

Agreed 110%.

but when it comes time you decide to make changes etc, you have to know the rules. Start reading the club info so you have a clearer picture ahead of time.


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