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Old 01-26-2009, 05:42 AM   #21
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Oh it'll do that all right.

Do you know that Philly region SCCA event #2 is going to happen on Feb 8? It's at Citizen's Bank Park in south Philly- about an hour and a half up I-95 from you. (www.phillyscca.com) Looks like there's going to be a good turn out of foci too.
I'll see what I can do. I'm down in Oklahoma right now and I'm not driving back to the MA til Feb. 6 and 7. I'll probably be sleeping all day that day. lol
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:11 AM   #22
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theres no point delaying your first event. go for it. Even if you dont have all your go fast part on, or even good tires. As everyone else says, you need seat time. even seat time in a buick (or other unperformance car) is worth it.

and for you other question about allowed mods, read up on the rules, but you have a carte blanche in SM, add whatever you want, you just cant remove the interior. but as for tires, the best you can do is put fender flares on and run a really wide wheel and some super wide sticky tires. im thinking the 275 hoosiers.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:13 PM   #23
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I've gotten new tires already. They are Bridgestone RE760 sports in 225/45/17.

As far as what you were saying about the interior, I've already stripped the back seats and backwards. I still have all the parts though so that could be easily remedied.

Would you guys consider autox to be a "mind over matter" type of thing?
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Its definately a thinking-persons sport, at least to wring out the last bit of speed. A "fast driver" in a slow car will beat an unseasoned driver in a fast car maybe 9 out of 10 times. That does not mean that equipment can be taken for granted--but it is much less important early on...nothing makes up for seat time.
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If the club your going to run with allows it, ride along with an experianced driver. If you ask early in the event most I know will give rides, just don't ask any one the last run of the day who needs .005 second to win, LOL.
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I just read your last post on removing the back seat, somebody might disagree with me but I leave the spare tire in(secured properly) for balance. The focus is a nose heavy front drive. Just my thoughts, feel free to debate.
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I just read your last post on removing the back seat, somebody might disagree with me but I leave the spare tire in(secured properly) for balance. The focus is a nose heavy front drive. Just my thoughts, feel free to debate.
Good point. The focus is a front heavy vehicle.

A friend of mine has been doing autox for while now and he was talking about how to set up the suspension for the best handling and stability. He said he races Accords so he wouldn't know much about how to setup the focus for autox. He did make a few good points though. Would tightening up the rear suspension drastically effect the handling and stability of the car? I'm planning on getting Koni shocks and struts with income tax and looking to do something else suspension wise. Would a rear tower strut bar or rear sway bar make a big difference?
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the sway will make quite a bit of difference, just don't go too big. nothing more than 24mm-25mm imo. with the stock 21mm front bar.
I personally run a progress 22mm on the rear with stiffer H&R race springs, alot depends on your driving style a bit too.
the focus is deff. a front heavy girl, i removed my rear seats & spare tire 2 seasons ago and noticed quite a bit of off throttle oversteer in faster sweepers & transitions and adjusted tire pressures & shock settings to compensate cause the focus def. needs a diet.
this winter i decided to shed some weight from the front , lost the A/C compressor and condensor since my down pipe for the turbo wouldn't clear anyway..that's almost 50 pounds, then i dumped the stock battery for one smaller and half the weight..lost another 15 to 20 pounds right there. I didn't realize the stock batt. was so heavy..lol
this should help balance things out nicely our first race is soooo far away :-(
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Would a rear tower strut bar or rear sway bar make a big difference?
Only if the Focus had rear struts. It has shocks...so to be honest it would take something triangulated to add any real stiffness to the structure.

Tires/wheels, alignment, Good dampers and a RSB are the things to get first...in that order if not all at once. Then front camber plates would be next for handling...
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I'm taking all this into account. Thanks alot.

What about the front suspension? Also what about brakes?
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