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Old 09-23-2008, 03:30 PM   #11
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just make sure EVERYTHING that is loose is pulled out.

clean out the glove box, change from cupholders, ash tray, take your floor mats and carpet out of the rear

everythign that is not bolted to the car must come out

if you do it at the track, then you will have a piple of your things just laying on the ground.. so try to avoid that

take the spare tire out when you get there. Bring a standard floor jack, in case you are wanting to rotate tires quickly.. or just in case you need the jack the car up for anything

check your tire psi. i would say start out at 40psi hot, then work your way down from there

make sure all your fliuds are in check, make sure that everything is running normally, and you should be good
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actually if you do ANYTHING to ur car, you are no longer in that class!! I already race in SM, so it doesn't matter to me!! but make sure ur completely stock! heck, i don't even know if you can take out the spare tire and jack lol!
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:18 PM   #14
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That seems way low... I would generally run my 215/40/17 Nittos at like 38f and 36r, otherwise I would be all up on the front sidewalls. Just start out high and bleed down until you figure out your optimal grip, all tires are different.

I just find that with my setup if I go up more I get understeer.

If I go down the road rubs on the sidewall.
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I was under the impression that the first timer class is to get a feel for the race, rather than speed/time. I don't even think trophies are awarded, you get a one time race as a first timer and are then placed into a class from there???
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If you are racing on street tires I would start tire pressure at 50 front and 44 rear and then adjust. This works wonders with my setup, a slight tendency to oversteer but nothing that stomping on the go peddle can't fix.
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the tech guys (if they know their shit) will place you in the right class. if all youve done is wheels and tiress you will be in the more stock vehicle classes.
some cars though already come in bone stock at a higher class. (things like evo's and sti's) try to avoid getting into that class.
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I also have a Steeda SRI, and Steeda wires w/ new copper plugs for the performance part, but the STS and CFM rear engine mount will not be noticed nor affect my placement (I think?)...

I'm starting to see there's no cance for me to stay in that first timer class, huh?
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Intake and rims puts you in STS class, which isn't a bad one to be in IMO. Good competition even though Civics do have an edge on you; it's a challenge.

I'm not sure about the other mods, but unless your region is overtly technical (this isn't Nationals) then they should probably just put you in STS.
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Check out the autocross section, plenty of good tips there. In gereral, most people run higher tire pressures with the rear tires between 3-6 psi lower than the front.

If you can (room in the paddock to leave them), I take out the spare, the jack, the carpet cover for the spare, and the rear cover thingie out. I also fold my rear seats down (personal preference). Remove anything loose from the car as well. Things will fly around your car if you don't.

Bring masking tape to make numbers, most clubs don't allow shoe polish anymore. A check of the fluids is a good idea, I also run on an 1/8 tank of gas if possible. Bring your motorcycle helmet too, you don't want to wear a loaner if you don't have to.
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