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Old 11-18-2008, 04:48 PM   #11
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i am just worried that i am going to break something, thats why i shy away
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You just get to learn more about your car when you fix it! I have watched two different Auto-X events with over 250 cars in each. I have yet to see anyone break anything, though I'm sure it can happen.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:28 PM   #13
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Went out this last weekend and ran with the local Porsche club, had a blast. Didn't get lost on the course once (This was my biggest fear, getting lost) and didn't hit a cone either. Beat a mustang and a few other slower Porsches, ended up only 1.5 seconds behind another first-timer that ran his Porsche GT3...

Overall I had fun and met some great people, looking for wheels and tires for next season and plan on running a full season for the SCCA :)
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As I've said before, every breakdown is an oppurtunity for a performance upgrade.

Really though, the only breakdowns I've seen this year were: An ancient fiero had a fuel leak (probably the most dangerous), a volvo turbo wagon (highly modded) blew a intake hose, and my own when my trubendz exhaust seperated at the center section,lol. Needless to say I had a local shop tack that section together.

Note all the cases above are with modified vehicles. There may be a little extra wear and tear on the drivetrain, but if you have fun driving your car, you probably don't worry about that.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:40 PM   #15
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You just get to learn more about your car when you fix it! I have watched two different Auto-X events with over 250 cars in each. I have yet to see anyone break anything, though I'm sure it can happen.
so far my SPI's been fine.. I took it over like 6 speed bumps (deserted area, and they're like those long flat speed bumps; my personal playground ) and off a two foot dirt jump (about half of the "course" is dirt), and luckily all I've suffered so far is a cracked bumper (and I did fix it ) when I did the jump and there was a rock that wasn't there before, and it sliced my bumper

auto-x sounds fun, and I'm getting the heel-toe method down, that's really fun actually
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:07 PM   #16
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Sounds good enough for me, and thats true, and its not like i dont know how to fix it, just lack of tools, lack of a garage.
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It is a lot of fun, and better yet you really do learn a lot about you and your car. I had no clue my car was capable of handling the way it did before I ran it in the Auto-X school. After just one day (9 runs) I'm one hell of a lot more confident in my car and my driving then I ever would have been before.

And I know I have more to learn. My best time was 61 seconds (twice) and when an instructor drove my car he brought it across the line in 54 seconds.

There really is only one problem with Auto-X. Once you do it, you're addicted and you start looking at what you can do to improve your suspension. But all you really wind up doing is improving your car and making it a hell of lot more fun to drive.
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^^ hey there's nothing wrong with that! (minus the inevitable cash drain though...)
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:39 PM   #19
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I have been to one autocross with a friend and it looked like a blast. I just bought my first focus and plan on running it in connecticut next season. Cant wait!
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Just thought I'd do a little update.. I've done 4 autocross events and one track day since I last posted in here! I'm addicted and having a blast. Went and bought some 205/50-15 Kumho XS tires and a dedicated set of wheels. If anyone is interested I have played with pressures and 42 in the front and 45 in the rear have been most effective. The XS' have a super soft sidewall, and I rollover with anything less..

Next on the list is SVT shocks/struts, K&N Filter, higher performance brake pads, maybe a catback exhaust. (Racing H-stock in my local SCCA region)

My stock suspension makes for extreme body roll through corners.

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