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Old 06-12-2009, 12:24 PM   #51
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How quick can you do a set of wheels?
Not as fast as Norm with his impact gun...I'm at a good 15 minutes for all 4 wheels.

If I did get a gun, I'd definitely get one that's adjustable so I could do the final torque with a torque wrench.
Since I already had the speed wrench, and I don't have a lot of extra space, I never really gave buying a gun a second thought.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:11 PM   #52
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Am I going to look like a fool?

So what do you all think?
Personally...I think the only fool is the one who has strong interest in an activity but doesn't dive in and try because he or she is worried about not instantly being perfect at it!

Humility, modesty, no ego...you will learn by listening, asking and watching...and DOING! ...And get addicted to something LEGAL at that!

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Be careful with too much toe-out. A quarter of inch (even if it's the combination of both sides is a lot....a quarter inch per side is... well....disaster!). Very little toe-out on all four corners will have dramatic results. Start with small (very small) amounts until you know what it will do.... yes it can be an eye opener. If this is a street driven machine, toe out on all four corners has the potential of making it very squirrely especially at speed and can result in increased tire wear.
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Be careful with too much toe-out. A quarter of inch (even if it's the combination of both sides is a lot....a quarter inch per side is... well....disaster!). Very little toe-out on all four corners will have dramatic results. Start with small (very small) amounts until you know what it will do.... yes it can be an eye opener. If this is a street driven machine, toe out on all four corners has the potential of making it very squirrely especially at speed and can result in increased tire wear.
Thanks for the tip, because the local Firestone manager likes autocross I am able to use the lifetime alignments to my advantage. I am going to ease into some toe out up front, but leave it neutral in the rear.

The car is street driven, but not very often. I catch the bus to work and school, so I drive it maybe once a week..
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A street driven Focus should have just a little toe-out up front under normal conditions. You just don't want a lot. Having a little toe-out in the rear (where toe-in is the norm) is what will make the difference. As I said in my previous post it doesn't take much to produce very different handling traits.
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A street driven Focus should have just a little toe-out up front under normal conditions. You just don't want a lot. Having a little toe-out in the rear (where toe-in is the norm) is what will make the difference. As I said in my previous post it doesn't take much to produce very different handling traits.
Interesting - As I said before I went with some toe-in on all corners the last time I got an alignment and noticed no difference.

But I also don't think I have enough experience to be able to feel all of the little differences.
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A street driven Focus should have just a little toe-out up front under normal conditions. You just don't want a lot. Having a little toe-out in the rear (where toe-in is the norm) is what will make the difference. As I said in my previous post it doesn't take much to produce very different handling traits.

A little toe-out in the front helps turn-in, but can hinder high-speed stability, and can make the car darty on braking. It is common to see 'substantial' toe-out on AX cars...especially ones that are not daily driven.
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A little update-

Attended an autocross school on Saturday (never been to one). Learned that I haven't been braking nearly hard enough and have been attacking slaloms incorrectly. I feel that the school helped a lot!

I was having trouble getting my brakes to lockup (no ABS), the pedal was going almost all the way to the floor and it required tremendous force to get them to lock. I thought it might be that the brakes needed bled, took it to a friends house on Saturday night and worked on it.. Didn't seem to help.

Sunday was an autocross at the same place the school was. I felt like I drove good, but apparently it wasn't good enough. Ended up 3rd in novice, behind an evo (who PAX'd 12th for the day), and 0.372 seconds behind a Subaru Legacy.. Should've drove faster!

The next big purchase is going to be pads/rotors/drums/shoes and SVT suspension!
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Sounds like your hooked! First step to getting better. In our club, you lose novice when you get your first trophy, even if you trophy your first event!
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