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Old 05-05-2010, 01:50 PM   #1
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A Balanced Approach

I'm a Lotus guy myself but love the Focus and have a friend who's starting the process of modding his ZX3. I frequent a Lotus racing parts site called Sector111 and in their newsletter I got today they had a great article about taking a balanced approach to tuning your vehicle

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We've used these experiences to develop an upgrade path that will ensure you avoid unnecessary lost track time and costly breakdowns. We believe taking a balanced approach to tuning your Lotus is the safe and reliable way to gain performance and lower your lap times.
I took their chart and made one a little bit more "universal". Obviously it doesn’t include personal-flair things like sidemarkers, etc and is by no means completely conclusive and may not include some modifications that are Focus-specific or are must-haves for the Focus if you plan on tracking it. Take it for what it is - advice on how to get where you're going with your car safely and reliably. Hope it's of use to someone!




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While I agree with this for the most part, I feel like they should include a phase 0 which involves nothing but seat time and coaching. Get to the limits of your vehicle stock before you change anything.

Also, they left out one HUGE universal mod, except for stage 3. Tires. I think tires should be done before adding or changing anything else to the suspension and at the same time as an alignment.


Overall good list though.
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While I agree with this for the most part, I feel like they should include a phase 0 which involves nothing but seat time and coaching. Get to the limits of your vehicle stock before you change anything.

Also, they left out one HUGE universal mod, except for stage 3. Tires. I think tires should be done before adding or changing anything else to the suspension and at the same time as an alignment.


Overall good list though.
Tires were in stage 3 under handling... granted that's assuming you're not rolling on $75 H-rated tires to begin with - they might be a higher priority for some of you :)
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While I agree with this for the most part, I feel like they should include a phase 0 which involves nothing but seat time and coaching. Get to the limits of your vehicle stock before you change anything.

Also, they left out one HUGE universal mod, except for stage 3. Tires. I think tires should be done before adding or changing anything else to the suspension and at the same time as an alignment.


Overall good list though.
completely agree. seat time is massive. Tires are huge too, unfortunately for my case after you change suspension, tires, etc. your basically relearning a new car anyways, as the handling characteristics can change alot.
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It looks good in theory, I like to preach more of a focus on seat time, and reading the rule book!

I think on DG's secrets of Autox he breaks it down as 70% driver 20%Tires 5% dampers 5% car set up, or something like that. Point being, focus on the driver, then tires, then proper dampers, and so on. Also, don't waste your money on stress bars...
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i have the focussport rear stress bar, for $80 or whatever it was i think it was very much so worth it, front one does next to nothing, but i like the idea of the phases.
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I like it...for someone just getting into autocross it would be a good template to follow. To me, it seems they do put quite a lot of emphasis on coaching (hopefully in car so its seat time too)...but of course you can never have too much!
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since this is my rookie season, i thought i'd chime in.
of course seat time is hands down the best "mod" you can get.
next i would have to agree with wrc next is tires, after 5 events and one coming up my tires are about dead. (they weren't new when i started) and at this point i feel like i'm out driving my tires.. so tires will be the next purchase i make.
i would also say a rear sway is a very good investment for a fwd car. without mine it handled soooo weird!
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It looks good in theory, I like to preach more of a focus on seat time, and reading the rule book!

I think on DG's secrets of Autox he breaks it down as 70% driver 20%Tires 5% dampers 5% car set up, or something like that. Point being, focus on the driver, then tires, then proper dampers, and so on. Also, don't waste your money on stress bars...
I agree 100%. Back in the '80s/early '90s I used to crew for an old friend in SCCA SSGT, racing his Camaro in the northeast. His car was bone stock, daily driven, engine never touched, just safety equipment and track tires...and he won many a race and more than one regional championship outrunning guys who spent time on all sorts of "engine and injector blueprinting", constant updating of suspension bushings and other wear parts etc etc etc. He was just t h a t damn good behind the wheel. Some natural talent plus lots of practice on and off track (he did lots of auto-x and time trials between sprint races) gave him a definite edge. Experience is tough to beat.
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