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Old 06-01-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Neptune's build of compromises

Thought I'd start a build thread. The plan for this car is to make it a DDer that isn't uncomfortable, but set up well enough for a few track days.

Car is a 2.0 manual. Intake, 91 tune, sport springs... just basic mods are currently on the car. Maybe a turbo is in the future... haven't decided yet.

The next step is to get CFM LCA and I want to remove the rear spring isolators to get a bit lower, then get an alignment set up with a bit more camber for better track performance.

Here are a few pics, I'll be sure to get some more.

Most recent mod was a CFM dogbone mount.


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Thanks guys!

Car was making a scraping noise during braking after my last track day... down to the rivets I guess.

Ordered a set of slotted rotors and Hawk HPS for the front. Should be here tomorrow. Today I took the brakes apart.

I think they had another 10-15k in them

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imo, leave teh rear spring isolators in there. people ahve pulled them, and then put tehm back after a couple weeks of hearing the springs moving around in back (its not a good sound)
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What about taping the springs up in something?

About my alignment: I wanted to get CFM LCAs but have read bad things about them. Even if they don't fail, I'm concerned about how they create camber and put stress on the strut. On the other hand, I've heard bad things about the castor plates that are available, too.

I already have the rear camber bolts, just haven't figured out what to do with the front yet.
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I got a new set of tires. Dunlop Direzza ZIIs. I'm going to give a bit of a review and comparison between my old tires.

General GMAX AS-03 (205/45/17) vs. Dunlop Direzza ZII (215/45/17)

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When I first got the General's on the car, I found they gripped surprisingly well on the street, and even more so in the rain. They provide enough traction for daily driving purposes. They had soft sidewalls that helped absorb bumps - a feature I took for granted until I got the Dunlops. Overall, a good tire for really good price, so long as you don't thrash them.

The first thing I noticed about the Dunlops was the steering feel - it got quite a bit heavier, and the car felt more massive as a whole. I knew this was a possibility, but not to this degree. The road seemed to have more of an impact on where the steering wheel would turn, and at times it felt like the road was in control of my steering rack. 4k 1st to 2nd gear chirps were easy to do with the Generals, but you need to rev it to 4.5k+ in order to break these free. Little bumps and cracks in the road send a jarring jolt through the cabin, even with my (too) soft H&R sport springs. These tires did rub the inside plastic shroud a bit on aggressive bumps, but a little bit of fender rolling took care of this. Another thing I noticed is the noise. On a 50 km/h zone it's barely audible, but on the freeway there is a loud, sharp whirring noise. Nothing a little bit of music can't fix. Here, you are trading basically every bullet-point of the tire (comfort, drivability, noise, price, and eventually I'll confirm this for myself - treadwear) for shear dry grip (not that these tires don't grip well in the rain, they are fantastic!)

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I didn't get much life out of my generals after I started doing track days. The sidewalls were so soft, and my camber so negligible, the edges got shredded in absolutely no time at all, which was a real shame because the width of the tire had more than half the tread left after 30,000 kms. Obviously this is not a track tire. My best lap time at the local track was 1:33.9.

The Dunlops didn't seem to be much better at first, but boy was I wrong. When warmed up, I was quickly setting lap times of 1:32 without much effort, with a best of 1:31.5. I was over-braking into corners and under-estimating the grip of these tires. According to my phone, I was pulling 0.1-0.2 more lateral G's in the corners. My speed at the end of the stretch increased by 3 km/h. I was hanging with a Porsche 911 until he found a straight. Really impressive stuff!

Sadly my Hawk HPS turned out to be a total disappointment. They are not quite as grabby as the stock pads, and would only last 3 laps before I felt them starting to fade. The drums were doing most of the work... I was told I was locking the rear wheels, and heard them adjusting as the day went on. I remember doing stints of 5 laps at a time on the Motorcraft compound without issue. I went and purchased another set of the OE pad, and will keep the HPS for the winter when I don't need good brake performance. I have no doubt I can break 1:30 with this set-up.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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I installed the Motorcraft pads and bedded them in... and wow! I forgot how good these felt. Could get the tires begging for mercy with hardly any effort, yet stomping on the Hawk pads as hard as I could did nothing but cramp my leg. I can't get over how incredibly bad the HPS were. It's weird, I did some research and some swear by them while others call them out on their poor stopping power. This is enough to steer me clear of any Hawk product. The Motorcraft pads are a lot more linear and easier to module, while the Hawks would provide half as much braking force and just quit. They were flat out dangerous at the track - all that rear bias made my corner entries really squirrely.
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I really want to dial out my bad habit of shuffle steering and learn how to grip the wheel at 9 and 3 and not let go. The problem is the seating position. The steering wheel is too high, and if I adjust my seat so that I can reach it, I need to operate the pedals with my knees. I should really look into getting a steering column with the tilt wheel option.

Any constructive criticism welcome. I want to go faster!
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