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Old 04-25-2005, 12:54 PM   #51
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Ok, ran my 2nd event on 17 April. Came in 2nd of 6 in novice and 2nd of 2 in stock Dropped 5 sec from 1st run in GS to last run in Novice and only 1 cone but it didn't get counted for some reason. I did 5 fun runs afterwards and each run was faster than my best class run Ah well, fun as h@ll !! I marked my tires and wore it all off on the front with 45 psi. Rear was barely touched at 35 psi. Will try 48 / 33 in May. Should I rotate my tires early as I am putting more wear on them from auto-x? Only have 1600 miles on but was wondering. My wife goes back to work in May (took time off for new baby) so I should be able to get in some open track time soon. I am loving every minute of this fabulous little car!!!!!
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Old 04-25-2005, 02:01 PM   #52
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First off....congrats on your 2nd event. I see you're hooked now!

Should I rotate my tires early as I am putting more wear on them from auto-x?
I would, but that's because I prefer to replace all 4 tires at once when getting new ones.
By rotating them sooner than later, especially since AutoCrossing is so hard on the fronts,
they'll all wear out at the same time.

OTOH, if you left them alone, you'd only be replacing 2 tires at a time, which would be less expensive.
But, IMHO, 2 new tires, and 2 not so new tires does not equal optimum handling.
That's why I like to do all 4 at once.

Oh,
I was in Missoula yesterday for one of their events.
1st in Class (OK, I was the only one in my class...), but more importantly,
I did end up 3rd overall out of 44 cars according to the PAX handycapping system.

I borrowed a pyrometer (tool for checking tire temps), and man, was that an eye opener.
It was showing that my fronts were underinflated, even at 48psi.
I ended up running 51psi for the next 2 runs.
That little change netted another 1.6 seconds (fastest time of 57.2) off my time.
I guess I now have another tool to invest in.
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Thanks WD40 I am coming in in the middle of the pack overall, 33 of 69 in March, not posted for April yet but better than last time so... Third overall is sweet!! How many events do you get to in a year? I wish I could have went to the drivers school in Feb, but didn't get the car till March, ah well. There's a guy that runs an Escort that comes from Ford Racing the way out Focus comes from SVT, but better. Heads, LSD, tranny, suspension. He's beat me in the last 2 events. I was 3 sec off 1st time out, only 1 sec last time. My goal is to take him by the end of the season Where do you get a pyrometer and what do they cost? I know I was underinflated at 45psi. I need to get a better compressor, the cheap piece I got takes almost 4 min to get 1 tire from 32psi to 45psi. Thanks for you help.
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Old 04-26-2005, 09:46 AM   #54
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Where do you get a pyrometer and what do they cost?
Summit has one for $101.39...>>>Clicky
I haven't done a whole lot of research to see if there's a less expensive model.

I need to get a better compressor, the cheap piece I got takes almost 4 min to get 1 tire from 32psi to 45psi.
Get yourself a portable air tank, and fill it up at home, or a gas station before the event.
It's a whole lot quicker and more efficient, though it will take up more room.
I'm talking about something like this...>>>Clicky
I do carry an el-cheapo 12 volt compressor, if I use up the air tank, but that has never happened...
Unless I loaned it out, and someone else used it up because they showed up at the event with about 18psi in their tires.
Yes, I was rather "peaved" about that.

How many events do you get to in a year?
Last year, I went to 15 events, and this year will be about the same.
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Old 04-26-2005, 01:16 PM   #55
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That air tank looks pretty reasonable. Plenty of room in the spacious compartment of our SVTF I will only get in 7 events this year. They only run 9 for the year and I missed the 1st two. How many miles do you get on your stock Conti's with 15 events in a year? I was hoping to get at least 2 years out of em. Thanks
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How many miles do you get on your stock Conti's with 15 events in a year?
Well, I'm at about 13,500 miles on them now, including all the events last year, and 2 so far this year.
However, I'm going to be needing new rubber fairly soon.
I'm guessing, about 16,000-18,000 is going to be the limit.

One thing of note:
The more these have worn down, the faster they have gotten on the course.
But....I really don't want to encounter any heavy rain squalls in the near future...
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Rain + Bald tires = One fun ride!

Man, 48 psi wan't enough! That's pretty sick!
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Just finnished my 3rd Solo2 run in OKC on Sunday. Finnished 2nd of 6 in Novice beating a 78 Porche 911 Targa in raw AND pax time. A MiniS beat the snot out of me in GS but he has run for 2 years or more and has racing tires to boot. The 1st slalom was set up so I could run flat out and almost hit redline in 2nd gear. I don't look at the guages but could tell from engine speed. My wife rode shotgun on 1 run and screamed thru most of the course. Said it was fun but won't ride again. My dad came down to watch and and rode with me twice and had a blast. He has a ZX3 but won't run it. I am twitching to get tires and konis but will wait till next year. I will finnish this year stock and continue to work on the driver. Oh man, what a blast. I wish they ran it every weekend!!! Thanks for all the help and tips guys. You are truely exceptional. I would be lost without the information I get from the experianced members here. The SCCA guys at the track are great but I'm the only one running a SVTF and getting tips from other SVTF drivers is phenominal. Thanks again!!
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WD40,
I was home this weekend and my dad & brother have just gotten into paintball. My dad had bought a bunch of stuff off eBay and one of the items was a carbon fibre nitrogen bottle. I'd say it had about a 40oz. capacity and a 4500psi max pressure. It had a built in gage and 800psi regulator. He actually used it for a machine at his shop, but if you set one up with like a 100psi regulator and an extension with a schraeder valve......you'd be in biz for quite a while. No matter how many moochers you supported. Not to mention it only weighed like 5lbs.

Sorry this is a bit off topic....just an idea.
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^^^That's a good idea. Thanks.^^^
A few folks I've been on trail rides with in our local off-road 4X4 club use compressed CO2 tanks.
Same principle as you were talking about.
One 5 gallon tank will even run an air tool for quite some time.

And, SteelRain. Nice job!!
That's a great shot you posted!

Ohhhhh, you're hooked now aren't you?!
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