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Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/7/23 4:38 p.m.

Been a bit head down with the projects, but a new update is here!

 

 

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/9/23 8:42 a.m.

Played around with some metal shaping last night. 
 

 

Still a good bit of work to do, but these will eventually be used to make a mold for some carbon fiber. 

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
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2/19/23 4:06 p.m.

Mounted up some tires today. Trying a 13" wide front rim. I eventually want to go 14" wide up front, but this is a good start. 
 

 

Same tire.   13" wide rim on the left, 12" rim on the right  

 

 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/19/23 5:12 p.m.

In reply to Gimp (Forum Supporter) :

What's the weight difference?

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/19/23 6:21 p.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Gimp (Forum Supporter) :

What's the weight difference?

The rims are virtually identical in weight. Probably just a few ounces. 

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
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2/21/23 9:46 a.m.

We all know that 90% of going fast is looking good, right?

 

Did I ruin them?  Maybe...

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
3/29/23 9:20 a.m.

I know it's been quiet here, but the car is exhausting work. 
 

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/24/23 10:47 a.m.

Finally got the exhaust finished up and recorded some sound clips, as well as did an overview of the changes for this season.
 

 

Patrick
Patrick GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/24/23 11:24 a.m.

so many mufflers over so little run time

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/24/23 11:26 a.m.
Patrick said:

so many mufflers over so little run time

Yeah.  I hope this is the last time for a long time.

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
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5/4/23 3:07 p.m.

First event of the year (for me) is this weekend.  Ahead of things, I made a quick list of the changes that happened over the winter.  Nice and short.
 

Front to back:

Full car rewire
New tow hook
New splitter mounts
Radiator ducting
New radiator fans
New catch cans
Rebuilt and correctly wired alternator (finally charging)
Bigger front sway bar
Stiffer front springs
Rebuilt steering box
New bumpsteer bolts
Wider front wheels
Different toe, caster, and camber settings
New brake masters
Launch control/two step
Redone dash layout
Tablet mount
Moved brake bias knob
New driver's seat
Old driver's seat to passenger
New mufflers
New rear brake line
Stiffened rear sway bar via arms
Slightly stiffer rear springs
New battery isolator setup
Brake lights

Patrick
Patrick GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/4/23 6:28 p.m.

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
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5/8/23 8:57 a.m.

First event of the year is in the books.  I've got more excuses than you have time, but here you go.

 

Lots of changes over the winter meant having to start from zero, with the biggest changes being more front spring (150ish lbs more), more front bar (300lbs more), a little more rear spring (50lbs).  I put the compression pretty low all the way around and set the rebound in the middle.  Between each run I mostly played with rear rebound - taking more out until the car felt better.  The lot was dirty, but the front felt like it was working pretty well, with only a little corner entry push in the tight stuff (and some of that is likely driver).  Biggest issue I had was keeping the rear under control.  I just seemed to lack forward bite and the car was a bit slidey.  If I can get the rear under this car with more bite it should go a lot faster.

The splitter started to fall off twice (my fault - not the new mounts), but so far that seems to be the only mechanical problem after the first six runs of the year.  I'll take that.  I have my doubts about the exhaust being any quieter, but it still needs turndowns, so we'll see what happens there.

Next event is in two weeks at a nice airport course, so it should be a good weekend of testing.

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
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5/12/23 3:47 p.m.

Full event recap, including Boo the Team Zip-Tie Exocet, is now live!  Next race is just over a week away.

 

 

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
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5/22/23 9:51 a.m.

My best runs from the weekend.  Day one was cool, I was a single driver, the location isn't great for race tires, and my race tires were old.  Do you need more excuses, because I can find some.  Sorry for the panning on this first video - I fixed it in the second.

 

 

Day two brought warmer temps, and with some advice from Sam Strano and John Vitamvas, I added a bunch of compression to the back of the car and it really helped put the power down.

 

 

 

Exhuast turndowns were rattling on the car, but that will get fixed.

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