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docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
8/1/22 1:09 p.m.

In reply to dyintorace :

Nope.  I was thinking about it and have the necessary stub axles to do it, but never actually did it.  A friend of mine (same one I got the wheels/tires/intercoolers from) did lap times of 5-6 seconds faster than me and was still awd.  In fact at that point, with the exception of his $$$$$ JRZ coilovers our cars were pretty much set up the same. 

So I figured I'd stay awd until I upgraded the nut behind the wheel some more...

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/1/22 5:20 p.m.

In reply to docwyte :

Sounds fun!  Enjoy!

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/1/22 8:43 p.m.

In reply to docwyte :

Damn. I'm surprised he put that much time on you. He must be a heck of a driver to do so!

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
8/2/22 9:44 a.m.

In reply to dyintorace :

He's pretty damn fast.  He's also more comfortable with slip angle in high speed corners than I am.  His car has rollbar/seats/harnesses which I think gives you a more secure feeling to push the car.  I know where I'm throwing away time on the track and feel I can easily get 1/2 that gap to him, but the other half will be harder.  I am getting more comfortable with sliding the car around, it's nowhere near as scary to catch as I thought, it responds to opposite lock really nicely.

So I ordered the front Apex wheels yesterday.  They're running a 20% off sale but sadly on the 8.5" front wheels, not the 9" fronts I wanted.  So I ponied up the full boat price ($150 more for the two) for the 9's.  Might as well get what I want and I saved a ton on the rear wheels.

My friend also showed me this book, which has all the torque values of all the fasteners on the car.  That's a useful thing to have, so I ordered it too...

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
8/13/22 9:51 a.m.

Got some pics of the car at the track event last month.  There's an auto-x in a week or so that I may sign up for, I'm waffling because the spend the entire day there for ~5 minutes of seat time vs doing an open lapping day at the track and getting more seat time than I care for in just the morning...

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
8/20/22 10:56 a.m.

Finally got time to go to my local Discount Tire and have them swap the race tires over to the Apex wheels.  I bought two brand new front ones and got two lightly used rear ones (with tires!) from a friend.  Well, got a call from the tire place saying one of the rear wheels was badly bent.  Doh!  Got in touch with my friend to let him know, then went over to the shop to check it out.

 

Yeah, that's pretty bent!  Oddly enough it balanced out with almost no weight tho, which I find strange.  My friend felt really bad but luckily had another rear wheel in his basement.  So I shot back up there last night to pick it up and was back at the tire shop this morning.  Thankfully the replacement wheel was fine, whew!  I'll take this bent one to a local place that straightens wheels and see if they can fix it so I'll have a spare...

nsogiba
nsogiba New Reader
9/7/22 11:53 a.m.

That thing was BENT! 

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
9/7/22 12:00 p.m.

In reply to nsogiba :

Yeah it was!  My friend doesn't remember hitting anything that could've done that, it was a track only wheel too.  So not like he hit a huge pot hole with it or something....

CAinCA
CAinCA GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/7/22 3:12 p.m.

Zoinks! It's amazing that the wheel was bent that much and he didn't realize it.

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
9/7/22 3:45 p.m.

In reply to CAinCA :

He said he didn't feel it at all.  The wheel had very little weight on it balancing it and it was on the rear of the car.  Not sure what the deal was, just happy he had another spare wheel!  It might not be worth having it fixed, the local places want ~$200 to fix it and a new one isn't a whole lot more.

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
9/16/22 7:38 p.m.

It's the PCA Club Race weekend this weekend and I love to go to it.  Only solo spec DE drivers allowed and all the race cars are there so lots of eye candy.  My son has a soccer game on Saturday, so I'd have to go on Sunday which I kinda hate to do.  You go on Sunday, run all day in the heat, then come home, unpack the car and have to wake up the next day and go to work.  Bleah.  So I decided to do an open track day today, thinking that most of the people would be there for the PCA Club Race.  It's been awhile since I've done an open day, they can kind of be like the wild, wild west as there's no tech inspection and nobody telling you that no, you really shouldn't register in the "fast" group.

Anyways, got the car ready yesterday and drove out there this morning.  New Apex wheels look nice!

You get a ton of track time at an open day, basically you get 30 minutes of every hour.  So I did 3 30 minute sessions in just the morning and could've (and should've) done 4.  What I wasn't expecting and didn't remember was the amount of traffic I encountered.  I was having a really hard time getting clean laps, in fact, I only got 1-2 clean laps a session.  Many times I just came in early as it was obvious I wasn't going to get clean track time.  Even with hot pitting it didn't matter.  This was due to a few things...

#1  Lack of etiquette.  Despite everyone hearing it at the drivers meeting, people didn't watch their mirrors and let you by.  Or would give you a point by and not lift

#2  People being in the "fast" group and not being, well, fast

#3  People there for the club race and they weren't familiar with the track

Despite all that, I managed to set a PB by 1/2 second and would've done even better if I had more clear track.  The track surface felt great and the car was working well, tons of grip! 

I went out in the first afternoon session and there were new people out with me, as you can buy a morning only, afternoon only and full day pass.  These new people weren't great.  In particular a C6 corvette was doing the classic, floor it on the straights, ignore everyone bunched up behind him in the corners, take the wrong lines and go 1/3 the speed through the corners as he could.  Between that and an open wheeled car red misting and spinning in an uphill left hander in front of me, I called it a day and came in. 

So I should've just bought a morning pass and done that last morning session.  The temps were cooler and the track was better and beyond some typical noob passing behavior it felt safer than the afternoon.  Even though I got a lot more track time, it wasn't clean time like I get during a PCA DE.  So I think my preference is still to run with the PCA as I get clean track time and quick point bys...

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