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Old 09-08-2010, 01:16 PM   #821
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that's funny because before I got rid of the oem latches, I had the exact same problem. sometimes I would be driving and the bolt would fall into my lap or hit my arm! the locktite didn't work because I could see it on the bolt.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:24 PM   #822
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I know on my soft top those torx bolts were hand tight. One fell out at the track (top was up) and hit my instructor in the helmet. He did not feel safe from then on and suggested I go over the entire car and tighten everything. hahahahaha.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:32 PM   #823
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Do you still have a/c or use the heater? If not, then you really need to take all that crap out back there. Taking the dash out is super easy.
I plan to replace the big AC box thingy with the 1.6-style plastic tube. I'm leaving the blower and heater stuff though, it snowed on the way down to Houston this year. I'm taking the week off from the gym to lose some weight in my car...if I get everything done during the week I may pull off the dash and get to work in there.

I still have that TSE crank wheel I want to set-up but I think its a little beyond my comprehension.
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So what is the plan? Are you turning into a street legal track only car that is driven to the track?
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:00 PM   #825
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So what is the plan? Are you turning into a street legal track only car that is driven to the track?
Yeah. Its becoming too much of an event to drive so it only sees the street about once per month. It was a really hot summer though, maybe I'll drive it more now that we've dropped below 105*.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #826
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I plan to replace the big AC box thingy with the 1.6-style plastic tube.
You don't have to find that tube unless you really just want the space.

You can split the box, take out the coils, and then tape the small holes that are left...saves a few pounds.


The dash is easy to take out, and everything underneath it plus the interior gone makes a HUGE difference in the feel and performance of the car. Running nothing inside but a Corbeau, dash bar, cluster, and MS inside of it for a few months was FUN.

Hard to live without a heater core too long though.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:38 PM   #827
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So I will be able to feel a change from taking the soft top out? It was pretty cool to work the rain rail out and right before I sat it down I thought, "man, my arms and back are starting to hurt, this thing is heavy." That's awesome.

I want to get it down to 2250 at the most before I hit the track for a 2-day next weekend. I really want to go lower but its about to go on the scales so I don't want to change anything after I balance it.
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Dunno about the rain rail, but the soft top frame and all that thick fabric/vinyl are pretty heavy, and it sits about as high as possible in the car. Can't hurt.
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Got a fresh look at Hallett this weekend.

You can get pretty aggressive with the inside curbs, but I'd keep the outside tires on the track on most corners.

I was using the curbs on turns 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9. I found that kissing the curb on T8, instead of driving over it, allowed me to get on the brakes with a lot less drama and really helped my entry into "The Bitch" (T9).

I found with T5, you can use a lot of grass or no grass. If you are in-between there is a nasty bump where the curbing ends and the inside edge of the track is.

There were only a couple of corners where I'd get the outside tires on or near the curbing, and those were T5 and T9.
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Got a fresh look at Hallett this weekend.

You can get pretty aggressive with the inside curbs, but I'd keep the outside tires on the track on most corners.

I was using the curbs on turns 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9. I found that kissing the curb on T8, instead of driving over it, allowed me to get on the brakes with a lot less drama and really helped my entry into "The Bitch" (T9).

I found with T5, you can use a lot of grass or no grass. If you are in-between there is a nasty bump where the curbing ends and the inside edge of the track is.

There were only a couple of corners where I'd get the outside tires on or near the curbing, and those were T5 and T9.
Nice theorem, Pythagoras.
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Don't you be callin' me no dinosaur...them's fightin' words 'round these parts.

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:15 PM   #832
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I got a deal on these which I could not refuse:

Can't put them on until I get shorter spacers between the mount and the upper perch.
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I liiike.

Good **** dude, your inspiring quite a few of us.

Now im playing the catch up game and its expensive...
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:44 PM   #834
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I liiike.

Good **** dude, your inspiring quite a few of us.

Now im playing the catch up game and its expensive...
Its become apparent that mono-tube suspension is the way to go and its getting much more affordable.

Its not that expensive, just hold-out for 949's club sports, then when more money falls out of the sky buy the pillow uppers. That was my plan.
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Yeah, i am on stance coilovers now and they are doing the job to the best of my driving abilities, i dont think im at a point with my driving yet that an incredible dampner would really help me....

But that being said i havent driven a car with that yet so it could very well be quite a difference.

The canadian modified car scene is stuck at circa NOPI 1999
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I got a deal on these which I could not refuse:

Can't put them on until I get shorter spacers between the mount and the upper perch.
Those are the basic AST's right? What spring rates?
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:19 PM   #837
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Wirelessly posted

5100's with 700/400.
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That reminds me of the stupid feed screen on my old wrx.. except more purposeful. I'd definitely invest in one if my turbo didn't cost equally as much.
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many turbo's 100k's miles, no filter. hustler, your a performance shops dream cumstomer.
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