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Old 10-08-2015, 04:33 PM   #2321
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I approve of your spending priorities.

Seriously though, you should never regret spending money on track days. Means not hard parker.
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Old 10-08-2015, 04:34 PM   #2322
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:29 PM   #2323
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Its been a weird balance this year. I needed the car derivable for MRLS or I was going to loose momentum and part-out. The hardware on the car is 90% of where I want it to be in the end and I'm super stoked about that, but I rushed to the finish and I've neglected certain things and they need to be sorted out.

To me, these 3 things breed confidence
  1. safety
  2. reliability
  3. skill
in that order.

If I don't feel safe in the car its just not going to work. Sliding around on the stock seats does not qualify as safe to me. This last weekend at MRLS I realized that I need to do a complete overhaul on the "safety" aspects of the car because frankly, I scared the **** out of myself a few times. I'm the ******* in the overpowered quasi street car with stock seats and 3 points, you guys with the 6 points and race seats have a certain level of confidence beyond whats available to me. Go put the stock seat and 3 point back in your car and take a turn at 1.5+ sustained G's and tell me how that makes you feel. The turning point for me was when Ed's cousin asked for a ride and after thinking about it for a bit I kinda backed off and declined. I didn't want to risk someone else in the car with marginal safety equipment should I **** something up. Then, like the moron that I am, I eventually realized why am I risking MYSELF with marginal safety equipment? Seats, harnesses, helmet, possibly new roll bar are all on the table.

I don't have unlimited time or money for this project so I've been focusing on the hardware. Hardware is easy when you have been sitting on most of the parts for 4 years and all you need to do is assemble things. If I feel like the car is going to explode constantly, I'm never going to feel safe pushing it. I tend to buy really nice stuff from consistent vendors with good track records of quality and service. This has obviously bitten me in the *** in a couple places but for the most part its paid off quite well. For example, I mentioned before that the Trackspeed Radiator is a gem. With the reroute. The absolute last thing I worry about on track is my coolant temperatures and I'd like to see more systems in the car operating at that level. I feel like that's taken care of for right now, so I need to look at a couple other things. But they are not things that keep me from driving the car. I dunno, its hard to explain.

If I don't feel safe and I don't feel like the car is reliable then I'm never going to push it and I'm never going to learn anything.

I feel like I did things completely out of order. I should have put the safety equipment in the car first, then worked on my skills while driving N/A, then added boost.

But hey, boost is fun. I have few ragrets.
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:34 PM   #2324
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The noises your car made in front of me should have made this all worth it. Even if you did get passed my my hunk of junk.
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SA2015's are coming out this month so there will be good deals on the SA2010's in the next few months
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:48 PM   #2326
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The good deals are already happening. I picked my helmet up for like 165 shipped. My black one.
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Yes, but that hunk of junk on frozen tires is also being driven by someone with tons more track time than me at this point.

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The good deals are already happening. I picked my helmet up for like 165 shipped. My black one.
That's an HJC, right? Link would be rad, its a nice helmet and I've got nothing against a SA2010.
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I wish I was confident/good enough at driving to take out other peoples cars. It would be fun to see what other setups feel like on the track.
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Old 10-08-2015, 06:00 PM   #2329
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It upsets me that you don't go to MRLS multiple times a year.
Most club days at Laguna are a 91 db limit. That's low -- stock Corvettes and Mustangs have been known to fail sound. I don't actually know how loud my Miata is, but failing sound sucks.

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G has the mother of all mufflers though. And although his jet noises are loud I don't think they are that loud.
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g's exhaust setup is the quietest miata 3" setup I've driven to date
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Yep, pretty sure I done flatspotted dem tires. Time to add new rubber to the shopping list.
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I've heard burnouts can solve the problem
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Until I snap something trying to do burnouts on NT-01s

It's another $400-$500 I really didn't want to spend right now and probably can't justify until the end of November after bonus time. IF I get a bonus. I need to do some juggling and sort out my "needs" and "wants" for this project going forward into the next year or so.

Safety equipment comes first, then I can start thinking about buying and swapping more hardware.
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After some of my slides at MRLS I would consider tires as safety equipment lol.
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Yes, absolutely agreed. But I'm also not ice skating on my tires as-is soooo....
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Quite true. Flat spots aren't good for grip either.
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Oh yeah, its not ideal to be sure. But then my seat and restraint situation is worse than a couple flat spotted tires. Like I say, priorities.
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I say skip the GT3 rollbar and get seats+harness+harness bar.

Roll bars aren't going to drop in value with use so you can always upgrade the rollbar later.

I distinctly remember you talking about the price of track days being expensive at MRLS. Just means you gotta save more

200 +-50 is standard at PIR, and PIR is much more boring than MRLS. Next summer I think I'm going to be spending more time at ORP and less at PIR. Probably won't spend a lot of time at PIR anymore unless I ever reach instructor status.
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Yep, that's exactly it.

I'm somewhat torn between a full on race bucket and something like an Elise seat. I can put a proper harness in an Elise seat with a bit of work, so we'll see.

http://revlimiter.net/blog/2015/08/e...ommet-install/

http://www.sector111.com/parts/track...t_grommets.cfm
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