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1  General / Open Forum / Oh well on: December 24, 2006, 07:29:05 PM
[Edited on 12-25-2006 by WRXRacer111]
2  Events / Autocross / Preliminary RAW on: December 04, 2006, 03:17:28 PM
So are these results now considered "final"?

I didn't see a link from the front page, results page, or in the results forum for this event.
3  General / Technical Help / Roll Cage Welders in Richmond? on: November 30, 2006, 09:39:26 PM
Some random thoughts-
FWIW, if you want to make weld-in cage mounts nice and burly, there are a bunch of ways to do it.

Piper builds the cage a couple inches low, then the mounts get lifted up on square metal boxes. The main hoop boxes get welded in on the floor, rocker sill and usually a rear bulkhead if there's one closeby. Most good cage builders are going to use as much reinforcement plate as the rules allow.

If at all possible, try and get the "kneebar" tucked up behind the dash. It will be a pain in the neck to get the dash and such in and back out, but it gives you a lot more leg room and keeps you from bashing your knees into it.

My ITA Integra's cage uses welded plates along the floor, rocker sills and rear seat bulkhead. My seat rails are also incorporated into the cage so even if the cage does tweak the floor/bulkhead/rockers of the car, the roof isn't coming down on me. Let me know if you want any pictures or want to take a look at my car.

They still use an inspection hole for measuring wall thickness in a non-critical area.

BTW, if you do go custom, make sure you get the 2007 rulebook. I know IT adopted some very specific rules about the door bars for '07 regarding the number of tubes. If you've seen the popular bowed "X" door bars with an extra vertical support extending into the door, there's debate over whether or not that meets the '07 rule. Double-check that, and take the new rulebook with you to your cage builder.

BTW, for really burly mounting points... you could put big backup plates on the underside of the mounts like the bolt-ins use. Drill through the top plate and floorboard, do rosette-welds to join the top and bottom plates, and weld  around the perimeter of both plates. Ideally you'd make the bottom plates a little bigger so you spread the welds apart, heh. You'll see that on some rallycar cages.
4  General / Technical Help / Roll Cage Welders in Richmond? on: November 28, 2006, 11:09:53 AM
I'm guessing you were referring to Mitch Piper up in NoVa... great work, probably backed up for a couple months by this time of year though.

James Bowler at Weldone Fabrication has done a lot of cage work. He might be backed up on vintage car work now though, as he does a lot of work for Abacus Racing customers.

Brett Hamilton's work is also very good.
5  General / Open Forum / Grand-Am GS race Saturday at VIR on: October 07, 2006, 09:22:35 PM
I may go up to watch tomorrow's race. My friend Anthony Serra will be there codriving with Kleinubing/Cunningham in the Davis Motorsports/Meccanic Shop North RSX-S in the ST race.
6  General / Classifieds / Trailer on: September 01, 2006, 02:02:13 PM
Passing on what I've found out so far...

Midlothian Trailer Sales- 16' Holmes dovetail solid deck, ~$2700, no removable fender

Dubberly Trailer- 16' dovetail w/ removable fender solid deck, ~$2100

Kaufman Trailer-North Carolina, 16' dovetail w/ removable fender ~$1950
7  Events / Autocross / unable to attend!! on: August 30, 2006, 01:55:13 PM
Open registration or members only?
8  General / Technical Help / Thanks on: August 30, 2006, 12:36:28 PM
Keep in mind it's probably not going to make the same amount of boost in hot weather... which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on how close you are to detonation. Aggressively tuned WRXs haven't been very happy on the 10% ethanol summer-blend gasoline either. You might want to ice down the intake manifold/intercooler if you have one and do a drive right after to see if that makes any difference. If you have a knock sensor, you might try octane booster to see if it's picking up any light knock and pulling timing.

[Edited on 8-30-2006 by WRXRacer111]
9  General / Classifieds / Trailer on: August 29, 2006, 09:33:53 AM
Wow, that's a pretty good list... thanks! I will have to start making my way around to do a little comparison shopping.

Any other suggestions on what I should look for? I'm thinking that an open deck  gives me a little room to get use the trailer as a ramp to do minor repair work in a pinch. I'd prefer a lighter aluminum trailer, but from what I've seen, the cost is a bit beyond my trailer budget.
10  General / Technical Help / Thanks on: August 29, 2006, 09:23:51 AM
What car? Offhand... pre-turbo leak on the exhaust side could cause low boost, but should be LOUD. Charge-side leak is another thought, sounds like a whoosh. Is the wastegate sealing properly? If the spring preload is adjustable on the wastegate arm, you might try checking that to see if it's still getting clamped shut. On my WRX it got loose enough that the wastegate clattered at idle, spooled slowly, and was down around 2psi at peak. Of course, if you overtighten it, boost spikes all over the place and the car pulls timing as it freaks out trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
11  General / Classifieds / Trailer on: August 28, 2006, 09:38:35 AM
I need my own racecar trailer.

I'm looking for something steel, twin-axle, open-deck 16-18', dovetail with slide-out ramps, no side-rails, flip-down fenders, and electric brakes.

Does anyone know where I might find such a thing around these parts, new or used? I checked the trading post 2 weeks ago and didn't see any particularly good deals, I'll check tomorrow's issue as well.

Thoughts/comments on what else I need to look for as well?
12  General / Autos and Autosport / RRC Car Show on: August 28, 2006, 05:35:36 AM
I was in NY over the weekend. I did stop off at a racecar shop and checked out a rather clean Austin-Healey. Does that count? Smiley
13  Events / Autocross / No Experience here...but won\'t finish last!! on: August 23, 2006, 08:04:06 AM
Quote
Originally posted by joe
I'm in too.

Question though....should we develop some sort of PAX system for those who aren't "fast enough" to run in the Super Karts?? Cheesy  Maybe we could get trophies for FTD??


Remember, for trophy purposes, my last name is spelled DORAN....

Joe


That's funny... for kart trophy purposes, my last name is spelled WAGNER, JOHNSON or LAWES. :p
14  Events / Autocross / Autocross today on: August 22, 2006, 06:18:35 AM
FWIW Brian, I'd put that up there as one of the most fun cars I've driven. It rotates on entry MUCH better than the 2 stock E36 M3s I've driven. I ended up holding myself up by the wheel so I could see over the dash, and man... does that thing throw you back when boost hits and you have no seatback behind you, lol. Total blast, thanks for letting me give it a workout!
15  Events / Autocross / No Experience here...but won\'t finish last!! on: August 22, 2006, 05:41:09 AM
I think at a minimum, Conicidal can hold his own...
16  Events / Other Events / Change in G-Force date on: August 18, 2006, 04:28:48 PM
Didn't this get moved or something?
17  Events / Autocross / RRC venue on: August 16, 2006, 07:56:15 PM
ooooooooooh.
18  Events / Autocross / RRC venue on: August 14, 2006, 06:10:37 PM
Get well Cindy!

Good to hear that the human parts are still intact, those are harder to fix with duct tape!
19  Events / Autocross / Great event. on: August 11, 2006, 09:07:59 AM
Some time long ago
aliens abduct results
Nothing more to say.
20  Events / Autocross / not quite on the Mercedes models- on: August 09, 2006, 07:38:18 AM
Fine by me, I didn't know they hide the "SS catch-all" in the appendix. That works!
21  Events / Autocross / not quite on the Mercedes models- on: August 07, 2006, 05:30:33 AM
::applause::
22  Events / Autocross / LAST MINUTE OD\'S OFFER on: August 05, 2006, 07:59:25 PM
LOL, hey... Dave Martin and Brent Carson helped put that course together at the Team Shocker event which wasn't too scary though it did make you brain it into submission before you'd turn a good time on it.
23  Events / Autocross / LAST MINUTE OD\'S OFFER on: August 04, 2006, 08:21:00 AM
One should always try to eschew obfuscation.
24  General / Classifieds / WRX bits and pieces!!! on: July 31, 2006, 09:23:37 PM
For Sale:
5Zigen FN01R-C 17x8 ET48 wheels in 5x100 bolt pattern.
~17lbs, flat black, great light+strong cast wheel for a STX WRX.
The flat black hides brake dust very well, though brake dust does seem to wash off this finish pretty easily.

They will NOT fit an STi without using a spacer.
1 wheel has some curb rash, another has some paint flaking off. Since they're flat-black, you could match the color pretty easily to fix these issues. They come with goldish-silver 5Zigen centercaps and metal valve-stems that won't flex and crack like rubber ones do.  
These typically go for $800/set new, I'd like $500 OBO.


Other items for sale...

GPMoto Turbo inlet pipe
have 1 blue, 1 red, both NEW IN BOX- $185 each (what I paid)

Brakepads:
 D721-padshape front caliper '02-early '03 WRX
Cobalt SpecVR track pads- used 2 days- $179 new, $120

Carbotech Panther XP1108 track pads- used 2 days- $139 new, $80

Discounts for multiple items! $cash$ is good!

[Edited on 8-21-2006 by WRXRacer111]
25  Events / Autocross / Interesting STS2 observation on: July 27, 2006, 09:38:13 AM
I would think the intent would be to keep someone from trying to find a way to make a bunch of small 9-volt batteries run their car, but I honestly have no idea. I'm would hope that any class competitor who has ever worked on the electricals of anything old and British could very easily forgive you that one "guilty pleasure" LOL
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