Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by thrdeye » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:48 am

New bump stops and realign the car. Oh, and need to buy one tire to have a full set of freshies. Really looking forward to the year. A lot of our stiffest CS competition has moved to STR, so this year is put up or shut up.

Long game, I think this might be my last year as a car owner. Have done that process 3 times now (WRX, RX8, Miata) so next year I might try to do something different. Otherwise STR is my loose plan for 2019.
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by Challenger » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:06 am

Try to make all that weight change direction better:

Ridetech coil overs
All bushings to poly
Adjustable front and rear upper control arms
3.09 diff (from a 3.90)
18x11 wheels with 315 BFGs
Adjustable sway bar end links


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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by MARKP » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:47 am

Buck05Sti wrote:This year im planning to focus more on the fun aspect again. Also *hoping* to drive that 93 camaro... Mark, your V8 is running and drivable at least, Crowd Control is still under the knife. You want to run the STi the first couple events? ;D
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by Buck05Sti » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:27 pm

MARKP wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:47 am
Buck05Sti wrote:This year im planning to focus more on the fun aspect again. Also *hoping* to drive that 93 camaro... Mark, your V8 is running and drivable at least, Crowd Control is still under the knife. You want to run the STi the first couple events? ;D
I still have the Focus ready to go if needed. Image

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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by EliseAutoXr » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:12 pm

I'm wanting to install roll cage and interior f/r brake bias control.. and maybe figure out what A7 will actually fit on my car.
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by dewittpayne » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:31 pm

Tire trailer.
Rebuilt shocks.
A little softer springs (475/400 f/r vs 550/475)
New rod ends for the Watts Link.
18x12 wheels with 335/30 BFG Rival S tires
Adjust the bump steer in the front if necessary.
3.15 rear axle ratio from 3.55, ~75mph @ 7500 rpm in second gear
Get all this done at the beginning of the season and stop messing with the setup during the season.
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by thrdeye » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:31 pm

Bradley....Get with Matt Glagola out of Atlanta

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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by EliseAutoXr » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:48 pm

thrdeye wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:31 pm
Bradley....Get with Matt Glagola out of Atlanta

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Thanks Chris, I pm'd him.
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by Miata22 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:25 pm

Buck05Sti wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:01 am
Miata22 wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:33 am
Trying to not catch me or the car on fire ATM. Welding stuff on, cutting stuff off, taking parts off and putting other parts on. Go or blow, This year will be fun!
The Stang or one of the Miatas?
Focused on Mustang. Welding in frame connectors, upping spring rate on rear, torque arm, watts link. Removing rear sway, panhard bar and upper links in rear. Shedding/transferring weight from front to rear.
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by MikeKelly » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:36 am

EliseAutoXr wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:12 pm

I'm wanting to install interior f/r brake bias control..
Careful what you wish for.

Tim Pitts needed two wreckers to get his car back on the trailer at the runoffs - wrecked it on the fifth practice lap after he got the brakes he thought he wanted (interior f/r bias control).

Careful with it - it will bite you hard and fast...

Ricky Rudd's 1990 pit road accident got driver adjustable brake bias banned from Nascar.

Watch what it did to a professional (doctoring up brake bias for better corner entry):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CdSoJYFJj4
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by Teufelshund » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:53 am

dewittpayne wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:31 pm
Tire trailer.
Rebuilt shocks.
A little softer springs (475/400 f/r vs 550/475)
New rod ends for the Watts Link.
18x12 wheels with 335/30 BFG Rival S tires
Adjust the bump steer in the front if necessary.
3.15 rear axle ratio from 3.55, ~75mph @ 7500 rpm in second gear
Get all this done at the beginning of the season and stop messing with the setup during the season.
Are those coilover springs?
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by dewittpayne » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:19 am

Are those coilover springs?
Yes on the front. The 2.5 inch diameter rear springs are still mounted on the axle tube in the stock location but with ride height adjusters and tender springs added. The logic of not using coilovers on the rear is that the shock mount on the axle tube wasn't designed for that kind of stress. I've seen S197 Mustangs racing in Touring 2 class using coilovers on the rear, though. The higher motion ratio at the shock mount means that coilover springs would also contribute more to roll stiffness than springs in the stock location.
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by EliseAutoXr » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:47 pm

MikeKelly wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:36 am
EliseAutoXr wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:12 pm

I'm wanting to install interior f/r brake bias control..
Careful what you wish for.

Tim Pitts needed two wreckers to get his car back on the trailer at the runoffs - wrecked it on the fifth practice lap after he got the brakes he thought he wanted (interior f/r bias control).

Careful with it - it will bite you hard and fast...

Ricky Rudd's 1990 pit road accident got driver adjustable brake bias banned from Nascar.

Watch what it did to a professional (doctoring up brake bias for better corner entry):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CdSoJYFJj4
Wow, that is scary. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by Teufelshund » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:08 pm

dewittpayne wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:19 am
Are those coilover springs?
Yes on the front. The 2.5 inch diameter rear springs are still mounted on the axle tube in the stock location but with ride height adjusters and tender springs added. The logic of not using coilovers on the rear is that the shock mount on the axle tube wasn't designed for that kind of stress. I've seen S197 Mustangs racing in Touring 2 class using coilovers on the rear, though. The higher motion ratio at the shock mount means that coilover springs would also contribute more to roll stiffness than springs in the stock location.
Let me know if you want to sell the front springs
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Re: Now that 2017 is in the book what upgrades are folks planning for 2018?

Post by dewittpayne » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:22 pm

Teufelshund wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:08 pm
dewittpayne wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:19 am
Are those coilover springs?
Yes on the front. The 2.5 inch diameter rear springs are still mounted on the axle tube in the stock location but with ride height adjusters and tender springs added. The logic of not using coilovers on the rear is that the shock mount on the axle tube wasn't designed for that kind of stress. I've seen S197 Mustangs racing in Touring 2 class using coilovers on the rear, though. The higher motion ratio at the shock mount means that coilover springs would also contribute more to roll stiffness than springs in the stock location.
Let me know if you want to sell the front springs
OK. It won't be right away.
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