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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #125 on: September 27, 2009, 08:20:27 PM »
1)  New fuel senders seem to have the light coming on at the correct time!
2) Any drained our battery & we needed a jump right before our official runs!  (I got visited by the flat battery fairy)
3) We corded the inside of our front tires during the day, so they're done! (I got visited by the cord fairy)
4) With the gauge reading correctly, I was running a touch too low on fuel & got some starvation during fun runs. (I got visited by the fuel starvation fairy)

What a fun day of racing though, I'm apparently 5th in the ASA Club Shootout this year (Coned myself out in the second round of the shootout).

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #126 on: September 28, 2009, 05:54:22 PM »


Cup = 2nd in STX at the CSCC regional last year.
GT-R = 2nd in STX at SSIS regional this year.
Plaque = 1st in T2 at ASN-FIA Autoslalom Nationals

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #127 on: September 28, 2009, 06:12:12 PM »
Congrats on it all!

(I expect you're going to point out the problems/guilty pleasures on my bookshelf)

Not if you swear as much. That's the only way the food turns out good.

And +1 on the technical manual. I've got several versions.  ;)

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #128 on: September 28, 2009, 06:58:18 PM »
Congrat's to you sir.  It was a good year.  Also,  a big thanks for helping get me into the sport. ;D

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #129 on: September 28, 2009, 08:42:15 PM »
Congrat's to you sir.  It was a good year.  Also,  a big thanks for helping get me into the sport. ;D

NP, it warmed my heart to hear that many Subaru's rumbling away at the auto-x events. ;)

(Auto-x, track, cruise, bbq, wings, Show & Shine...  We really are a well rounded club, aren't we?)

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #130 on: October 05, 2009, 11:10:09 AM »
This weekend Any & I headed down to Calgary for the ABRS Formula car lapping.

Arriving in Cowtown Friday night:


Saturday morning before the snow/rain/sleet:


(BTW, other than needing to wipe off the visor going down the main straight it was very comfy in the cars... But if you thought they were twitchy normally, that's nothing compared to trying to modulate the gas in the wet, or deal with the manual brakes coming into turn 1!)

Calgary weather is pretty changeable, you guys might have a case for running "All Season tires" if you get "All the seasons" within 24hrs. :P


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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #131 on: October 05, 2009, 11:11:39 AM »
It was *so* much fun, those Formula Renault 1600's are such a blast to drive.  Better than Karting, a bigger rush than my first auto-x or trackday...

I'm so doing the Formula Car school next year! :D

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #132 on: October 05, 2009, 11:30:59 AM »
Long term review of Bridgestone RE-01R:

Coles notes:
From full tread depth to corded, these only got quicker over their lifespan, they never heat cycled out on me. And I never reached a layer of harder rubber like you do in some tires (like RE-070). They are grippy, forgiving, amazing in the rain and they wore like iron. I would gladly buy them again, but the market has moved on and the new crop of tires will hopefully be even quicker.

From brand new:


Until they corded:






I had these tires & used them their entire life for Auto-x, trackdays, highway driving, daily commuting and even in a little bit of snow (melting by the time it hit the ground) last year. ;)

They even held up fine to having a bit shaved off the sidewall:


Giving Markus a ride an one of the later auto-x's this season he was amazed that these were *street* tires with 180 treadwear & 2 seasons on them. When warmed up and shaved down they are as grippy as cheaper R comp's midway through their life or R comp's from years gone past.

These tires hadn't shown any appreciable wear from a trackday @ Race City, thanks to their big treadblocks (and thanks to -3.x degrees of camber keeping the outside shoulder happy).

They *were*, however, quicker this year than they were last year due to their reduced tread depth, even though they likely weren't as sticky as when they were new.

For next year the plan is some RE-11 in 245/40R17 shaved to 6/32", unless winter testing by the southern US guys show some new super tire... I liked the feel of the Bridgestones though, so they'd have to be a *lot* quicker to convince me.


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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #133 on: October 06, 2009, 07:16:49 PM »
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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #134 on: October 06, 2009, 09:05:25 PM »
Wow!   I can't believe how worn those are. I thought I was in the market for new tires,  but mine are nowhere near as worn as yours.  I had been looking to the new Kumho Ecsta xs.  How many seasons did the Bridgestone's last?   

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #135 on: October 06, 2009, 09:17:25 PM »
Wow!   I can't believe how worn those are. I thought I was in the market for new tires,  but mine are nowhere near as worn as yours.  I had been looking to the new Kumho Ecsta xs.  How many seasons did the Bridgestone's last?   

2 seasons, auto-x, trackdays, Any commuting, and road trips.

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #136 on: October 06, 2009, 09:32:24 PM »
Those held up great! From the looks of yours I think I may still have a season left on mine.

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #137 on: October 06, 2009, 09:34:49 PM »
Those held up great! From the looks of yours I think I may still have a season left on mine.

Depends on the tires...  On Bridgestone RE-070 for example I know that you hit a layer of harder  less sticky rubber long before they cord, just part of how they're designed.

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #138 on: October 06, 2009, 09:41:48 PM »
The RE-11 replaces the RE-1 correct?

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #139 on: October 06, 2009, 09:50:33 PM »
The RE-11 replaces the RE-1 correct?

Yea, the RE-11 is the replacement for the RE-01r.

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« Reply #140 on: October 06, 2009, 10:22:42 PM »
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For next year the plan is some RE-11 in 245/40R17 shaved to 6/32", unless winter testing by the southern US guys show some new super tire... I liked the feel of the Bridgestones though, so they'd have to be a *lot* quicker to convince me.

Funny how you get used to something and are afraid to change. I'm the same way with my Dunlops.
I ran the 225's and now the 245's and I'm afraid to change brands.

Maybe I should talk to Nick about buying the ~3/32"s Kumho XS that are on the RPF1's that I'm going to buy from him and give those a shot.
Should be cheap way to do a comparison.

The RE-11 is just too much money for me to justify since I'm still doing big dollar modifications to get the car legal.




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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #141 on: October 07, 2009, 08:47:01 AM »
Funny how you get used to something and are afraid to change. I'm the same way with my Dunlops.
I ran the 225's and now the 245's and I'm afraid to change brands.

Maybe I should talk to Nick about buying the ~3/32"s Kumho XS that are on the RPF1's that I'm going to buy from him and give those a shot.
Should be cheap way to do a comparison.

The RE-11 is just too much money for me to justify since I'm still doing big dollar modifications to get the car legal.

Unless I start re-doing parts of my car I think I've run out of "big dollar mods".  There's a lot of smaller mods, and mods with seriously diminishing returns...

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #142 on: October 07, 2009, 10:08:52 AM »
Wow great Write up Grant!
Like the others have said, It is an inspiration to start logging our own "Modding Experiences"
How long after the Super meet did you run those tires?
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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #143 on: October 07, 2009, 10:15:48 AM »
Wow great Write up Grant!
Like the others have said, It is an inspiration to start logging our own "Modding Experiences"
How long after the Super meet did you run those tires?

I only took them off last week. ;)

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Re: GrantC's auto-x build (read the rulebook before you mod)
« Reply #144 on: October 07, 2009, 10:43:25 AM »
Haha, with all your negative camber, you've still got half a set of useable tires there! Just flip 'em around and use the other edge! It's not like there's any directional tread left anyways ;)


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« Reply #145 on: October 07, 2009, 10:45:46 AM »
Haha, with all your negative camber, you've still got half a set of useable tires there! Just flip 'em around and use the other edge! It's not like there's any directional tread left anyways ;)


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« Reply #146 on: October 07, 2009, 10:48:29 AM »
Haha, with all your negative camber, you've still got half a set of useable tires there! Just flip 'em around and use the other edge! It's not like there's any directional tread left anyways ;)


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I wish, even with that much camber I was still wearing the outside shoulder. :p

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« Reply #147 on: October 07, 2009, 08:53:46 PM »
Boy my living room always looks so pretty in the fall/spring.  ;)


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Oooh, what are those totes covering??!?!?
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« Reply #149 on: October 07, 2009, 10:22:30 PM »
Oooh, what are those totes covering??!?!?

Corded tyres?
Gotta keep em in good shape.