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post #11 of 34 Old 11th June 2007, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Got my pads and lines...go on this week; DE school is Friday (instructor day), Saturday and Sunday. Pads are Pagid RS 19 yellows, using Motul Fluid with UUC SS brake lines. I ordered the Dinan euro front grill to open the brake ducts. We'll see how it goes. Trying to rush a set of speed bleeders (if you've not tried these they are excellent, makes bleeding brakes a one person operation. www.speedbleeder.com), but don't know if they will arrive in time. Also installing my CGLocks on the seat belts....can't wait...oh damn, I forgot, my Helmet is expired, need to go buy a new one.




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Sounds good...enjoy! Remember...slow in, fast out.


Re brake ducts -- I drilled holes in the factory grill "diamond" pattern, and bought the duct extensions and fender liners from the dealer...looks completely stock (unless you have really sharp eyes) and is now completely functional.

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Sounds good...enjoy! Remember...slow in, fast out.
CSBM5 / S62PWR,

I had the pleasure (or maybe I should say heart attack ) of autocrossing my beast this past weekend. I was at the Tire Rack facility at South Bend with the Windy City BMW CCA chapter.

What a hoot! I finally got an idea of what it means to have DSC off and Sport button on. ( Multiple emotions happening... )

Since this was my first time doing this, I received a couple helpful hints from some of the other experienced people. I consider these "day of event" type preparations.

1.) Check your tire pressures once again just before heading out. Just good to double check. Don't want to scrape your wheels against the pavement in a corner.

2.) Check your lug nuts. Check your lug nuts. Check your lug nuts. Don't want to have any surprises whilst whipping the backend of the beast all over the place.

3.) "slow in" Get used to and trust your brakes. The first few times, I coasted into the corners because I was thinking how is this car going to stop in time. My instructor told me that if I had activated ABS, I wasn't using the brakes enough and was wasting some time.

4.) "fast out" Straighten the steering wheel before . I found out the hard war (DSC off, Sport on), the beast will respond with such and attitude to devower all asphault in front of it with a quickness. The back end broke loose on me four times as I was trying to finish up before getting to a slolom. Needless to say, I beast ate (plowed) those cones up quickly. The people maintaining the cones weren't happy with me the first few times through.

Take care and have a good time. You would never think that something that weighs this heavy is so easy to spin around, but yet it still seems very controllable.

Post a story after your event.

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Ah, so the autox addiction starts! That first event will be with you forever. I still fondly recall my first autox in a 1973 Porsche 914 2.0 at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta in 1975. I over drove ever slow corner and under drove the fast ones, and I kicked the tail out way too much (bad habit from motocross racing at the time, lol).

If you have one in your area, attend an Evolution Autocross Phase 1 and 2 school as soon as you can. It will instill great habits to begin your quest with so you don't practice perfecting bad habits like I did for a number of years!!

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Horrible timing.....double whammy

Well, it happened, a death in the family (my Great Aunt) dictates I fly to LA Friday to accompany family to the service. I am so bummed, twice. A great lady passes and I miss a weekend at the track...

The Beast will have to wait to get let out of the barn . . .




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Sounds good...enjoy! Remember...slow in, fast out.


Re brake ducts -- I drilled holes in the factory grill "diamond" pattern, and bought the duct extensions and fender liners from the dealer...looks completely stock (unless you have really sharp eyes) and is now completely functional.
Ditto... same here.

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Well, it happened, a death in the family (my Great Aunt) dictates I fly to LA Friday to accompany family to the service. I am so bummed, twice. A great lady passes and I miss a weekend at the track...

The Beast will have to wait to get let out of the barn . . .
Sorry to hear about your Aunt, it's always tough to lose family. My condolences on your loss.

As far as what I did to get my car set up for the track, well, it's a work in progress. Before my first track day, my focus was on brakes. The track I was on had a long straight that yielded speeds in excess of 120. This was followed by a hard left 3/4 carousel turn so brakes were critical. I changed to Motul RBF 600, added SS brake lines, Hawk HT10 pads and euro floating rotors. I had NO issue with the rotors at all. Other than that, I changed tire pressure to about 40lbs hot and re torqued the lugs to 80lbs from 90. The Hawk HT10 pads have a MOT of 1400 degrees, they will still hang in there long after the stock pads fade.

Since that point, I have gone to 275's up front, changed my engine software, put in a UUC LW flywheel and clutch, and am about to add a Brembo 4 wheel BBK. After that I will do suspension when GC comes out with their version 2 setup. This will allow the rears to be adjusted from the bottom rather than the top. The GC is also the only coil over setup that I am aware of that gives clearance to run 275's all around on the stock rims.

Hope you get your track day soon!

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Here's what I've done to mine to do VIR. I've got GC coilover suspension with the street springs, which although a little on the soft side, are still enough to keep the car planted/stable through the twisties. I also have rear wheels at all four corners using 3mm spacer up front with Michelin PS2s at all four corners. I have the dinan brake duct kit to get cooling air to the brakes. For brakes I have the Stoptech front kit with PFC-01 pads at all four corners. I use ATE yellow brake fluid. Thats it. On my first true track day at VIR with my first professional instruction, I was able to pull high 2:24/low 2:25 lap times on the full course, which is very good for a 4000lb car with a novice driver. I'll post some videos soon.

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Did anybody make some videos yet?


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