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 Post subject: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2008 00:14 
Hi all. I intend to go to a race day at Pukekohe in July sometime with one of my mate's car club. As I have no previous racing experience, I am just curious as to what I should check/replace on my car (Gen1 Cyborg R, 165k km) in prep for it. Any suggestions? I've thought of the following possibilities:
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brake fluid, gearbox oil, flush coolant system
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spark plugs, injectors, brake pads, MIVEC rockers (check pins for gunge etc), fuel filter, injectors
What you guys/girls think? What's superfluous in that list and is there anything else I should be looking at? Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2008 00:26 
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have a look at the queens birthday thread under the events header, chelles posted up a list of things most people will check...

things like fire extinusher, etc...

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2008 01:20 
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Really good brakes and tyres. Pukekohe often catches out amateurs and is rarely forgiving...

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2008 07:27 
Not to sound rude, but check your brain. :)
Drive within your own limits, especially on your first event.
I've seen a few people turn up to their first event and go out and try to impress the seasoned entrants. It usually ends badly. :P
Aside from that, the comments above cover the basics.
Oh, and have fun. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2008 08:44 
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I highly recommend changing your brake pads to at least semi-metalic type. Regular factory type pads will be fading by the first lap (jut not designed for repeated heavy braking). If there was one thing you spend money on in preparation for a trackday it should be brake pads.

Definitely don't drive beyond your own limits, experience is everything.

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2008 23:33 
Cheers guys, will heed the warnings!! :D Roughly how much should these semi-metallic pads cost? I'm getting wheel alignment, balancing, camber correction + 2 new tyres done soon too (also a WOF issue lol) the camber (maybe the toe too??) on my back wheels just chews through inside of my tyres :x


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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2008 09:14 
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Cheers guys, will heed the warnings!! :D Roughly how much should these semi-metallic pads cost? I'm getting wheel alignment, balancing, camber correction + 2 new tyres done soon too (also a WOF issue lol) the camber (maybe the toe too??) on my back wheels just chews through inside of my tyres :x

Depends on what you get.

Talk to someone like RaceBrakes (0800 Brakes) who specialise in all things brake related.
They are pretty good at recommending a suitable pad compound.
I've used Mintex 1166 and Ferodo TS2000 in the Rally Barge (RS Legacy) quite happily. They are between $200 and $300 for a front set.


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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2008 10:17 
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probably 1144 or 1155's at the most for the slightly lighter mirage...

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 15 Jun 2008 09:31 
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I use Mintex 1155 front and rear in the racecar. Competition grade pads like these (or 1144 or 1166's) are probably overkill for a single trackday...but then again...you'll never regret spending money on brakes.

Highly recommend giving racebrakes a call. Explain what your doing and they will recommend something appropriate.

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 15 Jun 2008 13:52 
Okay cheers all, will give them a call after my exams. Dam exams :x Is any of the other stuff I mentioned in my first post of this topic relevant or not really?


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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 15 Jun 2008 22:30 
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it's not going to hurt checking everything if you haven;t in awhile, could be worth while if your in the mood, throwing a spanner over the suspension bolt/nuts and making sure everything is tight, same with anything else you like..

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2008 08:03 
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Yeah, thats good advice. I've had something that wasn't touched for several years, had never given problems or indication of failure, come off 30 seconds into a race :lol:

Now I check everything the day before, including jacking up the car and inspecting underneath.
Between runs I check wheel nuts with a torquewrench and visually inspect for leaks, check cambelt, water, brake and cluch fluid.

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2008 10:04 
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Bart wrote:
Between runs I check wheel nuts with a torquewrench


First time I went racing, after about 4 runs I noticed a shudder in the steering. Turns out the wheel nuts were so loose you could turn them with your fingers (and yes, they were torqued beforehand). Don't make that mistake anymore... :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Car race preparation
PostPosted: 21 Jun 2008 01:31 
Okay, will definitley check wheels and tyres!! Does anyone in Auckland have the special spark plug socket required for the mivec engines, and would be willing to let me quickly check the health of my plugs? I dont have one and dont have access to an angle grinder to chew up a normal socket...


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