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Off Season planning thought

Postby mdlfCRXs » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:59 am

I know we have one more race, but I am sure some of "us" are thinking ahead to next year already. A little something I borrowed off the internet from a probable genius. Something to think about every time you (I) whip out that racing checkbook. He really makes a great point.

"If I wanted to spend $5-7k on shocks again, I'd be looking strongly at MCS, but you are REALLY hitting the point of diminishing returns fast. Not to mention that you a) still have to dial in the setup and b) drive in order to go fast. A lot of people forget about these things, so there's certainly no shortage of expensive, slow cars out there."
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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby rkaiser » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:11 am

All I have planned is changing my oil :)
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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby mtgeekman » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:20 am

I have big (read expensive) plans... then i'll spend next season relearning how to drive the car. :twisted:

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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby RayAR » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:24 pm

They say tightening up the loose nut behind the steering wheel is the best modification you can do. That being said. I wish I took an Evolution class, even a phase one, when I was in Montana. I allways felt my cars where capable, especially the last year I ran the Camaro which ended up being far superior to its driver. Having the car improve every year(But not me) really showed me just what kind of hack job I really was as a driver. I was finally consistent top 10 in raw time creeping up on the fast 5 and think just getting some decent driving skills ,especially with the horsepower I was dealing with, would have had me contending for FTD.
Funny how we don't blink an eye to spend $1000+ on modifications only to pick up 1/10th of a second but but have a hard time dishing out $300-$350 where it would really help.
The other thing that I found out works is the Dave Kirk method to going faster. Meaning being methodical with the car setup. Corner weights matter. The small details matter. I was finally corner weighing my car and moving stuff around to get the values I wanted, I was corner weighing between events or everytime I made a change, I was paying attention to the small things that I never felt made a difference, I was trying to make things look nice but unfortunatly my Fab skills kinda suck. 99% of this stuff didn't cost a penny but it made a noticable difference in the way the car performed.
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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby mdlfCRXs » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:18 pm

rkaiser wrote:All I have planned is changing my oil :)


Seems a bit rash Russ. These new cars have synthetic oil that lasts practically forever. I thought you might get a couple race seasons out of that first engine oil.

Ray, good stuff, but fixing the nut behind the wheel isn't as fun as messing with a perfectly good car!
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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby TuckerMadison » Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:34 pm

I like how Bob Ross puts it in his book "Mental Speed Secrets". If you over modify your car, when your driving youll be worrying about if its set up correctly or not. The more complicated your car is, the easier it is to get cluttered when your driving, and to make excuses on bad runs. I have cheap suspension, cheap wheels, cheap tires, and set the alignment to the same settings a few times a season. Then you never have to worry! (Im a broke college kid just trying to justify me being broke :wink: , If i had the money I would think this idea was dumb)
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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby rkaiser » Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:48 pm

Bob Ross


Wait a minute, he is the happy tree painter guy
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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby WyMCoupe » Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:52 pm

I'm pretty sure he is but who's to say he couldn't drive a car really quickly.

Good point Tucker. It is a fine line and I've done both extremes. Making massive unmeasurable changes to a car can either ruin the way a car drives and the drivers confidence in the car. Small measurable and noted changes are the way to go.
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Re: Off Season planning thought

Postby TuckerMadison » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:34 pm

rkaiser wrote:
Bob Ross


Wait a minute, he is the happy tree painter guy


Thats perfect auto-correction on my phone! Ross Bently, the driving coach, not Bob Ross the water color painting guy!
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