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Old 04-13-2022, 04:07 PM   #41
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Installed the Toyota OEM mudflaps. Not quite as much protection from the front flaps as I'd like, but that's OK.









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Old 04-18-2022, 09:15 AM   #42
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NNJR autocross #1 in the books! I finished up 2nd in PAX, 1st in STR. Amy was 4th in STR, a very solid result. We struggled badly with understeer, made one car change and then just sort of didn't make another change with runs happening so quickly. We should have kept making changes, but that's on me for not accepting that the car wasn't performing at its best, whoops!



Amy's fastest run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lg_XAW4HJY

My fastest run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIBVSBgBKfQ
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Old 04-25-2022, 02:24 PM   #43
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Philly SCCA had their second event yesterday, I finished 2nd in PAX behind another BRZ in STR (Simmons) by 17 thousandths... SO close! We had made huge setup changes after the understeer monster at NNJR, this was WAYYYY better. So fun now!

My fastest run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzkmkeJOy8s

Amy's fastest clean run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNP7e6f7v78

Amy's fastest run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgI5bMuk0qc


Me vs Simmons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO75pYk9yZs
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Old 05-02-2022, 10:48 AM   #44
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Back to MetLife stadium for NNJR #2! I finished 3rd in PAX and Amy finished 3rd in STR. Car was working both better and worse all at once, haha. More changes for next event!

Amy's fastest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk97CZn2Lrg

My fastest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucFLKYROqAM

My last run was going faster... until it wasn't:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCCNaaMYwFc
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Old 05-05-2022, 11:53 AM   #45
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Needed more rear camber! Rear lower control arms from the first gen aren't legal on the new car due to a change in motion ratio, makes this mildly annoying but oh well. The only other options are a $650 set of upper control arms or a $130 set of offset upper arm bushings that are a huge PITA to install and adjust as well as being easy to have them slip...

I'm giving a $25 option a try I got ~0.3 degrees more rear camber (one side gained like 0.5 degrees, so I just evened it out) using two MOOG K90473 camber bolts. They torque to about the same torque spec as the OEM bolts so I'm hoping they don't slip. I'll find out soon!





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Old 05-14-2022, 08:30 PM   #46
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Did NNJR event 3 today, got the car working well finally (hey guess what, setting the shocks to where Shaftworks told me to set them works well) and Evan Schickel, 2018 DSP national champion, codrove to get ready for the NJ ProSolo

My fastest, good for 2nd in PAX, very close to Jeff Hurst (2013 STX national champion) in an STR ND:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWZ4CAfLM8g

Evan's fastest scratch time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP2O7_vqIa8

and a wild side by side!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy-G7n7zFUo
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Old 05-24-2022, 10:45 AM   #47
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My videos from NJ Pro. I coned away ~4 tenths on the right, but my left was pretty darn good. Really really liking the car!

Left side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLZ2dxXpStU

Right side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srCCgAU38Hw


Evan's fast runs, he never felt as comfortable as last weekend and also coned away some time:

Left side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5dBpPHO4DI

Right side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zi2I17lbFA

Amy's fast runs, left side data is broken somehow but whatever. She killed it this weekend pulling off 3rd in L3 and 3rd in the Ladies Challenge. Meshing with the car well and learning how to be aggressive with all of the mountains of torque versus our RX-8 last year! Amy found ~5 tenths each side during the challenges too, really proud of her!

Left side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuXLemsb88

Right side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYwc-u5J2-4
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Old 06-07-2022, 04:25 PM   #48
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I swapped from the Perrin 2.5" catback to the CSG Touring 86 catback... It's effectively OEM+ inside the car and not very loud outside the car either.

I have a JDL UEL and ISR Overpipe, stock frontpipe. The drone with the Perrin catback between 2-3k RPM was getting old quickly, not sure why it's so bad on a 2nd gen with UEL. Local friend has it with an EL header and it's drone free, so YMMV.

The CSG Touring 86 is damn near silent inside the car, may as well be OEM+ with zero drone and not much noise. It's getting a little louder after ~100 miles but I doubt it will ever get loud. Outside the car, on video anyway, it's not as deep of a sound as the Perrin but it's also less raspy and more "wooshy"


The CSG installs a little easier than the Perrin because you can set the tip depth easily, but the exhaust clamps were installed "backwards" meaning the bolt was on the wrong side of the exhaust for maximum clearance on installation. Kinda dumb but whatever, easy to fix. I also wish the CSG was 304 stainless, big bummer that it's not.


Prior setup with the Perrin catback:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-81a_fWbYpo


New setup with the CSG catback (will update when I get some miles on it like the Perrin):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21KhhV9crGc




Anybody want to buy a Perrin catback? haha
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Old 06-10-2022, 01:38 PM   #49
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New exhaust sounds killer! Glad it solved the drone issue. Drone drives me nuts.
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First event in a month!

Philly SCCA/WDCR SCCA autocross at Ripken stadium in Aberdeen. I took home 2nd in STR with Amy in 5th. Neither of us were super happy with our driving with both of us hitting a lot of cones, Amy never got a clean run

My fastest with a questionable cone call (nobody knows where I hit the cone and the car ahead of me on course was hitting lots of cones):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hEQX8ymQ2s

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LZDrjKcnO4
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New exhaust sounds OEM+ you're right! Very nice tone to it.

how do you like this car now that you've autox'd it a bunch? How does it compare to your recent builds overall?
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I love it! It's a ton of fun. It feels heavier than the ND and RX-8, the front end clearly doesn't work as well since it's strut front end. It's really nice inside and the power is really addicting. The power delivery is also really fun, feels like the RX-8 where it's rewarding to rev it out but with a LOT more torque.

Philly SCCA had another event this weekend, it was ridiculously hot and humid and we probably used four gallons of water spraying our tires to keep them cool! Really fun course and it was a lot of fun to work with Amy and see her improving as a driver! I pulled off first in PAX with a really close battle with an STR class ND Miata. 15 thousandths! Amy ended up finishing a really close 5th in STR, she's clearly getting comfortable with the added pace this year and she's crushing it.

Here's my fastest run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjhxP1eTUEc

Here's Amy's fastest run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgT83IZOjHk

Here's a side by side between the STR ND and myself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8NKwxUScvU
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Philly event last weekend! Here's my fastest run, good for 2nd in PAX right behind Kevin Donovan for his first PAX win! He was always super fast when I codrove his CRX so I was super happy for him taking the win:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-V9RZmnMU

Amy's fastest, an early run and she found a ton of time later in the day but it just never worked out with a full run. Still really good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7whipiCViY
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Toledo ProSolo! Super fun, even with the wrong car for STR. 500 pounds more weight than the ND Miata on the same tire is going to be hard to make up for. We whiffed on setup big time on day one, big thanks to Jon Lugod at Shaftworks USA for an all new setup to try on Sunday. The car was magical.

Weather all weekend was whacky. The entire morning session on Saturday was thrown out with thunderstorms, so we ran 6 runs in the afternoon instead of four. That meant no time to test anything really and Amy got stuck in drying conditions both days since of course it rained again overnight into Sunday.

Amy drove extremely well, just had bad luck getting away from the tree because of the changing conditions of the start line.

Here's Amy's fastest left, unfortunately the line dried up and she red lit :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PkymoIqDyg

Here's Amy's fastest right, tagged a cone somewhere:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZt41LSObZU


Here's my fastest left side run, not much left on the table for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IuFZhhugag

Here's my fastest right side run which was the first run on the fixed setup so I was feeling it out, I tagged a cone and got in the marbles badly on my second right side run and threw that away. Oh well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkPRH8nv4gI
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Toledo ProSolo! Super fun, even with the wrong car for STR. 500 pounds more weight than the ND Miata on the same tire is going to be hard to make up for. We whiffed on setup big time on day one, big thanks to Jon Lugod at Shaftworks USA for an all new setup to try on Sunday. The car was magical.

Weather all weekend was whacky. The entire morning session on Saturday was thrown out with thunderstorms, so we ran 6 runs in the afternoon instead of four. That meant no time to test anything really and Amy got stuck in drying conditions both days since of course it rained again overnight into Sunday.

Amy drove extremely well, just had bad luck getting away from the tree because of the changing conditions of the start line.

Here's Amy's fastest left, unfortunately the line dried up and she red lit :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PkymoIqDyg

Here's Amy's fastest right, tagged a cone somewhere:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZt41LSObZU


Here's my fastest left side run, not much left on the table for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IuFZhhugag

Here's my fastest right side run which was the first run on the fixed setup so I was feeling it out, I tagged a cone and got in the marbles badly on my second right side run and threw that away. Oh well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkPRH8nv4gI
I have to watch your videos because I feel like it's the only AutoX I am going to see for a long time. There is an event on Sunday at the Meadowlands, maybe I will try to go and watch (though my Z after 9 months is running again, though it is still stuck in PA for the moment, I just don't have a helm right now). Awesome runs though.
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I have to watch your videos because I feel like it's the only AutoX I am going to see for a long time. There is an event on Sunday at the Meadowlands, maybe I will try to go and watch (though my Z after 9 months is running again, though it is still stuck in PA for the moment, I just don't have a helm right now). Awesome runs though.
Thanks!

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