Alignment probably within 4k miles. Don't recall the specs, but there is no mystery here. I just need more negative camber up front so the front right tire loads up more evenly when turning left. Both of the tracks I drive at here run counter-clockwise, so you spend most of the time turning left. I think my negative camber is currently a little under 2 degrees. Will probably want to go to -2.5.When's the last time you had an alignment and what are the specs?
Gotcha. Yeah, some instructors are more hands-on than others. While I do try to make good use of the instructors when they're around, I agree that it can be very helpful to drive solo and not be constantly chatting during the run.Intermediate C. Most of the other drivers in my run group were soloed by the second day. I think my instructor just enjoyed being in the car with me.
Made a little comparison video of my fastest clean and fastest dirty runs today. Pause it at specific elements and you can see how I was nearly even on the way down, but made crazy time up on the way back by running a tighter line and not lifting. Now I just need to learn how to drive tight,clean, and fast consistently.
Can't be fast without taking some risks and coning some runs.Fixed!
Very true. I am either too conservative, or just plow through my braking zones when I try to go all out. I just ordered some Hawk HP+ front pads to go along with my Stoptech Street rear pads, so that's no longer an excuse now. Slowly making my way to a full STX build.but I'll admit it's hard to go out and plow over a lot of cones.
I just installed HP Plus pads and new rotors all around 2 weeks ago. I was happy with the PF Z rated for AutoX, but I had some concerns about them for the PDXs coming at Daytona. Doing full IMSA road course this Friday and then two more there in the early fall, plus possibly two full course events at Sebring.Very true. I am either too conservative, or just plow through my braking zones when I try to go all out. I just ordered some Hawk HP+ front pads to go along with my Stoptech Street rear pads, so that's no longer an excuse now. Slowly making my way to a full STX build.
You aren't worried about overheating the HP+ pads on the track?I just installed HP Plus pads and new rotors all around 2 weeks ago. I was happy with the PF Z rated for AutoX, but I had some concerns about them for the PDXs coming at Daytona. Doing full IMSA road course this Friday and then two more there in the early fall, plus possibly two full course events at Sebring.
I ran the first autoX with them this past weekend. Tons of stopping power, but the jury's still out on if the modulation is good enough at lower speeds. I had a couple of lock ups that were unintended, but it might just be that the point in the pedal travel has moved with the new pads/rotors.
They were a royal pain to get bedded in......
While they tolerate the same temp range, in theory the much higher grip means they're applied for a shorter time to achieve the same bleed off of speed so hopefully that means overall they run cooler. When I did the shorter course PDX a couple weeks ago the brake temps were running about 400F so there's another 200F of range to work with before they'd go above optimal range. By Friday evening I'll know the answer! :thumbup:You aren't worried about overheating the HP+ pads on the track?
Based on Hawk's pad chart, the HP+ don't have much better of a heat range than OEM pads, but they bite like crazy even when cold. I don't plan on doing any HPDE's anytime soon as they never work with my schedule, so I wasn't worried about the temperature range. I did flip flop between HP+ and EBC Yellowstuff, but ultimately went with HP+ as that was what other E36 STX guys were running and the EBC's were kind of an unknown.
Mine were ridiculous initially, but after a second round of bedding them in they've gotten a lot better. I did fifteen 40 to zero really hard stops on the street by my house and then coasted into the driveway without touching the brake pedal, then I let them cool overnight. Made a huge difference.My HP plus are soooo loud
They're referencing pavement circle tracks which are particularly brutal on brakes, but the HP Plus are listed by Hawk as their entry level motorsports pads.I've not heard good things about the HP+ pads when used in full track conditions. Hawk's website says they're not designed for scenarios requiring high deceleration rates (i.e., road courses), or if used on tracks in cars over 2800lbs. In other words, it seems that they're great for auto-x where brake temps are relatively low and only quick jabs are needed. But if you don't get carried away and push too hard at the track, they will probably hold up well enough to get you through your day.
Braking into turn 1 was probably the most difficult because there's so much pavement in that area and it's really difficult to pick something to use as a braking point. It's very much by feel and you're coming off your highest speed. Coming into the bus stop they have braking point markers on the fence so it's easier to pick a mark, but the entrance is really difficult to see until you're pretty close. If you enter too fast you'll drop wheels off track on the exit so there's a tendency (at least for me) to err on the side of a bit slower.Looks like awesome fun, Don. How did your brakes & tires hold up?
Also, in having driven that circuit countless times in Forza, I always find the braking zones into turn 1 and the bus stop to be very challenging to get right. How was it in real life?