Thursday, February 24, 2011
I want to run the car low, but that means avoiding my driveway with any kind of splitter.
Ive been thinking of ways to have an extendable section or simply one that slides in when I need it for circuit days.. Held in by pins or bolts.
The one that slides in is easy. Just affix some bars along the underside and slide the front section into some tubes. These are running strainght along the body, so it wouldn't detract from the effect much? would it?
This car has an outer edge only, the centre could be added for track days.
I actually want it a bit lower like this picture.
R- Magic make one also but it's crazy expensive and probably wouldn't match the body of my car.
What to do?
A while ago, Dino gave me some speedhunters.com stickers for my car. There is now one on each surface.
Speaking of surface. This black car was kind enough to stop beside me I could admire the black rims.
But OMG! look at the mismatch in colour in the side skirts. one day I'll paint them, the bonnet, bumper and rear spoiler.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Blue Skies... Nice day for a Paint. ps. No Photoshopping!!!!! What a change. Great!!!!
I've been wanting to paint my Enkei RP-01 for a while. But today was the day.
I live on a main street with nowhere to do this, but a friend offered me his garage for the day.
A little far from my place, but the return journey saw a stop at daikoku for some crappy iphone pics.
Fresh. Hella Matt! Hella cool! Who needs advan RG-D? Maybe me... hahaha.
A little bad news though. My trip up and down the wangan through yokohama and tokyo highways becaame a bit of a joke. The dampers in the car seem to be pretty old, Today's inspection saw a whole lot of leaking oil from the rears and a ride full of bounce and void of damping. So much so it was funny.
So priorities change and tyres will wait until new coilovers are purchased. I'll sell the old Scoot ones. I want some independant height / independant spring damping shocks anyway. -65mm here we come.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ok, I did take my camera, but battery was dead so the iPhone had to do for this checkpoint.
Basically, since new year, I have installed the Enkei RP-01 wheels, some stickers (waiting for cutter to do more)
KSP Rear wing for the street. (still have the GT wing for the track)
And thats it, exterior wise. It snowed last night so the car is very dirty, hence the dark lines down the side.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
There isn't much needed to make my FD look freaking cool.
Lowered and a bit of paint on the wheels. A splitter is unavoidable and gt-wing will see circuit duty.
Just a tweak here and there. But this post is more about tyres.
Tyre Choice Time.
Right now I have 18" wheels. 8.5" and 9.5" rims but the tyres are worn.
So the logical choice is to replace with the same size. 235/40 and 265/35 Right? Wrong.
Purpose: The car is to see some double duty "fun" circuit driving.
Not extreme time setting or super drift, but somewhere in between. Let's call it "Slide Attack" setting.
So that means maybe a little less tyre is more fun.
225/40 front and 255/35 rear for the street will be perfect. (Version I setting)
This will see the car able to be lowered with ease.
The tyres may have a slight stretch to tuck the wheels nicely inside the guards with 8.5"+35 and 9.5"+38 Offset.
Front will also have more lock at the lower hight without chewing the guards during some impromptu drift.
For the circuit, If I use 255/35 all round. (Version II setting)
I only need another two 9.5" rims with some 255/35 mounted.
These could be used on the front for improved turn in for grip running days or on the rear for spare drift duty spares.
I have more than enough power to spin any tyre so durability is a little bit of an issue also. Softer High grip tyres will dissappear quickly.
It's good writing this down because it helps the clarity.
Looks / Versatility / Fun / Low Cost / Durability
Negatives. (at this point I don't care about so basically none)
lower grip level / slightly less control / higher lap times
Lap times for me are only a measure of driver performance so a consistent vehicle setting will mean measurable outcomes.
So I think I've answered my own questions.
2x 225/40R18 for the front 8.5" rims.
2x 255/35R18 for the rear 9.5" rims.
2x 255/35R18 spare
2x 9.5" RP-01 or similar
Street 225/40R18 F / 255/35R18 R
Circuit Drift 225/40R18 F / 255/35R18 R
Circuit Attack 255/35R18 F & R GT Wing + current ride hight + alignment.
225/40R18 Neova AD08, Direzza Star Spec or Bridgestone RE-11 are the choices. Y25000~ea
255/35R18 Federal 595RS-R seems logical. Y17500~ea
So total is about 130,000
I think that should balance the car. Probably the 225 Neova would match the grip of the 255 Federals anyway.
(Note to self -- last time green Version II had 255 on 10J rims and there was no stretch. *** Research)
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Yes, More chops. VRG2. Deep offset is maybe too deep and super expensive.
I've been looking at tyres, but when i search I find wheels too.
Ive seen some of these blue beauties used fairly cheap. Although not this dished, they still look good.
Which got me thinking about the old T&E Vertex car (the green one) Those babies were wicked! Chrome is coming! Bring it! These were chopped straight from a standard body car! I'll have to check the specs.
Don't even get me started on aero! I'll be chopping forever. Gotta get me splitter sorted.
Seems the companies I contacted are asking around 38000 yen for the undertray + whatever to fit a custom airdam. Hmmm.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Next plan is to relocate the relocated battery.
My Shaken registration says 4 seater, but I think adding the rear bins and going 2 seater full time is the best option.
I was sitting in the rear today, and really there is NO way this is a 4 seater. Japanese kids are pretty small though.