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post 2nd June 2014 14:29
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Well I had the first track day of the year on Saturday. It was a busy few weeks building up to it getting the car ready after it had sat outside for 4 months while my Subaru took preference (new discs/pads/braided hose and full carbon STI wing to be installed soon):



Firstly - arches cleaned, calipers refreshed and new EBC RedStuff pads fitted (had previously been using GreenStuff for all of last years trackdays):









Then bonnet was repainted and new stripes applied, along with paitning wipers:







Then fitted new braided hoses all round and bled brakes (don't worry, I've correctly postioned caliper clip now):



I also fitted a new rear brakelight to replace cracked lens, touched up some other bits here and there, checked for any rust and did an oil and filter change.

And purchased a new helmet for track day passengers:



Video from Llandow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBTd0lyXXWI

Cheers!

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post 2nd June 2014 16:50
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It was nice seeing you go by that M3 smile.gif
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Just what i was thinking!! Looks really good! Any more info on your spec?

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post 3rd June 2014 11:25
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Bolt in/out cat and SS cat-back exhaust by ProSpeed.

Green cotton (I think) cone air filter with air ducted through foglight.

FK lowering springs.

Adjustable on car Spax rear dampers.

Bilsten B4 front OE front dampers - currently looking for adjustable Koni/Spax/B6 if anyone has any?

Semi stripped interior/omp wheel & boss/metal pedals/corbra seat/Willans harnesses.

Front Sparco strut bar and custom rear strut bar.

Wezmoto front and rear stainless steel braided lines.

EBC Redstuff front pads. EBC Optimax rear pads.

OE Brembo discs - not grooved/drilled.

Typically run 15" 205/50 Federal RSR's on the front and 15" 195/50 Toyo T1R tyres on the rear during trackdays, to get a bit of back end movement. Obvioulsy Federals allround would give quicker lap times.

Probably missed some bits and pieces, so any Q's, just ask.

Chris

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Great video! thumbsup.gif

Nice driving! Car seems to be running spot on, pull nicely out of corners!

Like the idea of using different tyre sizes front and rear, i suppose a more mild rear suspension setup can be used (softer springs, shocks, anti roll bar).

Did you notice any difference using the rear bracing bar?


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Cheers!

Bought the car with the rear brace already fitted so can't make a comparison sorry.
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post 5th June 2014 15:48
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Some random photos my friends just sent me:













I also saw this in the car park and couldn't resist taking a photo - lovely mods on it:

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Looks like you had loads of fun thumbsup.gif
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post 22nd June 2014 17:26
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Well I had a good morning on track at Pembrey Circuit yesterday until my power steering pump failed and dropped all the fluid onto the paddock. Cant complain really as its the original 16 year old part. Seen reconditioned units online at 65. May also get some new front Bilsteins fitted at the same time. Just a month to get it fixed before my next track day or the Subaru will get its first track outing...

Here's a video of the 2 morning sessions: http://youtu.be/kv0_MojoKOA

And here's the help:




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post 22nd June 2014 18:08
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in the vid you seem to sit high in the seat ? is this uncomfortable


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It's still where previous owner had it located. As we all know the stock rails are way too high but I'm only 5'8 so I find it fine. I'm tempted to do the lowering mod but the work involved is quite hard to justify. I may get the specialist that I want to sort the pump and dampers to have a look, as well as check all the other bits and pieces...
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Glad to see it again on the track thumbsup.gif

Love the circuit, there's some cool high speed corners!

I had a PS pump failure too, on my 1st trackday laugh.gif The day was very hot, i ran for 15 laps in a row until the steering went dead. Managed to fix it within the week since it's the same pump as many FIATs around here, so far so good.

Get it fixed and back to action pappap.gif

About the lowering mod, one of the best mods for this car considering track use, lower driving position feels better for me and now i can wear a helmet without hitting it on the roof biggrin.gif


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Cheers Cesar. Some good points there!

Yeah the pump is the same as lots of fiat etc... just a shame it doesn't work off a seprate belt and isn't easier to get in/out.

Luckily (or not) even with helmet, there is still space above my head smile.gif
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Well I've ordered some new B6 Bilstein front shocks to fit alongside the new power sterring pump. Ordered from Alfisti for 240 delivered. Cheapest in UK was 340!

I will get some pics up when they arrive...all shiny and yellow hopefully biggrin.gif

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Cool!

What's the difference between the current Bilstein B4 you're using, and the B6?


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"A lot of people ask us Bilstein B4 vs B6 vs B8. The answer is simple. If you want the very best damping performance and enjoy the control a monotube damper can give then always go B6 or B8 over B4 (B4 is an OE spec replacement - very good quality but Twin Tube and therefore smaller piston, less resistance to fade, less consistent damping response). When it comes to B6 vs B8 - the rule is simple again - for a car with factory fitted sports springs or aftermarket lowering springs - go for the B8 if it exists. This shorter unit will not only ensure positive spring location on droop but will reduce droop for better control of body roll. That said sometimes only a B6 unit is listed - these are fine for lowering 40mm but much more than this would require the damper to be shortened, which can be done before it is supplied if required."

From here: http://www.balancemotorsport.co.uk/sitepage/Bilstein.html

They don't do B8 for the 145, but thats ok as my drop is only 30mm or so over standard so well within 40mm allowable before further mods to the B6 are required.

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Some pics from Pembrey - the B6's should reduce that front end roll nicely:



























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post 30th June 2014 17:23
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These have arrived smile.gif




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Funny how these cars like some body roll laugh.gif

I also think it'll help with reducing body roll. Depending on how much stiffer the B6s are, you might feel a slight increase in understeer, but i guess it's easily sorted by fiddling a bit with the tyre pressures.

Looking forward to seeing it on the tracks again thumbsup.gif


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Yeah - it doesn't feel like it rolls much when sat inside, then I see the photos and see what my friends are talking about!

Llandow on 26th July is my next track day - better get my mechanic on the phone to get these fitted.

Also had cans of gun metal grey plastic dip arrive today. I'm going to spray my track wheels (currently the light silver coloured ones) and have new black Alfa centre caps to fit too. Will get pics up when I can...
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