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Old 04-27-2007, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default have you ever broken anything during auto-x?

have you ever broken ANYTHING on your car during an auto-x event? without impact? i'd like to know if there is a maintenance bill attached to this type of racing, other than tires after a while.

also, if anything breaks, can you just bring it in for warranty and not mention anything? is it covered under standard warranty or extended warranty?
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Old 04-27-2007, 04:48 AM   #2
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have you ever broken ANYTHING on your car during an auto-x event? without impact?i'd like to know if there is a maintenance bill attached to this type of racing, other than tires after a while.

also, if anything breaks, can you just bring it in for warrenty and not mention anything? is it covered under standard warrenty or extended warrenty?
In my opinion, if you know your car is in good working condition, you shouldn't need to worry about things breaking. Sure, racing puts a bit more stress on the chassis and the parts on your car, but its nothing your car can't handle if its been maintained properly. I'm sure the thought of the slightly extra wear wouldn't keep you from trying out AutoX to see what you'd be missing out on.

Some people take their license plates off while racing for insurance/warranty purposes. It should be noted that ICBC will not cover accidents that happen at autox because its a competition/timed event.

Hope that answers your questions
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:31 AM   #3
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Just eats up your tires.. its really not that hard on your car. Nothing like track days.
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:08 PM   #4
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well as long as im racing through cones and not cars, im pretty sure i won't have any accidents with anyone else (knock on wood). i was talking to stephen hyndman from specialty motorcars today (subaru service/warranty guy with years of rally experience) and he said as long as i call it advanced driver training and not racing, warranty will cover everything. he highly encouraged me to go out and try it out but not run rpm to redline and burn the clutch etc.

i asked him about swapping sway bars and adding strut bars, and he said its all fine for warranty, and he suggest i get neoprene bushings for the suspension as well, what are those exactly?
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:22 PM   #5
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i asked him about swapping sway bars and adding strut bars, and he said its all fine for warranty, and he suggest i get neoprene bushings for the suspension as well, what are those exactly?
I think he meant "polyurethane" not "neoprene". Poly is a harder material than rubber used for upgraded bushings....neoprene is for scuba diver suits, and front lip spoilers.
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Old 04-27-2007, 02:32 PM   #6
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yaaaaaa i was really second guessing neoprene, i wanted to ask him how neoprene would work lol
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Old 04-27-2007, 03:59 PM   #7
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^^^ Sounds like another Johnson in the making
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Old 04-27-2007, 04:08 PM   #8
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thejean on hear blew his engine in rally X
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Old 04-27-2007, 04:44 PM   #9
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Many of the things that break could just as easily break elsewhere it just happens to happen at auto-x. I've had a number of people who have stripped first or second gear in their WRX's at auto-x and also seen the odd broken sway bar mount. Depending on how you launch you could break shafts, clutch or tranny issues.
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:11 PM   #10
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I think probably the most commonly broken thing in AutoX are stock sway bar lnks, sway bar mounts, and low gears. O yea and the clutch if you dont know how to drive a stick
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:53 PM   #11
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^ sounds like a driver problem
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:22 PM   #12
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^ sounds like a driver problem
Ditto!

The only thing I've broken at an auto-x is my ego. Those little orange cones look so simple. Expect to have your ego broken and bruised the first time out. Be humble about it and learn from your experience and from the experience of others. Above all, forget about how "fast" your run was, and enjoy yourself.

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Old 04-28-2007, 12:16 AM   #13
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Well, after almost 3 years of a LOT of autox and 45,000km of daily driving, I've burnt out my clutch. I launch HARD at autox, and have done a day of drag racing and three days at the track as well. I am not making a warranty claim, that would just be silly. I don't regret driving the car hard - it has been fun, and fun stuff tends to cost money. I will continue to enjoy the car.

If you are worried about clutch and drivetrain, just launch a bit easier - that will substantially reduce chance of failures. Don't be a granny though - that's no fun!
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Old 04-28-2007, 12:30 AM   #14
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The only thing I broke: 1 orange cone.
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Old 04-28-2007, 12:39 AM   #15
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Well, after almost 3 years of a LOT of autox and 45,000km of daily driving, I've burnt out my clutch. I launch HARD at autox, and have done a day of drag racing and three days at the track as well. I am not making a warranty claim, that would just be silly. I don't regret driving the car hard - it has been fun, and fun stuff tends to cost money. I will continue to enjoy the car.

If you are worried about clutch and drivetrain, just launch a bit easier - that will substantially reduce chance of failures. Don't be a granny though - that's no fun!
you can't claim clutch under warranty any more than you can claim tires or brakes.
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:39 AM   #16
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you can't claim clutch under warranty any more than you can claim tires or brakes.
Except for the cold morning clutch shudder.. hehe.. had mine replaced at 50k.
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Old 04-28-2007, 02:30 AM   #17
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So that's what happened to my stock end links!!! Now it all comes together, I just hope I have a new set by next weekend.
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:44 AM   #18
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so as long as i dont wreck a clutch, im alright? i have fully stock 05 rs2.5 so i cant go crazy with that kind of power anyways. im going to take it easy first time out as well, im not expecting ANYTHING in terms of good times or w/e, just there to get the experience and decide whether i want to invest in it or not.
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:54 AM   #19
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so as long as i dont wreck a clutch, im alright? i have fully stock 05 rs2.5 so i cant go crazy with that kind of power anyways. im going to take it easy first time out as well, im not expecting ANYTHING in terms of good times or w/e, just there to get the experience and decide whether i want to invest in it or not.
I don't "launch" my 2.5i...I bet I could get a few extra tenths of a second with a more aggressive launch, but I don't need to be hard on my clutch to have fun. Stop worrying about what you can break, and have some fun dammit!
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I've launched mine between 3,500 - 4,000 rpm. No harm done . . . . yet (knock on wood). Just don't go push it at/or near redline
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Old 04-28-2007, 05:35 AM   #21
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so as long as i dont wreck a clutch, im alright? i have fully stock 05 rs2.5 so i cant go crazy with that kind of power anyways. im going to take it easy first time out as well, im not expecting ANYTHING in terms of good times or w/e, just there to get the experience and decide whether i want to invest in it or not.
don't doubt those 2.5RS's.. they are excellent autocross cars.. cause you don't have to wait for boost to have torque. I loved auto-xing my old RS.. and usually I would place quite high in the daily standings 6-8th position.. against cars with a LOT more mods/horsepower.

Oh and.. the only thing I ever broke at the track.. was a little paint chip on the front of the bumper cause i hit a cone at around 70km/hr.. that and the occational scuff that usually would buff out.
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:58 PM   #22
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I've never personally broken anything in AutoX. I do, however have many friends who compete in it also, and these are the things they've had go wrong. The clutch and low gears were all in one shot. My friend phil claimed he could drive stick and asked one of his friends if he could have a run around the track. clutch and second gear GONE. feel bad for the guy
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:38 AM   #23
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I don't "launch" my 2.5i...I bet I could get a few extra tenths of a second with a more aggressive launch, but I don't need to be hard on my clutch to have fun. Stop worrying about what you can break, and have some fun dammit!
it's not exactly under my ownership... i have to take care of it!
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The best thing you can break is the lap time you had before the last time.
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