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Old 03-08-2009, 03:23 AM   #1
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Default JC Meynet/Harman Motive 2009 race car build

Well guys (and gals), Some of you may already know about the big stuff we are doing to our 2008 Redline Time Attack Street class championship winning car. In case you have missed it.......

www.harmanmotive.com/racing

For 2009, we are now a fully dedicated Modified AWD class car built to the extent of the rules as best as we can manage and afford. We may even take some shots at the Unlimited/pro AWD class if we get up to satisfactory speed (like we did and won the pro/unl overall at Subiefest last September )

Harman Motive (Dan Harman) is still the main force behind the build with AQ Motorsports (Adan Quesada) helping in spades (the service/mechanic side of Harman). I cant stress enough how vital these guys are to all of the success we have had and to the incredible amount of skilled work and craftmanship that has gone into the car. No DNFs, EVER! Car racing truly is a team sport and these guys are truly the team leaders. I would still be the biggest geek/noob in the Subie racing world if it weren't for these two and their incredible selfless efforts.

Mitch Pederson (from AEM fame) is in charge of the wiring and data aquisition system as well as engineering/analyzing the data track side. This will be increibly hellpful, especially now that we are utilizing an advanced AIM system with many sensors including shock pots etc. Mitch will also be performing the tune on our AEM stand alone with input from Dan Harman.

Expect to see another 100whp or so from our excellent Cosworth motor that has been upgraded with higher compression pistons and a refresh over the winter. We will be playing around with a new spec GT35 turbo that Forced performance has done a little massage work to. Our new DBW AEM system will be very useful to tune this beast.

Toyo has stepped in as our tire sponsor for 2009 and we couldnt be happier! There is no question that their excellent R888 is the class of the field in Modified/Limited.

Enkei has also stepped it up by providing us with 4 sets of their excellent NT03+ wheels in 18x10.5, beautiful!

Frank at The Driveshaft Shop hooked us up with some gorgeous axles and an aluminum driveshaft that are almost too good looking to hide under the car. Axles rated to launch repeatedly, even at our whp level and a driveshaft that weighs 1/2 of stock, what more could we ask for?

Speaking of pretty parts, Ray at Kaminari hooked us up with some suspension goodies (tie rod/ball joint extenders and lateral links) that are so nice that I cant find a single flaw or complaint. He may be doing a superlight and well vented hood for us too (crossing fingers ).

ACT is once again our clutch supplier. I cant believe that their gentle and smooth street clutch was able to handle the abuse we gave it last year but it did! Our clutch held up so well that we didnt even have to resurface the flywheel for this year. I laugh at chattery/clackity clutches that are hard to drive..... < that's me laughing

Motul is once again fullfiling our oily needs, critical to yet another season with zero DNFs!

Our Cusco shocks worked admirably last year but were very limited (per street class rules). Now we have invested in some jewel-like JRZ 3-ways that, with our shock data aquisition system, should give us state of the art suspension action this season. JRZ's tech guy Bryan and our skilled data guy Mitch will make a great team to get the suspension working excellently.

Deatschwerks once again stepped in with some sweet injectors. 1600cc this time, up from our 950s last year.

EDO Performance was very generous to hook us up with their excellent Zero-Sports body kit. I was a little aprehensive as many "kits" I have seen are pretty cheesey. Boy was I wrong! This body kit fits really well, looks great, and has some really clever design additions that are very ingenious and useful.

As a complimentary part to the body kit, new daddy Mike from Kognition Designs has made us a beautiful custom rear wing to our exacting specifications. You guys will love it when you see it!

We are once again relying on StopTech for our brake needs but this time we have been blessed with their brand new (just released at SEMA) forged 6-piston 14" front brake kit. We are also using their new rear 4-piston kit with the parking brake deleted (saved 25lbs, most of which was unsprung).

Ferodo has been awesome to supply us with stacks of special TA style brake pads that should help suck my eyeballs right out of my head!

Whiteline, COBB, Cusco and Kartboy have been helpfull by providing us with misc suspension bushings, sway bars, links, etc.

Thank you Bullet Fabrications for the roll cage that I hope I never need.....

Griffin provided us a beautiful new intercooler and radiator with integral oil cooler, made to our specifications. It really fits and works excellently with our new Zero-Sports front end from EDO!

Hosetech is once again supplying our hose needs.

Lastly, thank you Sparco for the stylin' suit that not only makes me "look" good but may keep my b***s from burning off some day.....



Here's a list of the generous folks who's help is so very appreciated:

Harman Motive
AQ Motorsports
Toyo Tires
Enkei wheels
Driveshaft shop
Cosworth
AEM/Mitch
Deatschwerks
Garrett Turbos/Forced Performance
ACT Clutches
JRZ
EDO/Zero-sports
Ferodo
Kaminari
Kognition
Bullet Fabircations
Whiteline
Kartboy
COBB
Griffin
Motul
StopTech
Sparco
Hose Techniques

Would you like to be added to our list of great partners and supporters?



Thank you to everyone who has helped and contributed to our car at every level. We wouldnt have had the success without all of your help. Keep checking this space and the website for updates.

Thanks again,

JC Meynet aka MXPOP

2008: Redline TA Street Tire/AWD Champ
1st Mod, 1st Pro/Unl, Subiefest WSIR 9-7
1st St 1st St awd, RLTA Ca Spdwy 7-20
1st St awd, 1st St, 1st St super-session, 2nd mod awd, RTA, Miller 6-29
1st NASA/Superlap St class, 1st S-Lap ltd awd, 1st UMS TA, Firebird 5-24
1st NASA TTU, Buttonwillow 4-27
1st awd St, 1st St class overall, 2nd Mod awd RLTA, BW 3-30
1st Supercars Exposed, Speed Channel 2-12
No DNF's

2007:
4-1st, 3-2nd, 2-3rd
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:46 AM   #2
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car loks great! cant wait to see it in person and out on the track JC. see you soon
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:23 AM   #3
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The undertray/rear diffuser is just SICK!
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:53 AM   #4
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Nice to see Dan still around, nice car with a lot of time, money and effort invested.

Nice journal!!!!!
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:00 AM   #5
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Hope you have some wide fenders to fit those 10.5 wheels.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:50 AM   #6
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awesome car
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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Was wondering when you would post this officially on the forums. I've been following your build and I must say I am in love and has given me a new direction for my future build. I have been looking for over-fender flares for quite some time, but none really did it for me until I saw yours on the Zero-Sports kit which is the kit I may be going with. You even have the same wheel/tire set-up I want, but might go with a different wheel as a lot more people have started using NT-03's now and I want to be a little different.


I'm PM'ing you with a few questions.
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:40 AM   #8
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Thanks guys!

The fender flares are for a 240sx from www.raceonusa.com

They dont fit perfectly as they were an adaptation but they are OK considering it's a race car first and foremost.

The front/rear/side skirts are Zero-Sports parts that work great. I didnt compare their weight with stock but they seem similar.
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:47 AM   #9
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hope you're getting a lot of sets of tires because those toyos will be gone quick

goodluck with the upcoming season
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:09 AM   #10
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JC, are you going to be out here in Phoenix for the next Modified Magazine tuner shootout this year?
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:12 AM   #11
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car is comming along great JC. it went from a streetable track car to a full blown track car! im hoping my car will be ready for the 13th test day so i can go out with you guys. always a great time at the track with you watching you rip it up!!!! domo aragato mr. roboto!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:56 AM   #12
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holy crap its even more beastly then before!
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:22 AM   #13
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JC, are you going to be out here in Phoenix for the next Modified Magazine tuner shootout this year?
this.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:26 AM   #14
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Yep, Toyo has really stepped in for our tire needs! We havent tested on them yet but my understanding is that they remain fast throughout their life instead of falling off pace after a few heat cycles like my last years' tires. I have used Toyo RA1s on my Spec Miata and those do work great all the way until corded. I truly believe that Toyo's R888 is the best tire for Mod/Limited class at this time.

I dont know about Modified/Firebird race. It seems to take proper "politics" to be chosen for these type of magazine events and "Homey dont play that game." if they want a fast and proven team, then I would happily consider the offer. We won all but 1 street tire race we entered last year (including wins and records at BW), won Redline's Championship, and had no DNFs yet we were still passed up for the Evo vs STI shootout.......

I still may come out for the SLB qualifier, even if I am not on the "special" modified list. I really liked Firebird and met some really cool guys out there. Wouldnt it be appropriate to spank the times of the teams that do get invited? We will see.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:45 PM   #15
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Hell yea JC!!!! Let me know when u need some male modeling for this beast.... hahaha

Ur car is comin along great!

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:06 PM   #16
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I love it! The wheels are way too aggressive though...
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:10 PM   #17
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Yep, Toyo has really stepped in for our tire needs! We havent tested on them yet but my understanding is that they remain fast throughout their life instead of falling off pace after a few heat cycles like my last years' tires. I have used Toyo RA1s on my Spec Miata and those do work great all the way until corded. I truly believe that Toyo's R888 is the best tire for Mod/Limited class at this time.
I found that the R888s are definitely faster initially than the RA1's but they don't stay that way for long. The RA1's did keep a remarkable amount of grip all the way down to the cords, but the R888s started to fall off significantly about halfway through their tread life. Shaving them would probably help though.
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Oh, and any more info on the Kaminari ball joint kit? I haven't seen anything on their site.
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Old 03-15-2009, 05:39 PM   #19
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Oh, and any more info on the Kaminari ball joint kit? I haven't seen anything on their site.
It is a prototype part that is based on their trophy truck designs. It is very nice in every way. Very well supported by it's own shouldered design and then they add the aluminum shoulder for even better resistance to flex/bending etc. I can connect you with them directly if you like.


Tie rod replacements (ball joints not installed in photo):

http://harmanmotive.com/racing/wp-co...s/cimg9854.jpg


And the ball joint as compared to Whiteline and OEM:

http://harmanmotive.com/racing/wp-co...s/cimg9942.jpg
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:02 PM   #20
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very impressive ...does dan still do tuning for lowly commoners like me?
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:17 PM   #21
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he tunes every once and a while but he sold the dyno so he would have to use somebodys.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:56 PM   #22
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nice JC... glad you got those flares on your ride instead of in your trunk... going to look Baddddarse. looking forward to seeing the progress

-danny (kid that bought re01rs off you)
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:00 PM   #23
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Hey JC, i remember when you showed up to a Speedventures event many moons ago when your car was...."stock" I just gotta say that, your car is awesome man! Lots of hard work has gotten you to the top! Good work man.


P.S i was the kid in the Black E36 M3 at the speedventures event

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Old 03-15-2009, 08:01 PM   #24
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^^^ Yes, you are correct.

He sold his dyno to GMG (Porsche guys) but still has access to it and several others.

Dan will still tune as needed and can be reached at dan@harmanmotive.com

Harman's main mechanic, Adan Quesada, is still there turning wrenches and doing great fabrication work. He is still the main mechanic on my car and can be reached at h14runner@aol.com

Check out some recent progress: www.harmanmotive.com/racing

Thanks guys

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where are the pix??????????//
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