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Old 04-10-2013, 03:32 PM   #5251
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Well that sucks. Was it the driver's side? My passenger's side seems pretty secure. The driver's side was already cut due to my FMIC and had ripped out before. This time I just used a lot more zip ties. I hope it lasts, but I think you're probably right that it won't. I may have to buy some new OEM plastic and try to reinforce it before it's broken...
Mine is only on the passenger side, and I think it might have been due to some *minor* bumper damage I acquired on a backroad. I just heard a scraping noise and couldn't figure out what it was for a very long time. Turns out my splash panel had just been snow-plowing all the way down the interstate. I had to drill new holes in the bumper because the front end of the panel had been ground off. It's come loose a few times since then. I'm trying to avoid buying a new piece.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:40 PM   #5252
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Mine is only on the passenger side, and I think it might have been due to some *minor* bumper damage I acquired on a backroad. I just heard a scraping noise and couldn't figure out what it was for a very long time. Turns out my splash panel had just been snow-plowing all the way down the interstate. I had to drill new holes in the bumper because the front end of the panel had been ground off. It's come loose a few times since then. I'm trying to avoid buying a new piece.
Yep, mine was folded under and sanding itself off on the road. I noticed it any time I was going slow and tried to tuck it back in place, but it would just pop back out again. I drilled the holes to "stitch" the crack back together and then I drilled 3 holes along the edge to zip to it to various things (one was the bumper, the other two were holes in the frame) and hopefully hold it in place. But it's still basically a parachute held in place by a couple zip ties. I don't see it lasting.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:25 PM   #5253
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I had one of mine pop out and get completely destroyed by the front tire. I cut it off and threw it away.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #5254
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I had one of mine pop out and get completely destroyed by the front tire. I cut it off and threw it away.
I was very close to just cutting off the damaged part. But then I figured it would eventually pull the whole wheel liner under the wheel, like what happened to you. I would like to keep as much underbody as I can for aero/rust/dirt concerns.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #5255
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Wow this car still amazes me everytime i see it. How is this a Daily Driver!?!? haha
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:32 PM   #5256
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Wow this car still amazes me everytime i see it. How is this a Daily Driver!?!? haha
Well, I get in it and drive it to work everyday. Then I pick up my daughter from daycare after work and head home. That's pretty much it. I also drive it on weekends sometimes.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:47 PM   #5257
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:01 PM   #5258
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Yesterday NF Performance hosted at track day. It was held on a track at a local college. DCTC has a relatively small/technical track setup for instructional purposes. It's listed at 2.8 miles but typical setup is probably around half of that. It is not super high speed, but it's very technical and a lot of fun!

The weather yesterday was pretty terrible. Right around 32F all day with a mix of snow/sleet/rain. The event had a great turn out despite this terrible weather. Registration was capped at 20 and had been full for weeks. There were 40+ people there including NF staff, drivers, instructors, volunteers and families/friends.

Here are some of the photos I took:





















I was just there to help out and take photos, but I got to spend a fair amount of time on the track myself. I gave out many rides and did my best to put down 600WHP on cold/wet surface. Unfortunately no photos of my car going around, but I did get out there enough to go through nearly a whole tank of gas.

The car did great and held up to the abuse with no issues. With the limited traction there was a lot of sliding/drifting, but in a straight line you can put down a surprising amount of power, even in those conditions. In between the fun times sliding around I did get a chance to work on my lines and felt like the car did very well for such a tight/technical track and a larger turbo.

And I did drive the car to and from the track. The car is still a daily driver! On the way to the track I did have a hiccup where I lost fuel pressure and had to coast off the road (just about a block from the track). It ended up being a bad fuse in the fuel pump hardwire kit. The fuse was replaced and the car was back up and running great!
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:06 AM   #5259
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Awesome shots!
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:40 AM   #5260
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Ben, is there a non-plastic solution out there? Or could you get one made? I bet it'd only help aero and rust issues.

Ground effects!
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #5261
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Ben, is there a non-plastic solution out there? Or could you get one made? I bet it'd only help aero and rust issues.

Ground effects!
You mean for the undertray? I know there are some out there but none of the ones I've seen include the portion that I am having issues with.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:03 PM   #5262
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Here are some more photos comparing the width of these two tires (same size tires on the same size wheels):

Federal 595 RS-R 255/40R17
Enkei RPF1 17x9"

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Dunlop Direzza Star Spec Z1 255/40R17
Mach V Awesome 17x9"





















I took these photos because some people are claiming that the 595 RSR's are super wide (even compared to the Star Specs). They are very similar in overall width (at least in this size), but the Federals have a much more rounded sidewall and the Star Spec's are very square. I think this may actually result in the Star Specs having more tread on the ground for the same overall width. Both are fairly wide tires for their given size.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:11 PM   #5263
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You have the same problem I have. Every time I go to the track, I am the guy with the camera so there are never any shots of me out there. The snow made for a really cool setting though.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:16 PM   #5264
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You have the same problem I have. Every time I go to the track, I am the guy with the camera so there are never any shots of me out there. The snow made for a really cool setting though.
Yeah, exactly. There were a couple others but they both packed up early due to weather. The snow was pretty cool but once it turned to rain it was horrible. Sitting out in light snow is no big deal, but when it's raining at 34F it is really miserable. I would go out for 5-10min at a time because I was freezing. Next time I need snow pants or rain gear because I was just getting soaked. Ripping a few laps around the track helped to warm things back up
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #5265
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Here are some more photos comparing the width of these two tires (same size tires on the same size wheels):

Federal 595 RS-R 255/40R17
Enkei RPF1 17x9"

vs.

Dunlop Direzza Star Spec Z1 255/40R17
Mach V Awesome 17x9"

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I took these photos because some people are claiming that the 595 RSR's are super wide (even compared to the Star Specs). They are very similar in overall width (at least in this size), but the Federals have a much more rounded sidewall and the Star Spec's are very square. I think this may actually result in the Star Specs having more tread on the ground for the same overall width. Both are fairly wide tires for their given size.
They look almost identical. How do they compare driving wise? Does one seem to offer more grip than the other? Softer/firmer?
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:26 PM   #5266
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They look almost identical. How do they compare driving wise? Does one seem to offer more grip than the other? Softer/firmer?
Yeah, nearly identical overall. I only had the Federals on for a few days before it decided to snow again and I had to take them off. Once I get some more miles on them I will have to update.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #5267
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Should have stayed outside taking pictures when i was driving your car
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #5268
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Then I wouldn't have gotten to experience your driving first hand...
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:27 PM   #5269
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New header courtesy of Overland04!

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #5270
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I love that project name, so fitting. Stealth, clean, and mean!!!!!
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:01 AM   #5271
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Here is a video that one of my friend's took at the track day last weekend. It was very cold and wet, but it was still a lot of fun. I was on the full ~30psi / ~600WHP tune, but I was still running snow tires. Lots of sliding around, but the car puts the power down surprisingly well in the straights.

I am in the video around 2:15. Just a quick flyby in the back straight (he let me go by). Camera car was probably going about 60mph and just cruising. It's an 09 WRX with a built motor and the stock VF52 on E85.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:32 AM   #5272
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Can't watch on mobile =(
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:47 AM   #5273
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No helmet track day?
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:02 AM   #5274
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Can't watch on mobile =(
Yeah, he uses music he doesn't have the rights to so it doesn't allow mobile viewing.

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No helmet track day?
This is a short track which is basically 2nd gear only for most parts (although Ge and were both in 3rd when I passed). Most events are no helmets but some do require it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:41 AM   #5275
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Just tell him to put a copy write symbol in the description and it shouldn't be a problem.
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