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Old 09-07-2002, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Kawshon & IS2Scooby's Fast Friday Shenanigans

Aloha All,

Short and sweet this time, I promise! Would I lie? :-)

To start the night off I run out to Kahala to pick up a filthy-rich friend of mine from his parent's house. While I ogle his mother's brand-new BMW330i, and his sister's red 540 - he's getting ready and can't stop rambling about the new 18" Advans on his personal 330ci and his coil-overs and his bodykit and his $2k interior carbon-fiber trim replacement panels, and this, and that... Sigh. I'm already jealous. Then he tells me he's picking up a new SMG-trans. equipped M3 next year. Double-sigh. :-)

We jet on out to Kawshon (Wes') house to throw on his JoeP MBC. I made him wait all day as I had a grip of clients to see to today (Klez is a mothabeeeyotch) and I hate to go to the track with the sun still up. Any of you that have met me can attest to my porcelain complexion (read: the sun and I don't get along very well :-) so I am nocturnal. :-)

Anyhow, I forget to ask Wes politely if he minds me working on his car and throw the hood open and zap the JoeP on the car in a jiffy. I meet his beautiful girlfriend and he plays host and brings us sodas. Gotta love it!

He has a nice big carport to work in and the MBC installs in short order. We then have the fun task of setting the boost on this thing! This is the first time I get to ride shotgun in a WRX and let me tell you - even at stock boost levels the thing feels FAST! I guess it's the lack of control, or the fact that there's a grab handle to hang on to for dear life that makes it feel like an e-ticket ride.

Anyhow, after 4-5 laps around Wes' neighborhood (and not a few scared domesticated animals in fear of the screaming blue Scooby!) we have the boost dialed in to ~15psi.

We then jump on the freeway out to the track... That ride is pretty uneventful except for the clapped out yellow old-school Accord ('90-'92 style) with white body kit parts that boxes me in and doesn't let me catch up to Wes. Sigh. Gotta love the drive to the track stuck behind a fart-pipe equipped Honda! :-(

Once we get to the track we see that since Wednesday night got shut down EVERYBODY decides to show up on Friday. Oh well, not like the mighty scoobies are going to need more than a few runs to make a showing! :-)

After a bathroom break, we make our way to tech. After getting hooked up with #150 we proceed to wait in line for what seemed like an hour, but was probably more realistically 30 minutes or so.

We get separated, and I line up against this rotten 5.0 Mustang. Remember, I love Mustangs and have had a couple of fast ones - but this thing was clapped out. Apparently it wasn't too clapped out though because after redlighting (he got a .065 reaction time) he proceeded to wipe the track up with me. My 2.53 second 60' didn't help. DOH. What a bog. SIGH. I could almost hear everybody in the stands laughing. Sigh. I ended up running a 15.016 @ 96.96mph. The e.t. was GROSS, but the mph was promising! My previous best had been: 93.96. 3 full mph from the uppipe! WOW!

Wes proceeds to bang off a perfect 14.3 with aplomb and doesn't look back. He's nice enough not to tease me when we pull back to the pits. Nice guy. :-)

The next pass I'm determined to give 'em heck! We wait in line for what seems like forever again... I pull up next to something making too much noise... And then it happens...

I get the dreaded "stare" from Chris (the starter). You know the one. The one that bores right through you. The eyeball-deathray that makes you feel instantly guilty or angry because you didn't do anything wrong... That one. And it last for what seems to be MINUTES. I think "CRAP, what did I forget to do? What did I do that I wasn't supposed to? Is that stupid little staging light on!?!?"... Then of course he does "the walk". He moseys up to my window, and before he gets a chance to tap on it I roll it down and give him my best "you da man, don't kick me off the track, what did I do?" look... This is where it gets TWILIGHT ZONE... :-)

Chris proceeds to calmy ask me if I used to drive a blown black Mustang. I tell him "yeah". He then feels that the small talk is done with and asks me "Is this a Subaru?" I say "yeah". He tells me "I've got my eye on a '98 Forester. Do you think I should get it?" I say "yeah". He asks "I see these cars here all the time and they last pretty well, huh?" I say "yeah". He says "thanks" and turns and walks away. <cue twilight zone music>

After that fiasco - I line up and and quickly brings the revs up. I would tell you my exact rpm, but truth be told I don't remember a damn thing. I just know that I reved the pee out of the car and "2-stepped" the clutch. Didn't dump, didn't slip - just chirped the front tires and launched like a bat outta hell (well at least it felt great to me!) I manage my best e.t. ever and come OH SO CLOSE to needing that helmet!!!

14.09 @ 96.40mph with a 1.903 60'... DAMN! I knew it was going to be a good run but I didn't know that I was going to run .5 faster than my previous best!!! Wow... I was stoked! I knew something was different as I bounced off the rev limiter while at the very end of the mph zone in the traps...

Anyway, Wes ran another great pass (I'll let him tell you about it) and I made another pass to the tune of 14.1 (with no weird dialogues with Chris :-) and we called it a night.

All in all I had a lot of fun, enjoyed cruising with Wes (a really nice guy!) and showing my BMW elitist friend that Scoobies are fun too.

See? I told you I would keep it short and sweet! :-)
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Old 09-07-2002, 09:00 PM   #2
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Great review. Always enjoy your posts.



On a side note.....

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Who do you work for? And klez... Sell em some server based anti-virus software. I'm a big fan of Symantec antivirus enterprise edition.
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Old 09-07-2002, 09:28 PM   #3
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Great run. Sorry I missed it, I left early (promised the wife I'd be home before 10:30 - not that it mattered, she was fast asleep and didn't even realize when I got home).

Great meeting you and Wes. BTW was that Mustang you ran against a black/rust colored one? If so that was my co-worker (along w/ the Red '68 Plymouth Road Runner).


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Old 09-08-2002, 07:51 AM   #4
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Glad to hear the good news is2scooby! Go for the helmet!!!!! What did Wes run? Come on already spill it......
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Old 09-08-2002, 09:24 PM   #5
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wow what a post! heheh
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Old 09-09-2002, 07:03 AM   #6
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Damn almost a 13 second car. What kind of mods do you have on your car??

And what exactly is two-stepping your clutch??

Awesome launch man. 1.9 thats amazing
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Old 09-10-2002, 09:30 AM   #7
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Originally posted by teiva-boy Great review. Always enjoy your posts.
Thanks! I type faster than I can talk (and think sometimes) so the rambling just commences when I sit in front of the 'puter. :-)

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Who do you work for? And klez... Sell em some server based anti-virus software. I'm a big fan of Symantec antivirus enterprise edition.
I work for LANTech. We do everything computer-related from desktop support, to purchasing, to network design/implementation.

I like Norton Enterprise, however we deal with a lot of non-profit organizations who don't have a lot of $ to spend. Part of the challenge of my job is to find low-cost alternatives to great products out there for small mom-n-pop outfits and non-profit organizations.

Mahalo for the comments!
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Old 09-10-2002, 09:32 AM   #8
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Great run. Sorry I missed it, I left early (promised the wife I'd be home before 10:30 - not that it mattered, she was fast asleep and didn't even realize when I got home).

Great meeting you and Wes. BTW was that Mustang you ran against a black/rust colored one? If so that was my co-worker (along w/ the Red '68 Plymouth Road Runner).


- Dean
Dean,

Great to have met you as well! You have a really nice de-winged MR2. I'm jealous. I've always loved those cars!

Ahhh, the things we give up for love - eh? :-)

I think that Mustang was a black/rust colored on. You nuclear scientists sure drive interesting cars! :-) The red '68 Road Runner was BEAUTIFUL. That and the Vega racecar made my night. I'm still an old gearhead at heart. (emphasis on the OLD)

Alooooooha!
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Old 09-10-2002, 09:34 AM   #9
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Glad to hear the good news is2scooby! Go for the helmet!!!!! What did Wes run? Come on already spill it......
Thanks for the compliment! I think I'm going back on Friday to experiment with short-shifting. I've been winding the car out to redline until now... I'm going to try some other techniques and let you know how it goes!

As far as what Wes ran... I didn't mean to build it up into something special. I think he ran a best of 14.3 that night - but without really abusing the trans. His car is QUICK! I'm jealous. I'm going to have to get one of those bling-bling intakes like his. :-)
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wow what a post! heheh
Where's your addendum, Wes? :-)
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Damn almost a 13 second car. What kind of mods do you have on your car??

And what exactly is two-stepping your clutch??

Awesome launch man. 1.9 thats amazing
Thanks... I thought that I'd have a 13-second car a bunch of mods ago! I guess the WRX takes a couple of aftermarket goodies to run the #'s here in humid, Honolulu! :-)

I'm running:

K&N Air Filter (don't think it makes a difference, but hey... :-)
JoeP MBC @ 15.5-16psi
TurboXS Turboback Exhaust (high-flow cat version)
Prodrive Muffler
GFB 50/50 BOV
TB Racing Crank Pulley

That's all the power producing parts. I'm also running on a set of 17" x 7.5" Rota Attacks and Falken Azeni 225/45/17 tires. STICKY. :-)

2-stepping is probably not a good term for it as it relates to a device used on drag cars to limit the rev on launch (what is now called launch control).

What I mean by 2-stepping is that I don't drop the clutch and I don't slip the clutch. I let the clutch out REALLY quick (akin to dropping it) to the point of engagement and then lift my foot up quickly from that point on while flooring it to get the car to launch. As hard as it is to do (which it is! I've got 2 launches out of 17 passes right - and those aren't even in the 1.8's yet!) it's harder to describe. It's like zen, Bro. You'll just have to keep at it until you get it.

Heck, for all I know I'll go back to the tracks on Friday and have forgotten how to do it. <shudder>

Mahalo!
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Old 09-10-2002, 09:59 AM   #12
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Richard,

I'm still trying to figure out all of that zen, Zoroastrian, feng shuiistic, clutchistic stuff too. I'm down to 14.11 but can't break the 1.95 60'.

As squeamish as I am about slipping the clutch, that seems to be where I'm most successful. I can't imagine what sorts of smells and stuff would come out of my car if I attempted to 2 stage. Do you think you're doing any damage...even when you have done it perfect?

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Pat,

Good to know that I'm not the only one out there! Looks like you've got a great launch already!

I'm not sure regarding damage to the trans/clutch... I know I'm not slipping the clutch very much because there's virtually no smell when I'm done with the run - but I'm not dumping the clutch so I think that I'm actually getting the best of both worlds. I'm not abusing the clutch as much as slipping, but not shocking the trans. as much as dropping...

I think for the best launch I'm going to swap the stock rims and tires back on the car and see what I can get with those!

See you at the track!

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Richard,

I'm still trying to figure out all of that zen, Zoroastrian, feng shuiistic, clutchistic stuff too. I'm down to 14.11 but can't break the 1.95 60'.

As squeamish as I am about slipping the clutch, that seems to be where I'm most successful. I can't imagine what sorts of smells and stuff would come out of my car if I attempted to 2 stage. Do you think you're doing any damage...even when you have done it perfect?

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Remember, If you are drag racing and you are not abusing your clutch, you are abusing your tranny. The smell of clutch after a run should be your friend. Clutch $300+ tranny $4000+.
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That's true... :-) With the kind of power that you're making and the slipping that you must do to save your tranny you should be wearing eau de clutch to work every Monday morning after a night at the tracks on Friday!

How is the car running?
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Old 09-10-2002, 05:46 PM   #16
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The Subie is running really good, I've put on a couple thousand miles since the big power mods and I still haven't seen any detrimental effects. I don't drag too much anymore becuz I'm more or less happy with the power and don't see the need to improve my times for posterity sake. I do put the metal to the pedal in and around town though (even when I tell myself I shouldn't, I can't help it) But I do that more now becuz the handling on the car has come a long way. Amazing what sway bars and strut bars can do for you.

After a couple more mods I'll probably switch back to the Stang for a little while to get it going again. I think I've figured out the problems I just need to do a little wrenching. When I'm done I'll take it the track. God bless 400 Naturally aspirated HP!
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