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Old 09-19-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default COM Track Day and Time Trial - NHMS Sat. 10/12 - Sun 10/13

Registration closes on the 28th so get signed up now! This event will sell out. $100 off for first timers! Not sure its for you? Need to convince the gf/wife? Hot-Lap ride-a longs are usually available too.

visit www.comscc.org for details....

So, are you in? Or are you out?
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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Signed up! This'll be my first event with COM so definitely looking forward to it. I have done my fair share of auto-x and did a 2-day Skip Barber school at Limerock in '09, but any advice for first timers to NHMS and COM?
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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besides buy a miata?

I'd get some good track pads / fresh brake fluid / SS lines. Also, bring an open mind and your listening ears. It's a fantabulous event.

P.S. - Be sure to sign up for the BBQ after day 1. $10 all you can eat. What you'll learn from talking to others, priceless.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:18 AM   #4
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I'm in - registered and paid on 8/28
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #5
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besides buy a miata?

I'd get some good track pads / fresh brake fluid / SS lines. Also, bring an open mind and your listening ears. It's a fantabulous event.

P.S. - Be sure to sign up for the BBQ after day 1. $10 all you can eat. What you'll learn from talking to others, priceless.

Haha, you're not not the first person to suggest a Miata! I have "fresh" Hawk HPS Street pads as of about 10K ago so I should be set, but I might have Wicked just do a quick "once over" beforehand just in case. If I start getting more serious then I will definitely invest in some SS lines as I have heard that's kind of a weak point and an easy upgrade.

As for the BBQ, I guess that depends on timing. I don't plan on staying in the area as I live in Boston and figure I'll just drive to and from both days. How long to the days generally last?
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:18 PM   #6
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Haha, you're not not the first person to suggest a Miata! I have "fresh" Hawk HPS Street pads as of about 10K ago so I should be set, but I might have Wicked just do a quick "once over" beforehand just in case. If I start getting more serious then I will definitely invest in some SS lines as I have heard that's kind of a weak point and an easy upgrade.

As for the BBQ, I guess that depends on timing. I don't plan on staying in the area as I live in Boston and figure I'll just drive to and from both days. How long to the days generally last?
bring an extra set of pads, flush your brake fluid and stay for the BBQ
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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^^^what he said^^^
track usually closes at 5PM. I live on the MA/NH border and drive home after the BBQ as well. If you want to caravan down 93, swing by the garages and say hi. I'll be the guy in the miata
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:46 PM   #8
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Yeah I might be able to swing the BBQ, sounds like a good time. I'll check with Wicked and se if they can do a brake flush, don't have the facilities to do any of this myself

As for the pads, I know track time is really torture on them but am I really going to go through a set? I figured it would reduce the life but I didn't think I would go through a set every time. For the record, the past 10K miles or so have been very gentle with the occasional short spirited trip.

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Old 09-20-2013, 04:14 PM   #9
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Yeah I might be able to swing the BBQ, sounds like a good time. I'll check with Wicked and se if they can do a brake flush, don't have the facilities to do any of this myself

As for the pads, I know track time is really torture on them but am I really going to go through a set? I figured it would reduce the life but I didn't think I would go through a set every time.
my first COM weekend in an '04 WRX i went through 2.5 sets of pads granted the brembos are better but do you really want to be sitting there staring at your backing plates thinking about how you're gonna limp it back to beantown?
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #10
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personally, I'd get a set of DTC70s for the fronts and flush the fluid with something trackable. If you fluid is under 6months old you can get away with just a bleed.

Brakes are everything at NHMS. Though the goal is to use them as little as possible.
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:39 PM   #11
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Jeez 2.5 sets of pads! Wow I guess I should have just counted on another set at the least, this may change things I'll look into a flush and a set of pads for the front.
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:53 PM   #12
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You'll chew up street pads pretty quick at NHMS, more so if you're on street tires.


solution: just don't brake!

I'm kidding. Do whatever your instructor tells you to do.
The goal is to be safe / predictable. "Fast" comes later.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:43 AM   #13
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You'll chew up street pads pretty quick at NHMS, more so if you're on street tires.


solution: just don't brake!

I'm kidding. Do whatever your instructor tells you to do.
The goal is to be safe / predictable. "Fast" comes later.
Oh well I was planning on using the brakes but I guess I can hold off

I'm on RE-11's, but I'm going to give the guys at Wicked a call. Should I just swap over the fronts now and save the existing pads for non-track duty?
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:43 PM   #14
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Registered. First time on NT01s. Did my complete annual fluid change (tranny, transfer case, rear diff and the usual motor and brake bleed too). My body/car is ready.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:52 AM   #15
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Looking forward to seeing some new faces.

Nt01s are really fun, ill be running mine for the 2nd time.

Saber05: it's a tough call in terms of brakes with high hp cars and students. In many cases students will be going slower so they don't have issues over cooking them or fluids, but many students over use them also as they slowly become more comfortable with carrying speed (GTF).

So make sure we have a decent set of track pads and fluids so you don't over cook things quickly. Then keep that HPS set with you in case you need them.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:49 AM   #16
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I think (hope) I have 5 laps left in my Nittos. Just need them for the TT to be legal. I may or may not have picked up a set of hoosiers..

Saber05: HPS's are good for the street. IMHO, buy a good set of track pads and bring them with you. Swapping pads takes no time (esp with Brembos). The cool part about COM is everyone is willing to lend a hand. If you forgot something, don't sweat it. Just smile and ask around.

Doug: EVO or the fukkis this time?
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #17
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Yeah I think the plan is to head up to Wicked and see what my pads look like right now and then decide whether or not to swap 'em right then and there or use what I have and have a set of back-ups if/when I go through them at NHMS.

iamrazor - I may take you guys up on some help if the time comes. Is there generally a break during the day (lunch?) when people let the cars cool down, do some maintenance etc.?
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my first COM weekend in an '04 WRX i went through 2.5 sets of pads
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Doug: EVO or the fukkis this time?
I didn't spend years and a small fortune building a track car to take my Folk tale out, dammit! It will be off insurance all winter so I damn well better get use out of it while I can.

I'll have to learn how these tires behave. I've been on RE01R's and Star Specs since I started with motorsports in 2009.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:39 PM   #21
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Alas, I'm 99% out

Budgetary constraints have made me unable to do a couple of things that I really want to get done to my 350Z before running it at NHMS again.
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Hint.....

If you buy a couple spare sets of brake pads at Auto Zone "just in case" and don't use them, they will take them back. I did that when I had the S4. Of course the entire car self destructed multiple times, making brake pad wear the least of my concerns.
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Alas, I'm 99% out

Budgetary constraints have made me unable to do a couple of things that I really want to get done to my 350Z before running it at NHMS again.
I'm picking up what you're putting down.
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I just ordered some HPSs for my Corolla. Apparently nobody makes anything more aggressive than that for a Corolla. They told me the S stands for Sports Car!
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Who the heck is "they"? I absolutely hated those pads. Gave no confidence at all. Shouldn't track them on our cars anyways. Ok for autoX but there are better options out there.
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