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Old 01-15-2014, 09:13 AM   #26
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If anyone in the DFW area is looking for a co-driver to share costs (tires, brakes etc) for the 2014 autocross season shoot me an email (jkan2001 at gmail dot com) I've been autocrossing with the NTAXS, BMWCCA, PCA, SCCA, ER clubs for the last 10 years or so and am an instructor with a few clubs.

Looking to co-drive in a STU, SP, or SM car for local DFW events this season.

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I wouldn't mind a Co driver, I attend nearly all the local events (I am missing the winter ntaxs because it conflicts with the OKC SCCA awards).

I drive the black 2010 WRX sedan and am the defending SCCA Stu champion.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:49 AM   #27
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I wouldn't mind a Co driver, I attend nearly all the local events (I am missing the winter ntaxs because it conflicts with the OKC SCCA awards).

I drive the black 2010 WRX sedan and am the defending SCCA Stu champion.
Can you email or pm me some details of your car setup? Id like to talk to you about a codrive.

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Old 01-16-2014, 04:40 PM   #28
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Only 13 spots remain for the NTAXS winter autocross. Better sign up soon guys and gals! These always fill up.
Damn.... missed it. Welp, now I can at least take my time on getting new setup finished.
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:48 PM   #29
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The am and pm courses are posted up at www.ntaxs.com. See yall out there!
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:38 AM   #30
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Yay!! My car might not be broke this year!!
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:05 PM   #31
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See you guys out there tomorrow! Let's try to park by each other then if we get a chance we can ride with each other too.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:08 PM   #32
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Results for today's NTAXS wintercross are up.

http://www.ntaxs.com/results.html

It was a very fun and challenging event since they ran the course backwards in the PM. I did great in the AM but struggled in the PM (as did most people).

I still managed to place 4th out of 18 in class 2 though! My car pulls so much harder out of the corners now! Now for coilovers.

Glad to see those who came out and I can't wait for the next event and start of the season.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:59 PM   #33
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First time in the WRX today. As much as I love it as a daily driver … wow … it's no s2000 on an autocross course, lol. (sry) Took a bit to get used to the body roll, slow steering, and power-on constant understeer. Driving the car hard felt like I was braking things.

I did like how an abrupt lift or brake jab could bring the rear around though. Toughest thing was managing the understeer while trying to keep the turbo spooled on corner exit. To be fair, it was on the bone stock tires and alignment. I imagine a thick front swaybar (to help control camber gain), max negative camber (which I'm reading isn't much without modification), and some rs3's or star specs on another set of oem rims will make a huge difference.

Got a lot of tire pressure experimenting ahead of me too. Let me rephrase that: my wife does, lol. I'll probably drive the s2k most but help her in WRX whenever possible. By the way, what the hek are all these funky noises while pushing the car … this thing is bran new … and why is the flooring missing 1/2-way up the passenger footspace? lol. Lots of interesting little things, but still can't complain about the performance at this price point. Car should be fun with a little work. Gonna keep it D-stock with tires, alignment, and sway. Doubt we'll ever change the shocks, though I see how dialing in some more front rebound could help keep the front tires on the ground in corner exit.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:53 PM   #34
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Not sure what noises you are referring to...can you be a bit more specific? Transmission noises? Like the Center diff slipping during hard accell trying to keep the power going to the wheels with grip? Or suspension/body noises?

Having raced every incarnation of the wrx/sti, i can tell you that the best modification you can make for these cars in the arena of autocross (except tires, but that is all cars) is a set of Sway Bars. Especially the newer cars. My 03 wrx rolled like a tugboat when it was new, i have gone through about 4 different sway bar combinations and the difference is dramatic. Our 2010 STi Limited rolled like a tugboat in a hurricane. The 2010 isn't much heavier than my 03 is (stock), but it seems that the new multilink suspension in the rear suffers much more from alignment change during cornering than the old strut setup did. Body roll in the newer cars seems much more pronounced and uncontrollable. We have been through 2 different sway bar setups on her car and the results have been dramatic.

Both of our cars now corner like you would think they should. I think it's a case of the factory sway bars just being waaay too small for the car (which is something i know they addressed on the new 2015 cars). I put the sway bars off of the wrx onto my 02 outback...lol, same thing. In stock form, the WRX bars should have been on the regular impreza, the STi bars should have been on the WRX and they should have had a bigger bar for the STi, IMHO.

The WRX does have very slow steering, it is one of the things many of us have complained the most about. I swapped my rack out for an STi rack, which is a much quicker ratio. The new 2015 car addresses this compalint as well with a quicker ratio rack for both the WRX and STi. So obviously, Subaru finally figured out that no sports car should have a 14.5:1 ratio steering rack in it...lol. You just have to get a little predictive with it, after driving an S200, i'm sure it feels like you are turning the wheels with ropes and pulleys...but once you get used to it, it's pretty easy to 'drive around'.

You shouldn't have any problem keeping that car in boost, the gear ratios should be spot on, and with the tiny little turbo she's got it should spool almost instantly. Not trying to be rude at all, just trying to help...but if you are falling out of boost, you are simply driving the car wrong. Could be loosing too much speed in the corners because of the excessive body roll maybe? Or just not quite confident enough in the car to really push the momentum yet? The wrx is most certainly a momentum car, a big one. You should be used to keeping the car at high revs with your S2000!

Understeer is just the nature of a vehicle with front MacPherson. It gets much better, but will never completely go away. Best way to combat it is by rotating the car a bit with the gas or brake...which you seem to have already figured out.

Hope this helps! Happy to help out at the events (just look for the bright yellow Bugeye), as are most of us! Happy hunting!
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:43 PM   #35
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I agree. I put some whiteline sway bars on 24f 22r. I killed almost all that crazy body roll. The only problem I have now is front coming up during corner exit. It's causing a lot of the weight to transfer to the rear and causes the front outside wheel to spin up.

Hopefully when I get coilovers that will get rid of most of the rearward pitch. Then I can get on the gas sooner.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:31 AM   #36
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I agree. I put some whiteline sway bars on 24f 22r. I killed almost all that crazy body roll. The only problem I have now is front coming up during corner exit. It's causing a lot of the weight to transfer to the rear and causes the front outside wheel to spin up.

Hopefully when I get coilovers that will get rid of most of the rearward pitch. Then I can get on the gas sooner.
Anti-lift kit, maybe?
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:39 AM   #37
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Anti-lift kit, maybe?
Just as an FYI a anti-lift kit does throw you into a faster SCCA class. I think there is only one SCCA club in the DFW area so it might not really matter but thought I would throw it out there. I know for my 04 there is a offset poly bushing that you can put on the rear of the front control arm and still be with in the rules (this is what I've done). Bslate I assume the sway bars have more then attachment hole? If so try moving the rear bar to a stiffer setting, this should be pretty easy and fast to do (cation this can/will make the car more prone to over steer). I've never ran into an issue of lifting the front tire, I do have issues with the rear wheels coming off the ground (need a higher spring rate).

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Old 01-30-2014, 12:16 PM   #38
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I knew the ALK wasnt STU legal. When I get coilovers I might be able to add a little caster with the camber plates.

I have my sways set to F24mm soft, and R22mm hard. It rotates pretty well until you want to put power down, then it just pushes.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:33 PM   #39
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Good to know. I'll hold off on installing mine then.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:42 PM   #40
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The ALK puts you into FP, its not even legal in ASP.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:07 PM   #41
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The whiteline "positive caster" kit is legal. http://fastwrx.com/whpocakit02w.html It gives you some of that caster that a ALK gives you with with staying in the rules. I have them on my STi and have enjoyed them.
It should also be mentioned that being STU legal is having a ECU map that doesn't have a higher boost level then stock, unless the rules have changed.
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:20 PM   #42
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The local SCCA events are policed primarily on the honor system and through mutual agreement some minor illegal mods have been tacitly allowed. For example: typical "stage 2" (19psi or less) tunes , non OEM heat shields, and aos/catch cans (one of the popular brands is technically illegal even though catch cans generally aren't).

This season is goings to have some new competitors in Stu though, so they could always protest. A good rule of thumb is to avoid adding illegal performance mods, don't sweat minor illegal things you have already done, and feel free to add illegal mods for reliability (like an aos).

An alk its one of those mods that you shouldn't add but also one that if you already had you wouldn't need to worry about removing (unless you beat me).
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:17 PM   #43
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Yeah with the car in current form, you have to dive into the corner heavy on the brakes to get it to rotate early, as you will be pushing coming out and going wide. The front end lifts, With stock sway bars and stock tires, the tires lose traction on exit, giving a type of stick/slip/stick vibrating feeling on corner exit. I'm sure tires/alignment/sway bar will make big improvements everywhere. The crappy tires, combined with the high pressures I needed to stay off the sidewall, didn't cope well with the front end lift on corner exit. Trust me, no problem in confidence pushing the car. I over-drove it most of the day, lol. Which isn't hard to do on stock sways like you mentioned, lol.

As for the noises, there was slamming clunk at some point on the course. I figure'd I broke a sway bar end link, but all seem good. Might have just bottomed out the suspension, not sure. I drove the hek outta the car and it hated every minute of it. Can't wait for rims/tires/alignment/swaybar and a re-evaluation. I can't expect it to be an sti though without mods. There's a reason sti is B-stock and wrx is d-stock. Don't get me wrong, I still love the car and it has tons of potential (in non-stock form). And it's wonderful to have this thing called torque at 4,000 rpm instead of 7,000

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:06 PM   #44
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I really like the eibach sway bar kit, it is cheap and effective. I ran it with stock endlinks for over a year (a full season of autocross and daily driving) before upgrading to kartboy solid endlinks (only notifiable advantage was that the kartboy endlinks didn't need to be checked and tightened constantly.

I would also recommend getting a second set of 17x9 (or stick size to stay in d street) light weight wheels and put some 245-45-17 Dunlop Direzza z2s on them. Change the wheels at the autocross or the day before and really start to enjoy the WRX. Stock tires and sway bars make autocross with the WRX frustrating.

Add in an aluminum floor jack with a pinch weld adapter and an impact wrench and for just under $2k you are good to go. Invest another $2-$4k for some coil overs and camber plates and you are Stu ready.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:59 AM   #45
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Dallas raceway in Crandall is officially shutdown. There will be no more races there and all the clubs that were scheduled to run there this year are scrambling to reschedule their events at alternate sites.

The Porsche club had to cancel their first event of the season. Most of the events should find new venues but we may lose a couple of races this season. I don't like going out top mesquite memorial, so I hope that all the er events don't get moved there.
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:55 PM   #46
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Yeah it sucks to lose Dallas Raceway. I'm glad I got to compete there one more time.

Maybe some of the clubs will use Pennington field. It's a bit small and insurance is more but the surface is good.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:26 PM   #47
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Yeah it sucks to lose Dallas Raceway. I'm glad I got to compete there one more time.

Maybe some of the clubs will use Pennington field. It's a bit small and insurance is more but the surface is good.
Pennington field isn't a bad place to run, it its a little bit small but it is concrete and substantially closer than mesquite memorial.

I am getting excited for the season to start and at this point I would even run at mesquite memorial if that was the opening venue.
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:12 PM   #48
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Sucks about Dallas raceway, never know though, it may comeback someday.

In other news I'm still too slow, was hoping the new AST 4100s would help but no such luck. Though they aren't corner balanced yet. Came in 13/17 behind some stock WRXs ffs. Time for some Autocross school, I'm going to the Evo event on the 22nd. http://evoschool.com/

Also I manged to warp my heads through my various shenanigans, Cobb thinks its from running track days without an oil cooler back in the day. Car was Stg2 OTS with Craford AOS and eventually a Mocal oil cooler, after seeing oil temps of 280+ deg.

So Motor is getting built with ported heads and cams, Pauter rods and CP pistons.

Here is my what not to do video from last weekend.

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Old 02-21-2014, 07:17 PM   #49
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Saturday March 8th is NTAXS #1 at TMS bus lot.

I just signed up and there are already 37 people signed up. They limit it to 65, so sign up soon if you want to go.
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Do I need an scca solo license for this series ?
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