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Old 06-21-2002, 04:30 PM   #1
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Smile Track Alignment?

I am wondering what you track junkies run for alignment on the track. I have my first track day next Thursday. I have a 98 wagon with the stock OBS suspension, 18-22mm bar, and soon-to-be Azenis. I know that I should make the toe 0 front and rear, and max out the front camber. But what about the rear? I don't think it is adjustable is it? I know that 0 is good for auto-x, but I want the back end planted on the track. Should I put the rear bar back to 18mm?

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Old 06-21-2002, 06:23 PM   #2
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Seth - Rear camber and caster are not adjustable, so you're stuck with whatever the factory gave you. I would suggest going to 18mm on the swaybar just to be on the safe side for your first event. Then again, I've never driven The Egg so I don't know how tail-happy it is with whatever setting you're on now. If you decide that 18mm isn't enough it's not hard at all to change the setting at the track - hell, Ray and I did it on the Legacy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and that was with the car riding 1" lower than stock (so probably 2"+ lower than your OBS).

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Old 06-22-2002, 12:02 PM   #3
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I made the tragic error of running at Streets Of Willow Springs in SoCal (very tight and twisty) with -1.75 camber at the rear (rear camber IS adjustable - just get a very big hammer ) and only -1 at the front and had a VERY unhappy time. Run with as much negative camber as you can ge at the front (you may eventually want to install camber plates) and as little as you can tolerate at the back. Running with less than -1 at the back can begin to induce oversteer (some like it). I will run something like -2.5 at the front on the track and -1 - -1.25 at the rear.
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Old 06-22-2002, 12:06 PM   #4
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Sorry Seth

I only just realised that you don't drive a WRX. I don't know what settings will work on your wagon.
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Old 06-22-2002, 10:08 PM   #5
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You could ask/PM sean- he used to drive a 98 OBS at various tracks/rallies/rally-x's a lot. I don't know if he ever fooled around with alignmnt or not, though.
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