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Old 06-21-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Heading to the track for the first time for HPDE... to flash or not to flash?

I'll be hitting the track (the curvy kind!) for the first time soon, fully stock. I'm looking for some opinions on whether or not I should flash my engine for the first time. I have an Accessport sitting around from my WRX that I traded that I've been saving eventually for my 2018 STI.

It will be a hot day (100+) and I know engine monitoring is important. But this is an instructor session, not timed and no passing. So it's not all about eeking out the tiniest edge or competitive advantage. I care more about learning and not blowing up my car, for now.

Benefits of flashing:
Engine monitoring
Stage 1 power and smoothness
They have 100 octane at the track, so I can mix and match and load up a 93 octane map at the track instead of my crappy ACN91 one.

Downsides I see:
Stage 1 power = more heat and stress = more likely for component failure
Killing my warranty, right when I'll be putting the most stress on my engine

I'm curious to hear your opinions on it! Do you think it will make a major difference? Since I'm running 15-20 minute sessions is monitoring worth it? By the time I realize something is wrong will it be too late anyway?
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:27 AM   #2
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First time out in the beginner group with 15-20 minute sessions? Don't bother. Concentrate on listening to your instructor and learning to drive the car & track.
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Old 06-22-2018, 08:08 AM   #3
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I don't see a reason to throw the tune on. But I wouldn't hesitate to toss in a bit of 100 octane for added insurance on a hot day.

You'll have a blast. Enjoy.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:43 AM   #4
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I don't see a reason to throw the tune on. But I wouldn't hesitate to toss in a bit of 100 octane for added insurance on a hot day.

You'll have a blast. Enjoy.
This. Leave it stock and toss enough 100 in to make it at least 93 if not a bit more. Then have fun.
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Old 06-22-2018, 11:28 AM   #5
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Which track is this? I assume it's somewhere in the western part of the country if all you have is 91.
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Old 06-22-2018, 11:42 AM   #6
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Thanks guys! That helps me feel a lot better about going in stock.

Pete, track is Buttonwillow
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:24 PM   #7
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Flash Stage 0 and Log it?

Only real reason to flash in my eyes.
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:11 PM   #8
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Ah, fun track. You'll be fine. Just make sure your pads and fluids are good to go.
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:41 PM   #9
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Remove your dust shields too!
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:36 PM   #10
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First time out in the beginner group with 15-20 minute sessions? Don't bother. Concentrate on listening to your instructor and learning to drive the car & track.
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