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Old 11-16-2000, 10:09 AM   #1
Jonathan Kent
Question effects of auto-xing

Hey all.

Maybe this is a dumb question... But for those who auto-x, do you find that your car gets more "squeeky"? That is, does all the stress that the car endures cause parts to loosen and therefore become noisy?


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Old 11-16-2000, 10:12 AM   #2

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Wouldn't know.. I don't have anything to compare my car to.
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Old 11-16-2000, 10:14 AM   #3
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I have noticed this after running an event, I think that just throwing the car around in general does this.
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Old 11-16-2000, 10:50 AM   #4
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I think my car was squeaky before I did a bunch of autocrosses. I think auto-x puts the most wear on a stock car in the suspension bushings, the clutch, and the tires of course (if you run on your street tires). I don't think the "loosening" effects will show up for a while though.
If you really stiffen up the suspension then you will probably put more stress into the chassis, but I think your spring rates would have to be uncomfortably high before if became a real issue.

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Old 11-16-2000, 10:59 AM   #5
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There is a technical term for the wear and tear incurred autoxing: "Character."

But it really is no different than if you drive your car hard on the street. All autoxing does, unless you have a particularly rough circut or smash into something(Very unlikely,) is accelerate the general wear and tear on your car. I've autoxed my car for two years now, and I've only worn out one set of tires, and brakes.

EDIT::: I should mention that my suspension has taken a beating too, and I'm planning on replacing that next spring.

Drive Smooth,


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Old 11-16-2000, 11:51 AM   #6
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Well, I'm personally not too sure what waers first, other than tires and pads. I've never heard of warped rotors or anything other than normal wearing parts needing replacement a little sooner. And, that's an excuse for an upgrade . But really, I keep waiting to hear about warped rotors, bad seals or wheel bearings, worn bushings...but I never do! My clutch "kinda" got fried on a launch at an SCCA event, but that was about it. Anyone have any horror stories?

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Old 11-16-2000, 05:56 PM   #7
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about autocrossing on a newer car. You'll wear out brake pads and tires like noted above, but no biggie. Just don't miss a shift...
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Old 11-16-2000, 07:05 PM   #8
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I autoxed for about half the full season with my MY00 & the only real sign of wear is that the clutch won't hold full power anymore . 12000 miles, all autox launches from 3000 rpm or less. Never drop clutched on the street.

Having a nice suspension really makes it easier on the tires.
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Old 11-17-2000, 12:03 AM   #9
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i would say, aside from pads and tires, the other thing would be suspension...but not to a point that youd have to be worried about
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Old 11-17-2000, 12:08 AM   #10
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the worst part for me has been this crippling addiction i have for auto-x now and i'm in withdrawl now that the season is over

i haven't noticed any problems or "sqeaks" with my car other than the outside edges/sidewalls of everybody's favorite RE 92s are wearing quickly, but i plan on getting some BFG R1s to take care of that.
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Old 11-17-2000, 12:12 AM   #11
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At worst, you'd warp your rotors from all the hard breaking after a season or two of autocrossing.
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Old 11-17-2000, 05:53 AM   #12
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My car gets stronger each time I auto-x it. Its like
"Yeah bitc*!, take that turn harder next time....OHhhhh yeahhhhhhh"

Ps. damn, its 9am and I have nothing better to do>
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Old 11-17-2000, 06:18 AM   #13
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