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Everything posted by inverterman

  1. Depends on what you want to do and what your budget is. There are plenty of used struts out there so you could find one and keep thing stock. Otherwise if you spend more time at the track than on the street go with Moton Club Sport.
  2. What kind of event are you looking at entering? Is the cage you are referring to a four or six point?
  3. TurboCup, I am out of town and the file is at home. It is a fairly common replacement. It was about $175.00. I will repost with the name of the company when I get home tomorrow.
  4. Not exactly what I am saying but along the right lines. I am no expert. It really is a science that I was fortunate enough to witness in a wind tunnel. On a high speed track a wing positioned with additional height at the appropriate angle will provide greater rear traction. As the rear pushes down the front could have the opposite effect creating a stability problem. There is a definite purpose for shims and such but please consider the Cup Lip when you shim the wing. Road courses with occasional high speed straights require greater downforce on the front. A simple change in the lip will make a noticeable difference with turn in requiring less trail braking to keep the front end planted. The attached photo is top of the corkscrew at Laguna Seca. The car can be at or near 90MPH cresting the hill, breathing the throttle at the crest, then braking, turn in. That little lip you see here on the car made a difference. Look at the grip on the rear tires while the front is ever so nicely pointed. There is a thread here somewhere discussing steering precision. Makes you wonder if it is all about aerodynamics?
  5. I know I wasn't asked and i do not mean to hijack the thread but the factory wing adjustment works well in most scenarios. There is a misunderstanding of increased downforce on the rear of the car making it handle better. Quite the contrary. If you are going to increase the rear you should consider a different splitter in the front as well. Kind of like adding HP without adding Brakes. I have tried changing the rear wing setting with unsettling results. The best thing I did was put the cup splitter. The front end sticks like glue. Boy I hope I did not open a can of worms ;)
  6. Are you sure this wasn't a college essay? Anyway welcome to the forum. Have you ripped the lip off the car yet? it is very low, hit driveways at a 45 degree angle and do not hit deep dips or high speed bumps head on. Take your time with the bonding process. She will reward smooth thoughtful input. She will bite the contrary.
  7. My hat is off to you for noticing this. There are a number of things this could be but considering your car is new I would get it back to the dealer for a check. As modern engine technology would have it, i would not say this is just a case of ring seat. I am more inclined to say your mapping might be running left cylinders too lean. IMO. I will take what what I am seeing on the right bank any day over the left. Worst case would be a broken ring which would cause oil to pass and also contaminate your cat.
  8. Phillipj, Grab that car! that is a great price and I really believe that it will retain its value as long as you meticulously maintain it. I have had the fortune of tracking many cars and the GT3 is hands down the most challenging and the most rewarding. I purchased my GT3 from a professional driver who spent a lot of time and money setting it up for serious tracking. I just passed the 14K mile mark without incident. I change the oil after every track event including gear box. The car is teched before and after every event. All of this and I am still under factory warranty until July 08!! Thanks, Jim
  9. This is exactly the direction I was looking to go. The Kinesis wheels on the car has Pilot Sport Cups and so do the original GT3 wheels. I suspect that I will go along your lines and put a longer wearing street tire on the factory wheels. I also suspect that I am going to need to tinker with the compression and rebound settings to obtain a nice ride. Thank you very much for your input. :)
  10. Motor mount? I have had things creak in my first 911 parking it for a month after driving in the rain. Brisk driving usually worked them out. If the car did not make the noises before you parked it I do not see why it would make them now. Are you sure the kids didn't find the key and take it out while you thought it was parked?? My approach would be to check tire pressure first, lift the car and make sure you did not drag something up into the suspension. Get a look at the sway bar links. A good start? Good luck.
  11. Maybe go at it fresh in the morning? Clear heads prevail. I had a similar problem and I nudged it just the right way and it came out. You may have to put inward pressure and turn lock at the same time.
  12. Thanks Phillip. I really enjoy the car. The longer I own it the more confident I am in moving toward the limits. I posted this thread because the one thing I know for sure is ALIGNMENT is everything with these cars.
  13. 2004 GT3. Track season is in full swing and I have recently changed my alignment. Set up is Moton Club Sport, HR Springs, 250 PSI rear shock pressure, 125PSI front. Full hard front and rear compression, full hard rebound rear, 50% front. Rear bar full hard, front bar 1 hole from full firm. Alignment was -5' (toe out) front, rear 25' (toe in). I ran my first year with the car respectfully at 1:47 at Laguna, 2:08 at Buttonwillow. This was the set up while I bonded with the car. Respectfully, I learned the car, the set up, and posted some good times while driving well within myself. In an effort to enjoy the car more on the street it is my desire to change the alignment but leave the rest alone. The car ride height and corner balance was set and will be rechecked when I align it. Maybe something like this: Front toe: 0 Camber: 2degrees Rear Toe: 10' Camber: 1.75 degrees I have read a lot of threads here and am ready for everyones opinions and ideas of how the car might perform both on and off the track with a new alignment.
  14. I would like to know too. Looks like one of the computers hanging down. Worrisome.
  15. Turning the belt buckle over before latching does almost good of a job as the CG Lock and it is free. Take thumb and index finger and roll the buckle inward toward you then insert into the latch. "twist lock"?
  16. 2004 GT3 12,500mls Half track, half street. Three sets of tires, wore out front rotors, three sets of pads. Doesn't burn a drop of oil, no faults. Just change oil every 3000mls, coolant at 10000mls, brake fluid change at 10000mls, Clutch perfect, engine purrrrrs........25 highway, 15 street, 8 mpg at the track. Very happy car.
  17. They are great seats. Velcro removable seat bottom sections and lumbar. Very comfortable, plenty of support. Even on long drives or back to back track events. There is a real set on ebay for $3500USD
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