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Old 11-08-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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First AutoX

I did a search already but couldn't find anything.

So far all the stuff I've did before was vanos seals, all new gaskets where it will most likely leak, oil change, oil pump nut with line, oil pan gasket, new tires, ceramic brake pads, almost everything that can be torque to spec, is torqued to spec, brake fluid flush, powersteering fluid flush radiator flush, water pump with metal impeller, coolant expansion tank

The only thing left that I did not have time to do was rear subframe reinforcement and RSMs.

So does my car sound ready to go as a novice?

Also do you have any tips for me for when I race? Thanks. I'll keep searching while people see this thread.

EDIT: previously had powerflex bushings with no over extension problems, and Ive bedded in brakes and broken in my vanos seals. It has been about 700 miles since all that stuff was done.
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A lawyer opens the door of his BMW; suddenly a car drives by and rips the door completely off. Police officer
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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A lawyer opens the door of his BMW; suddenly a car drives by and rips the door completely off. Police officer
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:00 AM   #3
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You are in better shape than 90% of the people that show up. Go have some fun!

BTW, hows the turbo research going?
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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Your car sounds more than ready.
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you sound good to go. bring a easy up, water, and a good set of tools with torque wrenchs and your beyond good to go
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you could get the fuel pump baffle from an M3 if your car isn't an M3 to help stop fuel starvation. That and if you don't have an oil pan baffle you could over fill your oil by a 1/2+ quart to help stop oil starvation.

also turn off DSC when you go...
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:52 PM   #7
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I suggest going and having fun. It's not worth doing it unless you have a good time. You have a great car and should enjoy it. Trust me, you are in much better shape than most people out there. BMW's are made to be driven hard. Run the snot out of it.

As for breaking in anything, forget it. It's a waste of time a fuel. I never break anything in and have never had any problems.

Go have fun.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:21 PM   #8
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You are in better shape than 90% of the people that show up. Go have some fun!

BTW, hows the turbo research going?
Well I asked a couple of people around here, and a bmw specialist place, everyone tells me the same thing. its do-able.

right now that is on the side burner. I am going to wait till I finish my 2 years of school, get a better job and a DD before I go on any endeavors. Forced induction that is homemade and professionally worked on is really hard to understand. I'd like to think I am in a better mindset now than before about this. Thanks for asking adam.

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you could get the fuel pump baffle from an M3 if your car isn't an M3 to help stop fuel starvation. That and if you don't have an oil pan baffle you could over fill your oil by a 1/2+ quart to help stop oil starvation.

also turn off DSC when you go...
That is really true. First time i did it it was off, but then I got lost. LOL but having DSC off was really amazing. I turned the car off for that run and did two more runs with it on and not noticing. I got my best time when it was off during my final run. In the chicago box, it was so awesome to be sideways for a bit. oh and for the baffle part, i could not tell if i had oil starvation, i had no lifter tick after either the races, my friend's e36 m3 did but i overfilled it like i read on here and it went away. Also regarding fuel, i had less than a fourth of a tank and i had no fuel starvation problems, car ran great everytime. now I was not sure if i was running lean or anything at any time....

that is why i want to get oil pressure, coolant temp gauges to make sure my car is running right, and maybe something i can find that is affordable to data log i dunno, the status of my car during runs and stuff to make sure everything is in tip top shape. Can you tell i really really love my wagon? i've been through so much stuff with her. ;-P

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I suggest going and having fun. It's not worth doing it unless you have a good time. You have a great car and should enjoy it. Trust me, you are in much better shape than most people out there. BMW's are made to be driven hard. Run the snot out of it.

As for breaking in anything, forget it. It's a waste of time a fuel. I never break anything in and have never had any problems.

Go have fun.
My god, talk about fun. I am addicted now. The season is over but i still need a fix. I found a bunch of stuff that I need to work on (body roll, thinking quicker on my feet, proper ways to handle certain things, but for my first time I think I did okay. Honestly, a lot of the people there were taking this a little too serious at some points. me? I had butterflies, but once I realized that I didn't car and that it was REALLY REALLY fun bonding with my local car forum members, meeting new people, and having all eyes on me whenI drove and just having the best time of my life. This is so much cheaper than other hobbies i've found and I think I will stick to this. Thanks for your uplifting


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Here are my times, I am near the botom of the page with the novices.
http://www.auto-x.com/results/2008/2008_event_9_fin.htm

The best part? My best time was the same time as my friend in his GTO with KW v3s at least until he got professional instructions during the fun runs.

Here are some pics. WHOO!
















As you can obviously see, I need to reduce.... body roll. LOL im really thinking of hotchkis sways for the rear and front and giving DDM tuning's coil over kit a try. 550 in the front 600 in the rear?

I need to crunch the numbers to find the best match

I need to get closer to the cones and take more efficient routes around cones. I tend enter okay and exit out of the way as if i do not know the course in some cases. A lot of the cases I let go of the steering wheel and let it correct itself which works wonders actually. I also need to figure out how to take the chicago box better. I wish I had video outside of the car so i can see what i am doing wrong and right.

Some things I've noticed from driving hard though, maybe someone can help me out. when I was taking really hard turns really quickly, there were times where I felt like the steering wheel lost a lot of power. I think those were during the runs with DSC on by accident so I was plowing cause of un wanted braking. chris long, a friend of mine says i seem to take body roll to my advantage, trying to shift weight to times when i needed it to get through some tight spots, could that even be right? what i've learned is just that stiff is always best.

oh and now my brakes squeal all the time. I am going to take them apart, clean them, lube up the pinds and stuff and see how they do again. Also today, I think i was too worried and overfilled my cooling system. it shot out the top somehow and there was a lot of steam but no overheating today as i drove back home. checking that out tomorrow but need advice as soon as anyone can attend. I am going to bleed my brakes after i work on them. I think they might have boiled over. the previous owner... i never knew what his deal was with mainteanance so i have some ATE SL here. I'll get superblue whenever i think i really need it. Also for having PBR ceramic brake pads, they stop really well, way better than my oil semi metallics. too bad they just squeak and cause a lot of noise, i sprayed a lot of brake quiet too. that is all for now for what i noticed so far. maybe someone can help me out here Thanks in advance. excuse the sloppy writeup, just speaking whatever is coming to my mind.

Oh and i need umnitza's LED clears for my rears. (yeah, this definetly.)


EDIT: if you are wondering, yes that is a plastic bag attached to my glass hatch, its a grocery getter... lol get it?
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:56 AM   #9
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:11 PM   #10
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alright i figured out my cooling problem, bleed screw broke.

so its 10 dollars for a new one and they had to order it. i know... uber lame.
I am doing brakes tomorrow if i have time from repairing my dad's truck.
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Great write up, thanks for sharing!

I strongly suggest putting more $$$ into going to more events before making any more changes to the car. One of the top Autocrossers in my area races a totally stock Focus...and kicks major butt.
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