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Old 06-09-2008, 07:37 AM   #1
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Tech inspection question (first BMWCCA DE)

Asked at a couple of other forums, trying here too... apologies if you seen it elsewhere:

My wife and I will be attending our first DE in early August, and am curious what the maximum allowable time/miles for a tech inspection prior to an event. In other words, how long is a tech inspection "good" for?

My wife's schedule (and mine) are both pretty hectic, so we may have to get the inspections done a few weeks ahead of time. I assume there's some generally-accepted limit (obviously, an inspection done three years ago isn't going to count), but I don't see anything in the forms/registration info indicating what that limit might be.

I'd ask on the NCC's site, but it seems that forum is not as frequently visited as this one, and questions sometimes go unanswered for a little while.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:41 AM   #2
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I've never done a BMWCCA DE but I don't think there is an actual set time limit for tech inspections. I wouldn't worry too much about the tech inspection if you keep your car in good running order.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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Usually 1 month. Although when you become more experienced, and familiar with the sponsoring organization, I've seen up to 6 months.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:29 PM   #4
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NJBMWCCA wants driving school inspections done no more than four weeks ahead of time. I usually do mine one to two weeks before the school to give me sufficient time to fix any issues I find.

Mod the driver. Participate in your local BMWCCA autocross or driving school. Have you joined BMWCCA yet?

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Old 08-29-2008, 08:47 PM   #5
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I know, old thread. I just felt like posting.

I like 2 weeks in advance of the event. As DFL said, that gives you time to make any repairs that are needed. One a couple of occasions I learned that something was not sufficient and had to scramble to make a repair shortly before an event... time is definitely your friend, but not too much.
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:15 AM   #6
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If you have any doubt, contact the people running the DE and ask. If you have a good reason they will probably be very accommodating. I had an instance earlier this year when I would be doing two DEs (Road Atlanta and Barber) 5 weeks apart and didn't really want to have to do two inspections. I emailed the chief instructor describing the situation and asking if it would be OK if I had the RA inspection done about 6 weeks early, explaining why. The Chief Instructor had no problem at all, although if I had shown up with a 6 week old inspection without checking ahead of time, the story might have been different.
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:35 AM   #7
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Driving Event - what kind of driving event? Autocross or track event where your car will be experiencing hard acceleration, and lots of demand placed on your braking system. If you are going to the track, pitch the stock DOT 3 fluid and pads and go with Motul or AP brake fluids and use a quality pad like Porterfield R4-S or better yet, Pagid Yellow pads. Go with absolutely clean oil in the crank case. A buddy of mine pushed his car on dirty oil and spun a bearing. Cooling system, use fresh coolant and add a little Redline Waterwetter (sp?) to help with cooling duties. Now, Driver, the most important; pay close attention to your instructor. Be smooth on the control, hands at 2 & 10, look and steer into the apex (late apex is better) and, most of all, drive within your and the car's ability. Speed is a a product of good driving, not a heavy right foot. Be safe and drive it home.
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