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  • #16
    Originally posted by FoxSTI View Post
    what tools do you guys take to the track?
    I am just curious.

    Camber gauge, scales, raceramps?
    how to you keep it all safe?
    Well prepped C5Z06 needs nothing. I left in January for an East Coast swing with final race as the Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor speedway. I left with one set of rotors , 2 sets of front brake pads, torque wrench, tire guage, jack stands, oil filter, 150 piece socket set , and a couple of weird sized things like T55 and hub socket and 2 extra sets of wheels

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    • #17
      Originally posted by SeanB View Post
      Beer. The most versatile of all tools. Good days and bad, it's a welcome sight when the cars are parked and the beers pop.
      yeap, it is the best barter. walk up to someone with a Snap On impact gun and trade it for a cold beer. works every time.
      S1 Supermiata - 220whp
      13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
      17 GT350R
      03 Miata Club Sport
      96 NSX
      06 EVO MR
      15 Mini Cooper S
      Beck 550 Spyder

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      • #18
        If everyone calls you a tool, do you need to bring anything to the track?

        Asking for a friend
        WWW.949RACING.COM
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        Aside from their cost I never understood why people race them.
        But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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        • #19
          Originally posted by fatbillybob View Post
          Well prepped C5Z06 needs nothing. I left in January for an East Coast swing with final race as the Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor speedway. I left with one set of rotors , 2 sets of front brake pads, torque wrench, tire guage, jack stands, oil filter, 150 piece socket set , and a couple of weird sized things like T55 and hub socket and 2 extra sets of wheels
          That is definitely packing light, but you gotta love the THQ definition of nothing. Oh, I bet you brought an aluminum floor jack too, right?
          2002 Porsche 911 Targa
          1967 GTV
          1991 Mazda SuperMiata - Junior
          2008 350z - Sold

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          • #20
            You only need two things:

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            The beer is to bribe others to work on your car or loan tools/parts. The credit card is a last resort when the beer runs out. BTW beer is never safe when other racers are around.

            Mark
            Last edited by markn; 06-26-2017, 08:16 PM.
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            • #21
              My car while rarely street driven is still driven to and from the track 80% of the time.

              My packing list varies with my entry fee ante and distance traveled. For single track days, where im driving the car to and from, i limit my carry to:

              A sparsely packed tool roll (sockets, box ends, pliers, dikes, allens, flashlight, utility knife, multi-screw driver, breaker bar, wheel flip socket). I use a tool roll so i can spot missing items quickly at the end of the day and it doesnt bang around when driving.
              2 jackstands (if i need 4, someone else will have 2)
              Small aluminum jack
              torque wrench
              12v inflator
              2 tire gauges
              DVOM w/ tire temp probe
              TAPE (duct, masking, cassette)
              1qt Brake fluid
              1 spare set brake pads
              2 qts oil
              big hammer -- 2lb sledge (used as wheel chock, straightening bent wheels...whatever. Has more uses than you think)
              Hat
              sunblock
              water
              occasionally 1 folding chair. I do a lot of wandering and not much sitting at most events between sessions.

              All of that along with my helmet, hans etc fit into the trunk of my S2000 with plenty of room extra

              AAA card for when the above isnt enough...

              If im trailering i up my game a little since im going for multiple days and ill bring more tools and maybe some other parts since i dont want to lose the entire weekend over something stupid. My usual rule is i draw a 200 mile circle around my house. Outside that I trailer.

              If im going to a lemons weekend with the lemons car, i literally will put my entire toolbox in the back of the truck along with TONS of parts, sometimes a donor motor etc. it depends on what youre going for.....

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              • #22
                Originally posted by ETK View Post
                That is definitely packing light, but you gotta love the THQ definition of nothing. Oh, I bet you brought an aluminum floor jack too, right?
                Nope. Jackstands are for emergency. I have on board airjacks. Trailer has full shop but sae. I'm mostly metric

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                • #23
                  Thank you guys for the responses and the humor.

                  Other than fixing this, do any of you guys make actual adjustments to the car?
                  I know time is expensive, but depending on the event there is sometimes 1.0 hr or so between sessions. That would be enough to change camber or toe? or lower / raise the car?
                  going back to a car that is corner balanced, and you need to raise the whole car .5" can't you just move the perches in relation to what they are? Maybe ride height is one of those things you do not touch?

                  I have tire temp gauge. But I find no use for it. By the time I get out of the car in the paddock, the tires have already cooled off - or gotten warmer (from what I was told). So all I am doing is comparing temps across the tire but then again that probably will not tell me much.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by fatbillybob View Post
                    Nope. Jackstands are for emergency. I have on board airjacks. Trailer has full shop but sae. I'm mostly metric
                    I really want that in my car.. but that is a big commitment to that chassis and expensive inst it?

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                    • #25
                      "AAA card for when the above isnt enough..." Winner !!

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                      • #26
                        I almost picked up a set of used air jacks for 700 bucks once, but I was 20 minutes too late.
                        SuperMiata S2 Class #33

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by FoxSTI View Post
                          Thank you guys for the responses and the humor.

                          Other than fixing this, do any of you guys make actual adjustments to the car?
                          I know time is expensive, but depending on the event there is sometimes 1.0 hr or so between sessions. That would be enough to change camber or toe? or lower / raise the car?
                          going back to a car that is corner balanced, and you need to raise the whole car .5" can't you just move the perches in relation to what they are? Maybe ride height is one of those things you do not touch?

                          I have tire temp gauge. But I find no use for it. By the time I get out of the car in the paddock, the tires have already cooled off - or gotten warmer (from what I was told). So all I am doing is comparing temps across the tire but then again that probably will not tell me much.
                          I think you meant a pyrometer. make sure it is a needle type, not infrared type. they do work. don't do a cool off lap (or if you must cool off your turbo, don't slow down in corners, but back off on the straight). bring pyrometer with you, pull into hot pit or immeidiately after exiting the track, jump out and take your reading. that IS what you used to adjust your camber, tire pressure.

                          nothing wrong with raising or lower the car, just be aware it messes up your corner balance. but then, nothing wrong changing corner balance. many drivers do that, every track likes different corner balance. 50/50 isn't the best.
                          S1 Supermiata - 220whp
                          13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
                          17 GT350R
                          03 Miata Club Sport
                          96 NSX
                          06 EVO MR
                          15 Mini Cooper S
                          Beck 550 Spyder

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Johns_EvoIXSE View Post
                            I almost picked up a set of used air jacks for 700 bucks once, but I was 20 minutes too late.
                            wow that would have been nice.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by bellwilliam View Post
                              I think you meant a pyrometer. make sure it is a needle type, not infrared type. they do work. don't do a cool off lap (or if you must cool off your turbo, don't slow down in corners, but back off on the straight). bring pyrometer with you, pull into hot pit or immeidiately after exiting the track, jump out and take your reading. that IS what you used to adjust your camber, tire pressure.

                              nothing wrong with raising or lower the car, just be aware it messes up your corner balance. but then, nothing wrong changing corner balance. many drivers do that, every track likes different corner balance. 50/50 isn't the best.
                              Yes that is what I have. I guess the trick is to get off fast.
                              thank you

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by FoxSTI View Post
                                I really want that in my car.. but that is a big commitment to that chassis and expensive inst it?
                                I'm lazy! It is just another cost you can't justify to a wife.

                                IMO if you race local you should have time to do good prep. Good prep means nothing breaks. However consistently winning means you have to constantly tweek stuff to make the car "one" with the track. Personally, I prep for reliability and I look for places to go fishing. Then I show up and race.
                                Last edited by fatbillybob; 06-27-2017, 07:51 PM.

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