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Technical Talk / Re: Tires/Setup Questions
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:03:23 PM »
A quick note - you cannot change wheel widths in HS, so you need to keep the width of the factory wheels but can up/downsize 1 inch in diameter.  So if the factory wheels are 18x7 then you can do 17x7 only.

I have personally crammed 225/45R15 tires onto 15x5.5" wheels - though you are going to have a lot less sidewall so that might restrict how far you can pinch them.

My advice would be to stay in HS as long as possible.  I moved to STF and regretted it.  I made the change while chasing more front camber in an effort to reduce tire wear, I never found enough camber and wish I had just stayed in HS.


Thanks everybody for helping me find a buyer!  I can't believe so many people were talking this car up to other people!  Probably would have been a way easier sell before the season started.

SASC Events / Re: July 26 YYC Practice event is a go!
« on: July 24, 2017, 02:33:16 PM »
I can't think of anybody who doesn't already know about this forum so I'd say open it up whenever you like!

SASC Events / Re: Re: July 26 YYC Practice event is a go!
« on: July 24, 2017, 02:14:54 PM »
Where's the link?

If you are a paid-up member of SASC, you should have received an email last night.  Or actually are you a member of CSCC?  I passed on info to Chris but maybe he has not passed it on yet?

Otherwise, I'll open it up for the general public later today.


Unfortunately we do not have a mailing list for CSCC members.  I could send it out to everybody through MSR but I believe about 90% of the people who attend our events also attend yours and I'd just be spamming them.  Can we just throw the link up on our forum?

Zack - the price is not super firm it was a best guess at what I thought the value would be.  I'm sending you an email right away.

Stephen - So tempting but 50-60% life RE-71Rs for a challenge event?... We'd have to bring more tires!!

Technical Talk / Re: Car question
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:37:32 PM »
Camber bolts are not legal in Street class unless explicitly documented by the vehicle manufacturer as an authorized repair method for non-competition purposes.

For most cars that means they're not legal, but in the early 2000s at least, Toyota made camber bolts available for a number of their cars for collision repair purposes, so on those cars (including the Celica and MR2 Spyder) the Toyota bolts are legal.

Well, today I learned!
Section 13.8.B
Both the front and rear suspension may be adjusted through their designed
range of adjustment by use of factory adjustment arrangements or
by taking advantage of inherent manufacturing tolerances. This encom- passes both alignment and ride height parameters if such adjustments are
provided by the standard components and specified by the factory as normal
methods of adjustment. However, no suspension part may be modified
for the purpose of adjustment unless
And Section 13.8.E
If offered by the manufacturer for a particular model and year, the use of
shims, special bolts, removal of material to enlarge mounting holes, and
similar methods are allowed and the resulting alignment settings are permitted
even if outside the normal specification or range of specifications
recommended by the manufacturer. If enlarging mounting holes is spe- cifically authorized but no material removal limits are specified, material
removal is restricted to the amount necessary to achieve the maximum
factory alignment specification.

If the factory specs the bolts or modifications as a normal method of adjustment you can go as crazy as you want!

General Discussion / Re: Things I learned while in Red Deer today....
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:42:40 PM »
Sorry again about the double stoppage.  I checked in the morning and was told 11:30-12:30 and 3:30-4:30 for the 2 weddings.  I checked again at 11:30 when we saw no cars there, and was told yup, still 11:30-12:30.  I checked again at 12:00 when we still saw no cars, and yup, again, 11:30-12:30.  Finally at 12:30 we see cars showing up and checking an extra time we are told 1:00-1:45... sigh.
Unfortunately that's the nature of the beast.  Lot rentals are VERY hard to come by, unbelievably hard, so we can't do anything at all that may jeopardize our ability to use the lot in the future, no matter how annoying it might be.

I really REALLY appreciate how cool everybody was about it, and I think bumping the afternoon up to 5 runs so that everybody got at least 3 uninterrupted runs was a good way to handle the challenge.

Thanks everybody for coming out and I hope everyone had a good time!

Sorry for any confusion - the CSCC event is definitely Saturday July 8 but I think Stephen is right and the RDSCC has an event the following day.  If you've got the time (and the tires) do them both!  They run their events a bit differently and design their courses differently plus it's more seat time :)

Technical Talk / Re: Car question
« on: July 04, 2017, 11:49:04 AM »
You must be serious about wanting a Toyota, Honda, import - otherwise, just go buy Chris's Focus for $1500 and run the crap out of it until you improve as a driver.  You'll spend at least that much modding a daily to get it where you want - 40-50% in tires alone!

^^^^^^^^ This

That Focus is about 5 seconds faster than my 2017 Mazda 3 and I will spend at least $1500 trying to close that 5 second gap.  If I had $1500 and somewhere to store that thing Id have already bought it myself.  If you have the option, take that Focus and you'll learn so much more in seat time than trying to mod something else to go faster.  You will save a ton of money this way and last I checked money doesn't grow on trees, unless your holding out on us :P

This is pretty good advice, especially since the focus comes with a set of RE71R.

As the seller of said focus - thanks for the marketing guys!  That was totally not coerced! (We'lll discuss payment later)

As for the focus, sorry to sort of advertise here, but my intention with selling it was to see it go to somebody who is looking to get into the sport.  The car isn't perfect - honestly, it's pretty ugly, and it needs a couple things, though the longer I sit with the car the more of them I will probably take care of, but it's a great starter car that has the potential to place well.  Even if you leave it in STF (where it currently resides) it often breaks into the top 10 at events with me piloting it, and I know for a fact when Steffan has driven it he can beat me by as much as 0.25-1.0 seconds per run which usually puts him 3-5 spots above me.  The RE-71Rs that are on it have just been flipped and will only be used at one more event (July 8, Westerner Park) before I am done for the year.  I would expect they have between 4 and 10 events left on them depending on how gentle you are on tires, but this set only cost me $561 including mount, balance and GST from Costco last fall so it's not like they are expensive.

Midnightsky - I may have beaten you by 5 seconds but I suspect your Mazda 3 has some more time left in it.  With good tires your car should be able to beat the Focus in RAW and therefore badly beat the Focus in PAX.  Practice practice practice, and then, tires, then practice some more.  I've been at this over 5 years and honestly, I still kinda suck sometimes.

Alright I should stop hijacking this thread, sorry!

What bolt pattern are the ROTAs with the tires.  Would you sell separately?

They are 15x7 with 4x108 bolt pattern (I think this bolt pattern is pretty rare, I've seen it on some 90s mustangs, escorts, early 2000s focii and the fiesta).  I'm not keen on selling them separately since if I part with them then the car cannot be driven anywhere as the tires on the other set of wheels are not safe to drive on.

Chris, you mean you would sell the ROTA's for 1500 and include a car to go with them  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Now you're thinking!

Maybe I should just double the entry fee for the August Red Deer event and give it away to a random person.  40 people x $40 each = more than my asking price :D

What bolt pattern are the ROTAs with the tires.  Would you sell separately?

They are 15x7 with 4x108 bolt pattern (I think this bolt pattern is pretty rare, I've seen it on some 90s mustangs, escorts, early 2000s focii and the fiesta).  I'm not keen on selling them separately since if I part with them then the car cannot be driven anywhere as the tires on the other set of wheels are not safe to drive on.

I'm kind of surprised there has been no interest so far!  This is a whole car for less than many people pay for a set of tires.
If I still have it in late July I'll probably do the wheel bearings - I have the parts just haven't had the time.

A change in work situation (and location) means my focus is up for sale.

Some details:
2.0L Zetec + MTX75 5-speed manual, approximately 171k
Non-ABS 2001 ZX-3 so it's light
Gear oil was last changed this spring with the ford magic honey
Brake fluid was changed 2 years ago
Brake pads and rotors were done 3 years ago - normal consumer-ey rotors and ceramic street pads
Since I've owned the car it has gotten oil changes every 4-5k with synthetic oil only and motorcraft filters
Working A/C
An Atsco reman steering rack was installed 3 years ago

The car comes with 2 sets of wheels:
1) 5.5" wide 15" diameter white stock wheels with completely dead garbage tires (seriously, parking use ONLY) one is super rusty because the PO let the brakes rub through to the backing plates and so it's got metal flecks embedded in it.  I tried using polishing compound and the brown does come off but right after I started I got a really good deal on set #2 and stopped
2) 7" wide 15" diameter Rota wheels, black, I'd say average condition, currently wearing some 205/50R15 RE-71R tires with well over half tread life

Poly bushings in the back end, and I have the bushings on-hand for the front end
Rear subframe with swaybar mounts and rear bar is installed, also poly bushings for the rear sway bar
K-MAC camber plates on the front
Rear disc swap (the smaller non-SVT rear discs)

Stock shocks/springs/struts
No ABS (was never equipped)

LOADS of brand new spare parts:
  • Inner and outer tie rods
  • Control arms (two left for some reason)
  • Front and rear wheel bearings
  • Spark plugs, wires and probably a coil pack
  • More stuff I've probably forgotten

Some used spare parts:
  • A pair of sway bars I was given in a deal.  I was told they are stock but I never measured them because I like the bars that are on it now
  • Spare steering racks, one SVT one normal, both used and a little leaky but good for a rebuild
  • Driver's side mirror - just needs the cables re-attached to the inner half as I had to salvage it from 2 separate cars at pick n pull

This car is an amazing deal because
  • Gets me to an event in Red Deer, through a day of autoslalom and back home in about 30-32L of fuel
  • It can haul 240 cones plus fire extinguishers and helmets if necessary
  • Tires are super cheap because they're 15" (I checked my receipts, the last set of RE-71Rs cost me $541 including tax, mount and balance)

It does need a couple things in the not too distant future:
  • I noticed after last season the front wheel bearings are starting to develop a little bit of play and need to be done soon
  • During my pre-season inspection I noticed the driver's tie rod boot is torn at the outer end
  • I also noticed the axle seal on the driver's side seems to be leaking a tiny bit
  • The battery is getting older - it isn't showing any signs of dying electrically but it looks to be leaking a tiny bit from the top.  Maybe it's all the hard cornering or maybe it's going to fail soon.

It also has a couple minor issues that will probably not cause any significant problems:
  • One of the power steering lines is VERY slightly leaking.  I noticed this when I bought the car a few years ago and it hasn't gotten any worse.  The crimp where one of the hard lines goes to the front of the car is just getting a bit built up with stuck-on grime
  • The steering rack is leaking very slightly from the plate on the backside of it.  It doesn't have any play in it or any other problems but the leak annoys me - this might not require any new parts to correct
  • Lots of things in the interior squeak and rattle and the seats are getting worn
  • The driver's door has had a very poor quality rust repair done.  It's water-tight and solid enough but cosmetically it sucks
  • The rear washer nozzle doesn't work.  It was working before I swapped the hatch and I thought I was careful not to pinch the line so maybe it's just a clogged nozzle.  I'll try to look into this and might be able to resolve it

Because I am moving out-of-province and already have a lot of problems to solve I would just like an easy sale and so I'm listing at $1500.  In my opinion this is a bargain and an extremely cheap entrance to this sport.  If you disagree feel free to make an offer but don't just message me and ask how low I'm willing to go.

This is a ready-to-go car that I regularly score 94 or higher on PAX with in STF and would be even more competitive if you downgraded it to HS.

The car will be available after the July 8 Red Deer event.  I will have it at the July 8 event if you'd like to check it out or it can be viewed weeknights or weekends at my house in Royal Oak.

SASC Events / Re: June 17, 2017 WCMA regional scores
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:28:35 AM »
Also, 69 of the 75 drivers are listed as rookies. :)

Does it count if I felt like a rookie out there?

Looks like your number wasn't reserved in MSR, and someone else got to it before you did.

I guess you will have to add another piece of tape on each side :)

My tape budget just went up by 50%!! Unacceptable!


But seriously, it's no problem at all.  I was just confused because the top drop-down had my number as if it were reserved but then it assigned me 111 and was just drawing a big white rectangle instead of letting me pick a new number so I couldn't see what had happened.  I figured MSR was just being broken or something.

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