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      05-20-2019, 09:36 PM   #11903
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I'll probably keep it VA registered while I'm in school unless my parents move to TX as well (dad's job is trying to consolidate staff locations, and Texas is one of the options). Fortunately I'll be back here pretty frequently to have inspections done...
Got it. I'd skip headers then.

The Texas tracks I know about are Motorsport Ranch Cresson (southwest of DFW), Eagles Canyon Raceway (northwest of DFW), MSR Houston, and of course COTA in Austin. There are likely more but I've not heard anyone bring up other tracks yet.

I have only been to MSRC, it's where I go all the time. There are 2 tracks that can be combined into one large track (a 1.7, 1.3, or 3.1). The facility is okay, but not great, and it's sort of in the middle of nowhere. It's a lot like Summit Point now that I think about it. I usually go with Apex Driving Academy.

I have not been to Eagles Canyon but they just repaved it this winter and I really want to try it out.

MSR Houston is supposed to be good but it's far (south of Houston).

COTA is supposed to be okay, but it's built for F1 cars, not our scrappy road cars, and it's super expensive. I've heard some horror stories of guys crashing or catching fire, and the track charges absolutely absurd amounts to fix things. $30 per linear foot of damaged armco for example... makes me a little nervous to even do a track day there. Obviously it has world class facilities.

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      05-20-2019, 11:12 PM   #11904
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The high-rpm lack of power is a result of the 3-stage intake manifold. There's a resonance issue that starts-up and persists past ~6500rpm. That's why the N54 manifold is gaining popularity lately. I don't want to do headers until the very last second on my car. VA emissions testing is the issue (although I'd technically still pass with stock secondary cats). My suspension is pretty well modded (see my build thread), M3 arms were the first thing I did to my car . I was using 245's, but went back down to 225's with my new Bridgestone RE-71R's.

Heel-toeing in this car is just awful. I've got it pretty much nailed on the street, but the track is the issue for me. The pedal goes too far past the gas pedal, and I end up missing it entirely and just releasing the clutch smoothly in the gear I want so I can focus on braking and turning at the right points. Slower tracks where my brakes are a little firmer like Shenandoah circuit at Summit Point, heel-toeing is far easier. It really needs a lighter flywheel, and my car needs a louder exhaust so I can actually hear the engine's speed.



It's funny you say that, as my issue is the opposite; the brake pedal goes too far to heel-toe effectively. This is probably an unfortunate side effect of swapping four-piston calipers without getting a larger master cylinder to compensate.
Yeah, like the other poster said, I find it easier on track, but I donít have too much of an issue either way.
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      05-21-2019, 07:28 AM   #11905
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Changed the oil yesterday. Using 15W-50 this time in an effort to slow leaking, and for a little extra protection on the track.

I also found an axle shaft in pretty poor condition, it makes all sorts of horrible grinding and popping noises when I move it in and out, and has a lot of play moving it up, down, and all around. I guess I'll be doing an axle and a wheel bearing (while I'm in there) sometime soon...
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      05-21-2019, 01:37 PM   #11906
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TL;DR Version: Umlauts do wondrous, fantastic things.
Any photos of this setup? Thanks for the excellent review.
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      05-21-2019, 01:44 PM   #11907
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Cleaned up and polished a HPF intercooler I picked up in the "For Sale" section. Used Simple Green Extreme (aircraft grade, aluminum safe cleaner) and Mothers aluminum polish. 👍🏽

Edit: also pressure tested - good-to-go!
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Still plugging away at this. It's been so long since I've done major bodywork that it's been kind of a pain. Plan is to start wrapping the other panels this weekend and by the time I'm ready to hit the quarters the bodywork will be done. Lots of carbon on order so that stuff should be coming in soon hopefully
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Any photos of this setup? Thanks for the excellent review.
Stock-ish ride height is wonderful to have again.
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Stock-ish ride height is wonderful to have again.
Yeah that looks perfect. Functional AND liveable!
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Yeah that looks perfect. Functional AND liveable!
I can jump over railroad tracks without much aplomb
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Took it out to BMWCCA Car Control Clinic at Pacific Raceways; met a couple other 1er's out there


Few dozen trips around the skid pad left a nice little "art car" splash pattern
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Gave it a bath to get all the pollen off and installed a new cabin air filter.
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Stock-ish ride height is wonderful to have again.
You gotta love those nice and shiny things! Kind of an unassuming setup isnít it? Perfect for the road, awesome for the track. Hence,itís worthy name!

Are the rear Swifts 672 lb/in? And what kind of 17in wheels are those? Iím assuming you run 225/45s?
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TL;DR Version: Umlauts do wondrous, fantastic things.
Any photos of this setup? Thanks for the excellent review.
Stock-ish ride height is wonderful to have again.
I know right? I first thought I'd want it lower but it handles so much better I just left it. In my case it was just a bit lower than stock. This kit is about the handling not the look.
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You gotta love those nice and shiny things! Kind of an unassuming setup isnít it? Perfect for the road, awesome for the track. Hence,itís worthy name!

Are the rear Swifts 672 lb/in? And what kind of 17in wheels are those? Iím assuming you run 225/45s?
They're 160N/mm or about 900lbs/in. It's a very unassuming package. Driver mod probably plays a part in this, but I gained at least an entire football field on a new ZL1 Camaro after a corner coming off a straightaway (obviously, 650hp wins there). After a few laps of eating bumper, I got the point-by.

225/45-17's, they're cheap-o Sport Edition SE-16's I got from Tire Rack on clearance. 17x7.5 ET40.

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I know right? I first thought I'd want it lower but it handles so much better I just left it in my case it was just a bit lower than stock.
The camber gain is more favorable at a stock ride height, even though static camber decreases. So when you really lean into it, you just get that little bit of extra grip. Mine's a little lower than stock was for my car, but it's probably equivalent to M-Sport suspension height. I really like how usable and abusable it is now.
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