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  1. Ran my car at Circuit of the Americas for the first time! first i replaced all 5 ARP wheel studs on the hub that snaped the lug off. and a fresh brake bleed with Castrol SRF. when i tried to race the WRL corvette there with half the horsepower and grip of my car i was only able to run a 2:48. so my goal was to break 2:40 for a best lap. in my very first (and second) session i ran a best of 2:33! off to a good start! in the very last session in the 99 degree heat, when the track and tires were greasy as hell and horsepower was way down, i managed to click off a 2:30.5 and a 2:30.6! i was SUPER happy with that for my first time out. i know theres alot left of the table between temps and car, and learning the track better. was a heck of an experience! incredible track. did bring out some glaring issues in the car ive always had. need to address those. for one oil temps got to 300 degrees and rising, had to do a cool down lap. water temps seemed to start to plateau about 248. and some handling issues ive always fought. very demanding and technical track! but we survived and conquered it. more big updates to come!
  2. i think it was more likely just user error and bad luck. ive put my wheels on the same way for 4.5 years. yes using rings. my guess is something happened, something i did. ie who knows my wife may have come out and distracted me or something and i may have simply never fully tightened them or something. i think this was a isolated incident. luckily caught in time. just hoping it didnt damage wheel. ill be curious to see how much is left of the plastic hubcentric rings.
  3. back to the track! Midnight thrash 2 days before the event i had the old Toyos removed and back to fresh BFG Rivals. more on that later. when i went to go put the rear wheel back on i notice this. on both rear rotors. with no way to order in time, in a panic i look up every Autozone, Advanced, Oreillys, and Napa within 3 cities. NO one has any. i finally track down a single set at an Oreilly. unfortuntly on such short notice could only get drilled rotors, so it will just happen again. also swaped to Hawk DTC 60 rear pads then as im putting on the very last wheel, the drivers front. one of the lugs welded itself to the stud. i thought "ill show this lug". ill get the impact on it. well that just made things worse. finally had no choice but to cut off the lug. once removed i ran a die over the stud to clean it up. then the next day. 1 day before i leave the alternator goes out. (possibly from getting wet from vented hood? or just age and heat most likely) luckily this was my first vehicle that had the alternator right on top. was a 5 minute job luckily. Monsoon I see its supposed to rain at the track at 4 night before, so i leave early. FIVE miles from the track the bottom lets out. so i got to unload the trailer alone in a severe thunderstorm. down pour rain, 20 mph winds and lightning everywhere. got completely soaked but the job done. used the hotel hair dryer to dry my shoes 😄 genius 😄 Day of! perfect weather the day of, and the previous day rain was so hard and fast, it didnt soak in, so no drainage across the track. guessed wrong on cold pressures for first session and hot pressures got to 42 and 43psi! even that high the BFGs STILL out gripped the R888Rs at there optimal hot psi! grip was back and so good. it would do everything i asked of it. New Best! During the second session i had run a 2:24.55s! and in the 3rd session a pair of 2:24.2s! beating my all time fastest laps of 2:24.9! i was so excited. but also racechrono had two first laps on session 2 and 3 that were so fast i didnt even believe them. and they were both first lap which i thought i had found in the past to be inaccurate gps from exiting the pits. once home and a couple days later, to my surprise and just out of curiosity i check those 2 laps on both the gopros running at the time. and i couldnt believe it they were real! i SHATTERED my previous best lap time by 1.8 seconds!!!!!! running a 2:23.1 and a 2:23.4!!!!!!! Final session Last run of the day. after a few laps i notice a new vibration. slow down for a lap and then decide to come in. seemed worse at speed and on right hand turns. i couldn't figure it out definatly wasnt RPM/motor related. well as im prepping to load the car on the trailer and pack the jeep in the pits, a guy drives up to me with a smirk on his face. he hands me this and says "this flew off your car." i immediately look and find the missing hole on the drivers rear. i then check the other lugs and both nuts on either side of the missing one were completely loose. only 2 lugs were tight, next to each other, was the only thing holding on the wheel! I tell the guy that brought it "this is gonna sound crazy, but this just made my day" cause that was gonna be a long drive home and days after trying to locate the cause of that vibration. a roller coaster of a weekend, but worth it with a hell of a new personal best time!
  4. yeah i run TPMS in all my wheels. didnt have it in the camaro, now that i do. i find the info invaluable. i can get pressures exact. as soon as the checkered drops i pull them up and look and memorize. to change each wheel the amount needed. even within 30 seconds after lifting the pressures will start to change. sometimes as much as 2-3 psi by the time im to my pit area. lol its not that i can sense 1 degree, it was more of a cut off point. the tires were ok at 28, 29, 30, and 3 sessions in a row, i would notice the tires all the sudden were sliding more, pushing more, shuttering more. and every time i would look down the tires would have clicked up to 31 psi that lap. hence the diagnoses i made. for my particular car.
  5. damn how much coffee have you had!? always hot pressures. anyone that talks in cold pressures should be shot! useless. every driver, day, track, car, etc will produce different amounts of heat/psi gain.
  6. late getting this posted, and not much to post. Finally was able to get the best out of the Toyo R888Rs. 30 psi was the ticket, hit 31 and they would start to slide, push, and shutter. still worst than the BFG Rivals, but the best the R888Rs have been. luckily this should be there last outing. rears are nearly bald. now that i got the exhaust joints fixed and sloted, so they clamp good and stay together, now its finding the next weak point. keeps just pulling the exhaust out of the rear hangers. its like the whole exhaust is about 1-2" too short. had to repair the exhaust wrap too. i think it drug on trailer unloading and cut it. Stupid Porsche club rules. have to wear pants. the ONLY HPDE that has this rule. there lucky i forgot i had my plaid pajama "pants" in my luggage! i would have worn them as a FU. had to rent a fire suit. SLC superlite this was the first somewhat warm day with the new hood (mid 80s) and i felt like it was doing some cooling good. i felt like the temp needle was a good 1-2 marks lower than before. the brakes with the ST-43 rear pads were great. watched a bimmer go off. looked like maybe a harsh downshift locked the rears initiating the slide. https://youtu.be/FRw1FTC4EQo got to do 1/2 lap with a 488 Pista. i ran him in a early morning session and he was a road block. super slow. then in the afternoon, it had to be a different driver, MUCH faster. i had gone off prior in the session. got black flaged for that, 1/2 lap into the battle with the 488 Pista. right as he went off too. excuses: my toyos were shit and on there last session (rears bald) i could get him under braking, but he could get on power SO much earlier with rear engine. and i was no match for his 710 HP. really bummed i got black flaged and had to come in. i really wanted to play some more. https://youtu.be/RuFDGdr61Pw random cell vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5nq5fisdUw
  7. already had a new set of the old S sitting here waiting.
  8. loading this afternoon. i think this 2 days will finish off my R888Rs. thank god. havent been able to wait until i could ditch them since the first time i tried them. going back to rivals. SO much better grip.
  9. done MANY full sessions on them. even with 20 minutes on Rivals im faster than 5 minutes on R888Rs i tried the RS3s on the camaro.
  10. went back to the track last monday. after success with the OEM rear pads fixing my braking issue, i swaped to some more agressive ST-43 pads i had laying around. they worked great as well. with more stopping power of course. pretty uneventful day of fun. still hating the R888R tires though. horrible grip. cant wait to burn threw them. got a set of Rivals waiting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kTmDFCE0WA&t=248s
  11. wait i have another excuse! what you may be hearing at the top of rattle snake is me staying in 3rd. the low rpms may make it seem im going slower than i am. im squeeling tires in side load in both directions at the top of rattlesnake. ive tried second, but then i have to imidiate short shift back to 3rd before the off camber. all of my fastest laps have happened on laps i stayed in 3rd. so ive been sticking with that on this last outing.
  12. i dont trust these tires. i was over slowing alot. also my brakes were just back to working, but werent quite enough so i was gun shy of them too. but mostly just still learning. only my 7th time to cresson. i think those are all of my excuses! any other help and tips would be greatly appreciated!
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