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Matt93SE

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About Matt93SE

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    Houston-ish
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    The slow kind

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  1. ugh. getting old sucks! priorities change, kids get in the way, etc.. eventually you'll dump all your play money into the kids' racing and live vicariously through them. your body wont' work well enough to go fast anyway.
  2. Mark Martin / W2W has been using them for some time and provided a review online as well of them. but yeah there could be some potential bias due to the fact they were asked to use them as pilot program/beta testers. I don't know Mark well enough to make any sort of judgement on that though, just mentioning the possibility.
  3. nice. get you some fat foam weatherstrip and you can fill in that 1" or so gap between radiator and panels.. makes a difference
  4. *whiney voice* I want a lift!!! can't decide on a 2 post or 4 post. 4 post is nice working on chassis setup and whatnot, but 2 post gets the job done when the wheels need to come off.... best of both worlds I guess is a 4 post with jack thingies under it.
  5. I saw those too, but didn't see the track layout and couldn't figure out how to link the post (it was unshareable, so I'd have had to download the images and reupload here.)
  6. Ya, the turn plates are really only good for messing with caster and toe. you can make the 'grease plates' very cheaply and they're thin, so you can use a similar size spacer in the rear and keep the car's height the same off the floor. If you intend on doing a lot of alignments on fender cars, a set of hub stands would also be great, but costs start going up quickly with toys like that. The hub stands get the huge wheel and tire out of the way so you can reach the suspension. otherwise, doing alignments on fender cars is a royal PITA unless you have a 4 post lift or some other way to reach under the car and adjust toe. one thing I used to do to counter that was to measure the car on the ground and get all of my references.. (say it measured 1/8" toe in and I wanted 1/16" out...) then I would jack up the car and measure again, THEN adjust from that measurement 3/16" outward so I can slide under the car and make adjustments. now put the car back on the ground and debounce the suspension, and check again. With luck, I would only screw it up and redo it a couple times. Stuff like that is where the Smart Strings that attach to the vehicle are key. it's WAY easier to set up and get repeatable results than using the string & jackstands thing because you don't have to re-square everything in the line each time you move the car.
  7. Wow that car was swiss cheese! Looking good!
  8. Smart Strings (or similar) are the 'universal' necessary setup tool. you can do it with jackstands and some string, but OMG PITA. Toe plates are handy and easy to check toe on each axle, but it's hard to square the rear end with the car- that's where the strings come in. a Longacre (or similar) camber/caster gauge would be necessary as well. I prefer the wheel-mount style (the ones on sticks) vs. a hub-mount style due to the various size hubs and whatnot out there and the amount of error induced if there's even a small imperfection in the hub face you're attaching to.. You'll want some turn plates if you want to make life easier, but you can also simply use some grease plates too. i.e. couple 12" squares of plate steel with a blob of grease between them. you can slide the car around on them with one hand.
  9. I saw an updated map on FB a couple weeks ago. I don't remember what all changes were done though. the info is indeed out there if you can find it again.
  10. I wonder what kind of tank she is sitting on!
  11. Matt93SE

    Track Insurance

    Same here with Hagerty too. car is also insured at 'agreed value'.. I put a value down on paper and back it up with a worksheet (modification list an/or appraisal if a modified street car), and they haven't questioned anything I've put on paper so far on 3 different cars.
  12. Matt93SE

    Track Insurance

    I wouldn't say "none" of them cover, but most of them have gotten wise to the hobby and have modified their policies to specifically exclude HPDE events and whatnot. I do know there are several companies now that do offer track day insurance policies though. but since I drive race car (usually in timed events where no coverage is possible), I haven't bothered researching it in years. they're out there.
  13. Agree for the most part. wear down the left front on the carousel, and left rear digging out of all the shorter left hand turns.. Usually I flip my tires left/right and front/rear at the end of each day.
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    2002 996

    numbers are a bit small and lacking in contrast. you should consider increasing the size a little.
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