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About vchengap

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  1. Just to add to the other comments, I felt that the tarmac near the apex of Big Bend was also pretty bumpy. I felt myself offsetting the apex slightly in search of smoother pavement whereas my typical line would be right up near the curbing.
  2. I know, I know ? Such is the life of someone in love with cars while at the same time trying to retire by 45. The inner conflict is real.
  3. 2020 goal was to get out to the track more which I accomplished. 2021 goals: Data shows that I stay on throttle partly while hell-toe downshifting in hard brake zones. Need to extinguish this behavior as it's slowing me down. Joe mentioned lack of confidence in braking. Ditto with me. I'd like to work out the kinks as I am still only getting maximum braking of about 0.8g's - that's with GLOC R12 front / R8 rear. The car is surely capable of more based on other folks' data reads. This may go hand-in-hand with the 1st point. Troubleshooting needed to identify if the issue
  4. Was hoping to break into the teens but missed the mark by a couple tenths. Still hit a PB and had an illegal amount of fun in the process. Sorry about the awful sound quality. Track: Eagles Canyon Raceway 2.7 Italian Canyon - September 19, 2020 Lap Time: 2:20.2 (AiM Solo) Ambient temperature: ~80 degrees F Car: 2008 Mazda Miata Estimated weight with driver: ~2700 lbs Estimated whp: ~145 RWHP Tires Front: Federal 595 RSR 215/45-17 Tires Rear: Hankook RS4 215/45-17
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  6. Hey Chris - welcome! Glad I was able to point a fellow car enthusiast Redditor in the right direction. I’ve learned a ton from the good folks on this forum and I’m sure you will too.
  7. FWIW, I have the same issue with my UltraShield lap belts being too loose. I've been looking for a solution as well.
  8. This is the best description I've read of the MX5 in iRacing. Just feels odd to practice for track days on iRacing and then the real-world feel is so different. Congrats on the win BTW.
  9. I ran the Hawk DTCs a couple years ago and was really disappointed with how quickly I burned through them. Are the Raybestos ST43 available for the stock NC calipers? I don’t have the budget to pony up for Skip’s setup at the moment. Thinking about trying a higher temp pad like GLOC 12 or 14 to see if that helps with the fade issues I’m having. I also run cheapo Centric blanks and never had any issues with them.
  10. Damn. I envy that consistency even more than I envy the lap time.
  11. Track: MSR-C 3.1, 5/2/20 Lap Time: 2:37.89 (AiM Solo) Ambient temperature: 70 degrees F Car: 2008 Mazda Miata Estimated weight with driver: ~2700 lbs Estimated whp: ~145 RWHP Tires Front: Federal 595 RSR 215/45-17 Tires Rear: Hankook RS4 215/45-17 First time running the big track in 4 years. Better tires, suspension, and most importantly, driver improvement helped me knock more than 4 secs off my previous PB. Apologies in advance for the shit video and audio quality.
  12. Wow - really cool to see those torsional rigidity numbers. I knew the RX8 was a solid chassis but seeing the comparison to other popular track vehicles is eye-opening. I'm guessing the NC Miata doesn't have anywhere near the same rigidity even though the chassis closely related to the RX8 (given the whole no roof thing and all).
  13. Awesome! Come back and write a review once you give it a run. I've been tracking more affordable options in the motion simulator space and the DOF lineup is looking really attractive. Might be time to upgrade from my Next Level Racing wheel stand and old dinner chair ?
  14. Quick update on the peak g-force during braking. I did some testing in an empty parking lot today and may have found my issue. It seems that I may not be braking hard enough. I really put some leg into it after warming up the tires/brakes and was able to get near -1.1g. I crosschecked the g's with the brake pressure readout from my ECU and confirmed that I needed a much higher brake pressure to breach the -1.0g mark. It's definitely an odd feeling to discover something like that after 8 years of HPDE events. Potentially game changing in terms of gaining a couple easy seconds at the tr
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