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First experience in STX.

I'm still in the novice division but I have bumped up to STX with my suspension intake and rims.

What are other modifications I can do to become more competitive?

I ended up in 6th out of ~30 in the novice class.

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Re: First experience in STX.

Fastest - and least expensive way to get faster is to fix the steering wheel spacer.

It's the piece of the car that goes between the steering wheel and driver's seat.

Seat time, Seat time, seat time, have as many instructors ride with you as possible.

Find as many novice schools as you can. Western NY Region, Finger Lake Region and Central NY Region SCCA's should all have something. You may have to travel a little but it is worth it.

Heck, we have rocking Novice school in New England Region in June. 4 different courses with some top notch instructors, many of them past or current National Champions and most having won at National level events. It's a drive, but something to think about.

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Re: First experience in STX.

O I agree completely that I need practice. I had instructors go with me the first 3 times and did the fourth on my own. I definitely tried to use the information they ave me.

I was just wondering if there certain modifications that really help our cars out.


Thanks for the info!

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Re: First experience in STX.

I did notice that with my suspension I am definitely more planted, I was think rear sway and a motor mount next.

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Re: First experience in STX.

+1 for more seat time, and practice, practice, practice.

Too often folks go out and buy fast-sounding neat stuff, stick it on their cars, and then wonder why they are getting beat
by some Stock cars without all that stuff.

Answer? Driver.

The cheapest and most important part to improve on your car is in fact the driver.

Apparently you have added some "stuff" to your car to class it into STX. You may or may not have a good balance of different parts,
but in any case you will need to learn to drive what you have to the best it your ability. Don't keep changing things, learn to drive
well what you have. Only THEN decide to change anything else.

Can we assume you at least got a good alignment after you changed the suspension? That's probably the second most important facet
to make sure is right.

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Re: First experience in STX.

In terms of the suspension I have a prokit and the koni STRT's.

I did have an alignment done after, and everything is within spec.

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Re: First experience in STX.

You drive a Mazda 3 or Mazdaspeed 3? Mazda 3 should be classed in STF and not STX.


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[quote author=justint5387 link=topic=209599.msg4221342#msg4221342 date=1335194313]
You drive a Mazda 3 or Mazdaspeed 3? Mazda 3 should be classed in STF and not STX.
[/quote]

LOL, good call, in his avatar it says 2.3L grand touring so it sounds like he should be in STF. That will help quite a bit right there for getting better results!

To the OP, Best mod to the car would be a LSD, but if you did that then you'll have to stay in STX. As your car sits now, it sounds like you should be in STF which has a much "softer" index which will help you out. As others have said though, be sure you are spending money on seat time and hitting as many events as you can.
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Whats the difference between the two?

Did seem weird I was in the same class as a Gto....

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Re: First experience in STX.

You are definitely STF. There is nothing in your mod list that would disqualify you from STF. Also on the national level, Street Touring class hopping is not allowed anymore. <-Meaning you can't run a 3 in STX because it is already classed in STF.

Simplified STF rules:
Wheels up to 7.5" wide. Any offset, and diameter.
Tires up to 225 width, treadwear rating 140 and above.
Shocks, springs, coilovers, camber arms and plates, control arms all legal.
Exhaust from the block back is legal. Header, cat, cat back exhaust all legal.
Intake up to throttle body is open. Anything you want to do is legal, just have to keep original MAF sensor.
Tuners, piggybacks, batteries, and grounding kits allowed. Hypertechs are legal.
Sway bars, endlinks, pads, rotors, some bracing, seats, harnesses are all legal.

Not sure the wing will fly (pun intended!), but for local/regional events it is fine.

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