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Tour Protests and RSB squeaking

Regarding these two questions....

Rear sway bar squeaking - the Hotchkis bar comes with grease fittings, thus adequately lubricated. All the Teflon tape does is essentially lube the connection. If kept lubed somehow, no squeaking should occur. Nor should any other noises of any kind.


Protests at Tours - Depends on a few things. Most importantly how well you do. If you beat other legal STF guys, how would that make you feel? If you finish dead last, likely most would not care.

Since your mods are non-visual, they likely would never be known. However, by entering STF you are declaring to all that your car is legal.

Why not just run your correct Class? Have fun there. Unless you pull those items you will never be STF legal.

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I think this thread really shows the importance of knowing how the rules work, asking questions, and triple checking the rule book before any part touches the car. Soooo critical.

Tough spot for the OP now, either be uncompetitive in FSP, spend substantial money backing up to make the car STF legal, "hope" for DFL at every event as to not get protested, or do well and wait for the protest hammer to come.
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I've emailed my region and they told me that it would be fine to still run locally here in STF, however given the strictness of rules at the national events he wouldn't advise it. Since this is the only national type event that I will be attending I will still enter in STF, I'm not concerned about being dead last I just want competition other than 1 other person lol.

And for the record I know the rules, I may not agree with them but I do know them. If a stock clutch is rated to 20% more TQ and HP than stock. With bolt on's and a good OVT tune, that would be pushing the limit as to what our parts could handle and still last. This was my reasoning for the stage 1 clutch. And this pressure plate is still only rated 241 at the flywheel, about 190 at the wheels. Not a huge improvement but enough to make a difference I agree.

I'm not making these mods to be nationally competitive, but rather to have a fun, better handling ride, with parts that will last being that this is my daily driver.

In other news I ordered 17x7.5 RPF1's, should be here by Friday. I'm going to get the RS3 version 2 for tires since they will last a lot longer than the re71's if I decide to daily them for a while. Not to mention almost 100$ cheaper
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post #24 of 86 (permalink) Old 01-11-2016, 01:31 AM
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Kenlilley, which tour event are you planning on doing? Dixie? I'll be there. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Yeah I'll be at Dixie although they changed the dates for the 18th which works out great cause that's the very beginning of spring break for me lol, I might go up to the tail of the dragon after Sunday. Stay in Atlanta with my family and spend another day at the tail and then drive home
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Yeah I'll be at Dixie although they changed the dates for the 18th which works out great cause that's the very beginning of spring break for me lol, I might go up to the tail of the dragon after Sunday. Stay in Atlanta with my family and spend another day at the tail and then drive home
Yeah, I saw they moved the event back a couple of weeks. Ha! You and I think alike. I hit the Dragon for two days on the way down to Dixie last year and I think I'll do the same this year.
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My cousins live about 45 minutes outside Atlanta so I'll stay a night there and hit the dragon on Monday, maybe spend the night in Knoxville, dragon again on Tuesday and head home. I'm looking forward to this whole trip, going to be lots of fun. Looking forward to meeting you as well
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No ABS and intermittent power steering cutting out on 5 out of 6 runs...yeah I can blame the shitty battery some LOL.

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LOL don't blame the battery for the results, was all on you ,

1- cheap battery set up, I still have your pics somewhere lol !!
2- Dirty driving.

I don't blame my cheaty results this year on my car, just poor driving.

Still love you, you are an icon

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As for legal and illegal cars...unless you're in the trophies most people don't care. But FWIW a OEM replacement flywheel and Exedy clutch is less than $250 shipped onn Ebay or Amazon...I forget. I replaced mine last year and it wasn't that pricey. Why not just put the right one on? Or at least the legal flywheel? That's 95% of the benefit there.

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You main competition should first be the clock. You want to progressively improve your times. Walking the course as many times as you can, and entering as many classes as you can, even if you are not competitive, will give you the most seat time.

Sounds like fun, and I use to do SCCA Autocross back in the day. Made me a better road course racer too.

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No ABS and intermittent power steering cutting out on 5 out of 6 runs...yeah I can blame the shitty battery some LOL.



As for legal and illegal cars...unless you're in the trophies most people don't care. But FWIW a OEM replacement flywheel and Exedy clutch is less than $250 shipped onn Ebay or Amazon...I forget. I replaced mine last year and it wasn't that pricey. Why not just put the right one on? Or at least the legal flywheel? That's 95% of the benefit there.
Im also planning on tracking this car as well as Autocross and thought i would benefit from the higher torque rating on the stage 1 pressure plate. As far as the lightweight flywheel, quicker revs equal quicker downshifts so for track duty also thought this would be better.
RPF1's got here a few days ago, tires will be ordered in 2 weeks and then I'm looking at getting either the BC racing ER type front shocks or the shocks from the for sale thread. Not to sure yet but hopefully i will have them before the Dixie Tour.
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