Taking A Break For What’s Really Important

Taking A Break For What’s Really Important

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Racing can be an all encompassing passion, but sometimes there are more important things in life. In March of 2016 I asked the love of my life to marry me, and we decided that September 3, 2017 would be the day of our wedding. Throughout 2016 I enjoyed autocrossing my car, but by the end of the year a smoke had developed near the turbo that couldn't be ignored. I began fixing it in January, 2017. By April I had removed the engine, replaced the valve cover gaskets, water pump, timing belt and various pulleys, all of the broken vacuum hoses around the turbo, and the right front axle, but I still had not resolved the smoke! It became clear that the project was not going to end any time…
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How To: Replace a Front Axle on a 2002-03 WRX

How To: Replace a Front Axle on a 2002-03 WRX

Repairs and Upgrades
[caption width="300" id="attachment_735" align="alignright"] Yes that grease is burned onto the exhaust heat shield... yes it's going to be a pain to clean.[/caption]This is not an uncommon repair on our favorite bugeyed sporty car, and luckily it's not a difficult one either. The left front axle inboard CV joint sits within inches of the exhaust, so the grease boot experiences excessive thermal stress. The cyclic stresses of constant rotation combined with the heat of the exhaust will cause the boot to tear and eventually split. You can imagine the mess that comes next. Enough time without grease and the bearings in the CV will fail. If you find that you have an axle with a failed boot, then the best course of action is to replace the axle assembly. It may…
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Powertrain Rejuvenation: The Rules are the Limit (ASP)

Powertrain Rejuvenation: The Rules are the Limit (ASP)

Tech Articles
I have made it abundantly clear, because I am too honest when it comes to racing, that I've installed a lighter-than-stock flywheel in my WRX. This makes me ineligible for the stock, or even STX SCCA classes, and relegates me to A-Street Prepared (ASP). My car is woefully outgunned in this class, but luckily a good opportunity to change classes has arrived. When I pull the motor to do the refresh that I'm planning, I can swap back to my stock flywheel! However, for due diligence, let's take a look at all the things I can do to my engine based on the ASP rulebook. The notes below are compiled from the 1/17/2017 release of the SCCA ASP rule set, which can be found here. Oil Pan/Engine Lubrication MUST retain standard…
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Race Report: CCR AutoX #8

Race Report: CCR AutoX #8

Race Reports
Race Date: 8/20/2016 Class: Rookie - A Street Prepared Results: – Class: 6th/7 - Overall: 95/151 – My FTD: 72.318 (PAX:62.555) – Class FTD: 70.772 (PAX: 59.165) 2015 Scion FRS - Class Win: 71.505 (PAX: 57.061) 2015 Ford Fiesta ST – The FTD: 61.575 - 1987 Nissan 300ZX Today's autocross was held on another classic Carolina summer day. The morning was muggy and the afternoon was broiling, but fortunately it wasn't as hot as the USCA race at the end of July. Some cloud cover kept the morning and early afternoon at a bearable temperature. The afternoon was a scorcher, but luckily I was driving with the last run group so the heat was easy to ignore. This event was also my first entry in the CCR Rookie class, which…
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Fresh Brakes: The Goods

Repairs and Upgrades, Uncategorized
After solving the issue of my sticking right rear caliper, I decided I could confidently purchase some new brake parts. Since my rotors are too thin to turn and the pads are wearing out, I decided to go ahead and get autocross pads from Hawk Performance and Powerslot rotors. Since one of my complaints from earlier in my autocross campaign came from what I felt was poor brake pedal modulation, I threw in some stainless steel brake lines to replace the old, soft, stock brake lines on the car. The lines and rotors are coming from Rallysport Direct, a longtime favorite of mine, and the HP+ Autocross/Track pads are coming direct from Hawk. I'll be honest, my research on brake rotors was brief, and my pad selection was based on…
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Race Report: USCA Charlotte 2016

Race Reports, Uncategorized
Race Date: 7/30/2016 Category: Grand Touring Light Class: Novice Results: - Autocross: 50.787 (6th of 10) - Speed Stop: 18.732 (7th of 10) The Ultimate Street Car Association is a relatively new, grassroots motorsports organization focused on providing a unique and fun racing experience for people with track-ready street cars. Their Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car is a comprehensive competition that focuses on both the track readiness and street readiness of the entrants' vehicles. Over the course of two days drivers participate in an autocross competition, "speed stop" competition, hot lap challenge on a road course, a road rally on real highways, and a design and engineering competition that is as much about the performance upgrades to the car as it is about the creature comforts and road…
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Race Report: CCR AutoX For Polar Bears

Race Reports
Race Date: 2/27/2016 Class: Novice Results: – Class: 4th / 33 – Overall: 109th / 209 - My FTD: 68.392 sec. - Class FTD: 65.67 sec. (1991 BMW 318) - The FTD: 53.820 (2009 Top Kart Speedy TM K9b) Although I intended on beginning my SCCA campaign in the STX class, I decided to start off as a Novice. Over 200 cars attended the event this past Saturday, and I did not want to interrupt a possibly large, competitive class with my rookie issues. The bonus of being a novice: an extra run during my session. I'll take it. That run would pay off as it was my fastest time of the day at 68.392 seconds, which earned me 2nd in my novice group and 4th out of all 33 novices. I…
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