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      08-26-2015, 06:21 PM   #1
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Just consolidating these so I don't have spam threads all over the place, and just keeping an online journal of my progress as I get better and better and install mods, etc.

First HPDE at Laguna Seca with HOD: (E92 1)

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1140841

Mods added:
PFC 08 brake pads on stock rotors, stock calipers
Motul 600 brake fluid

Tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sports 245/265 19"

2nd HPDE at Thunderhill 5 mile with HOD: (E92 2)

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1154670

Mods added:
Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust,
BPM Stage 2 Tune
BPM DCT Tune

Tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sports 245/265 19"

3rd/4th HPDE days at Buttonwillow Raceway 13CW with SpeedDistrict: (E92 3/4)

2:07 best lap


Mods added:
Dinan front anti-roll bar
Apex EC-7 wheels
Cloth rag for power steering vent :P

Tires: Bridgestone Potenza RE-71Rs 275s/18"

5th HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway (Big Willow) with SpeedDistrict: (E92 5)

1:53 best lap

Had a tire injury here so was running with mismatched tires and going slow. No footage here yet, will add some in later.

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 2 in rear, Potenza RE-71R 275s/18"

6th/7th HPDE days at Thunderhill 5 mile with bypass (4.6mi) (E92 6/7)

3:33 best lap (6th day)


3:30.26 best lap (7th day)


No new mods, but full set of new Potenza RE-71Rs 275/18

8th HPDE day at Buttonwillow CW13 with Speed Ventures (E92 8)

2:06.55 best lap (Final lap of the day!)

This lap below is 2:06.95 stuck in traffic where I had to lift at a few points. The 2:06.55 did not record as the SD card on my gopro was full. :/


New mods:
AP Racing Radi-CAL BBK (CP9660) by Essex front
AP Racing BBK (CP5040) by Essex rear
Ferodo DS1.11 pads all around
Macht Schnell Stage II Intake

9th HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway (Big Willow) with SpeedDistrict: (E92 9)

1:38.62 best lap (warning iphone nausea inducing video)


1:39.78 lap (gopro):


10th HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway (Streets of Willow) with SpeedDistrict: (E92 10)

Mods added:
Macht Schnell Underdrive pulleys
Ground Control camber plates (-2.5 degrees)

1:28.00 best lap


11th HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway (Big Willow) with SpeedDistrict: (E92 11)

1:39.11 best lap (not as good as previous visit)

12th HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway (Roval CCW) with Speed Ventures: (E92 12)

1:56.56 best lap




13th HPDE day at Buttonwillow CW 13 with SpeedDistrict: (E92 13)

Fresh set of RE-71R tires
2:02.88 best lap - new personal record


14th HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway CCW with Speed Ventures: (E92 14)

2:08.14 best lap


15th HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway (Big Willow) with SpeedDistrict: (E92 15)

1:37.80 best lap - new personal record

16th HPDE day at Thunderhill 3 mile CW, private track event by Performance Technic (E92 16)



2:08.59 best lap - maybe 8/10ths of effort.

17th HPDE day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, hosted by Speed SF (E92 17)

1.46.16 best lap - fastest video recorded lap was 1:47.19



18th HPDE day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, hosted by Speed SF (E92 18)

1:45.21 best lap. No video due to GoPro and mount flying off on last session

19th HPDE day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, hosted by Speed SF (E92 19)

1:44.54 - new personal best


20th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW 13, hosted by Speed District (E92 20)

2:00.32 - new personal best


21st HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW 13, hosted by Speed District (E92 21)

2:01.18 Euro MDM
2:03.18 DSC off

DSC off 2 1/2 laps:



22nd HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway ROVAL, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 22)
1:55.88 - new personal best
DSC Off

Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35-18 x4



23rd HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13, hosted by Speed District (E92 23)
2:02.06
DSC Off

Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35-18 x4



24th HPDE day at Sonoma Raceway, hosted by Speed SF (E92 24)
2:30.341
Euro MDM (wet)

Tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sports 245/35-19, 265/35-19




25th HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 25)
2:07.95
DSC Off

Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35-18 x4



26th HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 26)
2:07.42 - new personal best
DSC Off

Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35-18 x4



27th HPDE day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, hosted by Speed SF (E92 27)
1:43.758 - new personal best
DSC Off

Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35-18 x4



28th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 28)
2:02.761
DSC Off

Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35-18 x4
New mod: Swift Spec R springs



29th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 29)
2:02.984
DSC Off

30th HPDE day at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, Mansell 3.4 mile, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 30)
2:44.534
DSC Off

New mods: CSF Radiator



31st HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway ROVAL, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 31)
1:54.477 - new personal best
DSC Off

New mods: do88 oil cooler



32nd HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway ROVAL, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 32)
1:52.96 - new personal best
DSC Off



33rd HPDE day at Sonoma Raceway, hosted by NASA NorCal (E92 33)
First time here in the dry, lots of traffic
1:59.155 - new personal best
DSC Off



34th HPDE day at Sonoma Raceway, hosted by NASA NorCal (E92 34)
1:57.876 - new personal best
DSC Off



35th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13, hosted by Speed District (E92 35)
2:01.989 - new personal best with DSC off
DSC Off



36th HPDE day at Sonoma Raceway, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 36)
1:53.74 - new personal best
DSC Off



37th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway CW13, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 37)
2:04:177
DSC Off

New tires: 265/18/35 Maxxis RC1 tires

38th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway CW13, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 38)
2:02:657
DSC Off

New tires: 265/18/35 Maxxis RC1 tires



39th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway CW13, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 39)
2:03:36
DSC Off

40th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway CCW1, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 40)
2:10:81
DSC Off



41st HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 41)
1:36:85 - new personal best
DSC Off



42nd HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway ROVAL hosted by Speed District (E92 42)
1:54:05 (street tires - Kumho Ecsta PS91)
DSC Off



43rd HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway CCW, hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 43)
2:07:05 - new personal best (street tires - Kumho Ecsta PS91)
DSC Off



44th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park hosted by Speed District (E92 44)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
2:01.406
DSC Off

New PB with DSC Off, New PB in M4



45th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 45)
1:59.771
DSC Off

Installed JRZ RS Pro coilovers with 6" 700 lb/8" 800 lb Hyperco springs
16 rebound, 10 compression front
14 rebound, 8 compression rear

New PB!



46th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 46)
1:58.43 - new personal best!!
DSC Off

JRZ RS Pro settings:
16 rebound, 9 compression front
14 rebound, 8 compression rear



47th HPDE day at Thunderhill Raceway 3 mile w/bypass hosted by OnGrid (E92 47)
First time with this config
2:04.635 - new PB
DSC Off

JRZ RS Pro settings:
16 rebound, 9 compression front
14 rebound, 8 compression rear



48th HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway CW by Speed Ventures (E92 48)
2:04.547 - new PB
DSC Off

JRZ RS Pro settings:
16 rebound, 9 compression front
14 rebound, 8 compression rear



49th HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway CW by Speed Ventures (E92 49)
2:04.92 - (Kumho Ecsta PS91 street tires)
DSC Off

JRZ RS Pro settings:
12 rebound, 8 compression front
10 rebound, 6 compression rear



50th HPDE day at Thunderhill West (2 mile) hosted by Performance Technic (F82 1)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
1:25.579
DSC Off




51st HPDE day at Buttonwillow CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 50)
New set of 265/35-18 BFGoodrich R1S tires
1:55.06
DSC Off

New PB!

JRZ RS Pro settings:
16 rebound, 9 compression front
14 rebound, 8 compression rear

Tried in 3rd session - felt better:
15 rebound, 9 compression front
14 rebound, 7 compression rear



52nd HPDE day at Thunderhill West (2 mile) hosted by Performance Technic (F82 2)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
1:24.171
DSC Off
New PB



53rd HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 51)
265/35-18 BFGoodrich R1S tires (5th heat cycle)
1:33.231
DSC Off

New PB!

JRZ RS Pro settings:
15 rebound, 9 compression front
14 rebound, 7 compression rear



54th HPDE day at Buttonwillow CW13 hosted by Speed District (E92 52)
7-10 HC BFG R1S
1:55.821
DSC Off

55th HPDE day at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch 3.4 mile CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 53)
11-14 HC BFG R1S
2:37.576 (13th HC)
DSC Off



56th HPDE day at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch 3.4 mile CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 54)
15-17 HC BFG R1S
2:38.541 (16th HC)
DSC Off

57th HPDE day at Laguna Seca hosted by Exclusive Track Days (E92 55)
Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R
1:42.55 - New PB
DSC Off



58th HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway ROVAL hosted by Speed Ventures (Bimmerfest) (F82 3)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
1 HC BFG R1S
1:51.245
DSC Off
New PB

59th HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway ROVAL hosted by Speed Ventures (Bimmerfest) (F82 4)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
6 HC BFG R1S
1:51.143
DSC Off
New PB



60th HPDE day at Laguna Seca hosted by Speed District (F82 5)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
New tires - 275/35-18 Hankook Ventus RS-4

1:42.377
DSC Off
New PB



61st HPDE day at Laguna Seca hosted by Speed Ventures (F82 6)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
New tires - 265/645-18 Pirelli HD slick (6? heat cycles)
New wheels - 18x10" ET25 Apex SM-10

1:41.412
DSC Off
New PB



62nd HPDE day at Laguna Seca hosted by Speed Ventures (F82 7)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
265/645-18 Pirelli HD slick (8? heat cycles)

1:41.029
DSC Off
New PB



63rd HPDE day at Laguna Seca hosted by Exclusive Track Days (F82 8)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
275/35-18 Hankook RS4

1:44.052
DSC Off

64th HPDE day at Sonoma Raceway hosted by Speed Ventures/Track Masters (F82 9)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
275/645-18 Pirelli DH slick

1:54.387
DSC Off

65th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park hosted by Speed Predictions (F82 10)
Drove in the F82 M4 for this day
275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R

2:01.542
DSC Off

66th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 1)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Federal RSR-RR
2:02.792

275/645-18 Pirelli DH slick (5th? HC)
1:58.01



67th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CCW1 hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 2)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Federal RSR-RR
2:08.584

275/645-18 Pirelli DH slick (5th? HC)
2:04.849



68th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 56)
Drove in E92 M3.

New mods:
JRZ RS Pro (rebuilt)
Solid subframe mounts
Solid diff mount
AKG Poly engine/transmission mounts

Pirelli DH tires (6 HC?):
1:55.892



69th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 57)
Drove in E92 M3:
Hankook RS4
1:58.572



70th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed District (E92 58)
Drove in E92 M3:
New PB, Pirelli DH tires
1:54.598



71st HPDE day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosted by SpeedSF (E46 3)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Federal RSR-RR
1:41.871

265/645-18 Pirelli DH slick (10th? HC)
1:44.105

72nd HPDE day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosted by SpeedSF (E46 4)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Federal RSR-RR
1:42.1



73rd HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by SpeedSF (E46 5)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Federal RSR-RR
2:01.025



74th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Predictions (Private track day) (E92 59)
DSC Off

265/645-18 Pirelli DH slicks (6? HC)
1:53.711
New PB!



75th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 60)
DSC Off

265/645-18 Pirelli DH slicks (10? HC)
1:56.322

76th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed District (E46 6)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:56.269 New PB in E46



265/35-18 Federal RSR-RR
1:59.082


77th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed District (E46 7)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

1:56.738

78th HPDE day at Chuckwalla CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 8)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

2:02.88, new PB!



79th HPDE day at Chuckwalla CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 9)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

2:03.747

80th HPDE day at Buttonwillow CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 10)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

265/35-18 Federal RSR-RR

2:10.308 in the wet
2:18.258 in completely wet surface
2:01.757 in dry/damp (track outs completely wet)



81st HPDE day at Buttonwillow CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 11)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

265/35-18 Federal RSR-RR
1:59.793

82nd HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 12)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:32.631



83rd HPDE day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 13)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:59.72



84th HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway hosted by Speed Ventures - Bimmerfest 2018 (E46 14)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:52.007



85th HPDE day at Laguna Seca hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 15)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:42.83



86th HPDE day at Laguna Seca hosted by Exclusive Track Days (E46 16)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:41.376 New PB in E46


87th HPDE day at Buttowillow Raceway Park CCW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 17)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
2:02.256


88th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Team Topak Racing (E46 18)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

265/660-18 Pirelli DH (9 heat cycles)
1:58.223


89th HPDE day at Sonoma Raceway hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 19)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:53.801


90th HPDE day at Thunderhill 3-mile hosted by Exclusive Track Days (E46 20)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

265/645-18 Pirelli DH (11? heat cycles)
Cyclone:
2:05.459


265/645-18 Pirelli DH (13? heat cycles)
Bypass:
2:05.335


91st HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 21)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:57.859


92nd HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway CCW hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 22)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
2:02.942


93rd HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 23)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
2:02.17


94th HPDE day at Streets of Willow CW hosted by JMP Autowerkz (E46 24)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:25.69


95th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E46 25)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:58.34


96th HPDE day at Thunderhill 3-mile hosted by Ongrid (E46 26)
Drove in the E46 M3 for this day
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
2:09? (wet)

97th HPDE day at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway CW hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 61)
E92 M3
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
2:01.08


98th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 62)
E92 M3
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R (damp/green track)
1:58.572



99th HPDE day at Willow Springs International Raceway hosted by Speed Ventures (E92 63)
E92 M3
DSC Off

275/35-18 Bridgestone RE-71R
1:33.586



100th HPDE day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13 hosted by Speed District (E92 64)
E92 M3
DSC Off

275/35-18 Dunlop Direzza ZIII
2:00.723



101st HPDE day at Auto Club Speedway ROVAL hosted by Speed Ventures(E92 65)
E92 M3
DSC Off

275/35-18 Dunlop Direzza ZIII
1:52.424 (1:52.913 on vid)



Days tracked in each car:
65 days E92 M3
10 days F82 M4
26 days E46 M3

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      08-26-2015, 08:25 PM   #2
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hey how did you like the RE71s? Any reason you chose this over the RS3?

btw: cool idea - I wish I did this to journal my progression. But I guess I have vids/data.
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hey how did you like the RE71s? Any reason you chose this over the RS3?

btw: cool idea - I wish I did this to journal my progression. But I guess I have vids/data.
I was looking for something to help combat the factory understeer, so a combination of going to a squared setup + front sway bar seemed like a good first start. Since I was going to need a new set of rims, I decided to look into tires as well, something other than MPSS which I'd been using on my 19"s. 18" to save weight and money on track tires sounded like a good idea.

As far as the RE-71Rs, I bought them mostly by word of mouth - a friend of mine in the office mentioned that his autocross pals were raving about the RE-71Rs so I decided to pick up a spare set of wheels and make them my next upgrade, since I too am also interested in autocross.

I loved them - they gripped great and when they did break lose it was easy to get a handle on the situation. They make a much different road noise and don't squeal as loudly as the MPSS do on the track.

Here's what the fronts look like after ~97 laps, 1000 highway miles + 200 track miles.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1165058
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As far as the RE-71Rs, I bought them mostly by word of mouth - a friend of mine in the office mentioned that his autocross pals were raving about the RE-71Rs so I decided to pick up a spare set of wheels and make them my next upgrade, since I too am also interested in autocross.

I loved them - they gripped great and when they did break lose it was easy to get a handle on the situation. They make a much different road noise and don't squeal as loudly as the MPSS do on the track.

Here's what the fronts look like after ~97 laps, 1000 highway miles + 200 track miles.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1165058
That's the thing I've only read about how they perform in autocross. Wondering how they fair in 20 min long sessions.

If they are like the RE11 I guess they are a decent street tire. I'm moving to NT01 next ha.
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nice post! how would you compare traction between mpss vs re71r
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sub'd because i might be starting my own "journal" as well. did you run the PFC's all around?
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nice post! how would you compare traction between mpss vs re71r
I don't have a clean frame of reference unfortunately because the RE71Rs are on lighter 18" wheels, and are wider all around (275 squared vs 245/265 staggered). I also upgraded my sway bar from stock to Dinan's.

What I can say is that these tires didn't get greasy at all on track and I punished them hard in turns. Had a 1.1G sweeping right hander turn that went immediately into a left, and the car held the turn at 100 mph, while skidding only a little bit. The tires don't squeal with the same high pitched timbre as the MPSS but have their own distinct sound.

My final runs on day 2 were consistently in the 2:07 - 2:09 range. It was 103 degrees outside, punishingly hot, and the tires didn't feel like they were losing their grip at all, even after the 6th or 7th lap of the session.
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sub'd because i might be starting my own "journal" as well. did you run the PFC's all around?
Yeah, PFC 08s on all 4 corners. My fronts have a lot of meat left even after 4 track days, an autocross, and 20k miles - I would say a good 7-9 mm just looking at them. My rears are probably at 5mm, which is funny, I can only guess it's from traction control stepping in so much (Car is Euro MDM 99% of the time, only take traction control completely off for autocross).
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I was looking for something to help combat the factory understeer, so a combination of going to a squared setup + front sway bar seemed like a good first start. Since I was going to need a new set of rims, I decided to look into tires as well, something other than MPSS which I'd been using on my 19"s. 18" to save weight and money on track tires sounded like a good idea.
the squared setup should help, but i think the front swaybar would keep the car prone to understeer. what is your observation so far?

camber plates are also a good start, and they aren't too much money. i think i'm on ground control's and they allowed me to keep my edc functionality, and gave me a sharper turn-in (noticeable on the street as well).

also, how would you rate the HOD event coordinators? i'm looking to get up to laguna seca in the near future, so i'm sort of shopping for an event coordinator up there.
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Yeah, my next mod would be camber plates + suspension. I have the sway bar set at the middle setting at the moment, I can probably experiment with further adjustments, but it feels fine to me at my skill level at the moment. Turn in was excellent, the car went where I wanted it to go and anytime it didn't, it was purely my mistake.

I went off track a couple times, once because I think I took the sunset corner too early leading to the main straight, and then subsequently went off roading there. No damage to the car, Buttonwillow seems very forgiving. Also went off road around the Cotton Corners, took too much speed and didn't hit the apex properly on the 2nd turn.

The HOD coordinators are very professional. The higher cost of the event also seems to bring out a more mature, professional crowd. I had a few Audi S5s that had me cursing at the Speed District event for blatantly violating the pass-by rules and had me slamming my brakes to avoid hitting them/running off track. It's not a coincidence that I saw them spun out quite a few times that day further on - at least once per session.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the Speed District folks, and the problems went away further on in the day. Can't wait to run with them again on the 20th. The amount of time I spent on track was incredibly high - lots of sessions, and I'm glad my car held up the entire time. Easily 2x the amount of on track time as other events.
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i had a similar experience with speed district. a group of wealthy guys that were obviously friends or relatives brought their porsches, ferraris, and lamborghinis out to willow springs. sat through the driver's meeting, and get on the track... during what is supposed to be the lead/follow parade laps, they all start going faster and faster. some dude in a 911 takes a weird line at turn 4 and promptly puts his car into the dirt for no apparent reason. they had the noob tunnel vision (no point by), took terrible lines, and ignored flags. when i did get a point by, i also got drag raced by a mercedes sls down the front straight.
speed district staff handled it well and had a remedial meeting for that group, but some guy in a mustang still managed to come out of the pits and not take the introductory line as i was coming down the main straight. just have to keep aware of your surroundings, i suppose.
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Latest oil report from Blackstone, done prior to HPDE #3/4.

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Well, I was on my way to Willow Springs today but this happened on the drive to the track.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1175116

Stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow :/ hope the tire shop is open today.
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Well, I was on my way to Willow Springs today but this happened on the drive to the track.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1175116

Stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow :/ hope the tire shop is open today.
Totally unacceptably poor quality from bridgestone. I'd go with Yokohama AD08Rs if you were looking for comparable grip.
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Was great meeting you roastbeef.

Did a little write up of my tire misadventure here - about why mixing types of tires is bad:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1175708

Car really felt like she was trying to kill me for doing that - completely unpredictable. Did not want to go hard into turns because I felt like even braking would cause me to spin. It was way better after a friend showed me one weird trick (tire shops hate him!) - by overinflating the front tires to decrease the contact patch, I could get the tire grip to match the ones in the rear.

I don't know how you track these Pilot Sport 2s Killerfish - these things kinda suck. These could have been on the shelf at the tire store for 8 years though, aren't these types of tires super old?
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I'll post video later, but I did manage to salvage a 1:53.87 lap time at Willow Springs after many 2:00-2:10 laps.

Only was able to do that after overinflation, and I still was leery going into turns too fast - I would typically brake from 120 mph down to about 90 going into turn 8. Fastest speed down the main straight was 126.3 mph.
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I don't know how you track these Pilot Sport 2s Killerfish - these things kinda suck. These could have been on the shelf at the tire store for 8 years though, aren't these types of tires super old?
err...I think that mixing R comps with street tires on the track is far nuttier than running straight PS2s. They're actually benchmark summer tires, and yes, they're still in production, as mine were made in 2013. Just picked up another set made in 2014. This incident with the bridgestones shows just how important quality control is when manufacturing tires.
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err...I think that mixing R comps with street tires on the track is far nuttier than running straight PS2s. They're actually benchmark summer tires, and yes, they're still in production, as mine were made in 2013. Just picked up another set made in 2014. This incident with the bridgestones shows just how important quality control is when manufacturing tires.
Oh I agree it was nutty - I won't do that again. Had little choice in the matter, was that or go home after having driven the 350 miles to get there.

Have you had bad experience with Bridgestone before? I have to ask, why pilot sport 2, when pilot super sports are supposed to be better and they are about the same price? Does the pilot sport 2 have a different handling characteristic?

Edit: Bonus footage of me sliding around on Turn 5 thanks to these tires:


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. Have you had bad experience with Bridgestone before? I have to ask, why pilot sport 2, when pilot super sports are supposed to be better and they are about the same price? Does the pilot sport 2 have a different handling characteristic?
I haven't had any experiences with bridgestones. I just love PS2s because of their road manners, and the fact that they are fairly trackable. They also don't chunk, and since they are oem tires, are so easy and cheap to find new when an owner is looking to get read of them when they buy the car from the dealership, which puts them on new. I've heard nothing but negative things about PSS. I've even seen them chunck at the track in person. The PS2s did not chunck and I'm about to put a second set on. I've included the brochures from Michelin for PS2s, PSS, and PSC. There you can see that PSSs are only a slightly different compound, with a higher threadwear rating. The PSCs are what you need. I've run those, and you'll have much better quality on those tires.
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very nice to meet you as well, sorry you weren't able to find the right tires and salvage the day.
there will be more times in the coming months when it cools down. i don't think i'll ever go again when its 100*, the tires seem to hate it the most.
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At Thunderhill this entire weekend with a full set of brand new RE-71Rs and my 2 old front RE-71Rs. I am not looking to repeat last Sunday

I did have an interesting bugbear on the way up from San Francisco. I had the add one quart of oil light go off, so I dutifully added half a quart (I add half because sometimes when I've added a full quart I get the overfilled indicator).

Reset and kept getting the add quart light. Was really getting irritated after pulling over and checking to see I wasn't leaking anywhere and resetting it a few times. After resetting twice and not getting anything other than the add 1 quart, I took out the automatic OBD, reset, turned the car off then started up again. I just pulled into the hotel when it finished up and said it was full. Seriously hate that thing - wish I had a real dipstick too.
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