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I will definitely keep that at the forefront of my mind while walking/driving the course. Thanks so much!


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Along with that, the bigger picture to keep in mind is that - at least in principle - you should be either hard on the gas or hard on the brake. Coasting accomplishes nothing. Leisurely braking is about the same thing, just a waste of time. You could have waited longer to brake, and then done so more aggressively.

Full disclosure: after doing this for years and years, I still have trouble doing what I said above :laugh: And if I suddenly drop time on my last run its almost always because I realized I could brake later but harder. And of course there are times where coasting or part throttle is appropriate. But not as often as most people do it, myself included.

Don't be afraid to activate ABS as you learn your braking limits. It's much less costly of a mistake than locking up r-comps and flat-spotting them. :banghead:
 

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Along with that, the bigger picture to keep in mind is that - at least in principle - you should be either hard on the gas or hard on the brake. Coasting accomplishes nothing. Leisurely braking is about the same thing, just a waste of time. You could have waited longer to brake, and then done so more aggressively.

Full disclosure: after doing this for years and years, I still have trouble doing what I said above :laugh: And if I suddenly drop time on my last run its almost always because I realized I could brake later but harder. And of course there are times where coasting or part throttle is appropriate. But not as often as most people do it, myself included.

Don't be afraid to activate ABS as you learn your braking limits. It's much less costly of a mistake than locking up r-comps and flat-spotting them. :banghead:
I was just looking over some of the previous runs that I recorded and I can see some sections where I did coast to line myself up for the following section. I also noticed areas where I could have done as mentioned and get into the braking up to the ABS. So I know I have some work to do. The tough part is that I want far off from jumping from 3rd place (where I finished out the day) to first place. Now granted, the guys in 1st & 2nd were running on slicks, but I think if I had done as recommended, I could have closed that gap significantly. But, there is always tomorrow to try it out. I'm not beating myself up to much considering that it was only my 4th event an those other guys, including the ones I beat, have been autoX'ing for several years a piece. Thanks again. I'll post my (hopefully good) results after tomorrow. I only wish that Tap-a-Talk would let me post videos for some more critiquing.


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So I ran the event and it went really well. The only unfortunate part is that there was only one spot to try threshold braking. PCA events, I've noticed, usually sets up long, sweeping courses.

Either way, I got the rear to rotate really well an I was able to beat all the other GTi's and my cousin's 3.8l Genesis Coupe.

I'm away for August, but I'll be running again in Sept and will most likely have new questions. Thanks to all who gave valuable input, it was greatly appreciated.


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Koni coilovers (1150's). I've been running with both front and rear at full. I'm wondering if I should dial down the stiffness at the front.


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that would depend on behavior on turn in does it feel like the car is loosing grip at the front too soon?
 

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that would depend on behavior on turn in does it feel like the car is loosing grip at the front too soon?
Turn in was crisp. It didn't loose grip too soon but it was understeering starting at the apex and through the exit on long (fish hook, type) turns.

I had the fronts set 1/2 a turn below full stiff. Would further lowering stiffness at the front reduce some of that mid corner understeer?

I also noticed that the temps on my front tires were way hotter on the inside shoulders than the middle and outer shoulders. I have a suspicion that the place that did my alignment screwed up. I think they may have set the toe too far out or dialed in too much neg. camber. Would either play that much of a significant role in the mid/exit understeer.
Thanks again.


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shock settings have very little to do with mid corner behavior look elsewhere for a solution to your problem
 

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shock settings have very little to do with mid corner behavior look elsewhere for a solution to your problem
After doing some more investigation, I realized that it was my ride height that was causing me to understeer.

At an event, I noticed that my inside shoulders were getting too hot (20* more than outsides). I also noticed that even at 50psi, my front tires were rolling. I looked at my LCA's and realized that they had a major angle to them (car set too low). I (foolishly) didn't check the work of the people who performed my alignment and were suppossed to adjust the ride height. They had the car too low which was causing me to run out of suspension travel and roll my front tires. Since then, I've raised the ride height and am now trying to dial in the suspension.


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As you've probably noticed, changing ride height impacted camper and toe also.

My suggestion is to set the ride height yourself then do a proper alignment. As I've said before, any local shop can set camber and toe to "specs" but my suggestion is to ask around at your next event and find out where the experienced auto-x guys have their alignments done. They will likely recommend someone who is a bit more expensive but it will be worth every extra cent.

Having the right equipment for a proper alignment is only 1/2 the equation, knowing how use the equipment is the real key.
 

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I've raised the ride height and have found a shop that all the instructors use. Turns out that they're much cheaper than this other shop I've used in the past. They'll align my car with me in it and also corner weight it. I have a tough choice to make this weekend: Either go racing or get my alignment done. Even though its not ideal, I may just end up going to the event. The season's almost over so I want to try and hit the remaining few events.


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