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What do y'all do to prep the car for a track day? I've done tons of trackdays on the bikes but none in the cage...seems like you just show up with a helmet? I don't have to tape up anything or replace coolant or anything?

Anything not required, but recomended?

There's one on the 7th; I get back into town on the 6th, so I'd like to get anything I need done beforehand.
 

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bleed brakes, remove everything from the car. check tire pressures. check fluids bring extra oil check it after every session. have fun drive the car like u intend to drive it home. and bring something to clean windscreen as well.
 

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A helmet, R-compound tires, shoes you can heel and toe in... if you have a 6 speed, oil, coolant, a tire pressure gauge, a tire pump, take everything you dont need out, leave your generously proportioned friends at home (learned this one the hard way), bring food and drinks for you, and a camera and mount if your ego needs a boost.

You can bleed your brakes before hand, in fact if you want you can put some damn good fluid in there, but be sure to bleed the crap out of them after. A track day is a good way to give your brake fluid a beating. On the BMW forums we tend to use ATE superblue, on the Subaru forums I see a lot of Motul, there are lots of options out there.

Oh, and bring brownies to use to barter for for rides in cars faster than yours...

... ok maybe that last part is something only I do... but it works. Mmm challange stradale.... mmmm....

-Colleen
 

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Oh, and bring brownies to use to barter for for rides in cars faster than yours...

... ok maybe that last part is something only I do... but it works. Mmm challange stradale.... mmmm....

-Colleen
i bring tools and brake fluid to bleed other drivers brakes. so i can DRIVE there cars. or ride in if they wont let me drive. (993 turbo)
 

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i bring tools and brake fluid to bleed other drivers brakes. so i can DRIVE there cars. or ride in if they wont let me drive. (993 turbo)
Those work too... and are FAR more practical.

...but the brownies work wonders when combined with boobs. Its just simple physics.
 

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Fire extinguisher - I mount it with zip ties to the outside rail of the seat track behind the drivers seat
 

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Have your car tech'd at an "event Authorized" tech station. My dealer here in vegas will give it a lift and look it over checking fluids and torqing important bolts for free.
 

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squid said:
What do y'all do to prep the car for a track day? I've done tons of trackdays on the bikes but none in the cage...seems like you just show up with a helmet? I don't have to tape up anything or replace coolant or anything?

Anything not required, but recomended?

There's one on the 7th; I get back into town on the 6th, so I'd like to get anything I need done beforehand.

Squid,
Which track day are you going to Feb 7th at Willow with ACRA? I will be there with my Masi as well.

I did not see an event for Jan 7th.

Robb
 

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Squid,
Which track day are you going to Feb 7th at Willow with ACRA? I will be there with my Masi as well.

I did not see an event for Jan 7th.

Robb
Speedventures Jan 6+7 @ Streets of Willow. I'm probably 50% at this point...if I have the car back and I'm back in town and not a zombie and the planets are aligned right...I'll swing by.

Why would I bleed brakes if they're fine already? I don't touch brake fluid, I've seen what it does to plastic, nevermind skin.
 

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Speedventures Jan 6+7 @ Streets of Willow. I'm probably 50% at this point...if I have the car back and I'm back in town and not a zombie and the planets are aligned right...I'll swing by.

Why would I bleed brakes if they're fine already? I don't touch brake fluid, I've seen what it does to plastic, nevermind skin.
You would bleed them because while they maybe fine, they could be better. Also, your brake fluid over time looses quality and therefore has a lower boiling point. By putting newer/better fluid in it, you raise the boiling point, possibly improve pedal feel, and generall reduce the chances of boiling your fluid and smushing your pedal to the floor on the track and not stoping.

That one is fun, I did it once in a Spec Miata on Laguna Seca, I simply spun the car out to stop ^_^. Drive it like you stole it... but only if you don't have to drive it home.

Also, go get your hand dirty! Bleeding brakes is not that difficult, especially if you have a pedal bitch, and its really not as evil a fluid as many people make it out to be. It does not disolve all plastics, maybe foam cups and craptastic plastic, but I usually drain my brake fluid into plastic containers... out of my plastic brake fluid reservoir, with no issues. Not to mention the fact that I have be covered in brake fluid a number of times by my own stupidity. I admit if your doing porn, and you are purpousely covering yourself in an automotive fluid, go for synthetic motor oil. However, brake fluid really isnt that bad.


Cliffs notes: Go bleed your brakes as work is good for the soul, get a crowbar to defend from zombies (saw it in Half-Life, works wonders), and the planets will be aligned correctly if you will them to be. I watched an interviwe with Depac Chopra on the daily show last night... and he said something along those lines, so go with it.
 

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In case anyone is wondering: I'm pretty confident our cars use Agip synthetic DOT 4 brake fluid from the factory.

http://www.americanagip.com/shoppingCart/productCatalog.asp?HeaderNav=-1&Nav=Brake+Fluid&SubNav=4&CustomerId=&SubId=32

Never go directly from DOT 3 or 4 to DOT 5, as 3\4 are glycol based fluids that absorb water, where DOT 5 is silicon based and repels water. You have to entirely flush the system going between them. Where the D3\4 will just absorb the water into the fluid itself (why you need to change it in the first place) DOT 5 doesn't absorb it, so it tends to pool in low areas - like calipers, and you can have corrosion issues if you aren't keeping a close eye on them \ flushing them far more often.

DOT 4's certification dry\wet boiling points are around 450\310 deg Fahrenheit, where Dot 5 is 500\350.

ATE super blue\typ 200 is like 530\400, and Motul is 580\420, both exceeding DOT 5 certification points but the glycol base.

Overall, I think the ATE is far better for what people here are using it for. It absorbs water pretty slowly, and doesn't have to be changed too often. For street and light track duty, a very good fluid. I am pretty sure the only difference between super blue and typ 200 is color. Comes in metal cans..

The Motul is more expensive and is more of a track oriented fluid. It absorbs water pretty quickly so it needs to be changed far more often. More expensive to begin with too.

- Mark
 

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Overall, I think the ATE is far better for what people here are using it for. It absorbs water pretty slowly, and doesn't have to be changed too often. For street and light track duty, a very good fluid. I am pretty sure the only difference between super blue and typ 200 is color. Comes in metal cans.. expensive to begin with too.

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Correct, there is a blue, and a gold, "superblue." This is convienent when flushing the system, so you know when you are pulling new fluid.

I use superblue, and love it, and there are lots of retail places that actually sell it. In the Bay Area, Edge Motorworks in Dublin, and all of the Monument Auto locations I know stock it, and it really is not that pricey at only $12 a liter online at Bavarian Autosport, vs $23 for Agip.

 

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I hear a chainsaw mounted to your right arm is the best for doing battle with zombies.
Or maybe he is a Zombie, and has a fear of brake fluid beacause that is a secret zombie weakness...

...then a supersoaker filled with brake fluid would be pretty sweet.
 

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Brake fluid is harmless!

I've been changing mine for years! It's not loaded with killer toxins.

It has actually saved me lots of money on haircuts and dental visits since my hair and teeth have been falling out from coming in contact with it!

I'm actually fairly pleased with this "Third Eye" developing on my forehead. My productivity at work has shot up, I now use 3 computer screens and can work on one, play poker on the other and watch porn on the third!
 

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Everyone knows the sawed-off shotgun is the best anti-zombie weapon. Well unless you can find the BFG9000, but the local Wal-Mart doesn't stock those.



THIS is why I don't do brake fluid. I got a local shop to flush mine (because I don't do brake fluid) and check the result: cracked gauge cluster, spots where it had worn through the plastic, and notice the paint stripped off the triple tree near the clip-on. Yeah, that's what it's doing to your skin.
 

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Doom? That's my back yard. I live in Hollywood...you can see the Pasadena mountains in the background.
 
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