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#126 2017-11-23 03:55:15

countriccati
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Re: countriccatis 92x

Had a pretty busy summer, hence the dearth of updates, so here's quite a lot all at once.

To combat the heatsoak when the car is stationary during an autocross or in traffic, decided to install a small puller fan behind the top mount. Was sort of surprised there was room, but it turned out pretty well. Mocked it up first with zipties to test fit, then used radiator pass-through rubber mounts to attach it directly to the intercooler. There was only room for the single fan, since the turbo takes up all the space on the other side. Wired up a toggle switch to turn it on as needed (see interior pic down below).

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/uu2xqo6qtafx7bl/IMG_20170721_160914.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/evox2badp31i86h/IMG_20170721_182908.jpg?dl=0

With the fan on, that side of the intercooler is noticeably much cooler to the touch, and overall it's able to lower intake temps fairly well when the car is stationary, despite the temperature probe being on the other side of the intercooler. The fan doesn't appear to adversely affect the flow of the intercooler when the car is moving, judging by how well the intake temps still drop in that scenario. Turned out to be a pretty simple and effective solution.

Now, this isn't a track car. My explicit directive when modifying it was "no plans" to take it on track.

So I took it on track. Twice.

I did a couple of HPDE track days with PCA, generally a friendly and instruction-focused group. Was my first time ever out on track, so wanted to be in a novice-friendly environment.

Went out first to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (they have a road course that uses part of the NASCAR oval), and then Palmer Motorsports Park, a pretty new track nearby.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/x6ynuurbje3qsne/IMG_20170819_065314.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/gqcyth9sx2l44wr/IMG_20170819_074220_01.jpg?dl=0

Below are dashcam videos of session 4 (last of the day). Audio quality still terrible, along with quite a bit of choppiness...better enjoyed watching a 2x speed...if at all. Very sloppy driving in many places, was dealing with brake issues all day as well. Had brake fade in the middle of session 2 with the pedal going soft despite being freshly bled with Motul RBF600, presumably from the StopTech pads getting too hot, so was lifting early to save the brakes. It sure is fun chasing down Porsches cool


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2uXZo3b1tU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TUhvIxJJdc

The white car I was chasing most of the session was a 2015 911 GTS...as it pulled away from me on the straight while I was at full throttle, I said to my instructor, "now that's a fast car".

Drive by video on the front straight:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psArRNFOqTk

Got some Drag Dr-38 wheels with RE-71Rs for track/autocross work after pretty much ruining my Michelin PSS during the track day at NHMS (in the second video you can see where I managed to flat spot the tires). Also changed over to EBC yellow brake pads to avoid having fade.

Palmer:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/msaeocl6a2uinpd/IMG_20170924_150636.jpg?dl=0

Had more trouble figuring out the track at Palmer, found it more confusing and challenging than NMHS, but still a great time. In the future will definitely try to do two days in a row to be able to get familiar with the track. The EBC pads held up better, as did the RE-71Rs, less greasy and more consistent grip towards the end of a session.

Also did one last autocross for the season (the day before Palmer):

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/acymjv3gpvwsfup/IMG_20170923_141608.jpg?dl=0

Planning on using a different car for track work in the future, something with less expensive consumables (brakes and tires), less weight, and less power, to really learn to drive instead of just relying on power to compensate.

This also isn't a drag car. No plans to ever launch it.

So I took it to a drag strip.

Went to street night at New England Dragway, my first ever time at a drag strip:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctHx_ZqCSpE

--and didn't really launch it, was focusing on trap speed. Best MPH of the night was 107. Best ET...let's just say, slower than these were said to do in stock form  wink

Did the drag strip before the track days, so had to make sure the car wasn't broken. Have a much greater respect for how difficult it is to launch a car proficiently.

Moved to a new office with a "view", so parked on the roof across the street one day.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/6phtfq2ckzrqcp8/IMG_20171110_110650.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/80udgmam203ht63/IMG_20171110_164528.jpg?dl=0

Moved to a new place that has a garage and driveway, still close enough to bike most days to work. Now the car can just accumulate dust when I'm not driving it, rather than all the bird poops.

Decided to do some minor front bumper modification now that the car has a better place to live, and will most likely be retired from track work. Bought a new OEM bumper to start from a clean slate, and got a custom-made permanent magnet removable license plate so the screw hole dimples could be removed.

Can you spot the other alteration?

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/2zdu9ualm3u4qpz/IMG_20171027_180051.jpg?dl=0

Had another friend take some pics of the car on a brisk New England Fall afternoon. My pic of the day:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/g7j3yrqzvn7kbm5/IMG_20171104_171223.jpg?dl=0

Some of his pics:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/d6zb586snqka13b/IMG_1366.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/02zshd2iz8pdagx/IMG_1374.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/teklywky3uqgf39/IMG_1426.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/x6zxtyylsmaqq14/IMG_1395.jpg?dl=0

And finally some miscellany from Japanese car day:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/8x96yzfpoaia0z5/IMG_20171015_120252.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/dtc3g5kdwwqoxae/IMG_20171015_103856.jpg?dl=0

Oh. And one last thing.

Neglected to mention this with so much going on...but back when I had to put 3k miles on the new engine for break-in, I decided to sign up to drive for Lyft.

Explaining to people what kind of car this is, why it's so loud, and why I'm driving for Lyft has been pretty entertaining (because racecar), and for the most part people get a kick out of it.

The one passenger whose trip was too short for me to explain things to left me my most memorable review, bringing me more joy from her one star rating than she could have possibly imagined:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/hm0g5v5w1bpotqs/23825790_1919971034998848_803360384_o.png?dl=0

It was a pretty eventful summer.

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#127 2017-11-23 12:01:25

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Re: countriccatis 92x

I used to do a lot of track events in a couple bugeyes, brakes were always the biggest issue, so much heat. Cooked two wheel bearings at Pocono even with careful cooldown laps and crawling around the paddock. NHMS is tough on brakes, I ended up using dedicated pads and rotors along with hose ducts to the front brakes.

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#128 2017-11-28 13:12:12

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Very nice update, and the car looks great! I'm sure it's in here somewhere, but how did you update your projector lights to look so clean?

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#129 2017-11-30 20:00:12

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Thoughts:

I still love your interior.

You should go corn.

Audi's and Porsche's reroute. Rice on.


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#130 2018-06-09 21:18:10

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Been a pretty busy Winter / Spring. Started a new job, and bought an actual track car, which, despite being a cliche, is always the answer.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/reb8isxosnaaci2/IMG_20180406_191534.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/kec33t27hu4xtwb/IMG_20180311_145624.jpg?dl=0

Been running some events with PCA, which has been pretty entertaining.

You can see collective "huh?!"

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/8uf64li48qiglaw/PicsArt_04-26-12.49.10.jpg?dl=0

The owner of this 2015 Cayman S came up to me afterwards.
"What have you got in that thing?!"
"A 1.8L bone stock motor with 153k making around 100 hp at the wheels."
"Well. Now I feel even worse."

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/innrmivgb4m8j4y/DSC_1656-X3.jpg?dl=0

Some pretty amazing stuff shows up events. All my instructors have gotten a real kick out of this junk passing cars with single brake rotors that cost more than the whole pile.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/c9svh60nw4kx9cc/IMG_20180525_134445.jpg?dl=0

Running with another group also (COMSCC) where there are closer to 20 miatas--and taking some solace in not being the slowest miata out there--just barely.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/lkmbxyt9wzds0ba/42573310651_0baf657be3_o.jpg?dl=0

For a sense of scale:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/u27ymrte2bidoti/IMG_20180609_175615.jpg?dl=0

The miata came with a few sets of wheels and tires, including 15x9s with new 225/45/15s. Yes, 15x9. Wacky.

At some point got bored and decided to plastidip  the grille pieces black like everyone else, worked better with some other visual tweaks.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/c3n4jqdlug8h61r/IMG_20180609_175553.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/qgoo9bbruzvq798/IMG_20180609_175855.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/txtugricb7m5e19/IMG_20180609_175910.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/u66zg6ng3wm0dhv/IMG_20180609_180034.jpg?dl=0

Now the question is whether to replace of the front brake caliper "SAAB" lettering with something else so it'll really keep 'em guessing. Suggestions welcome.

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#131 2018-06-11 09:29:58

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Full interior "Track" car?  lol


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#132 2018-06-12 20:21:38

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Keep them guessing.

Do like the race car, great color too.

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#133 2018-06-13 22:28:07

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Re: countriccatis 92x

95 M-edition with RPF1s... Nice!

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#134 2018-08-18 13:16:49

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Keep me posted if you ever sell it.

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#135 2018-12-27 17:14:47

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Rest of the year was fairly busy. Moved again (better garage now)

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/tko0ey8i5kklz3s/IMG_20180723_213254.jpg?dl=0

Did a bunch more events with the Miata, some very cool cars come out with both PCA and COM. Picked up a tire tail and hitch to carry a second set of wheels to the track.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/s3qozjbk1obavgv/IMG_20180720_075209.jpg?dl=0

On track at Palmer had a sheared wheel hub that thankfully didn’t end up worse. So many guys run Miatas in COM they had all the parts needed to fix the car on the spot, and ended up doing the time trial later the same day and driving it home. After the incident replaced all the hubs on the car, thanks to eurocoffee and Will for helping get a really stuck rear bearing pressed out.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/dw1jkddklpun7wo/IMG_20180812_121928.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/vr0zyrikm82oryf/IMG_20180812_164441.jpg?dl=0

Joined a Lemons team for a race in their 87 Prelude. Definitely a good time, highly recommend doing it—more expensive than a typical track day, but wheel to wheel racing with other similarly crappy cars and seeing the flurry of repairs and engine swaps people are doing is a ton of fun.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/207akjj7jr2txmx/IMG_0150.jpg?dl=0

Took a trip to Iceland recently. The super jeeps/trucks/Sprinter vans grafted onto F350 chassis with 46" studded tires to scale glaciers (along with the beautiful country itself) are downright amazing.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/xbj9nd3e1npbaq7/IMG_20181211_104655.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/mup722luqcbq2xv/IMG_20181213_153433.jpg?dl=0

Oh. And some updates on this thread’s eponymous car.

Only one person gave me any trouble about the car being at Japanese car day (“why is there a Saab here?!") but a brief explanation and pop of the hood to show the vin plate took care of the guy.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ayqrlkfzs29wrro/IMG_20181014_101316~01.jpg?dl=0

Got in the group buy for Grimmspeed’s new intake for the GD platform.

And “while we’re in there" …decided to finally pull the trigger on doing a flex fuel setup with E85. Many people have recommended ethanol (including our own Zee Biker), and there are a few stations near me that sell E85. The determining factor to go for it was the tuning support and a fueling setup that wouldn't degrade.

The car having a 32 bit ECU means Cobb FF supports it out of the box, making it relatively straightforward to tune, and things will automatically linearly interpolate between the gas and ethanol tunes based on the reading of the sensor--no need to manually test ethanol content each fill-up and adjust the tune.

Matt Miner has also developed a fueling setup using a relatively new Radium in-tank double-pump hanger with two Walbro 450s (obviating the need for an external surge tank, and using a boost-referenced switch to trigger the second pump), along with running ethanol-safe lines directly from it all the way to the engine bay.

A higher flowing Aeromotive AN-10 FPR, Cobb flex fuel and fuel pressure sender kit, ID750 fuel filter, and ID1700 injectors round out the new fueling system on the car. Brought it down to Matt to install everything and tune it.

Figuring out how to mount everything logically was pretty involved, but they came up with a reasonably elegant solution, tying a new bracket into the brake master cylinder brace

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/s2f41c746ozm81e/48418367_10103303550555144_5425125529772621824_o.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/uai4iwfzvmv8xkn/48364148_266324990722117_292325279576096768_n.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/dws49z21qkrt9qf/IMG_20181222_102720.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/vygu2ef3fuxa29t/IMG_20181222_223621.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/rgfpa05eq8yxp77/IMG_20181222_223453.jpg?dl=0

On the dyno, it turned out the stock bpv wouldn’t reliably hold more than mid 20’s psi of boost, so Matt overnighted parts from Japan Pennsylvania since he was pressed for time—and with a Turbosmart recirculating bypass valve on there he was able to tune car on 30 psi of boost. The turbo seemed happiest there, and on E60 (the rating of the local pumps nearby during this time of year) the car was not knock-limited, and the injectors were at 70% duty cycle, meaning there is plenty of fueling headroom.

93:
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/y1ae77ctfkqd7re/WM%20BC%20FF%20Pump.png?dl=0

E60:
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/edokkduwlhvp3qy/48391286_1852236534887685_1695592074155393024_n.jpg?dl=0

The intake definitely seemed to help with spool speed and torque even on the new 93 tune, and the noises it makes are actually fairly enjoyable.

Only time will tell how long the HDSS clutch holds up, since it’s crank torque rating (515 ft-lbs) is now the same as the wheel torque output of the car on ethanol. So far so good, will cross that bridge when the time comes.

The driving experience on ethanol is now even more ridiculous than before given the roughly 100+ whp/wtq increase from 93. It was violent before, it's insane now. The miles per gallon plummet even further since ethanol is less energy dense than gas…and the temptation to use the go pedal is that much greater. So fill ups are even more common.

But the gain in smiles per gallon, along with the interestingly sweet smell of burning corn, more than makes up for it.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/78ohqyoeunn5e2b/IMG_20181223_112932.jpg?dl=0

The plan now is to just enjoy the car as it is for as long as possible, since this seems to be the “final form"  the car will take (astute readers of this thread will take that with the appropriate degree of skepticism).

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#136 2018-12-27 22:03:36

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Awsome, thanks for all the pictures. Love your cars dude, glad the broken Miata hub bearing incident didn't cause more damage, it's bad enough. The Saabaru has to be a power monster and it is looking beautiful.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
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#137 2018-12-28 08:27:41

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Re: countriccatis 92x

What is the second set of wheels/tires seen in the Gas station photo?

Inspired thread here.


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#138 2018-12-28 10:50:35

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Thanks for the kind words, always appreciated.

The wheels are the Drag DR-38 17x8s that used to have RE71Rs on them (seen in some of the earlier pics), but now have new Blizzak WS80s (sold the V7s with the old Blizzaks and the RE71Rs to other locals with more use for them).


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#139 2018-12-30 17:25:48

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Matt put together some comparison plots showing how the new tunes compare to the previous setups on the car.

On ethanol, the car is strictly better everywhere than the 18gxtr (confirming the seat of the pants assessment).

And even on 93, the new tune surpasses the 18gxtr roughly 400 rpm sooner than the old tune (see the previous comparo plot earlier in the thread), highlighting the impact of the Grimmspeed intake vs the stock airbox.

The comparison to the first tune on the car with the TD04 shows how ethanol helps compensate for the low-end gap of the bigger turbo...and how far things have come in the last few years.

Note: some of the plots/values are slightly different from previous ones posted based on the filter value (FIR) chosen for smoothing, as well as the particular run chosen (Matt always does two back to back power runs on the final tunes so there is some minor +/- variation between them). Also, the boost readings for older plots were on a different channel, which is what the bar across the middle of the stock comparo plot is, a plotting artifact.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/er4i3j7k5dwht6q/WB_BC_Comparison_Ethanol_18G.png?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/o0okzk3rzshcdh1/WB_BC_Comparison_Ethanol_TD04.png?dl=0


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#140 2018-12-31 15:37:31

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Did you end up keeping the EWG dumped or have it rerouted?

I am very curious what the car traps now.


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#141 2018-12-31 16:56:32

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Still dumped, decided it doesn't bother me as much anymore...and makes tunnel runs even crazier.

And yes, come Spring time we'll find out.


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#142 2019-08-11 19:58:00

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Re: countriccatis 92x

Hey, met you at the COMSCC event Saturday! Enjoyed the conversation. Hope time trials went well today.


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#143 2019-08-11 21:34:17

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Disturbance wrote:

Hey, met you at the COMSCC event Saturday! Enjoyed the conversation. Hope time trials went well today.

Good to meet you too, great seeing a Saabaru at the track. Still love those wheels. TT went ok--was slow, as usual  cool Hopefully see you at another event soon.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/aabq8m82fqe72u0/img_20190810_120812.jpg?dl=0


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