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    Quote Originally Posted by PXL265 View Post
    Yeah, what Bren said, that's quitter talk.

    I used to fit the four track wheels with R888's a trolley jack, my race kit, and a tool box in my NA6 for track days.

    If you need to take a passenger, well that's a different story....
    with a hardtop? ive seen people strap 4 wheels to the roll bar but what you say seems impressive.
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    Nope rag top.

    Was remove spare, fit one wheel in boot with jack, tools and gear in soft bag.

    One wheel behind seat, helmet bag on floor as far forward as possible and the other two wheels in seat and up against dash with seat belt threaded through and clipped in.

    Helped that wheels were only 15x8 with a 205 tyre.

    Not much room to be comfortable.

    After that, it was drive on the track tyres.

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    Well the first competitive outing was a successful one at round 2 of the Qld Super Sprint Championships. I drove the absolute wheels off it, only time the bonnet was opened was during scrutineering. Checked the oil when I got home, didnít use a drop. I smashed my goal time and won my class which was icing on the cake.

    Feels good bashing a car over the kerbs, always been reserved doing that in older cars. We ran the short circuit. I donít think I have any time to make up from under the bridge, turn 4, through the back straight and flip flops and onto front straight. I do think I have time in 1 and 2. I think Iím carrying too much speed through 1, this means itís easy to get a little out of shape on approach to 2. I reckon Iím better off sacrificing speed in 1 so I can drive through 2.

    My goal was to break into the 53s on the weekend. Last session I did a 53.2. I think I have a 52 in it now with some more seat time. No idea if thatís decent or not for a basically standard mx5 but the another MX5 in my class was a slightly more modified 1.8 NA clubman on twin groove slicks, he did a 56.1.

    But man this things slow in a straight line, even with a 4.3, lol. Turn in is fantastic, not once was there a hint of understeer, rear is well planted too. It could go up in spring rates I think, would sometimes get a little unsettled bouncing off the kerbs during direction changes. But not ready to make big changes just yet.
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    Was going to say drive it up next time ya big poof, but I guess you own the trailer and have something to tow it with, so why bother.
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    Well done Sam. Obviously gave it a work out going by the brake dust on the front wheels
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    These QFMs are mighty dusty. After the first 4 lap session the wheels were rather dark.
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    My two quickest laps follow the standing start here:

    1st lap: 57.159 (standing start)
    2nd lap: 53.433
    3rd lap: 53.268



    Sorry for the crap view point, will be better once I can cage mount.
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    Pretty tidy Sam.
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    Nice. Those AR1s seem to have plenty of grip.
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    Good family friendly fun there Sam. How fun are corners lol.
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    Looks like heaps of fun

    More spring looks like a good idea.


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    So far the handling is incredibly neutral and well balanced with great turn in, so I'm not jumping in to heavier spring rates just yet. I want to get it out to Lakeside and possibly QR before making a decision. I feel it could be incredibly easy to go backwards by making wholesale changes. Once I've got a good baseline on these other tracks I'll probably go to a bigger front bar before upping the spring rates.
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    A pic from Pete Trapnell on the weekend.
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    That looked quick! Get a wider angle happening Sam so we can see what's going on.

    And yes how good are AR-1s! Budget friendly track fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukevl View Post
    That looked quick! Get a wider angle happening Sam so we can see what's going on.

    And yes how good are AR-1s! Budget friendly track fun
    Yep, it certainly carries corner speed. Big fan of these AR1s, theyíre no AO50, but theyíre also half the price, and in a car this underpowered for the amount of rubber it has, I donít reckon thereíd be a huge difference in time.

    Once I have a cage in it the angle will be fine. Tilting it to see more of the driver gave a weird viewpoint. Meh.

    One thing Iím debating is the cage at the moment. Down the track Iíd like to do some endurance circuit work which means either a really tall 4 point (may not fit under roof) or a 6 point. Both are big compromises for a street car.
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    Just do what I do and plan on ducking

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    Haha, bit of a problem if they wonít let me race though.
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    Another ingenious solution. Now that I've fitted up SB Auto's washer relocation kit I have so much more room for activities. This kit uses a cowl mounted Suzuki Capuccino washer bottle & comes with mounts, extended harness and hose. Takes less than 30 minutes to bolt up and creates a lot more room on the exhaust side.
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    Its pretty neat huh, you can just get a Cappucino washer bottle and bolt it in. So much more room without it, and often the washer bottle cracks from the heat.
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    Yeah, still requires the adaptor mounts to be made up, extend the harness etc. For $130 and a quick bolt in it was a no brainer.
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    From memory there are bolt in points which dont need adapters, and the harness is just a pair of wires. But either way its bloody simple and works well.
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    Running this at Lakeside on Saturday, be good to get it on a track I know a little better.
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    Be good to hear how you go, good luck.
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    I'm looking forward to owning this when you get bored

    Good luck at Lakeside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal View Post
    I'm looking forward to owning this when you get bored

    Good luck at Lakeside.
    Save me from my boredom. I'll swap it for Bluey + money your way.
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    ^meh
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    I installed the FAB9 coil on plug conversion last night. I think it neatens things up nicely, easily installed and much cheaper than factory dual post coils. I still need to unwrap some of the loom and rewrap for a tidier look.
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    Definitely goes better with the new coils, not sure how much is the coil packs and how much are the fresh iridium plugs, the old ones were pretty dirty.
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    how much was the fab9 kit? something I need to look into...
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    With the exchange rate @ 07/05/2019 it came to $319.46 AUD delivered. The kit comes with ignitor, plug n play terminated look, the four coils and a set of iridium plugs. Bloody good value when Mazda want ~$800 for a pair of wasted spark coils alone.
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