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kevinatfms
kevinatfms Reader
9/21/21 2:39 p.m.


New center net, seat and dash bar.

New sill bar on the driver side.

New rear cross brace added.

Brake ducting is in. Uses factory fog light holes.

New DNA aluminum radiator. Didnt fit well but they made it work. Also added some mesh to prevent large rocks and debris from striking radiator.

So far car is looking ready to go. First event on this setup will be Trackcross at Summit Point in October. Then it will go to Champ Car at VIR North for the 8/7 hour enduros.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
9/22/21 7:12 a.m.

Looks awesome.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms Reader
9/29/21 12:31 p.m.

Anyone interested in coming to Champ Car at VIR December 3-5 and drive/crew with us? We have 3 confirmed, 1 person just dropped out.

Want at least 1 more to complement the team. Looking for a wrench/driver with some experience on track(not w2w but HPDE/Auto-x).  

Please PM me through the GRM board.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
9/29/21 12:36 p.m.

In reply to kevinatfms :

incoming.... that's my b-day there.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms Reader
10/1/21 8:43 p.m.

So planning for VIR in December. Plan is the curent 16x7's with some 215/45R16 Azenis 615k+ and then another set of 16x7 with some 205/45R16 in an all-season in case of some ice/snow/rain.

Anyone have any advice? Are we SOL if it doesnt rain/snow/ice with the 340+ TW tire selection? Looking at some cheap-o Achilles ATR Sport or Accelera Phi-R for the all season needs. If we need more of a name brand it would be BFG Sport Comp-2 A/S which i have used in the past in bad conditions with great success.

I dont want to have to bring 3 sets of wheels. But if we have to then ill buy another set for the wet weather.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms Reader
10/13/21 7:36 a.m.

Update!

Ordered a new set of 215/45R16 Azenis 615K+ for the second set of wheels. Our plan will be to run 16x7 +42mm wheels with 215's on all 4 corners. Hoping for a bit more grip for the old Elantra. 



Other items on our to do list:
-Install Porterfield R4-E pads onto the car.
-Rain Light install and wiring.
-New belt due to the SFI tag on our current set being out of date(expired Nov 2020). New Ultrashield camlock harness with quick adjustment going in.
-Team is looking into radio/comms system.
-Install wider rear view mirror, alot of complaints that you cant see enough behind you once belted in.
-Go Pro will need to be hardwired as batteries wont last full stints.
-Heater(electric) for the interior to keep us warm if needed.
-Replace front control arms since bushings are shot.
-Tie rod replacement - inner and outer - to remove some slop in the steering.

 

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
10/21/21 9:58 a.m.

List of things is starting to grow! Yikes. Started working on things yesterday with the rain light installation.

items on our to do list:
- Replace brake pedal stopper so that rear lights work correctly - COMPLETED
-Install Porterfield R4-E pads onto the car. - HAVE PARTS NEED INSTALL
-Rain Light install and wiring - WORKING
-New harness belts with current SFi - WORKING
-Team is looking into radio/comms system.
-Install wider rear view mirror, alot of complaints that you cant see enough behind you once belted in. - ORDERED
-Go Pro will need to be hardwired as batteries wont last full stints. - ORDERED
-Heater(electric) for the interior to keep us warm if needed. - HAVE PARTS NEED INSTALL
-Replace front control arms since bushings are shot. - HAVE PARTS, NEED INSTALL
-Tie rod replacement - inner and outer - to remove some slop in the steering. - HAVE PARTS, NEED INSTALL
-215/45r16 Azenis onto new 16x7 wheels
-215/45R16 used Azenis onto old 16x7 wheels
- new hood pin system
- fill all floor openings/cavities with fire foam - COMPLETED
- move battery cutoff switch from driver side a-pillar bar to center bar - ORDERED
- install 2 new window retaining strips to OUTSIDE of back window - ORDERED
- make air filter box out of trash can to reduce water intrusion


We have a garage space, RV and hotel rooms booked for VIR. Team is now 4 paid members and 1 pending. We also have a pit mechanic who was gracious enough to join our team. Huge shout out to them and i am very excited this is finally going to get on track wheel to wheel.
 

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
10/22/21 6:26 a.m.

New switch panel with roll bar mounts. Going to run the in-car heater, rain light, go-pro and one spare.


Rain Light being drilled into trunk location and fastened.



items on our to do list(updated):
- Replace brake pedal stopper so that rear lights work correctly - COMPLETED
-Install Porterfield R4-E pads onto the car. - HAVE PARTS NEED INSTALL
-Rain Light install and wiring - WORKING
-New harness belts with current SFi - WORKING
-Team is looking into radio/comms system.
-Install wider rear view mirror - HAVE PART NEED INSTALL
-Go Pro will need to be hardwired as batteries wont last full stints. - ORDERED
-Heater(electric) for the interior to keep us warm if needed. - HAVE PARTS NEED INSTALL
-Replace front control arms since bushings are shot. - HAVE PARTS, NEED INSTALL
-Tie rod replacement - inner and outer - to remove some slop in the steering. - HAVE PARTS, NEED INSTALL
-215/45r16 Azenis onto new 16x7 wheels
-215/45R16 used Azenis onto old 16x7 wheels
- new hood pin system
- fill all floor openings/cavities with fire foam - COMPLETED
- move battery cutoff switch from driver side a-pillar bar to center bar - ORDERED
- install 2 new window retaining strips to OUTSIDE of back window - ORDERED
- make air filter box out of trash can to reduce water intrusion - HAVE CAN NEED INSTALL

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
10/27/21 6:30 a.m.

TO DO LIST(updated):
-Install Porterfield R4-E pads onto the car. - HAVE PARTS
-Rain Light install and wiring - WORKING
-Team is looking into radio/comms system. - ORDERED
-Heater(electric) for the interior to keep us warm if needed. - HAVE PARTS
-Replace front control arms since bushings are shot. - HAVE PARTS
-Tie rod replacement - inner and outer - to remove some slop in the steering. - HAVE PARTS
-215/45R16 used Azenis onto old 16x7 wheels
- move battery cutoff switch from driver side a-pillar bar to center bar - ORDERED
- install 2 new window retaining strips to OUTSIDE of back window - ORDERED
- make air filter box out of trash can to reduce water intrusion - HAVE CAN NEED INSTALL
- replace no-name ebay short shifter with a Ralco RZ unit due to play in the shifter - HAVE PARTS

COMPLETED ITEMS:
- Replace brake pedal stopper so that rear lights work correctly - COMPLETED
- fill all floor openings/cavities with fire foam - COMPLETED
-215/45r16 Azenis onto new 16x7 wheels - COMPLETED
-New harness belt from Ultrashield  - COMPLETED
-Install wider rear view mirror - COMPLETED
-Go Pro extended battery system(7000mah+ capacity) - COMPLETED

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
10/29/21 12:09 p.m.

Welp, team wanted in car communications/radio system so we came together and found a good DIY kit. 

Sampson Racing:
Roll Bar Radio Box
Shark Fin Phantom Elite Antenna
IMSA Style Car Harness - 6 ft
Water Proof Velcro Mount Push to Talk
IMSA Play Pack IMSA Helmet Kit

Amazon:
BAOFENG BL-5 - Battery Eliminator
BAOFENG BF-F8HP 8watt Radio Kit

This is a start and we will document installing everything to make in car communications possible. Really happy that Sampson Racing has a Champ Car discount code for the teams participating which makes it much more palatable to get into a full radio system.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
10/29/21 12:30 p.m.

Some photos of new parts!

New 16x7 wheels and 215/45R16 Azenis. This is set 1 of our wheels for the VIR North weekend.


New rear view mirror, 6 panel from Wink with windshield mounts.

New 4 switch panel which will power rain light, a small heater/fan and 2 spare circuits.

New Ultrashield 5 point SFI belt with HANs shoulder straps and camlock buckle. This is significantly more comfortable than the old latch and link system we had. Even has an adjustable crotch strap which is amazing for multiple sized drivers.

trigun7469
trigun7469 SuperDork
10/29/21 12:43 p.m.

Bring your rain tires

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
10/29/21 2:06 p.m.

In reply to trigun7469 :

We are thinking a set of all seasons for the rain/snow on top of the two sets of Azenis. Still up in the air right now as to what wheel/tire we would use for the all-season set. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
10/29/21 2:15 p.m.

I can say that the 615's aren' bad in 40's and rain. Much better than the Rivals.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
10/31/21 11:33 a.m.

Removed all stickers and went back to just the numbers. Looks a bit cleaner.

 

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
11/5/21 6:30 a.m.

Moved the battery cutoff switch to the center console area. My absolutely terrible welding skills and crappy brackets somehow seem to hold steady. So now it conforms to the Champ Car rules for the cutoff to be center mounted. Also added the radio box, radio battery eliminator and started to find a place for the shark fun antenna. Will drill the antenna mount tonight and get everything run as needed.

Rain light works! Hooked up to our switch panel and ready to go. 

Our new air filter box. Will keep the weather out if we encounter it at VIR. Spectre makes a nice product and its good to 250hp on a naturally aspirated engine.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
11/8/21 7:09 a.m.

The final to do things left on the car:
-Replace front control arms. 
- 215/45R16 used Azenis onto second set of new 16x7 wheels. 
-205/45R16 all-season tires onto original black set of 16x7 wheels.
- install 2 new window retaining strips to OUTSIDE of back window. 
- install TR2 transponder mount and charge transponder.
- tidy up wiring.

 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/8/21 7:23 a.m.

In reply to kevinatfms :

On that intake I would have pu "hopes and dreams" and on the exhaust "utter disappoinment"

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
11/9/21 5:45 a.m.
bobzilla said:

In reply to kevinatfms :

On that intake I would have pu "hopes and dreams" and on the exhaust "utter disappoinment"

I wrote both on the clutch before install. I have an ever growing fear that it will be the first thing to explode.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/9/21 7:13 a.m.

The clutch won't explode. slip and turn to mush maybe. Just make sure everyone is letting out the clutch fully before going WOT on the upshifts and it'll survive.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
11/10/21 6:07 a.m.
bobzilla said:

The clutch won't explode. slip and turn to mush maybe. Just make sure everyone is letting out the clutch fully before going WOT on the upshifts and it'll survive.

Ill make sure to write that on a sticky note and place it on the instrument cluster. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/10/21 7:15 a.m.

In reply to kevinatfms :

I used to take mine to IRP on Tuesday night drags. That was the key to "longevity" for it.Shift, release clutch..... gas. Trying to feed it throttle while still coming up off the clutch ALWAYS led to that terrible terrible smell we all know.

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
11/19/21 6:18 a.m.

Two weeks away! Finishing the final touches:

-Replace front control arms. 
- 215/45R16 used Azenis onto second set of new 16x7 wheels. 
-205/45R16 all-season tires onto original black set of 16x7 wheels.
- install 2 new window retaining strips to OUTSIDE of back window. 
- install TR2 transponder mount and charge transponder.
-Pin harness ends per champ car rules
- tidy up wiring and add final cigarette lighter plug for powering cell phone(TrackAddict) or Garmin unit(one driver bought one)

 

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
11/22/21 8:09 a.m.

FINAL THINGS TO DO:
-replace front control arms. 
- 215/45R16 used Azenis onto second set of new 16x7 wheels. 
- install 2 new window retaining strips to OUTSIDE of back window. 
 

kevinatfms
kevinatfms HalfDork
11/29/21 6:49 a.m.

We are ready to go. Friday morning we load up for a long haul down to VIR for the Champ Car race. I will try to take pictures of everything to ensure our story gets captured in this thread. I am super excited and very nervous for our first outing but im sure it will all go away once the green gets waived. 

 

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