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Marina autocross

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Sorry to report, but the the next autocross event planned for feb 24th in Marina, California has been cancelled. I'll let everyone know when the next event will happen. There was a lawsuit filed by a BMW club member who was injured at an event, so there is going to be an extra waver for everyone to sign as we get to the front gate. There hopefully will be an event next month, but I'll keep everyone informed for upcoming events.
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We're going to have all of the West Coast Mustang Evolution Bulliits there. All of the active users anyway...:lol: I wish that I could figure out a way to get 2300turboford here... I'm really looking forward to this!!! :)
So there might be four 01 Bullitts there? That has to be a rare sight.
I've got a mount for my phone i can use, i used it inside my car before but its a paint to get a good angle, the only good angle blocks my view. I might try outside the car this time. I'll just make sure i have my lifeproof case on.
Sweet! I'll have my Go pro to record my runs. I've heard those cases are indestructible! ESP will be invaded by Bullitts!
I'm positive we will take lots of pics.
i cant wait to see those pics :D let me know when u post pics bro
I sure will.
I'm probably going to be too excited to finally race my car again that i'm going to go too hard and mess up lol... First time doing any type of racing with the new 18x9/10s.
The first time I went out on my new wheels, I assumed they would grip a lot better than they did, and pushed far too hard. It's best to just have fun and you will gradually find the limits of your new set up.
No word on Bullitt #4 yet. Hopefully he'll get back to me...
At least we have Andrew repping the DHG Bullitt, who needs two black Bullitts anyway? But if he shows it would pretty cool though. I just pulled some more timing from my horrible tune, and now it seems to be running great. I pulled a total of 4 degrees of timing, I just don't have much time to drive it and dial it in. But I'm feeling like we're close with the tune right now.
My goal at the end of summer was to work on suspension.... But i ended up spending it on the wheels and tires lol. And now my main focus is saving up for the cosmetic overhaul
I usually focus more on suspension myself, but I opted to upgrade my wheels also. Looks like we have real similar set ups though.

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I just replaced every piece in my front suspension with all brand new factory parts. And new Tokico Illumina shocks and struts. There was a bad tie rod end, two worn A arm bushings, the ball joints were weak, and both the strut bushings and the steering rack bushings were completely shot! Just have to put the tie rods on tomorrow and then get it aligned. :)
Very cool! I wonder how much your new parts will improve your cats ride and most importantly your lap times.

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Yeah, that's not right. I wonder if they knew about our California 91 octane "high test" when they wrote that tune? :lol:
I just had a chance to drive it a little more, and I feel like the tune is pretty good now. No signs of any pinging any more.
Glad you got the pinging worked out. :thumb: I didn't have time to get it aligned today but I took it for a short drive and it feels very good even slightly out of alignment. Much more precise steering. The struts feel great. I haven't put the shocks on yet and now I can feel a noticeable difference between the front and the rear of the car. My old shocks and struts were a TERRIBLE match for the springs on this car. I'll install the shocks in the morning and get it aligned, then start playing with the adjustment on the Illuminas... Basically, learn to drive the car all over again. :lol:
I'm stoked that you got some proper shocks/struts for your springs! Are the illuminas adjustable? If so, I hate you:)
It's hard to beat Bullitt1075's car but I'm going to concede second place already. My car will have a set of "battle weary" mismatched Bullitts on it. :lol: I.have my Dunlops mounted on them because I'm paranoid about hurting my mint condition OE Bullitts.
It was already close before you corrected your suspension, so I think this Sunday is going to be close! I'm starting to get real excited, I just washed my car, got my tune straight(which could make a little difference), and I'll check all my fluids tomorrow. Sunday morning before I leave and I'll get my tire pressures where I want them and then I'll be straight.
I'm just coming as is Sunday lol. I'll give it a whips down, but I'm not dropping tire pressure before a 2 hour drive.
I wouldn't mess with tire pressures if I were you before the drive down either. But I actually add air to my front tires to help reduce sidewall flex. I don't mess with rears, I just keep them around 32lbs. Last event I ran 38lbs up front, but my tires were flexing too much under heavy braking for my liking. I'll probably try 40lbs up front this Sunday, and see how I fare. But that's about all I will do.
I've been using just slightly higher pressure in my front tires only, but I'm basically using my "street" tire pressure. That's why I chose to mount my Dunlops on my old rims. With lower tire pressures you are putting your rims at risk of rolling a tire off the rim during hard cornering. There is a 7-11 just before you get to the track that has air. Also, you can't swing a dead cat at the track without hitting someone who has an air compressor.
I was thinking he could stop at the 7-11, but I wasn't sure if they had air. Ha! Dead cat.
Lol. :lol:

They have air but I would wait until the tires cool down before making any adjustments. I've been putting 38 psi in the front and 35 psi in the rear with the tires stone cold. It's amazing how much heat effects the pressure in these tires. Just the sun hitting one side of the car will raise the tire pressure.
38 psi is what I ran with my old Falkens up front, and it seemed to be perfect. But my nittos seem to like more PSI. Hopefully 40 will be the sweet spot. I hate seeing scuffs half way up my sidewalls.:nonono:
I believe my current psi is at either 32 or 34. I'll probably just leave it at that.
you should be perfect with those pressures, and like Straybullitt said, there is always someone there with a compressor.
Getting excited now, can't wait to get back out there. Looks like you've already locked down third in ESP for the season, congrats Straybullitt!
I saw another blue Bullitt in Capitola today, but it had some 20 inch rims that looked terrible, and he had fogs on it. I'm not sure how I feel about putting fog lights on Bullitts. I'm not sure if I'll be able to sleep because I'll be so anxious! Can't wait!
Haha Im the same way. I don't know why. It's just a bunch of us Yahoo's driving our cars around on an old airfield. :lol: I think part of it, for me, is I'm usually doing something to my car the night before and I get a little wound up. This time, the car has been ready for a couple of days so I'll see if that helps.
Hopefully you will be well rested for tomorrow. I've got a half tank of gas, my fluids are good, and my tires have the right amount of air in them. So I won't have to do anything but drive down. But I'm sure I'll still have trouble sleeping tonight.

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Well when we are all there if I seem a little out of it it's cause I'll probably be half awake lol. Got to get up at like 5 tomorrow
Ha! I won't judge you.
That's it right?
A couple more pics from the day. I had a great time today guys!


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That first picture is awesome! You can actually see the colors better than the more distant shots.
I'm glad the colors came out in at least a couple pics! I spoke with the black Bullitt owner that you met the other day. He spotted my pics on Instagram.
Yeah, the weather was the big disappointment of the day. It just didn't cooperate with us as far as photographing the cars. It would have been nice to have that fourth Bullitt there but I was just happy that the two of you could make it. It really made my day guys... Thank you! :) I forgot to ask how you guys felt about your tire pressures? Especially Soccerluvr, who was the brave one of the day with the lowest pressure. Have you taken a look to see how far down the sidewall the scrub marks went? I liked my pressure but I'm going to take a pound out of the rear for the last event this season.
Thank you Ron! I had a great time thanks to you. I really appreciate you reaching out and getting us all together. My front pressures were pretty good, but I feel like I should add more rear PSI. I felt like I had much more rear grip than front grip.
I'll try a more balanced setup next time.
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