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I just autocrossed today at Bremerton Raceway (Bremerton Airport) Washington. It was a long track which a run was about 75 seconds long. I felt pretty good about it, but the only draw back was I'm running a mainly all stock 91 Excel. I have a strut bar on the front but 13 in wheels and normal tires. My first run wasn't timed so I got a rerun. That was great since I think I got a cone on it. The second run I believe was a 74 second run but I didn't get a copy of the time. In a few days I'll get the results. The second run was 70.45 seconds and the last run was 69.5 seconds. I know I was racing a Neon but he did 66, 65, and 64 second runs. He had a front strut bar, 17 inch wheels with low profile tires and progressive springs. A civic there was totally prepped out and had racing slicks on and was only pulling 63's. So I don't say I was half bad for a stock run. Next upgrade I would need is stiffer springs idealy the same height but no one has anything, and bigger wheels and tires. Any suggestions???


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Start with Racing compound tires. That's the most important thing. Then, change your springs AND shocks at the same time. Konis are the best shocks you can get. After that, add strut bars and sway bars. Replace your existing suspension bushings by urethane bushings. That should keep you busy for a while.


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Pumbaa,
good that your'e out there having a go.
If you could give us a bit more info as to where you think your'e losing time then it would help with an answer.
Is it understeer, oversteer, too much body roll or just lack of HP?
Understeer: stiffer rear anti-roll bar
Oversteer: stiffer front anti-roll bar
Body roll: springs
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Is this SCCA autocross (SOLO II)? If so, what class are you running? I'm curious because your car isn't legal in SCCA SOLO II stock class.

I ran my '03 GT in a test and tune autocross 2 weeks ago. It did very well. I thought the balance front to rear was very good. I had some understeer in right turns becuase the left front camber was near 0, but otherwise it performed well for a car right off the showroom floor.


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Well I got the results today. I ended up 24th out of 52 in the Novice class. And 108th out of 206 overall.

As far as handling, Understeer is bad. On the long sweeping turns I'd loose my traction and it'd want to go straight. HP seems fine for it. Handling is the big problem. The car has the torque and HP needed to get the car going and to hold it when it needs to be held in a turn. I think it needs low pro tires and wheels. I hear alot of people say that helps alot. (Tire roll because of big tires) and I know that there is HUGE body roll so springs would be something too. If I could get stiffer same height springs I would (rally) but only thing offered is Lowering springs.

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Setting the front camber as far negative as it will go with the stock adjusting bolts will help keep the front end from pushing. You could also use 4 lbs more tire pressure in the front to reduce understeer.


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