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Back from another day at the track. The new power steering cooler did its job well. The fluid stayed well within spec and never caused a hiccup in the power steerings operation. The fluid also remained a light color and did'nt discolor like last time at the track.

At the end of the day I set out to really put it through its paces. I did a 40 minute non stop session includeing allot of drifting out of corners. From past experience this seemed to cause the most heat buildup in the fluid. Everything performed well.

Only "incident" was a drift that eventually tried to spin the car but I recovered.

http://www.techvelocity.com/gtp/misc/ack.wmv

Oh and I thought I had discolored the calipers on the "loaner V", thats nothing.

A little comparison:

http://www.techvelocity.com/gtp/misc/CTSVrotor.jpg OEM pads

http://www.techvelocity.com/gtp/misc/hotcali.jpg HAWK EP+'s

http://www.techvelocity.com/gtp/misc/hotcali2.jpg PAGID race pads

The PAGID pads where awesome. But they where mostly used up in 1 day. The best pad for the money/performance ratio in my book is the HAWK's.

At the end of the day there was only a small hint of differential whine. I do think the BMR pinion support did its job and kept everything in line.

I do need to lower the rear end. I felt it coming around in 90+MPH turns. I still say the GM wheel hop bushings affected the handling of the vehicle by raising the back end up nearly 3/4's an inch.

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Yeah i'm over it. I inspected the seals and other then a little dribble of fluid that comes out the top bleeder when it gets hot everything is fine.

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I actually really like the new color...pretty cool. So what happened? How'd you do? Details, man...we need details...what tires you using, other cars on the track?

Nice save on the video...very sideways and you brought her back quite nicely...good job.

I know what you're saying about the bushings, as I have the Specter's and noticed the hint of oversteer, BUT...I believe the difference is due to the tightening of the cradle. By locking the rear cradle, you've removed the stock bushing's ability to absorb the side load and "give" somewhat...thereby acting like the rear spring-rate is higher. Just my thought...
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Holy smokes, did you time? looks like you were driving alot harder than I was today. Had a good crowd today, I couldn't make yesterday.
 

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ace996 said:
I actually really like the new color...pretty cool. So what happened? How'd you do? Details, man...we need details...what tires you using, other cars on the track?

Nice save on the video...very sideways and you brought her back quite nicely...good job.

I know what you're saying about the bushings, as I have the Specter's and noticed the hint of oversteer, BUT...I believe the difference is due to the tightening of the cradle. By locking the rear cradle, you've removed the stock bushing's ability to absorb the side load and "give" somewhat...thereby acting like the rear spring-rate is higher. Just my thought...
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Did good. Only 1 other V at the track and he was a little more layed back.

Tires where Proxie T1R's. They performed best at 37PSI cold which brings it right up to the 44PSI max they are rated for. Some people say to run lower but from my past track days I find running radials at the highest rated PSI works best.

Thats possible with the bushings. Something has to be done. I'd rather stick to the track then turn it into a drift competition.

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wow, GTP, nice recovery.. Any more vid coverage of your track driving?
Yes but I still hold the title as amatuer video taker. Allot of wind noise, camera shaking, etc etc.

I'm trying to save money for a solid state PDVR and stick on bullet cameras but mods are coming in the way. Just ordered new set of tires, UUC shifter, Hotchkis, Oil cooler setup, and on and on. Looks like i'm dumping enough money in the car to justify keeping it another year. Mixed thoughts on that one!

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Holy smokes, did you time? looks like you were driving alot harder than I was today. Had a good crowd today, I couldn't make yesterday.
Yes with Friday's config I was running 2:16's. It was faster then allot of other cars out there, including C5's. I will post the results as soon as they get them online.

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I wonder if them sneaky devils at GM spefically formulated the paint in the calipers to change colors.

"Uh, so have you been driving the car hard?"

"No..."

"That's not what Mr. Orange Caliper says!"
 

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Sounds like some experienced trackers here as well, so I got a question:

Ever use Cobalt GTS pads? What do you think of 'em?

Basically, I'm looking for a replacement to the OEM pad which dusts less but would stand up to some hot lapping and possibly the PCA Auto-X events in my area. The PCA course is much more high speed than the SCCA's here, where you can hit over 100mph, so I want a good pad that I can leave on for normal/spirited driving on the streets.

My first track day is gonna be early November! :eek:
 
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