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PowerDemon

Autocross Champion
Location
Fredericksburg, VA
Car(s)
Mk7 GTI
Nice choice on the wheels, I’ve been eyeing them for a bit. What size are you looking to fit with the RS4s? I’m hoping to squeeze a 255/35/18 MPS4S on the 18x8.5 ET 45.
 

gboticus

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Vancouver, BC
Car(s)
2019 R DSG
Nice choice on the wheels, I’ve been eyeing them for a bit. What size are you looking to fit with the RS4s? I’m hoping to squeeze a 255/35/18 MPS4S on the 18x8.5 ET 45.
I could probably easily stuff a 255 width set of RS-4 with room to spare given the camber I have up front today but I would have to start thinking about strut clearance.

For now, I'll likely just stick with 245 until I wear through the set. The biggest win for me will be going back to 18" wheels for the track. Been using my Pretorias, while a great wheel I liked the steering feeling of 18's I had on my GTI.
 

gboticus

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Vancouver, BC
Car(s)
2019 R DSG
Continuing planning for the 2022 track season I am looking at a dedicated track pad to swap to for HDPE events. The DS2500 are definitely a capable pad but once you start getting them blazingly hot they tend to just wear super quick. I had to go through 2 sets during 2021's track season and only did 4 or so events.

Doing some research and it looks like I'll be getting a set of Ferodo DS Uno pads to swap for the track day and back to DS 2500 for daily driving. The wear characteristics, temp range and average mu all look like it'll make braking at the track much better and save a bit on replacement pads & rotors over time.

Ferodo's site makes the choice pretty straight forward (well any racing pad vendor has similar diagrams too): https://pages.ferodoracing.com/products/car-racing/racing-brake-pads

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MiamiBourne

Go Kart Newbie
Location
New York
I got 4 lapping days in last year and the wear was really eating away the tread on the shoulder. I tried a bunch of different tire pressures to mitigate it and I guess I am just out driving the capabilities of the tire at this stage trying to go for PB's. Time to upgrade. Though to be honest, I could have gotten many more out of these tires but I want to preserve the outside tread so I can still drive it in the wet in Vancouver.

It's still a great tire and if I weren't focusing so much on consistency and reducing times I would probably stick with them.
Gotcha, thanks for your input. I'll be trying to do my first HPDE sometime next year and I don't imagine myself going more than a few times a year. Though if I find a good deal on a set of lightweight 18's then I'll probably try and get a more track focused tire.

Now when is your engine swap happening...Tell HPA they can't let Innovative Motorsports have all the fun!
 

gboticus

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Vancouver, BC
Car(s)
2019 R DSG
Gotcha, thanks for your input. I'll be trying to do my first HPDE sometime next year and I don't imagine myself going more than a few times a year. Though if I find a good deal on a set of lightweight 18's then I'll probably try and get a more track focused tire.
Superspeed's are really affordable, light, and good quality flow formed wheels if you haven't looked at them. I have RF03RR for my winter wheels.

Now when is your engine swap happening...Tell HPA they can't let Innovative Motorsports have all the fun!
Heh I know right? I was sending weekly e-mails for updates and it looks like they're past the delays which are out of their control and are finally getting the fab work started. Looking like early-mid January to get it in. But don't want to promise anything to myself in case there are more delays out of our control.
 

gboticus

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Vancouver, BC
Car(s)
2019 R DSG
Went out an got myself a HALDEX tune from UM last week. Seeing the big thread on here and reading a bit more about it on the internet piqued my interest and figure I’d give it a shot.

The good news is that when the power’s down and you’re pushing the car it’s a whole new experience. The car is much more neutral and even has a new tendency to want to oversteer. Right when leaving the shop after the flash I ripped it on a hard turn and got a nice controllable kicked out rear end. Tons of fun!

Cannot wait to test it out at the track. The shop owner was saying it completely eliminates the ploughing on corner exit when you get on the throttle and I believe him.
 

gboticus

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Vancouver, BC
Car(s)
2019 R DSG
Really frustrating thing happened a few weeks back. The car's always had a really weak battery since I took delivery and have always had a lithium ion battery jumper in the trunk just in case.

With this cold snap in BC the car refuses to hold a charge and crank so just turfed the OEM battery and went for a NAPA Legend battery (group 48) to replace it. Can't believe the difference in cranking the new battery and really drives home how poor the OEM had been all along.

I contemplated a lithium ion battery for weight savings but maybe another time. I just want my car to start and not wait several days.
 
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