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Re: Gateway Speedway with the M-boys -- LONG

>It sounds like the event was a lot of fun for all concerned.  Be sure to 
>let us all know about it in plenty of time for next year.

Will Do!
>What the hey!  Maybe if I can afford it I might even bring my daily 
>driver.  I plan to retire from my full-time job next May and I've always 
>had a desire to improve my skills with a good instructor on a track 
>instead of as part of the usual highway derby.

Good move!

>For a TOTAL novice, what preparations are required and/or desirable for 
>me to bring my ride to the event?  This is my daily driver.  I have done 
>essentially nothing to it except for the infamous SuperChip "mods" to 
>elevate boost levels.  Other than that, it's a straight stock '89 200TQ.

Okay, Here goes:

Change ALL the fluids.  Oil, Gearbox, Diff (Front and Rear) Coolant and 
Most importantly Brake Fluid, try getting a high temp brake fluid like 
the BMW stuff, ATE super blue, Motule, etc.

Tires that have resonable tread.  Full tread depth tires should be 
avoided.... (Unless your "Renting" tires)  For a novice I do NOT suggest 
race compound tires.  Z rated yes, race compound no.

New airfilter or clean your K&N

Make sure that all of your suspension members are in good condition.  
Check ALL your bushing's, rod ends, sub-frame mounts etc.

Check your CV boots

Are your shock's and struts good??  (Hint, Hint...)

BRAKES!!!  Cool Carbons are a must if you plan do do anything more than 3 
laps.  Crossdrilled rotors are VERY nice, Gas slots are good too.  Your 
rotors and pads should be almost new.... Like a few weeks old at most.  
Brake ducts are also suggested.

You might want to ease back on the boost a touch.

That should do it for now.  Anything that I missed Scott?


Eric Fletcher

STEADI RIC@aol.com