This was my first autocross just days after picking up the car. The only modifications here were rims with RE-71R tires. I guess inside rear tire lift was almost, but not quite happening with lots of steering input?
Thanks for the warm welcome all.
I know John asked me a while back about if I had any plans for this, and I kind of didn't. I can't take on all kinds of crazy things, and wanted to see how things panned out with the car. Well, I'll admit that I loved my 2012 GTI but a lot of what got me going here was John's day 1 @ Nationals. Was kind of a good excuse. In the coming weeks I'm going to add a Mk7 GTI page on my website. This is kind of how I do things. Cars that interest me and other autocrossers I like to get involved with. You might not recall but I congratulated you on the drive on Day 2 when y'all were done.
Agree with the Focus ST. I had one. In fact it took some serious cajoling to get Mark Scroggs onto my bar. I am the only one not doing the norm and slapping a monster bar on there. It seems to work. As much as I like Mark, and I'm proud to have been a help on his car (and a few others), I like most autocrossers... and I run a business so I have an interest in making things work. At this point it would seem the ESC in Sport is not intrusive, and I can tell you that the diff is WAY better than that E-diff crap in the Focus.
I digress. If you guys can post some pics of your cars really loaded up along with some details (like tires, rear bar sizes, what kind of surface in terms of grip... good, bad, super sticky, etc.) I can learn a LOT from that. At this point, I'm certainly leaning toward at least doing a rear bar for the car
I got most of my photo from Perry uploaded here:
Those are from the National West Course on Thursday, we ran Heat 4 so it was overcast but dry. My car just have H&R 26mm bar and alignment(0 toe front, 1/8" toe out rear), running 245/40/17 on 17x7.5 wheels. Stock dampers.
Also took this when my Codriver was driving on the East Course on Friday, this is at the showcase turn:
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Keep them coming. I already have my hunches. I can tell you Perry Bennett's photo's are always great for seeing what's happening, and what I see there is a rear tire off the ground and the outside front being pounded on a little. I suspect that it's too big and that something a little more than stock (more like 22mm) is where I'm headed if for no other reason(s) but the OEM's aren't usually way out to lunch, and I know what works on a Focus ST which is very similar. And too much rear bar can actually make some push worse when it tetters up and overloads the outside front tire.
I've made no decisions and really likely won't until I get to run my car some.
BTW, thank you for acknowledging that I had a very good day 1 to start off at Nationals... I was doing my best to grab a high trophy - as that was one of my two goals for my trip to Nationals, but I was just a little too greedy about slowing down for the penultimate turn and hence threw it away by grazing that last cone at speed entering the finish line day 2 on my fast/last run.
I'll find more pics and post the details for you for sure to help the cause.
Just finished a season with my GTI in G street. Neuspeed rear sway bar, MSS on stock rims, Borla cat back. (I've also removed the plastic bits that feed the airbox. amazing result) Should take 2nd in class at the end of the year. Couldn't keep up with a FoST with an excellent driver. So I'm investing in schools and VWR srings, VWR short shifter, VWR wheels 18x8, custom downpipe and new tires. STX class next season.
Quick question gang, my car finished production on 30-Sep-15, so figure about a month to get here. It's a DSG. There's a 6MT that I could get now. Without intending to start an auto vs. manual holy war
Does anyone have a reason for or against either of them for autocross?
I've heard the DSG can be hard to keep in the desired gear at some moments on course.
I also read that it can be hard to launch the 6MT.
I've actually never had an automatic, manual DSM, WRX, Evo, S2000, M3, etc., this would be my first DSG. I would welcome it for getting stuck in traffic, but not at the expense of being frustrated at an autocross.
Now there are definitely time it might be an advantage to use a DSG, in courses where you have lots of potential to have a fast section to be in 3rd some may not do it where as for a DSG car its just a matter of tapping the paddle, but it doesn't work out sometimes as good as you'd hope.
6MT has a really tall 2nd(72mph), in fast courses its useful, but in cases like our local courses I feel like its a hindrance sometimes because you may be out of boost.
I was, ignorantly, sawing the wheel Sunday and accidently hit the down paddle. It took a lower gear when I didnt want it (I'm assuming first). I remember glancing down to see i was in the middle of the red... I'll have to check what rpm that is. So, there's that. I'm still trying to train myself to lock my thumbs at 9 & 3 but the paddles are right next to my sausages.
If you want, Ian, I'm willing to co-drive Sunday. You have my number.
I have very seldomly successful in finding 1st in my old car intentionally.
Thanks gang, this was helpful. I changed from a DSG to a 6MT PP. I drove the 6MT and just felt more comfortable/familiar with the manual. I know there's an automated manual in my future, maybe the MKVIII.
Now I just need to decide on:
Roughly in that order.
For GS, the best value wheel is probably the Enkei Fujin both me and John are using. Cheap and class legal and light(16.8lb)
Tires will be RE-71R, but I kinda want to try Rival S.
Swaybar and dampers I am not sure yet. I have H&R 26mm, John is using a different one. Would be curious to see what Sam arrives at.
Koni Sport is available for the car, I am guessing it'll probably the default, would be curious what may or may not be available in the future.
So that's this wheel in 17"
and the RE71R in 245/40R17 with a 24.7" diameter to the OEM 25", so a hair of gearing advantage.
I agree, it will be interesting to see what Sam comes up with as some of the available RSB seem like they might be a bit too stiff (lifting inside rear). It might be the case where a set of dampers is enough to stop camber loss in front and keep the rear planted.
Local SCCA region's season ended....ended up 5th in GS which had 16 entries, what was odd was top 10 overall pax, 7 were GS cars...I was 8th out of 141.
Also played with SoloStorm for the first time....if nothing else the GoPro integration is neat and makes for good video.