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CarlB

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    Carl
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    Faith

My MINI

  • My MINIs Year
    2005
  • My MINIs Roof Color
    Black

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  1. CarlB

    Going down Sunday?

    Is anyone going to the Dragon on Sunday? I would like to meet up and caravan down.
  2. CarlB

    Pre-Dragon Happy Hour at Ted's Bulletin

    Just seeing this. Yes Faith and I will be there
  3. Hillary - I wouldn't do that to you. The room is yours. I will stay on the sofa. I am noisy. I will show you why when we get there.
  4. I just want to clarify what we are doing. I am glad you guys can come! When will Susan and Betty arrive? I assume they are leaving on Thursday, is that correct? I know I am in Ali's cabin starting Sunday, and back in my room starting Thursday afternoon. I am sure we all have someplace to sleep, I just want to nail down the schedule between sofas, beds, and rooms.
  5. My room in the lodge is booked starting Tuesday and going home Sunday morning. I assume if Betty is coming to help Susan and Edge they are coming Monday and leaving Thursday. Being a Chivalrous guy I will sleep on the bed or couch depending on availability until Betty and Susan leave.
  6. I will move to the couch earlier if that works for everyone.
  7. I tried - I wanted to extend my normal room from Tuesday to Sunday but was told Simone else had it. That is why I got with Ally.
  8. I do not mind going to the sofa. Edge let me know what you want to do.
  9. You guys can have my room if we can find some place for me. I tried to get my room from Sunday on but couldn't. I have it from Tuesday on. I do not know if this is any help. But some one might have a room in a cabin. My room is down the hall from you.
  10. CarlB

    MOTD Shirts

    Me too - Let me know
  11. CarlB

    Coilover Installation

    I have done a lot of this type of work and my MINI has coil overs. I would highly recommend PT tuning for the alignment. If your goal is to autocross or track the car, I would recommend camber plates. The stock camber settings might be good for tire life, but they limit the amount of cornering force. I have and use my wheels scales to corner balance my car. If you are not autocrossing or driving on a track, I would spend the money on something else. You can change the way the car handles by adjusting the static weight on each wheel. The way the magazines describe corner balancing they are trying to get the cars handling balance in both left and right turns equal. A Mini of any other production car is going to have more weight on one side or the other and therefore it will corner in one direction better than the other even after you set the wheel weights. What you achieve is the same understeer oversteer balance right to left turn because you eliminated cross weight. Think of cross weight as a tables four legs being the four tires on your car. If one leg is slightly longer the table will distribute more weight on that leg and less weigh on the leg on the opposite end and opposite side. It is important that the ride heights be set very carefully. If you do that, most of the bias the wheels scales would dial out will be eliminated and you will be close enough. Wheel scales are a very good tuning device, and there is no one way to set the wheel weights on a race car. Lots of front wheel drive race cars set the wheel weights equal with the driver in the car because late braking (and having both wheels doing equal work) is critical to lap times. They sacrifice the corner balance in right and left turns for better braking. I balance my autocross car with me in it so I do not have any cross weight but I tune the understeer oversteer balance by raising and lowering the rear ride height. The wheel weights give me a more precise measure of my set up than ride height. If you want to corner weight your car you will need adjustable sway bar end links. To do the job correctly you set the wheel weight with you or equally distributed weight in the car and the sway bars disconnected. Then you hook up the sway bars with out changing the wheel weights. Doing that without adjustable end links is almost imposable. If the front sway bar pushes down on the right front, when it is attached, it changes the corner balance.
  12. CarlB

    Daytona 500 Run

    See you at one
  13. CarlB

    Daytona 500 Run

    We will stay for the race. The last 15 minutes are where it happens. Everything leading up to that is just figuring out what they need to do.
  14. CarlB

    Post Holiday Party

    No problem - Looking forward to seeing you
  15. CarlB

    Post Holiday Party

    Thanks to everyone who came. Faith and I had a good time seeing everyone. If you forgot a insulated bag that says Western Federal credit Union on it, we have it. Let us know and we will bring it to a event. Great excuse to come to the Daytona 500 Drive.
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