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  1. @Egadd, I am sorry I didn't make the last event. I took a motorcycle trip in WV the week before and was originally coming home on Friday. Due to some issues, I ended up coming home on Saturday and riding my motorcycle in rain for the first 140 miles, 1/10 - would not recommend. I will be there for the next event. P.S. looking at the new Dinan tune for my Christmas present to myself: https://www.dinancars.com/products/software-tuning/engine-tuning/engine-software/stage-1-engine-software/parts/D900-B46-B48-M-S1
  2. https://www.facebook.com/100000300670813/videos/pcb.4079168395436476/4079166295436686 https://www.facebook.com/100000300670813/videos/pcb.4079168395436476/4079166378770011 My two best runs with the BMWNCC club last Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/garrett.poole1/videos/4081772048509444/ My best run on Sunday with the SCCA. Overall I did well, but would like to be smoother on the courses. Was the first time I was able to turn on 3 wheels (which was pretty awesome). Mods: Enkie RP51 rims with 215/45R17 RE71R tires Replacement of all sway bar end-links with adjustable metal end-links (the stock have plastic ends) Rear sway bar (NM engineering 25mm) Metal belly pan (which was tested out on Sunday, no problems) SP Performance Peak series slotted rotors / Street Plus semi-metallic pads Mods to come soon: Lowering Springs to be put on next weekend
  3. Hello all, Does anyone have experience installing lowering springs? I have the springs. The rear end is easy and I can do it alone. The front concerns me due to 1) resetting alignment specs as close as possible till I get it professionally done and 2) compressing the spring on the strut to remove and replace (safety concerns). I am debating on having the front end just done professionally, but before I bite that bullet of money, was wondering if anyone here has experience. Long story short, I am popping slotted rotors on my car due to brake fade under heavy braking (tracktime), and that is switching my class of racing. My new class allows me to put the springs I want on. Thanks, Garrett.
  4. Ok, I am no expert but looking at the systems (pics) this is what I see. The 2nd cat is at the very beginning of the factory system (the first cat is in the bend that looks like a J that connects to all of this), right behind the 2nd cat is a resonator and of course the muffler is at the end near the back of the car. The SCMD might delete the 2nd cat, resonator and muffler, you can tell by the length of the system and its all just pipe - if it does this is will be excessively loud. It also might be connecting up right behind the 2nd cat and resonator, so then it would be a muffler delete with just all the piping (this would explain why its not bolt in and has to be welded). Considering the write-up on the DP, the SCMD probably leaves the 2nd cat. The DP says it bolts up, so it definitely deletes the 2nd cat and resonator, but has 2 small mufflers/resonators in it. So its going to be loud, hopefully not overbearing on long drives. The SC replaces the muffler. It is so short that it will have to be welded in. The best answer would be to write or call them about what is deleted in each version and what the decibel range coming out is. From what I am seeing, the DP would be the one I lean towards.
  5. Do you have a link to the exhaust? I am not sure what those mean off the top of my head either. I would love a full exhaust but due to money concerns I was looking into having the 2nd cat and resonator removed by a local shop. I can't right now as it puts me in a different class when I run autocross, but keeping it on my list of plans.
  6. @Egadd, Just want to let you know that while I will be at Summit Point on April 10th, I will not be at the BMW CCA's test and tune. I am doing the Trackcross Series that day, on the Jefferson circuit (1st time there, should be interesting). I will be at the next event on May 1st.
  7. @Egadd, I had to wait till this month to sign up for the NCC (money/bills and all that). Anyway I am now signed up for all the runs this year. I am also in all the runs with the SCCA and aiming for 3 trackcross runs as well. Looks like I should just rent a room in Summit Point. Anyway, look forward to this year, should be good fun.
  8. I see. Looking them over I would be as well. Going to look at the dates vs. the SCCA dates I am already on. More then likely I could attend both. I would be S2 as well. F 56S with a rear sway bar change, aftermarket rims with 215/45R17 RE 71Rs, Would be good to see you out there. I have some friends who are interested in AutoX as well, so might drag them along.
  9. I have signed up for the SCCA runs this year at Summit Point. I see the NCC is a BMW club. Do that have any issues with Mini's in their group (I realize its a BMW but some people are purists)? Do they run off the SCCA rules? They seem a bit lower cost then the SCCA, I might be tempted to run both SCCA and NCC.
  10. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3193901777296480&id=100000300670813 My last run in El Paso before I moved here.
  11. I did AutoX last year in El Paso with both the SCCA and Boderlands racing. I also had a track day at ASR in New Mexico. Did helmets to heros at Summit Point after moving here. Hoping for more AutoX and possibly track in the future. This year I have volunteered to work with VETMotorsports as well. Hopefully we can have some fun this year. Tomorrow I am switching out my rear sway bar to a 25mm thanks to the $600 stimulus.
  12. Hey all, Hopefully I am posting this in the right spot. I just saw a post on the Central Maryland MINI Motorist page on FB. There is a Toy Drive and Rally to see the Merriweather Symphony of Lights hosted by MINI of Baltimore & Porsche of Townson next Wednesday, the 9th, at 5 p.m. The meetup is at MINI of Baltimore at 5 p.m. with a 5:30 departure to Merriweather. Its a socially distant event, so you stay in your vehicle and hand them a toy (or pop the boot for them to get it) and they hand you a prepaid ticked to the Light show. They are asking for unwrapped gifts for the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and they have a wishlist link if you need ideas (in the link below). I realize that some of you are in D.C. and Virginia and can't make it to MINI of Baltimore before they leave at 5:30 p.m. However, for those of you who want to donate a toy and attend the link is below. I have a toy coming in via Amazon and will be there unless something big comes up. Looking forward to seeing other MINIs, Garrett https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toy-drive-rally-to-merriweather-symphony-of-lights-tickets-129760293531?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_term=viewevent
  13. Thank you for the advice @MarkDDrew, yours matched up with my instructors advice (I emailed him the same day I wrote the post). I started with OEM tire pressures and would check and adjust back to 38F/35R after each session. After the first session, the fronts had jumped to 55 psi. The track was great fun and an amazing time. My video is up on FB and its public, so anyone can see it here: https://www.facebook.com/100000300670813/videos/3593579167328737/ . Pics can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/100000300670813/videos/3593579167328737/ On my last session I used the HOTLAP app and it has me at 1:59.494 for my best time. I have no idea where that stacks against other hatchbacks (I'm not judging myself against the Vettes), but who cares - it was amazing fun. So I would love to continue doing it, but money is always the limiter. See you all tomorrow at the Tri-State run.
  14. Hello all, The SCCA was nice enough to grant me a spot for their "Helmets off to Heroes" Veterans day event this Sunday. It is an HPDE event. I am super excited about this. If anyone has ran this track, please advise me about it. I will be on Bridgestone Potenza 215/45/R17 RE71Rs that I normally autocross on. The tires are new, only used for one event so far (and that was in the rain). My concerns are tire pressure for track (I am thinking higher then autocross, near stock values due to heat), brake fade due to boiling of the brake fluid, and inexperience on this track. Any advice that keeps the rubber side down and heart beat up is appreciated.
  15. So i just switched from 205/45R17 to 215/45R17 for autox (RE71Rs). I ran low pressure in my front tires, about 26 psi, previously for grip. I ran 35 in my rears. This allowed me to brake before a courner, shift weight to the front, gas through the corner and kinda "bounce" my.rear around it. Issues being melting the front tires. Wondering what PSI anyone else runs? I will be taking a mister to cool tires between runs (have a SCCA run on Sun). Pic is of my old tires after track time.
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