Halps me find a track car

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  1. Kerozen02

    Kerozen02 New Member

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    not really sure which subforum to post this, but i'm looking for a project car for the track. looking for input from any people who've done auto-x or trackdays before to chime in and give suggestions. i guess since the choices now are either a mx-5 or a e30, it'd be suitable to put the thread in here or euro imports.

    http://www.projecttrackday.com


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    It really depends on where your skills are and what kind of track.

    whoawhoawhoa, you want to do a track car on four grand? I'll amend what I said and replace with: Budget more.
     
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    just hear me out
    what you want is an Integra Type R.
     
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    but for $4k you might be looking for a miata.
     
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    Miata is your best bet for that cash.

    Dont forget that track car = tire expenses plus a myriad of other repairs along the way.

    Track days eat tires like American children eat McD's.
     
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    Miatas are pretty easy on tires
     
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    yeah it looks like a miata is the way to go so far.. going to check out a few early 90s models.. if i can get a steal for under $2300, then throw in costs of replacing pads with yellowstuffs (~$200) and brake flush, oil change and some basic maintenance (~$200), throw on some sticky rubber (~$400), helmet (~$400), gloves (~$100) and whatever is left to work on some extras like a roll bar, etc..

    yeah the budget is pretty tight but i've got the economy working in my favor with people needing cash and willing to let go of non-essential vehicles for a bit less..
     
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    Initially, I'd say no, it isn't a deal breaker. You can always add it later on if you need it.
     
  12. Madness

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    for auto-x it almost doesn't matter what you get so long as you've got the right rubber. hell the fastest car at last months competition was a stripped vw rabbit. don't be afraid of fwd, plenty of competitive options available for dirt cheap.
     
  13. deusexaethera

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    404 RWD Not Found.

    The MX-5 is a nice car, and the newest one still weighs almost the same as the original -- only a couple hundred lbs more, IIRC. Put some good tires on it and you'll have to force it to misbehave.
     
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    I know from firsthand experience that it's possible to oversteer a FWD car under power, but it's a hell of a lot harder and it slows you down. With RWD it's much more practical.
     
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    miata is a good choice but consider a 240sx too you can get those dirt cheap (about 2-3k for a clean one) and drop 1-2k in suspension & tires you'll have a damn good auto-x car
     
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    I know I'll get hated on for saying this, but an LSD only starts being useful once one of the drive wheels loses substantially more traction than the other. If you get good tires, you'll keep the drive wheels stuck to the ground, and the LSD won't ever become an issue.
     
  17. N D S

    N D S you're like salsa, thick and chunky

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    If you're considering an e30 you can pick one up well within your budget that's clean and well maintained if you look around on e30 specific forums like r3vlimited.org or e30tech.com
     
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    went out for milk on wednesday. :o
    actually did look more into the E30 and the 240SX, but found a great deal on a Classic Red '90 Miata that I couldn't pass on..

    pics on the website. thanks for all the input guys.
     
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    shit this thread has got me itchin for an mr2
     
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    Car looks good, have fun!
     
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    The whole way home from buying the car I was thinking 'Damn, this car is so much fun.. I should just get rid of the DD and focus that money on this car...' but then my sensible side kicked in and said STFU. Its a perfect little weekend car, and I can't wait till I get to take it autocrossing and trackdaying.

    Just flushed the brake system today, and waiting on the brake pads to come in. http://www.projecttrackday.com/?p=195

    Now for a first autocross would it be beneficial at all to try on these all-season tires just to have something to compare to when I get nice track rubber?
     
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