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      Annual General Meeting   10/30/2017

      The Winnipeg Sports Car Club invites you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting and election of Directors and Officers. 
      Thursday, November 23, 2017     Canad Inns “Boardroom”, 826 Regent Avenue @ Plessis (not the casino).   (more...)
      The Boardroom is down the hall by Tavern United (not the Annex room that is off the Aaltos restaurant). 

      6:00pm
      We have the Boardroom beginning at 6:00pm. Come and join us for dinner. Take food from the Aaltos buffet back to the Boardroom where a server will take drinks orders. The club will pay half the cost of your meal.
       
      7:00pm
      The annual general meeting will start at 7:00pm.    

      Please plan on attending to ensure we have a quorum to conduct the annual club business and elect next years executive.

      Thank you,
      WSCC Executive

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At my current rate of work, I could be done your car just in time for your grandkid's 16th birthday. :P

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It certainly has it's moments. Whomever did the wiring was a strong believer in entropy. Luckily, there's not much of it! 

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Here's my laundry list of changes. Since it'll be my first year back in forever, I'll be happy if I finish in the top half of the raw times... haha.

Nitto NT05 255/40r17
Stoptech brake pads
(eventually) re-built RCE Tarmac T2 coilovers
lightweight battery of some kind
 

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I've decided NOT to go with RE71Rs on my daily driver "no longer paxwagon" that will probably not see enough events to compete for the championship anyway. After many hours of research and price comparisons, I think I found the right mix of comfort, performance and price in the Yokohama Advan Sport V105. Very similar to the Michelin Super Sport and rated just behind it overall by Tirerack yet is marginally faster in the wet (and handily beats the RE71R in the wet). Cost is more than $60 less per tire than the Michelin and a bit lower than the 71Rs. Being a Max performance tire rather than a Extreme performance tire, they will obviously not really be competitive but I feel the wear rate of the 71Rs would make them a waste of money for my daily driver. If Star specs weren't so darn expensive I may have gotten a set of those.

These seem to be challenging the Continental Extreme Contact for the fasted wet street tire (while being a bit faster in the dry but not quite as comfortable), so maybe I can eek out a podium or two if we get some hard rain. ;)

EDIT: also in the running are Firestone FIREHAWK INDY 500, mainly for how ridiculously cheap they are for a recently introduced tire, about $100 less per set than the V105. The V105s were introduced in 2013 so they are also getting a bit long in the tooth, but what is amazing to me is that Super Sports came out in 2010 and are still king of the Max performance category. The Firehawk is a step down in the UHP category but they look to be on par in dry grip but I'd be giving up some grip in the wet even to the RE11Rs for that $100

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On 4/12/2017 at 6:56 AM, grail said:

Here's my laundry list of changes. Since it'll be my first year back in forever, I'll be happy if I finish in the top half of the raw times... haha.

Nitto NT05 255/40r17
Stoptech brake pads
(eventually) re-built RCE Tarmac T2 coilovers
lightweight battery of some kind
 

I use the Deka ETX20L for my car, it has enough CCA (310) and it only weighs 16lbs 

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I used a Yuasa something-or-other from MB Battery on Logan in my S2000. It was around $80 before tax. If you drive every day, it'd be fine. If you let it sit for 3 days, the car wouldn't start. 

I recall I did 5 starts and shut downs in a row after getting it as a test - no problem. But it didn't like sitting. 

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So to update on the battery, went to MB battery and got the YTX20L AGM battery, which has 310 CCA, and only weighs 18 lbs according to my scale. Picked one up for 74 + tax. Just need to modify the J-hooks but everything works.

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1 hour ago, dark_daku89 said:

So to update on the battery, went to MB battery and got the YTX20L AGM battery, which has 310 CCA, and only weighs 18 lbs according to my scale. Picked one up for 74 + tax. Just need to modify the J-hooks but everything works.

Hmm.. I may have to do the same. I also think I need to roll my fenders more. Not entirely confident that my tires won't rub... Haha.

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2 hours ago, grail said:

Hmm.. I may have to do the same. I also think I need to roll my fenders more. Not entirely confident that my tires won't rub... Haha.

how wide are your wheels and what offset?

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13 hours ago, dark_daku89 said:

how wide are your wheels and what offset?

I don't remember what my offset is but the tires are 255. Last year when I took a few laps around Gimli on my then 245 RE-11s, it was rubbing. Won't be an issue once I get my coilovers on, but the stockish suspension has a bit of a roll.

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The bumps at St. Andrews are pretty rough. I removed the springs and fully compressed the suspension to check clearance on my STI with 255 Dunlops on 17x9s with a 42mm offset. I had to roll the rear fender lip completely flat and the pull the whole fender out about 1/8" to avoid contact.

Interestingly, the rim-protector ridge was the thing that interfered the most. 

I guess it depends on how much rubbing you'll tolerate and if you're willing to ease off a turn over a bump. I knew that I'd likely be sideways and full throttle over bumps at some point (:D) so I ensured clearance in all conditions. 

It didn't need anything in the front, which was surprising. 

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1 hour ago, Corey said:

The bumps at St. Andrews are pretty rough. I removed the springs and fully compressed the suspension to check clearance on my STI with 255 Dunlops on 17x9s with a 42mm offset. I had to roll the rear fender lip completely flat and the pull the whole fender out about 1/8" to avoid contact.

Interestingly, the rim-protector ridge was the thing that interfered the most. 

I guess it depends on how much rubbing you'll tolerate and if you're willing to ease off a turn over a bump. I knew that I'd likely be sideways and full throttle over bumps at some point (:D) so I ensured clearance in all conditions. 

It didn't need anything in the front, which was surprising. 

I have the complete opposite issue, it's the front fenders that are rubbing... haha. I may need to roll it some more before the first event. I also thought about getting some fender flares and solving my issue that way. Eventually the Subie will be stripped and turned into a full track car. So at some point I may take a sawzall to it. :D

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Yes I did have it resurfaced. Thought it would have been cheaper. I think it was almost half way to the cost of a lightened flywheel. But this being a budget build ....

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2 hours ago, Corey said:

Jim, is it a Yugo? Ferrari? Can't really tell. 

Actually you're not far off both! Kinda looks like a Yugo but some people treat it like it's a Ferrari. ;)

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6 minutes ago, Magner said:

 but some people treat it like it's a Ferrari. ;)

The costs are mounting like one ...

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5 hours ago, Jim Eh. said:

Yes I did have it resurfaced. Thought it would have been cheaper. I think it was almost half way to the cost of a lightened flywheel. But this being a budget build ....

Superior brake usually did mine for $40.  That's what the mr2 one cost last fall. Most I've ever paid was $60   

Is it a dual mass flywheel?

 

the rear suspension looks great! 

 

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No. More like a slo molass(es). Just my unfortunate choice of machine shops.

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It is not just the cost of things. Even when I pay good $$$ to reputable suppliers I get this ...

bushings off center.jpg

It may be hard to tell in the pic but if you look closely you can see the bushing on the left, the hole is offset. Nope not an alignment helper, more like a hangover Monday by the machinist.

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