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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #210 on: April 05, 2021, 09:49:44 am »
Looking fast! What camera are you running? Does it support an external-connected mic to pick up more engine sounds?
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #211 on: April 05, 2021, 09:52:20 am »
This is one of my runs from the morning heat, but I went like 2 seconds faster in the afternoon when the camera was off.


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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #212 on: April 08, 2021, 12:03:56 pm »
Looking fast! What camera are you running? Does it support an external-connected mic to pick up more engine sounds?

I've got a $50 faux-pro from Amazon right now. I'm looking into buying an actual GoPro sometime soon. An external mic would be great, since any camera view outside the car always has ridiculous wind noise.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #213 on: April 08, 2021, 12:46:18 pm »
FauxPro, I love it :lol:
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #214 on: April 12, 2021, 10:52:31 am »
I found a nail in my tire already :rage:

Pretty close to the edge, probably not patchable. Hopefully it's not actually leaking. I pulled it out, and it might not have pierced all the way through. It was kinda sideways through the tread.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #215 on: April 12, 2021, 03:16:06 pm »
That stinks. I had to replace a brand new tire once that had a spike go through the sidewall when I was going through some tall grass. I got lucky and the tire shop replaced it for free on a road hazard warranty.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #216 on: April 12, 2021, 03:49:49 pm »
I wouldn't be as worried if it wasn't for the fact that these tires are discontinued, so I probably can't find a replacement in stock anywhere. I'd have to replace at least 2 of the tires with some Falken RT660's or something.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #217 on: April 12, 2021, 04:03:17 pm »
I wouldn't be as worried if it wasn't for the fact that these tires are discontinued, so I probably can't find a replacement in stock anywhere. I'd have to replace at least 2 of the tires with some Falken RT660's or something.

What tire?
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #218 on: April 12, 2021, 04:15:45 pm »
What tire?

RE-71R
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Not available from Tire Rack anymore. I bought them on clearance in February, didn't think about the potential need for replacements.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #219 on: April 12, 2021, 04:22:45 pm »
RE-71R
215/45/17

Not available from Tire Rack anymore. I bought them on clearance in February, didn't think about the potential need for replacements.

Just that size?  I need a new set of autox tires and RE71s were the only ones close to my OE tire size...
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #220 on: April 12, 2021, 04:57:16 pm »
Just that size?  I need a new set of autox tires and RE71s were the only ones close to my OE tire size...

All RE's are being discontinued for some reason. IDK what Bridgestone is thinking.

Have you checked the Falken RT660 sizes? Looks like they have decent selection for 18s and 19s
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #221 on: April 12, 2021, 05:00:22 pm »
All RE's are being discontinued for some reason. IDK what Bridgestone is thinking.

Have you checked the Falken RT660 sizes? Looks like they have decent selection for 18s and 19s

Well shoot...

Last I checked, Falken only had my front size.  Problem is nobody makes 275/40R19.  RE71s came in 285/35, which fits the rim and was as close as I could get to the original diameter.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #222 on: April 12, 2021, 05:45:09 pm »
Well shoot...

Last I checked, Falken only had my front size.  Problem is nobody makes 275/40R19.  RE71s came in 285/35, which fits the rim and was as close as I could get to the original diameter.

I'm guessing you have a 9" wide rim and 295/35 is too wide?

That's rough. Call up Falken and ask for a 285/35
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #223 on: April 12, 2021, 05:54:26 pm »
I'm guessing you have a 9" wide rim and 295/35 is too wide?

That's rough. Call up Falken and ask for a 285/35

9.5 on the rear.  285 is the widest that fits.

I could put a 275/35 on there, but that's a 5% hit to diameter.  The car barely does 60mph in 2nd with stock size and I regularly hit the governor at our typical venues.  Hate having to shift more than the initial 1-2 in a run.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #224 on: April 12, 2021, 07:17:06 pm »
I may just have the bite to bullet and settle for 275/35s.  4% smaller than factory, but the 285/35s are 3%.  What's .6 mph?

275/35 will also fit on the 9" front wheels.  Not sure if they'll clear the struts, though.  They should.  I've got just under half an inch of static clearance with 265s and 275 would be less than 1/4" closer...
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #225 on: April 18, 2021, 11:23:39 pm »
My tire is holding air, looks like the nail didn't go all the way through. Yay.

I bought a GoPro Hero8 Black yesterday. Here's some glorious 4k footage of my fastest lap. It was good enough for first place for a few minutes, but I got beat by a tenth shortly after. Still have a lot of work to do learning to drive this car. And maybe an external mic to decrease the wind noise :lol:

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #226 on: April 19, 2021, 07:35:01 am »
Wow.  Quality of the video is great.  Are GoPros still outrageously priced?  I haven't looked into them in years
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #227 on: April 19, 2021, 08:05:05 am »
Yeah they're still a few hundred bucks.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #228 on: April 19, 2021, 08:18:06 am »
My tire is holding air, looks like the nail didn't go all the way through. Yay.

I bought a GoPro Hero8 Black yesterday. Here's some glorious 4k footage of my fastest lap. It was good enough for first place for a few minutes, but I got beat by a tenth shortly after. Still have a lot of work to do learning to drive this car. And maybe an external mic to decrease the wind noise :lol:


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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #229 on: May 09, 2021, 10:37:36 am »
I got a wind SLAYER foam cover for the GoPro, seems to help a lot.

This weekend's course was pretty tough. It was a cold morning and the tires never got great grip until the afternoon. I hit a lot of cones (not typical for me) and had to just get a some decent clean run times, so I ran pretty wide for my last 2 runs. Came in 3rd this time.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #230 on: May 10, 2021, 12:29:25 pm »
Nice! Sounds is much improved too.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #231 on: May 10, 2021, 12:43:32 pm »
Yeah it was a busy day out there. Motorcycle track day, cars and coffee, autocross, off road experience thing, etc.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #232 on: June 05, 2021, 10:30:25 pm »
It was hot and sunny today, which sucks for standing around chasing cones, but it was great to finally have hot tires and enjoy the grip.

I wasn't pushing the car hard enough through the slaloms enough for most of the day. The last 2 runs I figured it out more and took 1st place in CS. Still gotta work on my hand position and smoothing out my inputs. I drive the El Camino like I'm wringing it's neck, but this car likes to be smooth.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #233 on: June 15, 2021, 09:00:25 pm »
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