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Awesome. I agree being a passenger sucks! You have to look where the driver is going to best avoid getting sick.
We’re still on for the weekend, but trust me, I wish those 2020 gas prices were back. I don’t know how much I’ll spend on just getting down there this time.
I cant remember if you said you were driving the civic down or not?
 

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I cant remember if you said you were driving the civic down or not?
I am, at least I can still get 30mph on a long drive in this thing. I'll send you a message on IG as we get closer to Friday. Jose has to fix his head gasket by then too.
 

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Its been nearly 1.5 weeks since my 3rd/4th track day back on the 6th and 7th and Im kind of slacking on posting the results...so here we go. Went back to Carolina Motorsports Park for the second time this year. I entered again doing HPDE1 with the hopes of passing my check ride into DE2 (solo driving). The difference this time around was my instructor who has been racing Hondas for 20 years and has multiple Honda Challenge cars was a great help in instructing me how to setup the car. The first track days I already felt pretty comfortable with my abilities that I could drive solo but to be safe went the same route this time. After the 3rd session I was already 1 second faster than my best time back in May with an instructor in the car. After the 4th session (last of Saturday) and first solo run, I was sitting at 3.29x seconds faster than my PB in May with a 2:00.156. Track Addict puts a theoretical lap at a 1:59.xxx which would be what I was chasing for (or anything under 2 minutes). The one thing right now slowing me down are tires and everyone Ive talked to seems to think the same.

 

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Not much is happening with the civic right now but I did get to go to Road Atlanta and drive it for the first time.

I signed up for the inaugural Hyundai Performance Academy at Road Atlanta and it was completely free. We did auto-x and got to drive the full course. I managed to place first in podium with a lap of 24.39 seconds in kinda wet conditions and then snuck myself into another later session in very wet conditions and went faster at 24.18 seconds. Really cool experience getting to drive the full course which ultimately will prepare me for when the time comes to drive the civic out there.

 

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How did you like the Elantra N? Its currently the front runner for replacing my Si.
All I ever hear about Hyundai/KIA is engine recalls or engine problems.
 

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Hope everyone had an awesome NYE. I think I was able to accomplish a lot in the short amount of time that I have had this car and look forward to the future.

Goals for the build this year

  • More seat time
  • More tracks
  • More track mods

Im planning to visit 3 new tracks this year. Atlanta Motorsports Park with either NASA Southeast or Gridlife (who is finally coming back to the South after leaving Road Atlanta two years ago), Virginia International Raceway for Hyperfest, and possibly Roebling Road Raceway down in Savannah, GA.

As far as mods for the "DD" im looking at an OMP WRC-R XL fixed seat since its only one of 2 maybe 3 seats that I can fit into. I could live with a fixed seat since most of my traveling is around town with most of my vacation travel under 3 hours.

A second set of wheels and tires are coming which is something Ive touched on previously but have decided to go with the RS4s which should give me the most seat time this year without having to swap tires.

Gonna be looking into some sort of exhaust cause I would actually like to hear my car. Looking at GReddy or Invidia.
 

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Welp, no one anywhere has 255/40 RS4's so I settled with these lovely tires



 

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Nice tires. I considered getting a set but they are too hardcore for the street. Very sticky on dry a little dicey on wet and not so great tread wear but that goes without saying for this type of tire.
 

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Picked up an exhaust tonight. It totally wasnt planned to get one this soon but I thought the price was pretty good so I got it. It's a K-tuned catback and it's not in pristine condition but for $250 im not complaining. It doesnt have any holes in it and could just use new gaskets but other than that looks okay.

 

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So I had the exhaust put on last night with the help of a friend. I was really only there to help him film the install and we had 30 minutes to do the install before we went out to dinner with some other friends. Install was super easy and we had zero issues. Im still going to the store at some point to grab some NeverDull to polish up the muffler and I need to order the Torque Solution poly hangers so that the exhaust doesnt vibrate and shake. Im working on a video of my own and we're expecting some more winter weather today and tomorrow so hopefully I can get it done this weekend.

 

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Good News:
I partnered up with Konig Wheels through their NASA Sponsorship Program. You essentially get up to 2 sets of wheels per year at a huge price discount and all you need to do is send them 3 photos after every event, a 50-100 word recap after every event, and run their logo/sticker on 4 corners of the car. It doesnt say in the contract that I cant run other wheels for daily driving duty which would be what the Enkei's would be for, but I have also thought about selling them and just running another set of Konig's to kinda just keep the whole build uniform.

As for the wheels themselves, like I said above, I went with the Hypergrams. I tried to get the bronze but they are on backorder until March which would be cutting it a little too close to the first track weekend of the season, so I went with the matte black ones in 17x9 +40mm. To break up all of the black on the car, Im gonna do a "vinyl mod" on the wheels to mark where the valve stem is located. Everything should be here Monday and all I would be waiting on is new or used tpms sensors.



I also noticed yesterday that my rotors were looking extremely gross, corroded, rusty, etc. I have been meaning to replace them with some Stoptech slotted rotors but they always seem to be on backorder. Sooo, I bought some scalloped, slotted rotors from Wave Spec. These rotors are used by a lot of people that I know in the Subaru community for off-road, race/rally cars so they would have to be a pretty decent product. They were about $300 cheaper than Stoptech's and from testimonies of people running them, they last pretty long, dont eat through pads, dissipate heat really well, and are overall pretty good. Im taking a chance on these and I dont think anyone with a 9th or 8th gen civic runs them. Do I think that the scalloped design is a little gimmicky, maybe, but oddly enough, Audi uses a similar rotor design on their RS5 and RS7 cars, not to mention a lot of motorcycles have the same brake design. If its good enough for Audi, then its good enough for me.

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I'll try to keep the wheel porn down to a minimum bust no promises





Also rotors came in





 
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