> White cars never "pop" when waxed, but the TT definitely felt thirsty for wax. Maybe it's paranoia, but white cars seem to get "chalky" when not waxed. So I did a machine-light-polish first to clean up any oxydation, then 3M wax.
> Put some chip-guard on the C32 headlights. Cool stuff. It's very thick (like a dime-thick) and flexible when heated. Conforms to compound curves very well. The covers are invisible, but are definitely effective. C32 headlights are $1,000! So, I'll be protected at VIR!
> Got the good summer tires on the Benz.
> Got and installed the car cover on the TT. California Car Covers -- good stuff. Timing couldn't be better. Rain today.
04-17-2006, 06:09 AM
I even had half of Thurs and all day Friday off...only car stuff I did was wash the 6 as well as K's Mitsu. The rest of the weekend I was doing yardwork, mtb riding, drinking at the O's game, having dinner with the family, etc.
I'd like to get a coat of wax on prior to VIR, but NEED to fix an oil leak...c'est la vie. :/
04-17-2006, 09:07 AM
I'd try to get it done before the weekend. If you try to fix it Friday night/Saturday and things go wrong, you might miss out on a great event.
But, if it must be fixed, then you have no choice. Good luck.
04-17-2006, 09:08 AM
04-17-2006, 09:26 AM
... the brakes are fantastic. I had a tiny bit of squeal at stops, but a re-heat-soaked them, and they're silent. Definitely more bite than stock. Fun job.
04-17-2006, 09:29 AM
I'll either go into 'the shop' afterhours and bribe Nick with beer, pizza, and some 'garage rental fees' or just borrow the adjuster tool and do it myself.
04-17-2006, 11:24 AM
04-17-2006, 11:27 AM
and this is the first time I'll be using those pads. Very simple job, with no complications. If I had wait until this coming Saturday, my luck would have it that the wrong track pads were shipped to me, and I'd be out of luck. However, no complications or problems.
04-17-2006, 11:33 AM
In Costa Rica, we went on several LONG zip lines; several were 100 feet over a canyon floor.
So, do you really think you need race pads for those stoptechs? If you were able to run street performance pads on the OEM setup, isn't it safe to assume the big brakes will work better and stay even cooler?
Did you get R-compounds? If so, those tires and the brakes will certainly upgrade your position! Are you going to the intermediate group?
04-17-2006, 04:24 PM
For track tires, I chickened out and went with the Kumho Ectsa MX for track tires. They were significantly cheaper than R-Compouns.
One of these days I'll post about my track set-up.<ul><li><a href="http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=AR4&url=%2Ftires%2Ftires.jsp%3FtireMake%3DKumho%26amp% 3Bkeyword%3D21290%26amp%3Bcode%3Dyes%26amp%3BtireM odel%3DECSTA%2BMX%26amp%3BGCID%3DC13674x014-tire%26amp%3B">Kumho MX</a></li></ul>