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    Team Baby Shark
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    1987 Pontiac Fiero

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  1. We clocked the shift mechanism 90* and redrilled the mounting plate/internal locating pins for that. That allowed us to use pretty straight cable runs over the top of the transmission. We figured straighter and shorter would be more reliable in the long run. It took forever to engineer, but it works.
  2. Yep. We've got to pull ours soon. When we rebuilt the selector mechanism to work with mid-engine placement I didn't get the reverse lockout put back correctly. One of our drivers tried to turn it into a 6 speed....so we have no reverse gear at the moment.
  3. Yea. The Fiero is Ecotec with an F23. It's a good setup for us because they have several final drives available and it's a pretty easy trans to find salvage. Also...it accepts stock Fiero axles.
  4. Oh yea....and while your in there....swap the slave cylinder over to the all metal Saab version. We've not had good luck with the plastic domestic versions.
  5. The best method I've used is to have one prybar applying constant pressure on one side of the stub axle and then have a second pry bar on the opposite side that you pop with some type of impact force. With both bars acting together it helps keep the stub axle from binding one way on the circlip.
  6. My old 5.5" twin disc sounded like Dave Lombardo playing a tambourine.
  7. You can usually hear them when the clutch is pushed in. Also...5 things in the driveline breaking in half when you try to get rolling from a stop is a dead giveaway.
  8. I think Bridgestone has been working on a new version. All they could tell me was that it should last longer. That was when I spoke to a rep last summer.
  9. Agreed. Because of what we do tire choices have mostly regulated themselves through cost and wear characteristics without the need for written rules. For whatever reason, we now have team(s) willing and able to exploit the lack of rules regulation we have. The rulebook needs to be written for the Rileys of the racing world, because they will eventually show up.
  10. We already have tire bans. People just don't think of it that way because we don't ban tires by name. Using treadwear ratings as a metric for rules writing was ok until everyone figured out that nobody regulates those ratings. Up until last year the tire companies have played nice and even the softer stuff like the RE71 has been reasonable, but it's now creeping again with the Yokohama A052 which has the same treadwear rating as the RS4.
  11. You are correct. We just never took them into consideration because of limited size availability. I had honestly forgot they were still available since our car was light enough to make the soft tires last.
  12. I say ban the Rival, Re71, and the A052. Grassroots Motorsports does a really good tire test every so often and it's been fairly easy to spot the hot tires coming out of the autocross events. It's the simplest proposal for racers and officials to understand and implement. If we are going to advertise simplicity in our rules structure....this is about as simple as it gets.
  13. That was us. We were/are a mid-pack team who ran Rivals. We switched to RS4s for the longevity and price. It's yet to be determined if it will affect our finishes. We were slower at VIR on the RS4s, but ultimately finished the same if not better on the slower tire. Not enough data points to make that argument.
  14. Like most D class cars reliability usually strikes before lack of speed does. A part may not add speed, but it can add reliability. The GBU Vette had a lot of reliability issues before Indy. The alternator was what took them out of the VIR race I think. They fixed that issue for Indy in what appears to be a not legal (or not accounted for points-wise) way.
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