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  1. LOL. I said the same thing to my team, but in the end, I agreed with them that it's a bit much. I don't work out, but I do type like 30 words per minute. So take that for what it's worth.
  2. Probably. I think it's going to go to another Champ Alum, but it's probably going to end up with a K-swap.
  3. I'll be volunteering for this one. As of this month it's been a year since my last Champcar race. 😥 My other Chattanooga team (which consists of Chattanooga Tourenwagen plus the car owner) are working on a Thunderturd to replace the Mustang that died at Sebring in December, so hopefully I'll be back racing early next year.
  4. Off topic, but what rack are you running? I tried no power steering and it was a bit too much effort in my 2002 330ci.
  5. I agree with @enginerd My $.02...I believe many coil over kits include top hats. If you are claiming coil overs, you get the hats as part of the deal. If you aren't, you don't.
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  7. That would make sense, but we had 3 days on track. Day 1 (test day) - Hot, no drop in mechanical grip all day long. Day 2 - Also hot. Noticeable drop in grip 3 or so hours into the race (felt like oil on track in a few of the slower turns), but diff was dying. Day 3 - Still hot. New diff, still felt like there was oil on the track in some turns. Conclusion: Either the tires were dying or some suspension component was out of whack. No abnormal tire wear noticed. We did have a partially split front right control arm sleeve (see sleeve insert in pic below), but I don't think that would have had a major impact on alignment. Still have about 50% tread left.
  8. That's what I figured. The pinion bearing was about 20 in-lbs. It was hard to measure the carrier, but it was ~18-20 in-lbs. IIRC both were on the low end of factory recommendations. When it was all together, it was pretty firm to spin by hand, but not too hard. It felt similar to the diff I had a shop put together for me.
  9. Sort of. Replaced the diff. No further diff issues, but the tires were still slippery.
  10. I was running Redline Shockproof gear oil. The poly bushing did not appreciate the temps either. Looked like candle wax running down the diff.
  11. E46. I'm not sure what happened, but the lash was at the minimum tolerance (0.025")...And I built it in my garage and I probably am not qualified to do such work. I'm guessing it was too tight on lash and when things started getting hot, it got worse. But I guess it could have been something else. I checked bearing pre-load for the pinion and carrier and everything was good. I also checked the wipe pattern and it looked good. The only thing that was questionable was the lash. With the shims I had, it was either a bit loose or right at the edge of the tolerance.
  12. We've run RS4s to the cord on the E30 in the summer with no significant loss of performance. So, I'm not sure if it's the tire, or something else. We overheated the diff on day 1, so I thought maybe that was it...But we had the same issue the next day with a new diff.
  13. Track warmed up, not sure how much. But it was cooler on day two in the morning and we still had the same issue.
  14. I was on a used set of RS4s at the WRL race at Road Atlanta (about 10hrs on them from Daytona and about 3 hours of testing at Road Atlanta). On the test day I ran a 1:41.xx. I figured race pace would be 1:41s most clean laps, maybe into the 1:39s on a flyer. Our first driver managed to do a few 1:40s. Our second driver was a little slower in the 1:43s. He said the car felt great. I got in the car 3rd and I thought someone had laid oil down in Turns 7 and 10, but it never got less 'slick'. It literally felt like I was hitting oil and sliding through those turns. I think I might have had a few 1:43s, but there wasn't much more I could get out of it. I'm thinking maybe the tires were just toast by then. They still look to have about 50% tread left. 🤷‍♂️
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