Most likely be running 8's but I am curious how much of the fender I will need to cut.
I've got Corbeau TRS mounted on the stock rails. IMO, the seating position is a little too high. But, because I use this car for "normal" use, I need that adjustment.
Keep in mind you can also buy the universal slider from sparco that will bolt right up and slide into the car without issue. Using the side mounts you have you can very easily adjust the height of the seat
I couldnt see myself autocrossing in my stock seats. I feel (depending on the course) I would just be hanging on for dear life. Also, coming from starting out on track days, and never autocrossing its going to be pretty hard to have as good of a time just thinking in your head you wish you were at a track day
I almost have everything for my whole race seat\harness shibang.
Race seats: check
harness bar: check
bases: check (Waiting for arrival)
harnesses: check (Waiting for arrival)
Geeze - I've been out of the loop for a while and all this stuff pops up. A thread about something other than stretch or "your opinion about my whip"? Whoda thunk it...
NCBrock - I'd strongly advise AGAINST installing seats in a track car until you install a cage. When you go turtle, you'll be firmly supported in your race seat with your harnesses and your head will be the tallest thing in the car when the roof crushes...
As for tyres - I run 205/50-15s - I used to run 225/50-14 and 205/55-14 (F/R) stagger but the cost was getting too high and 205/50-15s are the same size as the Wreck Pinatas use in SCCA.
There is no "perfect" setup - the best advice I ever rec'd was "Don't do anything to the car until you know what you need and why". Just b/c the other guy runs -4 degrees of camber doesn't mean it's correct - it may work for the other guy BUT if you don't avoid the brakes and instead turn-in and hope it doesn't roll, -4 degrees of camber may be excessive (more on that if anyone is interested).
Weight distribution on an FWD car will NEVER be 50/50 - IIRC, these cars are closer to 65/35 and that's just the way it is. Don't re-engineer too much or you'll find that you should have purchased a Miata (or similar) instead.
Suspension setups are very personal - the only firm rule is that lowering an A2 doesn't work well. The front control arms should never be lower than parallel to the pavement and lowering more than that with ball-joint extenders is more effort than it's worth. I'd venture to say that 98% of the racers (myself included) aren't driving fast enough to take advantage of a car that's 1" lower by using ball-joint extenders.
Plus how much safer are you in a stock seat with passive restraints anyways? Those things dont work for crap id be worried about being thrown out
It's good that you accept the risks - that's the biggest issue that I encounter. People think that b/c they have 1 or 2 pieces of a safety system that they're invincible. I had belts on my stock seat when I autocrossed an A2. When I built an A1, I used a rollbar but still had OE seats - flat vinyl, no less that defined "no support".
I agree, the OE passive restraints are crap - I've never liked that style, especially those horrible motorized belts that usually were out for blood more than out to save a life.
I love road racing, wish I could find a road race course locally. I did auto-x 3 years in a row at waterfest, it was fun but it just got progressively worse (as I set up my car more and more). It is way more fun on the street leading me to believe that a road race course will be the best option.
Here I am, making the most of my tires...
IIRC I had a big neuspeed front and rear bar at the time, neuspeed springs, and Bilstien struts. i've since swapped to the smaller stock front bar, and it got WORSE at auto-x, but is way more fun on the road. Can't wait to see what it drives like with my coilovers, which are damping adjustable.
I have 195/50/15. As I said I switched to coilovers with adjustable damping, so I should be able to dial in height (spring rates) and damping as required. I am excited to see the results of swapping. That was actually my best setup for auto-x (not perfect, it still plowed, but that could just be my style ), I love the smaller front bar on the street but in auto-x it didn't help.
Also forgot to mention, I'm on the lookout for new wheels, would like a 7", that should help too.
I have had a few tires in my day (Dunlop Sport A2, Bridgestone Potenza, Falken 912), and the Falkens are my favs. They're the only set I bought a second of. THe Potenzas came on an old car and whil they are supposedly top of the line, they'd only work when hot. The Dunlops were an average everyday tire, and ran out of grip real quick 9but they weren't sporty models either, despite the name). The Falkens have actually saved my ass a few times, and been the grippiest tire I've ever felt (especially in the rain, which is important for a DD). I've heard Toyo makes a good tire too but I was really impressed all around with the 912s, wear, feel, and all weather (even snow) were all impressive.