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Old 09-03-2019, 02:52 PM   #1
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Track Day Preps: Dummy Check Me?

Hey guys, this isnt so much of a "what should I do for track day" so much as Im gonna list off what I am doing, and I would ask the group to change, direct, or approve of my listing. A Dummy Check

More often than not you get down a certain line of thinking and you miss over some basic stuff.

I have a track day Friday Morning at Buttonwillow and will be convoying up with my SUV and a friend's Miata, (Miata needed someone to haul tires. I can tow my own car so it works out)

So Heres my List

Saab: (tow rig)
Tire Pressure
Oil Level
Grease Tow Ball
Check Wiring for brake lighting and brake control
General Check on Tires, brakes

Saab: (storage)
Water
E85 (2 5 gallon jugs)
Oil (for FRS)
Oil 5w-30 (Saab)
DOT-4 Brake Fluid
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Helmet bag w/helmet
Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt
Change of socks
Gloves
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Duct Tape/EB Red
Paper
Car Journal
Pens


FRZ: Car
Torque Check- Wheels
Check Coolant level -cold
Check Oil Level- Cold
Check Brake Fluid Level
Visually check over hardware looking at paint pen markings and one last check of tires
Check Tire pressure
(Nut and bolt check completed prior by shop)



Im going to swap pads at the track just fronts to Winmax's W4's
Ill be beginner so I am not anticipating dealing with heat


I already have an Greddy oil baffle pan, Killer B pick up tube and perrin oil cooler kit installed. But largely the car is a standard STX-like modded car with e85



Anything I might have missed?




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Old 09-03-2019, 03:24 PM   #2
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I'd bring a air/tire inflator with you if you have one. No big deal though since others will lend you one and the on-site tire shop has a hose.
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Old 09-03-2019, 03:25 PM   #3
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I forgot about that. we have an air dragon here at the house. It sone of the few as seen on tv shit I actually bought
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Old 09-03-2019, 04:12 PM   #4
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I always carry an assortment of bumper/fender liner clips, some usually go missing after an off, part numbers 46064AE000, 909140065, and 909140007.

Needle tire pyrometer.

Also, a cheap ODBII reader.
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:58 PM   #5
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The car doesn't like aggressively staggered pads, might be fine depending on how easy you take it.
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:31 PM   #6
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You dont check oil with a cold engine
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Probably overkill. I've been enough times that what I pack in the FRS is usually enough.

  • Rags
  • Towels + detailer or window cleaner for windows
  • Duster or small vacuum, as Buttonwillow has sandy run-offs
  • Tire pressure gauge or pyrometer.
  • Install tow hooks.
  • Remove all loose objects from car.
  • Remove wheel/lug nut caps.
  • Vinyl or painter's tape for numbers.
  • Drive to the track on the track pads all 4 corners. They're not that aggressive, you'll want to preserve brake balance, and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble. Definitely not worth it if you're not going to swap wheels at the track.
You're might not have as much time as you think to do things after showing up, registration, and driver's meeting.
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Drive to the track on the track pads all 4 corners. They're not that aggressive, you'll want to preserve brake balance, and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble. Definitely not worth it if you're not going to swap wheels at the track.
+1, I would recommend using the same pads (and rotors!) on both axles if possible.

According to the graphs on this page, you should be fine driving to the track on W4s, maybe with some extra caution, especially the first dozen of braking after the putting them in. This page specifically says "Effective for road racing, rally racing, and occasional street use".

If you haven't used these pads before, you might consider bedding them in first, although I'm not an expert on that matter.
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Have you upgraded brake fluid? Motul RBF660 or 600 is OK
Don't go on track with stock brake fluid.
Just don't do it...
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Hat (wide brim preferable)
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You dont check oil with a cold engine
Really? The manual says check it cold. And I was doing it with cold engine for years.. (I hope this is not a very stupid question)
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Honestly y'all pack way overkill for the track compared to what I go with. Part of that may be different facilities. The track I'm a member of has a clubhouse with a kitchen and snacks/drinks in a vending machine, and a shop with a lift and necessary tools for the most part. I drive on my track pads and my preferred wheels/tires to get there, so I don't need to swap when I arrive anyway.


What I consider the essentials is:


On the car:


1. Inspect your car fully on a lift to ensure that everything is in good working order, put a wrench on all your suspension bolts to make sure they're snugged tight, if they move torque them to spec.

2. Ensure you have appropriate brake pads and brake fluid for track use

3. If you are nearing a maintenance interval for anything, do the maintenance early to ensure it's in good condition for track use.
4. Torque your wheel lug nuts to spec when putting them back on (don't impact them down).

5. Take everything out of the car which isn't absolutely essential, including emptying your glove box, removing the cup holder from the center console, and taking out the junk in the trunk.
6. Wash your car.



To take with you:


1. A good helmet
2. Sunglasses and a wide brim hat
3. A high quality tire pressure gauge
4. A high quality needle pyrometer
5. A datalogger which you can mount in the car
6. A camera (or your phone) which you can mount in the car.


I put the pyrometer with my helmet in the helmet bag and everything else gets tossed into a canvas reusable shopping bag along with my registration/insurance information (in case I get pulled over on the way there or back, although it's unlikely). Stop at a gas station close to the track and fill to full with your preferred fuel and grab the caffeinated beverage of your choice. Eat something light that is easy on the stomach. Go have fun.


Don't overthink it. You don't need to take a full service mechanics shop with you to the track.
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