I have a set of hub-centric spacers that I'm planning on using for now. They are the adapter style that has another set of studs pressed into the spacer. I know that those can be a hot topic but I haven't ever had a problem with them as long as they were properly installed. I have a friend with the same set on his rallycross car and he hasn't ever had an issue.Don't forget to get high strength/extra long wheel studs if you haven't already, once you're into big spacers you really should be running them.
I had a set on my old Jeep and have a set on my current F-150. Probably about 100k miles combined with a decent amount of gravel roads and towing on both without a single issue. As long as you use thread-locker, torque to spec, and retorque after a little bit you should be fine. My secret is that I slap them and say "That ain't going nowhere" after installing them; just like you would when strapping something down!OK. Then I won't mention that you're doubling your points of failure by using those adapters.
Ooops, I guess I did.
Not sure they'll pass tech either, whereas spacers on long studs will.
I still have my original front wheel bearings and this car has been a track day car pretty much since new. It seems hit and miss with them, some last forever, some die young.
I did a little snooping and saw that you mentioned CCSCC a few times. I'm assuming you mean Champaign County? I ran my New Edge with them in July. Not much of a CAM class that weekend but I remember there being a guy in a [what I think was black] S197 that kicked butt.We are pretty similar in setup. This year I usually run about 2.5-3 second behind the top driver each event. I've had a few of the better drivers at my local events be my co-driver. They usually are amazed at how well the car performs. He was able to beat my times by almost 1.5 seconds on average. Shows the car has much more left than my skill set so far.
I ended up missing June/July. You were lucky and got the event that STL guys came for a visit. That black s197 with orange numbers was @Dave Whitworth. A couple of our CAM member have been out this year. Bill and his wife have both had medical issues going on and their son has been traveling for work. I am actually on the board as a Safety assistant.I did a little snooping and saw that you mentioned CCSCC a few times. I'm assuming you mean Champaign County? I ran my New Edge with them in July. Not much of a CAM class that weekend but I remember there being a guy in a [what I think was black] S197 that kicked butt.
My advice on the last bullet point, shop around to see what bolt on solutions are available. It's taken me a good part of the off-season trying to build a chassis mount splitter on the weekends and I'm still not finished.My list of projects over the winter isn't too long:
- Fix the coolant leak - DONE
- My car has had a very slight coolant leak the whole time that I've owned it. I saw that the level would slowly lower but couldn't ever find where it was going...which was scaring me. Luckily the leak got much worse at my last event and I could see that it was coming from the plastic Y fitting by the thermostat. Apparently that's a common thing for coyotes. I replaced that with an aluminum fitting, a new thermostat, and new seals for everything that I touched. While I was in there I noticed the left heater hose fitting was also leaking a little bit. I decided to put new heater hoses in too. I inspected the old thermostat to make sure that it was OEM spec and it was. It also had a chunk of something that made it stick open.
- I did a few test drives after that and my coolant loss seems to be fixed! I also noticed that the car gets up to temperature much quicker. I was happy enough to give it a bath and put it away for the winter.
- Quiet the exhaust
- I got a set of Ford Racing mufflers to replace the annoying Roush axle-back system that I have now. It sounds good at full throttle but is obnoxious for most of the driving that I do, plus I'm way over SCCA's volume limit of 100dB. I haven't had an issue with this at my local events, but I'm hoping to get into some bigger events where it might become an issue. Apparently these mufflers aren't the same as the GT500 mufflers. The forum post that I saw said that they are "tuned to eliminate drone for the BOSS 302's NA 5.0L instead of the GT500's supercharged 5.4L." It seems like they will still have a good tone but be just a touch quieter than the GT500 mufflers, which works for me. Unfortunately the guy who installed the Roush mufflers decided to weld them onto the over-axle pipes instead of the usual clamp. Time to get creative!
- My brakes work well, but I feel like they should be performing a little better than they are. I cooked my brakes at a track day and think that has been causing most of the issues. My rotors are a little bit warped and have a nearly polished finish on them. I got a set of Hawk Tallon rotors that are waiting to be put on. I'll probably stick with Hawk HPS 5.0 pads for the street and autocross and get a set of DTC-60 pads if I ever want to go back to the track.
- Build custom splitter
- My current chin spoiler was knocked off a couple of times last year after hitting cones. I'd like to build a cone deflector...I mean splitter... that kind of copies the Laguna Seca splitter. I want it to be durable enough to take a cone impact or two as well as semi-functional at actually improving aerodynamics. I'm thinking either ABS plastic or aluminum that is chassis-mounted - still a work in progress.
I found a splitter for sale on Facebook Marketplace the other day. The guy said it was LVA's splitter for a Roush chin spoiler. After contacting them and doing a little bit of research, this is what I came up with: The green line is where my current chin spoiler would sit, red line is LVA's splitter for Street Scene spoilers, and blue line is LVA's splitter for Roush spoilers.
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What I was told by LVA is that the "larger outline is for the Roush". I think that's true for the front of the splitter but I probably have the sides flipped since the Street Scene should be wider.
Anyways, don't think that this splitter is actually for a Roush spoiler. When pushed as far back as it's supposed to be the front only stuck out about 1/2" but it was about 1/2" in on each side. If I move it forward a few inches (like shown below) then I think it looks good in the front but still looks too narrow on the sides. Looks like I'm back to square one.
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