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#1 GINASQ

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 12:02 PM

I'm buying a flatty soon. I don't have any use for it. I want to use it for autocross and roadcourse at Fontana and Buttonwillow.

The car is a stock 87 non-intercooled flatty. The maintenance is up to par. I was thinking I should throw on a stock intercooler, a good set of pads, and rotors. I'm not trying to be competitive just want cheap fun without a bunch of "because racecar" mods. I do want to keep it mostly original or reversible mods. I'll probably sell the car at the end of the year.

What sort of flatty weak spots should I concern myself with?
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:49 AM

You haven't bought the car yet?   You are asking what modifications to do?   But you are planning on selling this car in 8 months?

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:35 AM

I'm sorry, is planning ahead a bad thing?
To answer your questions: Yes, yes, and yes.

Thanks for the help and insightful post.
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:02 AM

Suspension (coilovers, swaybars and poly bushings), brakes and race it :)
Probably a good call to put an intercooler in there since it will be under boost most of the time. Other than that just go over everything and change all fluids/lube it all up.
Since you plan to autocross it be careful what you do or it will bump you into a class that you have no chance at being competitive in.Think racing against modified miatas and BMW roadsters. Not that it matters really. It's all for the fun of it!
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:48 AM

Thanks psu. I'm definately not looking to be competitive in this car. The autocross competition here is pretty serious. I'm not miata/m3/porsche/corvette enough for all that! At least, not until I get my Cayman S. I was hoping to find simple shocks, springs, and swaybars but man flatty market is skinny!
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:32 PM

This might fly in the face of the normal thoughts but I'd almost suggest not changing your sway bars if you do stiffer springs or coilovers. Even more so if you lighten the car be a fair bit. I'm still running stock diameter sway bars in my car and I haven't yet seen a reason to bump up the size.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 03:50 PM

Not going to lighten it to be honest. And definitely not going coilovers before my conquest gets them lol. Just don't want it to be noodling around overheating.
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:41 PM

View PostGINASQ, on 18 April 2017 - 03:50 PM, said:

Not going to lighten it to be honest. And definitely not going coilovers before my conquest gets them lol. Just don't want it to be noodling around overheating.

Fair enough lol. Well ok, then my suggestions are this...

* 240sx aluminum radiator ($120.00)
* electric fans if it has the clutch fan ($60.00)
* cheap bar/plate intercooler ($100.00)
* Basic maintenance stuff (priceless)

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:24 PM

View Postspeedyquest, on 19 April 2017 - 03:41 PM, said:



Fair enough lol. Well ok, then my suggestions are this...

* 240sx aluminum radiator ($120.00)
* electric fans if it has the clutch fan ($60.00)
* cheap bar/plate intercooler ($100.00)
* Basic maintenance stuff (priceless)


I appreciate your help. Thanks
-James

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:53 AM

Agree with Speedy, cooling system is probably the best place to spend the money.

Maybe also free mods like:
>Manual switches for the fan relays so you can turn them on when you want to.
>Gutting the pre-cat
>2.25" piece of exhaust tubing inside the accordion pipe in front of turbo
>Decent tires
>Maybe a set of 7" and 8" widebody wheels

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:30 AM

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