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Hank, thanks for all your writeups on your website! I just did the batteryminder connector on my car with the OEM battery. The included cables are barely long enough to reach the battery terminals and put the inline fuse inside the battery box. The RS is my daily, but I put a charger on the battery at least once a month to try make the battery last as long as possible. The writeup and photos took all the guesswork out of the install!
 

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Pictures along the way:
Autox 09/15/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Came in 2nd out of 44 drivers. Ended up 0.563 behind FTD.
  • (25) runs so far on my Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tires. Settled on 34F/20R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle
  • Front MCS shocks at 15 out of 18 clicks, and the rear at 9 out of 18 clicks.
  • Vehicle race weight = 3195 lb.
  • Fastest run was with a ~100 lb female passenger. Go figure.
  • Odometer passed 5400 miles today.
 

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Pictures along the way:
Autox 09/22/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Fastest Time of the Doorslammers (3rd in overall Raw time behind a double driver FSAE car from LSU. 1st in SM by 0.701 seconds.
  • Kept my Potenza RE-71R tires at ridiculously low 34F/20R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3240 lb (7/8 tank of fuel, no driver - certified scale).
  • Odometer maintained 5400 miles today (live 10 miles from the track).
  • Timing & Scoring officials measured my exhaust at 107 dB as I passed their tent.

 

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Pictures along the way:
Autox 10/12/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Fastest Time of the Day by 0.066 seconds. 1st in SM by 2.623 seconds.
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/20R tire pressures hot. A little squirmy in the rear. Will try 22 psi. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3220 lb (5/8 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • Odometer 5475 miles today. Trailered my RS to the event (1st time with new truck).
 

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Discussion Starter #346
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Autox 10/13/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Fastest Time of the Doorslammers (2nd in overall Raw time behind one of the 2 FSAE cars from LSU. 1st in SM by 2.612 seconds.
  • Actually got into 3rd gear in the slalom before the finish. I think this is the first time ever in the RS for that.
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. No squirm. :) -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3200 lb (1/2 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • Odometer 5488 miles today. Trailered my RS to the event.
 

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Towing Setup 10/12/19. More information here.

Notes:
  • 2017 Ford F150 Supercrew XLT FX4
  • 5 liter V8, 6-speed auto, 3.31 rear, 4wd with locking rear diff, 36 gallon fuel tank, blind spot monitoring, tow package
  • Folding bed cover (previous owner installed), Spray-in bedliner, Ford Performance oil catch can
  • LT295/60/R20 Nitto Trail Grapplers M/T (previous owner installed)
  • Timbren Rear Axle SES Suspension Upgrade
  • Weigh Safe 6 inch drop steel hitch with tongue weight scale
  • Mac's Pro Pack Premium Tie Down Strap Kit
  • Trailer owned by my friend. May purchase Aluma tilt in 1Q2020?







 

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Discussion Starter #348
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Autox 10/20/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Fastest Time of the Day out of 18 drivers by 0.649 seconds. 1st in SM by 5.200 seconds.
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
    • 51 runs so far on these tires. Will flip them side to side before the 10/27/19 race.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3190 lb (1/4 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • Odometer 5490 miles today. Trailered my RS to the event (~4 hours each way).
  • First time at this venue. Rained the night before. Track dried out for the afternoon heat.
  • No GoPro footage on this one. I left it in the truck and it was too far away to get. Quick heats to beat the rain again. :(
 

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Wow that's awesome. I'm running the rotora discs just like you but I feel I overheat the pads on tight circuits. Are your discs discoloured around the bobbins? Mine had crazy hum after the track day which has slowly gone away.
 

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Wow that's awesome. I'm running the rotora discs just like you but I feel I overheat the pads on tight circuits. Are your discs discoloured around the bobbins? Mine had crazy hum after the track day which has slowly gone away.
I only autocross my RS at the moment. Very short runs (30-40 seconds, 6-8 times per day). No discoloration at all.
 

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Autox 10/27/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Fastest Time of the Day out of 39 drivers by 0.494 seconds. 1st in SM by 0.494 seconds.
  • Top (2) raw times were by me and my buddy in our Focus RS's. What a day!
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3200 lb (3/8 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • Dismounted/Flipped my RE-71R tires side to side before this event (at 51 runs to-date). Now at 57 runs.
  • Odometer 5520 miles today. Drove to the event (10 miles from home).
My best run:

Top/bottom best run comparison with 2nd place RS:
 

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Discussion Starter #355
Pictures along the way:
Autox 11/16/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Out of 20 drivers I came in 2nd place by 0.353 seconds. 1st in SM by 4.418 seconds.
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3200 lb (3/8 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • RE-71R tires have 65 runs on them to-date.
  • Odometer 5540 miles today. Trailered my RS to the event.
My best run:
 

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Autox 11/17/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Out of 27 drivers I came in 3rd place just 0.395 seconds behind FTD. 1st in SM by 4.668 seconds.
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3190 lb (1/4 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • RE-71R tires have 73 runs on them to-date.
  • Odometer 5550 miles today. Trailered my RS to the event.
My best run:
 

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Autox 11/24/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Fastest Time of the Day out of 46 drivers by 0.878 seconds. 1st in SM by 1.163 seconds. Even beat the Jr cart driver. ;)
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3200 lb (3/8 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • RE-71R tires are now at 79 runs.
  • Odometer 5560 miles today. Drove to the event (10 miles from home).
My best run:
 

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Pictures along the way:
Autox 12/01/19 Results. More information here.

Notes:
  • Fastest Time of the Day out of 39 drivers by 1.063 seconds. 1st in SM by 1.401 seconds.
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3240 lb (3/4 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • RE-71R tires are now at 85 runs.
  • Odometer 5570 miles today. Trailered my RS to the event.
My best run:
 

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Pictures along the way:
Autox 12/15/19 Results. More information here.
New video format: Race Render with GoPro + Cobb AP Data. Let me know if it's better than the old format.

Notes:
  • Out of 69 drivers I was 5th fastest in Raw time. Very close competition today. 1st in SM by 0.347 seconds.
  • Potenza RE-71R tires at 34F/22R tire pressures hot. -3.1F/-2.9R camber. Zero toe F/R.
  • Rear sway bar = firm. Front sway bar = middle.
  • Front shocks = 3 from firm. Rear shocks = 9 from firm (half way).
  • Vehicle race weight = 3200 lb (3/8 tank of fuel, no driver).
  • RE-71R tires are now at 91 runs.
  • Odometer 5580 miles today. Trailered my RS to the event.
My best run:
 

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@Hank , why have the suspension settings changed so drastically on the compression side of the fronts? I ask due to you being very close to closed which will always create very severe spiking in the transitional phase of low speed damping to main piston flow in the shim stack. The MCS system you use has an internal free bleed low speed parabolic designed needle for flow restraints, all pressure after flow choke bypasses to main. I dont know for sure whether they use asymmetrical valves( i hope they do) whereas again we have an issue when low speed rebound is needed as the same free bleed does both function on most dampers. Sorry suspension dork and always wanna know info. lol
 
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