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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:41 am

Just a couple small updates to this "thing" that hasn't been touched for a little while.

Since my switch to manual windows the regulator handles stick out too much so... I tired messing with the plastic doorcards I made to push them out a bit but now it's starting to look like crap so it appears that I will be probably using Evo IV RS OE door cards.

My initial plan for the rear windows also changed. I wanted to get a one piece window cut from Lexan and fit it into the original rails (I don't want to rivet the windows to the outside of the door) and that has proven (using a template) to be basically impossible to fit without cutting the door apart.
I might scratch that and just solid mount the OE glass... or get two piece Lexan windows and fit them into the original rails that way.

I stripped all sorts of metal from my dashboard and test fitted that to see how well it will still hold - that was a success it will hold no problem so that's the route this part is going:
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The glove box area will be capped with some kind of material (likely plastic) and the stereo area will have the same.
The temp controls (up towards the top) and the clock/hazard light switch will be going back in as it all mounts to the dashboard itself and none of the metal framing that was there before.

And that's kind of it for now...
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:01 am

Not a super exciting post... that big chunk of what I thought was for AC cooling that I took out of the cabin actually holds the blower for the heater...

Sadness... that's going back in and it's heavy, but on a positive I figured out why my blower motor had only one speed and now my controls work again for intermediate speeds (I basically unplugged and tucked away a set of wires and forgot they existed).
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:44 pm

Finally got my windows done and mostly installed (still have to fab something to secure the window in up position).
3mm polycarbonate got them cut out at a shop (Plastic Plus LTD) in the city...

Situated in original rails (didn't want to rivet, and I like the OE look) and the main window has 2 positions. All the way up and all the way down.
I was considering installing rally style window vents (for releasing the cabin pressure at high speeds) but that's a bit pricey and budget is already full of stuff this year hence the up/down positions. For 2018 I'll probably get vents and perma mount the windows.

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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:20 pm

Also did a tire thing for this season.
This set is Hankook Ventus Z214 C71 (Soft compound).
No ideal for Castrol lapping but perfect from Knox from what I'm told (I got a used set with about 80% tread left)

225/45/17:

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The other set for this season will be another set of RE71Rs just wider 225/50/16, baaai 205 skinny tires.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby DoctorDave » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:38 am

I like those wheels! They really suit the car.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:30 am

DoctorDave wrote:I like those wheels! They really suit the car.


Thanks!
I was really hesitant on dumping money into bigger wheels (current setup was on 16"x6.5") but this opportunity came up with wheels and tires; and so it worked out that they also look decent = definite bonus there.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:36 am

This pre-season is just full of surprises.
Landed another set of 17" wheels with used R888s that should be good to finish the season.

This time, unintentionally, I got fancy Spoon Racing Regamaster wheels.
The setup is 17"x7" and I believe they are +45 (have to double check actually) with 215/45/17 R888s.

EDIT: The offset on these wheels is actually +35

This is mainly because went to order some RE71Rs at Costco and the size I wanted was not in stock and they couldn't tell me when/if it would be.
To get the RE71Rs in the size I wanted shipped from Tire Rack would have been an additional nearly 400$ dollars but again an opportunity presented itself and I jumped on the 17" wheel wagon for the full setup.

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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby SirSidewaystheThird » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:29 am

rox wrote:This pre-season is just full of surprises.
Landed another set of 17" wheels with used R888s that should be good to finish the season.

This time, unintentionally, I got fancy Spoon Racing Regamaster wheels.
The setup is 17"x7" and I believe they are +45 (have to double check actually) with 215/45/17 R888s.

This is mainly because went to order some RE71Rs at Costco and the size I wanted was not in stock and they couldn't tell me when/if it would be.
To get the RE71Rs in the size I wanted shipped from Tire Rack would have been an additional nearly 400$ dollars but again an opportunity presented itself and I jumped on the 17" wheel wagon for the full setup.

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Neat. I'm not a fan of the R888's, I like the 71R's much more, but they will last a long time for an R-comp.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:13 pm

SirSidewaystheThird wrote:Neat. I'm not a fan of the R888's, I like the 71R's much more, but they will last a long time for an R-comp.


I'll get to compare I guess between that and the RE71R... not sure what to expect.
But the price was right, and still wider and stickier than my previous setup so I'm assuming it should be ok-ish.

Still love the RE71Rs though that's for sure!
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby SirSidewaystheThird » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:46 pm

If the price is right, might as well!
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:40 am

Car got rollbarred (very quickly - I have to give mad props to my teammate cause he got this done in a very short period of time!).

Started out with this:
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Quickly turned into this:
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Now I get to clean, sand, and paint :)

The roll bar is built in such a way that if either of our cars requires a full cage it can be added to the existing structure.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby SirSidewaystheThird » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:27 am

Pretty slick! I assume you guys checked this, but those rear stays look pretty close to the legal angle.

Also, protip: paint it outside the car before you weld it down. Much less mess.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:02 am

SirSidewaystheThird wrote:Pretty slick! I assume you guys checked this, but those rear stays look pretty close to the legal angle.

Also, protip: paint it outside the car before you weld it down. Much less mess.


Yes, they are built very much to spec and the angles are all within limits.
We've been in contact with the Knox safety person through the whole process as well just to be sure cause basically we have two cars with nearly the exact spec on the roll bars (except mine needed to be slightly modified due to my seat/seating position) so screwing up wasn't really an option here.

And it's much too late to paint them outside because it's all welded in.
Not sure the method but I'm positive he had a good reason why he welded it all together inside the car - too much tech for me to really know.
I dropped car off and magic happened, that's all I know.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby SirSidewaystheThird » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:31 pm

And it's much too late to paint them outside because it's all welded in.


Well, y'know, good to know for next time :)
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:54 am

And theeeen, this happened:

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"Safety green", to match a TAKATA Racing style. More stuff is in the works regarding this one.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:46 pm

Harness is in!

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Some last maintenance items (CV boot has a crack in it):

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Almost ready... anything beyond these items is just "good to get done, time permitted":

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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby SirSidewaystheThird » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:23 pm

My memory is a little fuzzy, do they allow stock/non-FIA seats at Knox?
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:27 pm

SirSidewaystheThird wrote:My memory is a little fuzzy, do they allow stock/non-FIA seats at Knox?


Only for "upgraded" models.
The Recaros are considered an upgraded model and are thus allowed, and to be used with the harness. Checked with the safety inspector and I'm good to go.

As far as the rules go you could technically run (in SP) an old school seat without a headrest and mount your own headrest type device to the rollbar, or if a headrest is provided with a stock seat but is not one piece with the rest it would need to be bracket mounted to the roll bar. Don't quote me on these but that's how I understand it.

Either way, the rule is that stock seats on "upgraded models" are allowed. What the actual definition of upgraded model is I couldn't tell ya.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby majormojo » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:26 pm

Looking good, Marcin!
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:35 am

majormojo wrote:Looking good, Marcin!


Thanks Jim :)
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby colin3 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:43 pm

rox wrote:
majormojo wrote:Looking good, Marcin!


Thanks Jim :)

Yes, very pretty :)
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:16 am

colin3 wrote:
rox wrote:
majormojo wrote:Looking good, Marcin!


Thanks Jim :)

Yes, very pretty :)


Thanks :D
I should have all the livery done by next week (I hope) and hit the track on the 29th!
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby SirSidewaystheThird » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:03 am

rox wrote:Thanks :D
I should have all the livery done by next week (I hope) and hit the track on the 29th!


I'll be out for the 29th as well! Getting my FWD mojo on.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:33 am

SirSidewaystheThird wrote:
rox wrote:Thanks :D
I should have all the livery done by next week (I hope) and hit the track on the 29th!


I'll be out for the 29th as well! Getting my FWD mojo on.


Awesome man, we'll see you there!
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:55 am

Time goes by fast... car is mechanically ready but run out of hours to get the decals completed on time.
I'll be picking the car up tomorrow from the shop but it won't be 100% done.

In meantime though I had my Evo V spoiler painted (it was Silver, picked it up from a write off) and now I'll have a spoiler that actually does something (the blade is adjustable which is perfect). The design of the Evo IV spoiler didn't really do much (at least not the top of it).

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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:58 am

I suppose there is also the fact that the car is now on the Spoon Regamaster wheels.
I have pretty much retired the 16" wheels now (unless I have some emergency that I need to use them).

Absolutely love how it looks, totally different car now.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby majormojo » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:53 pm

Gas cap is missing.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby majormojo » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:00 pm

Gas cap is missing.
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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby rox » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:02 pm

majormojo wrote:Gas cap is missing.


Not sure what you mean? It's all there.

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Re: My Evo IV GSR to RS to some kind of race car

Postby majormojo » Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:26 pm

Oh you're right. No idea what I was thinking.
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