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Curious what other people do to prepare their track car for the season, next track day and general maintenance due to the demand we place on our cars.

Evora and Exige have a "what did you do" page so I figured what the hell. Im curious to see if I am doing enough, to little or overdoing it. What techniques are used to prepare our cars, what you found etc.......

Feel free to post pictures, checklists you may use, anything related to track cars.

You never know what you are missing or not doing. :shrug:
 

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i decided to check if there was anymore damage from my off the last time i was on track.

found a bent wishbone and a cracked steering rack.



For maintenance i would recommend a full nut and bolt check of all the suspension components, then the usual wear and tear checks on brakes and tyres
 

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I like the S111 checklist from here http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101/sector111-maintenance-thread-109039/ , because it lists the torque for each suspension bolt in one handy place where I can check it off and make sure I didn't forget a side. I check all of the suspension torques while I swap out my street wheels before heading to the track. This also gives me the opportunity to catch stuff like that scary bent control arm!

So far I do an oil change and brake bleed every 2 track days and a full brake fluid flush twice a year, more if the fluid looks bad. I'm generally too light on the brakes so my pads, rotors, and fluid don't seem to take abuse the way some (faster) drivers' do.

I haven't done the transmission fluid since last year so I will probably do it again before it warms up this year.

After last track day I had some toe wear (feathering) on my front tires, so I'm going to get another alignment done. I suspect the alignment I did after installing my DSBrace wasn't as good as it should have been, plus my drive to and from the track involves AWFUL construction bumps so I think an alignment once a year isn't unreasonable.
 

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So it was 73 deg. today and im sick of winter, have done 1 Chumpcar race this year and eagerly awaiting track season. So far have signed up for Sebring in Mar. and Barber in April.



Decided to pull the pans off the Exige and do some inspecting, plus it seems like they always need cleaning. Checked what I could see of the exhaust system not wrapped. Checked the serpentine belt. Checked the CV boots for wear. Checked for oil leaks. Checked all coolant lines for chafing and weak points. Also General condition and security (nut and bolt).

Oil Pressure gauge quit halfway thru last DE of year. Found that problem!


Plugs have 1 DE on them, I replace copper every 3. Oil and filter have 1 track day and 3 Autox, I replace every 2 DE's. Gearbox lube has 1 DE and I replace every 3. Catch cans were emptied, got about a tablespoon.

Installed a Charge Bug too! Looks like a mess going to my battery but I have the Battery Tender, Coolshirt, Charge Bug and Terminals. The coolshirt and tender are fused so you see all of that too!
 

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Great idea for a thread. Might get me motivated too.

I walked by, looked at the bits of car and tools I laid near her at season's end. Figured it would make sense to have the wheels/tires rebalanced. They pick up so much rubber it throws them off balance quickly.
 

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Great idea for a thread. Might get me motivated too.
Figured I would post something better than my usual goofball **** Bob. Been working my tail off lately and have not had much motivation to do anything either. Felt nice to get some tools in my hands for once it was actually relaxing and kept my mind off work........
 

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You might want to move that oil pressure transducer off the engine and on to the firewall (connected by a 1/4" braided line), the way you've got it there are two, possibly three failure modes. You've experienced one (broken wire), the next is sensor failure due to vibration, the third is fatigue and breakage of the sensor base.
I've experienced #1 and #2 , then I relocated it. If it were one of those very small bodied solid state sensors it would be a different story but those canister type are trouble in that location.
 

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Bump.
 

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while my elise isnt a dedicated track car, i do track the car ~4-6 times a year.

Planning on working on replacing the radiator with a PRORad, stainless steel brake lines, and blower motor resistor mod with Corvus this weekend.

Going to be replacing pads with R4-S as well as doing the clutchstop mod later in a few weeks
 

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I just bought a REV400 and all the extra goodies. Clam comes off next week!
 

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I built and installed a new gearbox with one extra gear :D.




Thanks for the post.................And I hate you!

I am in transmission hell at the moment!
 

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Simple trick but I like to mark nuts (No, the Lotus ones!) with varnish (here red) for peace of mind during next time I just check things around on my suspension parts. There are special products out there... I have heard using nail varnish works well. If you want to have a finer mark (like on toe lock nuts - not present on the image below) you can get at the hobby store a special sharpie called "oil based paint"... it has a white body and when you shake it you will hear a ball moving inside the pen body... works really well on metal.

Other than that I try to adjust my intervals for engine and transmission oil in number of DE days... Have engine around 6 to 8 days or 3 to 4 week ends (but not happy about not being able to change the volume trapped in oil lines and coolers... working on a solution for that... will share when it works - idea is to push new oil in thus flushing the old oil but tricky to undo the lines from oil filter base and also not introduce air in the lines). For the transmission fluid I did not like the amount of grey stuff contained in the fluid last I changed after 6 week ends... will change this time after 3 and see if looks better.

Another trick... I have the stock drilled brake disks and I have noticed the holes easily get clogged with pads dust so when I swap my track to street wheels I take a look and quickly use my shop vac to unclog the holes... feel like it takes less time to do it than it would to assess whether it is worth doing or not... I know these holes help with eliminating gases produced during braking and keep pads surfaces "neater"... just feels right to keep them unclogged.

This is all I have for now :D
 

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BOE Blkack series motor, Dry sump, Quaife overhaul, all should be ready by May :)
 

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BOE Blkack series motor, Dry sump, Quaife overhaul, all should be ready by May :)
Just done the same .. but added in the REV400 ... its unbelievvvvvvvable !!!
Night and day to the OEM ... you will love it .
I still have few HP to claim ... when I can get the right fuel... so thats a bit scary as its bloody quick now .
 

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Do you do anything special with tire pressure at the beginning of a track day? Do you leave them on regular OEM recommended pressure or do you deflate them a bit? I have my first track day with my Evora S scheduled on next week. Thanks.
 

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What did you do to your track car today? Got back home from WGI last night. Parked the car in the garage. Everything looks good. Looking for my next FIX :D Any suggestions? :scratchhead:
 

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Just done the same .. but added in the REV400 ... its unbelievvvvvvvable !!!

Night and day to the OEM ... you will love it .

I still have few HP to claim ... when I can get the right fuel... so thats a bit scary as its bloody quick now .

I can vouch for this car being bloody quick! A decent driver helps though doesn't it Barry ;)


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