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  1. The strings are a box around the vehicle. You don't really need to be centered but you do need to be perpendicular to the front/rear, which often ends up referencing a body panel or a crossmember. This is a good example of the work involved, https://www.turnology.com/features/easy-accurate-inexpensive-do-it-yourself-vehicle-alignment/. It looks more complicated than it is to do. You can also do the same thing with jack stands and fishing line but that takes a little longer to get setup. There are a number of videos on youtube that show how to do it various ways.
  2. The easiest alignment system I've found are strings. If you take some time and make a simple jig the is centered on the car these are easy to setup and use. If you don't need to worry about the car being squared up toe plates where you use two tape measures are also a good choice. But whatever you do will require access to the adjusters. The trickest system I ever saw was from Riley & Scott on a world challenge touring car. They had rods they screwed into receptacles on the frame. The had a laser and a target on the same end and on the opposite end you'd mount a mirror to the their setup wheels, which in this case were a special set of tires that were never used mounted on modified wheels that allow attachment of the mirror. The laser would shoot down the side of the car parallel to the frame and bounce off the mirror and back to the target. Accuracy was claimed at one tenth of a degree according to one of the mechanics I chatted with. He even let me inside the pen for a closer look. I like to go to the pro races and watch the top teams when they do boring things like basic maintenance. Setup wheels are used a lot and often while sitting on scales. You have much better access to all the adjusters and can do easier brake maintenance, ride heights, and so on. For most of us this would be a shop only item to use.
  3. Mine all cracked in the bend. The bolts into the body were still tight and a cursory visual inspection missed it until I pulled the diff and it was plain as day. I mostly had problems with the right side. Another SCCA EP car a friend has had similar handling issues so we looked closely and his plates had been cracked too. Same spot also on the right side.
  4. Hi Luigi, it allows the strut another axis of movement that isn't putting bind on the strut insert. If you have stock rubber bushings those probably allow enough movement this doesn't matter. WHen you take apart the rear struts and try to line them back up to go on the upper mount you often see how small changes to the pickup points (toe/camber) make it really hard to get back where it needs to go. The stiffer you make the bushings (poly, rod ends, or sphericals) there's less give needed to follow the path laid out by the upper mounts. There's a lot of good info in the suspension section stickies that discusses in deeper detail. I'd recommend the brace for any V8 or higher powered street car. Years ago I was sitting in a friends V8 car and he tells me to watch the tire from the side mirror. He proceeds to power brake and I see the rear tires toe out and not a small amount. Even on a lower powered car if you corner really hard I'd expect this isn't helpful. The brace helps to reduce this.
  5. What you want to do for the rear brace is triangulate the lower pickup point with the rear diff stud (orange line). Somewhere I have a picture of this but I can't find it so I used a random image that's in my downloads folder. Not my car or a friends in case you're wondering. Some company in the UK that does rebuilds. Another item to add to your list are toe-link rear arms if you don't already have them. This helps reduce side loads on the strut from alignment changes, which reduces friction. On my street car I've been looking at a bracket that bolts under the normal spindle pin location that allows a control arm using rod ends to be mounted in double shear. And that's lead to more rat holes and I think I'm leaning towards a fabricating housing that uses nothing Datsun on the outer end to keep costs down. Somewhat similar to the Apex Engineering stuff but different outer mounting and a simple bolt-on hub assembly. Other easy items to think about. 1. Droop limiters 2. Hanging ARBs from rod ends (lowers friction) On the front you can do something similar to the yellow and orange lines in the attached image that helps stiffen the suspension mounting points. Rather than bolt things to the TC cup those could be welded and the tubes could mount as plates under the mount. They would stack and be bolted in a sandwich from the bottom. There's a lot of things you could do for engine bay bracing between the strut towers. BMW touring cars had this cool tubular structure that was connected to the strut towers, frame rales, and lower crossmember. It looks like a truss in the engine bay and you could easily hang your motor from it. That would allow you to ditch the normal motor mounts. And if you pick up the bellhousing with mounts you can get rid of the transmission mount. My old race car ran solid mounted this way and it worked really well. Hope that helps, Cary
  6. Time to move the radiator back to the hole you have there I'm sure you've probably already been thinking about that given some of the FB threads. Great to see all the updates. Two things I'd add in case they aren't done. Run a brace from your rear diff mount down to the transverse link, The will help flex that does lead to rear toe changes. Also make sure to inspect those two bits of medal as you have enough tire to crack them. I went through a few sets before adding the braces and never had a problem after. You also need to put bolts into the ebrake bracket that is on the strut. Those little threaded holes can lead to cracking the rear struts if you don't.
  7. Actually the benefit is a lot more than you might think, at least for a racing car. I did this with an old car of mine where I set the motor back so the 1st cylinder was on the axle centerline. To do this you need to cut into the firewall. Even moving the engine back to where it almost touches will give you some benefit. It's mostly on how fast the car will change direction. At the time we had a number of cars with identical mods and suspension tuning. The engine setback car was always quicker than the others. The advantage depended on the track design so if there were more changes of direction then it was a bigger gap. The total change for my car was about a half a percent of weight shift to the rear. All the easy things were already moved towards the rear axle. Once you've move all the easy parts to the back of the car then this can be looked at. Mine was a hack job at best (finishing someone else's project). The motor mounts were done using a flat plate that bolted to the block and allowed the motor mount to be moved a couple of inches. Similar thing done on the engine crossmember mount location. Sorry, photos have long since gone for all this. You do need to be mindful of the oil pump interfering with the front ARB. If you go far enough then you have the rack/crossmember to deal with. Hope this helps, Cary
  8. For panels that overlapped in my car that needed welding I've used a zinc based weld through primer. My only testing was on some metal I removed from the car, sanded down, sprayed with the weld through primer, and welded up. I left these outside for a couple of years. They had the usual surface rust but nothing major on the weld areas. This isn't much of a test but that's what I've done for overlaps. This will be for a race car that is mostly pampered and will only get wet in occasionally. What Ironhead describes seems to be how most of the OEMs do it now. You need somewhere for trapped water to go and use a lot of the new seam sealers. Ever take a new car apart and notice how much of that stuff is everywhere? OEMs aren't into spending money on things not needed so that's probably a good thing to follow. Hope this helps, Cary
  9. I'd recommend more than just the hoop change. Try sitting in the car with a helmet on and you may be hitting the upper halo bars. Those need to be much closer to the roof and often require a couple of bends to make it back to the main hoop. It's your money and this is one of those items you hope to never use but when you never know when you might.
  10. You've got it. At first it was for easy on/off when loading/unloading from the trailer. But it worked well when jumpings curbs, various offs, and occasional high angle track entry.
  11. I looked through my photos sure I had taken pictures of how we did this on a friends Z. Good thing we didn't bet on it because I would have lost. Every time I do this it's a little different. For just the splitter blade (flat piece, whatever we want to call it) we fabricated what was essentially a outdoor gate latch as the rear pivot and cables connected the to a frame that was mounted to the blade. This allowed you to lift up the front or side if it hit anything but still connect to provide downforce. As we had no idea if this would hold at 150 MPH the frame was very basic and light so if it folded under or came off it wouldn't hurt too much when ran over. To seal to the airdam edging material was going to be added that would mount outside of the bumper cover/airdam. At speed I figured the leakage would be minimal. My FP car had an airdam and one-piece front end (hood, fenders, grille) and separate airdam with floor (no splitter) that was reinforced with a metal frame. The front end was held down with hood pins that floated on springs so there was some movement allowed. The airdam had a frame behind it and that mounted to a tube that connected to the stock bumper bracket location. I used only the rear bolt hole and it was mounted so it would move up or down and there was a bracket that connected to where the stock hinges were that captured this tube. It was L shaped and the bottom limited the bumper bar from going down and there was an upper limiter on top that used a valve spring to keep some pressure on the tube in the downward location. I don't know if that was needed or not but I had seen a similar setup on a wrecked Ferrari challenge car. The used this for allowing splitter movement. The airdam mount was was tubing that slid over a pin and held in place by a spring clip. I had to be able to take it off to load and tie down the car. Previously it was all connected to the front and and couldn't be removed without much effort. My new car (if it's ever completed) will use a setup like almost all the current Trans-Am and GT1 cars do. That's a seperate frame that hold the splitter, airdam, radiator and front ducting that bolts up to the car. The lower connection is in a cup that allows it move forward to a degree but not rearward. So if ground a corner the body can lift up a limited amount or like loading on a trailer. Since this will replace the core support being able to remove the engine will be easier too. I don't know if the attached image will help or not. Happy to try and draw it out a little better. Cary
  12. When you blot up the tranny make sure to try the clutch fork with your hand. It should have a small amount of play before engaging. If you can move it a half inch or so the release bearing collar is too short. If the lever has no free play and you cannot move it then you probably have top long of a collar. I've screwed this up so many times over the years and finally came to my senses about checking up front. You can measure everything on the bench too and come to the same conclusion but I'd still try it by hand to make sure you don't have some other problem related to the fork.
  13. The one recommendation I have is to make the splitter frame movable. In the past I've used either hinge points or support rods that allow movement of the splitter blade upwards. As you have a rigid frame I'd make some provision for it move like this. It will also help if it grounds when you corner. This way you don't unload the corner weight when you really don't want that to happen. Your splitter life will be much longer this way.
  14. Not trying to be critical, but do you drive the Z like you do the Forrester? I noticed from your Forrester video that you turn the wheel into the corner and hold it for a long time. To be fast in a Z you need to get used to the rear of the car moving around a lot, especially when stock. The trick is to learn what's too much and what's just right. To someone that's never lapped a Z hard before this can feel like the car is going to kill you. You will be unwinding the wheel after turn in much faster in the Z. If you're not then it's like driving around with your foot on the brakes. It also helps to get the entry speed up, which looks lower across most of your data. Cary
  15. If you came here and can't find your posts it's because I have cleaned up this thread to remove recent comments that were making it shed worthy. Feel free to open a new thread around a different topic not related to weight loss. I can move those posts over if needed.
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