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Hmm thank you for that. Sounds like I’ll have to install a sensor for oil temperature after all then. Would prefer to run it to the HKS oil cooler sandwich plate, though have read it’s more accurate direct to the oil pan.

Hoping to avoid that as don’t want to sacrifice the convenience of the Fumoto drain valve, 😂.

Well at least I won’t have to run an oil pressure sensor, so that’s a plus. ;)


Umm... I'd love to know how the ECU is determining oil temp without an input. Can you get an explanation on that? Cause I believe you are being lead astray...
Unfortunately it doesn’t read OilT. It does however read OilP. The AIM Solo 2 DL uses the FK2 profile and that data stream is erroneous. I found that it was actually reading fuel temp instead of OilT





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Completed a fun track day at Big Willow Sunday 2/21/21 with the Alfa Romeo Club of Southern California. They run a nice relaxed event. Red was my previous speed on sections of the track vs Blue yesterday.

Consider it successful because:
  • Set a PB of 1:34.503 shaving 4.29 seconds off my previous best of 1:38.793 :cool:
  • Motec tune held up no issues. Could definitely feel the WOT difference from stock. Top speed down the main straight reached 136 mph. Had trouble getting to 120 before. :headbang:
  • Cooling was no issue as temps never moved off normal, despite the increase in power. That said, Big Willow is a fast track with plenty of high speed runs and temps were cool reaching a high of just 61F. Investment in cooling mods seems to be worth the $$$.
  • Gyrodisc rotors and SS pads held up great and the stopping power inspired me to hold speed longer and use the brakes later and harder. Imagine their track pad stopping power would be insane, though would wear the rotors much faster.
  • A052 tires survived a 2nd outing without getting chorded. Grip was amazing but became abit greasy towards the end of the 2nd session and remainder. The track alignment and slight negative camber helped the car maintain speed in the turns and boosted confidence to push the car faster.
  • Didn’t go off track this time 😂
My buddy and fellow CW type R owner Jay shot THIS VIDEO of me overtaking a Miata (after a delayed point by), coming around turn 8 and 9, then punching it down the main straight. Can hear the HKS BOV at the 0:48 mark. 😆


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Was hanging tough with my friend Steve’s 650HP 2019 Corvette and Mario’s 2017 Acura NSX in the advanced group. Never lost sight of them.


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Despite a 300+ HP disadvantage, being lighter, gained ground on turns and by holding speed longer before braking. My buddy Steve dropped his time to 1:32 during session (3). My times degraded as the tires wore out. I think A052’s are only good for (2) track days plus some daily driving.


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Had fun chasing Mario’s 2017 NSX. Passed him once then he overtook me. Check out that bitchin wing. The car has maybe 1” of ground clearance. Wish I had taken pix of the front. Next time. ;)


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Both Steve and Mario were elevated to group L due to their weight and power level which left me as the top dog in group M.


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And was given a medal for group M at the end of the day. 🥲

Got lucky though. Didn’t know for time trial, only laps during the final session count. The (3) previous go arounds were just warmup. By the end of the day most cars had left and I won with a pedestrian 1:39 😆


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Stopped for gas before heading home and as luck would have it, an Alpine Stars truck pulled in on the other side of the gas pump. Showed the driver I was rocking their driving gloves and the dude gifted me some swag in the form of an Alpine Stars baseball cap then took a pic of me in front of the truck. 😂

All in all, was a really fun outing. Looking forward to going again. Feel like my driver mod is improving and would like to attack Big Willow in the near future with a fresh set of tires.
 
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From my track buddy Steve (2019 Corvette):

Here's some footage of the Time Trial Race practice sessions with the Alfa Club:

Time Trial Race Day at Big Willow - YouTube

Roy is driving his 2018 Cadillac ATS-V with his stock tires as his track tires were out of stock. Both Tom and Roy were in the same class.

Tom won first place in his class with his Tuned Civic Type R achieving a 1:34 in the practice sessions, only 2 seconds off of Randy Pobst time:

2020 Honda Civic Type-R | Tire Rack's Hot Laps With Randy Pobst | MotorTrend - YouTube

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Can see me for the first 2:17 of the footage, then Steve blows past me. Didn’t know his car could hit 150+ mph on the straight, dayum!!

But he did capture me passing Roy in his Cadillac and Mario in the NSX before surrendering the pole position 😆

Even though Steve’s Corvette smoked me on the straight, kept up with him and Mario’s NSX the rest of the way, never falling too far behind ;)

In regards to Randy Pobst, please keep in mind, he did his 1:32 stock on 18” A052s in 105F while I have significant upgrades vs the 2020 he piloted. I’m nowhere near that legend. Would be awesome to see what he could log in my car. :bow:
 
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For anyone old enough to remember the phrase “When E.F. Hutton speaks.... People listen.....”

That’s how I feel about @Lust when it comes to suggestions to improve our Type Rs for track duty. :bow:

Have followed several recommendations and they’ve all been money!
  • PWR race radiator (same as C&R)
  • C&R oil cooler core HKS upgrade
  • RV6 suspension gear (still waiting to install)
  • Vented hood and grill
Throw in a hard lagged Dream Automotive down pipe, turbo oil clamshell heat shield, Acuity hoses and the car seems good cooling wise. Especially after tracking full sessions at Streets of Willow in 103F over summer with the water temp gauge holding steady around 60%.

That said, car is now tuned and maybe not pushed hard enough, being the track n00b that I am. 😆

In case extra cooling is needed, nabbed these latest offerings from Dream Automotive after @Lust made me aware they were available:


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Hard lagged water pipe and a turbo heat shield. Also picked up a Spoon magnetic drain bolt to cycle between oil changes.


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As mentioned previously the insulation is rated to 1200F and Dream claims it will decrease temps from 1000F down to 200F.


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Assumed the turbo heat shield was just going to be cladding, but pleasantly surprised to see it’s the same hard lagging material that’s on their downpipe and water pipe. :headbang:


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Hope to find time to install before summer hits, am eager to see if it results in water temps lower than 60% under severe ambient conditions.

Looks to be a somewhat involved undertaking... thinking it will require pulling the turbo, inlet tube, downpipe and draining the radiator, among other things, to get the job done. 😯
 
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Sorry Hermano, got plans for em! These puppies will likely to become end tables for the man cave...Maybe similar to these, so it won’t be a total loss, haha
ive been wanting to do this for my living room for awhile but finding the right wheel is a pain...

also i know the post is older but i always loose track of this thread and was catching up lol
 
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Uploaded raw unedited video of our recent track day 2nd session at Big Willow, which my buddy Steve shared today:

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It's superior to the prior video, as it really captures what its like on track and shows what's happening in his rear view. Can see my car hanging tough after getting blown by on the straight heading into turn 1. Definitely my best driving performance to date, heh.:drive:

As mentioned, Steve and the red NSX clocked 133.9's and I got a PB 134.5 during this session. Nice recovery early on by Steve after losing traction on cold tires. Also captures the NSX understeering at speed and going off track briefly at the exit of turn 2, just like I did awhile back. Fortunately didn't miss beat and didn't sustain any damage. Could have easily gone bad. Whew.

Please take a look if track driving is of interest. Preferably full screen and volume up ;)
 
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Have grown to prefer the look of Carbon mirror caps over OEM white, however found double sided tape isn’t strong enough by itself to avoid this edge from lifting... which bothers an OCD supremo like me. :doh:


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Ordered some of this double sided tape from Michael’s. Couldn’t find it in stock at any of the local stores so got it online. It’s pretty strong and thin.


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Michael’s tape applied in place of the previous 3M tape.


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Did a test fit then peeled the backing.


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Figured the new tape still wouldn’t be enough to resolve the corner lift separation issue, so applied some gorilla glue to the problem area.


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This much.


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Then pressed on the mirror cap and applied pressure to the glued area. Wiped off any excess that extruded past the edge.


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Wrapped both mirror caps with numerous wraps of painter’s tape to hold them in place while the glue cured.


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Carbon Zone Poland mirror caps re-installed to my liking. Opted not to glue the entire thing and stay with tape in case they ever need to be removed or replaced in the future. ;)
 
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My buddy @boosted180sx gave a heads up Dream Automotive shared Eventuri is recalling their carbon fiber turbo inlet tubes, due to some reported stress failures under extreme high HP applications. :oops:


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Reached out to Evasive Motorsports. They checked with Eventuri and it looks like a replacement should arrive in 4-6 weeks time. Haven’t experienced any issues other than one of the bolts referenced worked it’s way loose a couple times so reinstalled with Loctite.. so not overly concerned, but will install when the hard lagged water pipe and turbo shield go on.
 
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Noticed the EZ Carlift developed a slow oil leak on the slave gearbox a few months back. Boytcho Manev provided disassembly instructions to send for warranty repair. Sent both for good measure.

@Topsportsman916 and @bouford are EZ Carlift users I’m aware of, so may only be of interest to them and anyone considering one. :)


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First detached the ramp extensions.


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Started with the lift assembled in fully retracted position.


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Then pulled the crossbeams.


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Removed these (4) Allen screws.


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Then flipped both ramps upside down.


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Removed the ramp extension base brackets.


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Otherwise they stop and prevent disassembly.


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With all fasteners removed, gently slid the gearbox assembly apart.


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Like this.


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Was careful not to damage the white plastic rail guides.


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Pulled the guides per instructions.


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Then used a 14mm socket, extension and ratchet to remove these bolts on both sides.


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Had trouble getting this one out...and here’s why.. it’s bent. Enough so the brass bushing can t come off and was deformed a little. 😮 Boytcho will provide bushing replacements as needed. Just (1) so far...


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Removed these bolts also.


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Like this.


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Found they were also bent. Just not as bad.


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Noted the number of threads showing on the aluminum safety nut and threaded bushing... so can put back to the same spot when time to reassemble.


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Then unthreaded and set them aside.


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Forgot to take a pic if the gearbox assembly removed. But this is what it looked like. Packed and shipped the gearboxes to Boytcho. God speed my preciousssesss!!


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Nearly every bolt removed was bent. :oops: Will replace with stronger grade B7s.


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Asked Boytcho why this occurred and he said the manual calls for a minimum clearance of 1” before any engagement occurs. Otherwise the EZ Carlift operates at a leverage disadvantage when forces are strongest to overcome. The bent bolts are a result.

Of course, I didn’t read that part and have repeatedly operated the lift @stock height, as shown above and the clearance was insufficient. :doh:

Solution: after replacing all bolts with stronger B7s, drive the car onto 1” x 6” pieces of wood, then slide the EZ Carlift under so it can do its job with the proper 1” minimum clearance and leverage, when using.
 
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