After going to a few J-spec Pukekohe trackdays, I have found that our car(whilst definatly being set up for drift) is struggling very hard to get through the corners without drifting. Through the Sweeper(First corner on the racetrack) I am just able to hit 150k’s with average street tyres and a drift alignment. Went out in a factory Honda Integra Type R(with a few small engine modifications and Semi-Slick tyres) and he was hitting the corner at over 180kph. So to stop getting eaten through the corners we bought some 240/625/17 Dunlop Slicks and a set of 17×9 +18 Wheels to run them on.
Another big problem was braking. The factory 4 pot 280mm front disk, single pot rear brake(with piston handbrake) just wasn’t doing the job! For Starters when pulling the handbrake up to initiate a drift, the piston brake does not fully lock up both wheels instantly and is unreliable. The last couple of drift days we have been to it has been stretching the cable due to the amount of force you have to put through the cable to get it to lock up the rear wheels! On grip days I am having to brake 50m behind the racecars to stop in time for the hairpin at Pukekohe. So I am upgrading the brakes to the GTS25t R33 version of Brembo brakes for now. The 296mm Front disks/4 pot brakes with Endless brakepads(later upgrade to slotted rotors) and 2 pot rear calipers with the internal drum handbrake setup(locks up ALOT easier than the piston setup) will make for optimum braking! Have also got a set of braided brake lines to complete the package.
Have also bought a HKS GT-RS .64 rear housing turbo which should upgrade our overall power to well over 250kw. Making up a Garage H De-actuator rod (more detail on this product in the next post) and a few other bits before it is installed. Have also got a genuine Greddy intake plenum for it. Booked in for a tune on the 27th of April, so should have a super responsive, reliable and powerfull package ready for the up and coming competitions!
Nick has just finished modifying/painting the tyre rack(Garage H Wheel-E bar) will update with pictures as it all comes together. Looking at attending quite a few events in the next month, some include:
-25th April – Pukekohe Grip Trackday(Grip)
-1st May – Meremere Drift day(S-club Drift day)
-9th May - Meremere Drag day(Evolve Dray dray)
-22nd May – Pukekohe Drift day(Drift)
-29th May – Slipway Advanced Drift day(Drift)
Thanks to the following for helping us out:
-Precision Wheels, Zach your help in sorting us out with tyres to drift/grip/drag on is always apreciated, without you we would be drifting on nothing!
-Luxury Sports, Thanks Bruce and Ryan for your help in getting our car set up with quality parts, always appreciated!
-Garage H, The quality of Nicks engineering is never ending, your qualilty and Simons idea’s area a great combination!!!(3rd person ;P)