Gridlife Topeka 2021

It’s been a while since updating – after getting the podium in Chicago, I took a short hiatus from racing/car related activities. As the 8/8 track day with Chin quickly approached however, I started getting the car ready, until disaster – another issue with the Evo. The car just felt like it was not running…

Gridlife Chicago 2021 – and a Podium!

A crazy comeback this week led to a podium at Autobahn Country Club, for the Grid Life Chicago event. Rewinding 2 weeks, I had to deliver the Evo from ASM to RS Motors, as the latter had an OEM shortblock assembled and ready to go, if it had to come to that. It did have…

Gingerman and a Blown 4G63

Been dragging my feet on this post for a bit. The Evo recently blew at Gingerman Raceway, and we’ve been running around trying to fix it ever since. Now that it has been fixed, a short debrief: I had Tom take a quick spin in the car at Gingerman, and after a quick hotlap something…

12k Springs (Evo)

First mid-season tweak – I’m bumping from 11k rear springs to 12k rear springs, and dropping the rear bar back to soft. I was a little hesitant, this thing can already be a handful in the cold, but the car still can be a little pushy on a hot track. I left the preload and…

70% Windshield Tint (Evo, Sequoia)

New 70% windshield tints for both the Evo and the Sequoia. The Sequoia I did because of all the long hauling planned in the car. Windshield tinting makes it easier on the eyes, especially after lasik. I don’t really like wearing sunglasses over long hauls, so windshield tinting has always been a go-to for my…

GL NCM 2021

Here we go, first competition weekend of 2021. The Evo has continued to perform flawlessly lap after lap, track day after track day – thank God. The car continued that trend through day 1 of the Grid Life competition. Back to NCM, where I was 2 weeks ago to learn the track and get some…

ATS Front Differential Adjustment

The stock ATS front differential comes with 30-40kgm of preload – this is a lot of preload. A big part of why they are able to get away with it is due to their carbon disks, which allow for smooth engagement even with a lot of preload. This works great in the rear diff, but…

PST NCM 04042021

First off, let’s get the big stuff out of the way. Just as I set off for home after the track day, disaster struck – one of my Falkens, the rear left, started to delaminate on the outer edge, showing its cords. I drove to this event in the Evo with the Prius as a…

Resonated Test Pipe (Evo)

New part on the Evo today – early enough (just one autocross) that I’m considering it a pre-season mod. I replaced my 100 cell cat for a resonated test pipe. From the pics, it’s clear this will be a huge improvement in flow. Additionally, cars that run high ZDDP oil eat cats anyway. The pic…

CCSCC 03282021 (Evo)

I had a great start to the 2021 season in my Evo. The Sequoia is temporarily out of commission, meaning I had to drive the Evo up and down for the event – a nice call back to the pre-trailering days. I looked back at the archive to see when I last did a CCSCC…