New Track Sensors Setup

Decided it was time to retire all the Panavise mounts I’ve been using – as phones have been getting bigger and longer in size, the Panvise has been more and more unstable in actually keeping my phone in place. I got the Ram mount for the phone holder, and a new GPS unit – the…

SCCA PDX 08232019 – Autobahn South

After 2.5mo hiatus, back on the track at Autobahn Country Club South. A good number of minor tweaks were made to the car, and some significant driving changes for me.With picture perfect weather, I was really looking forward to seeing what I could run in the car. I set a rough goal of a 1:40,…

Evo Project: Quiet Exhaust pt. 2

One of the things that had been bothering me when I left off with the final exhaust setup was how the muffler was angled – this was due to the shop not wanting to take the time to fab up the piping necessary to get the muffler flat. I decided to buy some mandrel bent…

Rebuilt Brembo Calipers (Evo)

Had the Brembos rebuilt for the Evo, initially to replace and see if any softness was due to the calipers/condition of them. There were a few minor leaks on the backs of the calipers from the lines as well, and it turned out driver’s side caliper was leaking, looks to be a torn piston seal.…

QLM Recall/Maint Week 2019

Prius Hybrid System 8/8/19 (120,000) Evo Airbag recall (final) 8/9/19 (40,050) Clearbra redone – yellowing covered under warranty from Clear Auto Bra & XPEL’s 10 year. There were some concerns that paint would peel off, but for factory paint this is apparently not really an issue M3 Blower motor wiring 8/12/19 Positive battery terminal 8/12/19…

STL Solo Novice School 07282019 (Evo)

Taught at the annual novice school again for 2019, with the expectation that I would be able to get in a few runs for testing and tuning the Evo’s new ACD map and making sure the brakes were working as desired. Unfortunately, this was cut short due to the Evo blowing off an intercooler piping…

Girodisc Rotors (X Front, 8/9 Rear)

Just purchased and mounted new 2-piece Girodisc rotors for both the front and rear. This replaces my old DBA5000 front & DBA4000 rear setup. These are super-light high-end 2-piece rotors that look great and decent amounts of weight. While the previous DBA set I have still has tons of life, I was planning on making…

EGR Block-off Plate (Evo)

Thanks to focusing on an in-car camera for the Evo’s events, I was able to notice that the CEL was flashing at various points in the upper RPMs during my track days, and even during autox. My tune is programmed such that the CEL will flash if the car knocks. Speaking with the tuner, he…

BSCC 2019-3 07142019

After a near 3 month hiatus, had my 3rd autox of 2019. Given that I am still making tweaks with the Evo, I decided to run it again. Since the last autox, I switched from 10k rear springs to 11k, and flipped the rear bar back to soft. This was to give me the rotation…

New Custom Endlinks (Evo)

Was having some clunking issues with my whiteline endlinks in the front and rear – as much as I tightened up the rears, the endlinks would randomly clunk over small vibrations on the road – really minor and not that loud, but enough to drive me crazy. The fronts only clunk under heavy load in…