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Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross Yesterday, 09:39 AM
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Posted By Norm Peterson
Neat. I wonder if enough folks who've run...

Neat.

I wonder if enough folks who've run at Mid-Ohio or Gingerman would be interested in something similar (with the appropriate track outline) to make it worthwhile.


Norm
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross Yesterday, 09:34 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,906
Posted By Norm Peterson
Be extra diligent about inspecting them between...

Be extra diligent about inspecting them between sessions for any hint of cording.

Do you have any idea how much tread wear occurs over a single track day?

-1.5° front camber on a...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum Yesterday, 09:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,831
Posted By Norm Peterson
It may take the edge off your wife's concerns if...

It may take the edge off your wife's concerns if you get him to do a "Street Survival School" and few autocrosses before hitting the big tracks. Never mind that those low risk introductions to...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum Yesterday, 06:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 764
Posted By Norm Peterson
More understeer, though I don't know how much...

More understeer, though I don't know how much more.

This early in the game it could be a two-edged sword. Easier to have confidence getting into the throttle on corner exit, and easier to get in...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-31-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 764
Posted By Norm Peterson
I'd stay with the OE size for now and continue...

I'd stay with the OE size for now and continue learning with the car the way it was set up and the way you now know it. It is not a bad thing to have to learn throttle modulation in order to stay on...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-30-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,906
Posted By Norm Peterson
Autocross is somewhat different from tracking....

Autocross is somewhat different from tracking. For one thing, you're virtually always in 2nd gear and you're nearly always turning at least a little, which makes throttle-induced looseness come...
Forum: Off-topic Discussions 07-29-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 32,471
Views: 722,633
Posted By Norm Peterson
Jan - it must have felt nice when yesterday came...

Jan - it must have felt nice when yesterday came together for you like that. I hope you didn't feel like you were still supposed to be doing something around mid-evening.

Rick - I keep going back...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-29-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,831
Posted By Norm Peterson
You don't have to answer this publicly and I...

You don't have to answer this publicly and I don't need to know privately, but how old are the two of you? From what I've read in this thread, I'm guessing maybe late 30's, in which case she's...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-29-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,282
Posted By Norm Peterson
A couple of things I've found out that hold me in...

A couple of things I've found out that hold me in better than just the OE 3-points that probably fall somewhere between the 3-points and a proper harness: A separate lap belt that does not slacken -...
Forum: Wheels and Tires Talk Sponsored by The Tire Rack 07-29-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By Norm Peterson
In no particular order . . . short tread life,...

In no particular order . . . short tread life, terrible cold-weather properties (very poor grip with a good chance of tread cracking down around 20°F), poor wet traction and hydroplaning resistance....
Forum: Off-topic Discussions 07-28-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 32,471
Views: 722,633
Posted By Norm Peterson
Today was a big day for my oldest granddaughter -...

Today was a big day for my oldest granddaughter - she passed her road test and is now a licensed driver.

I'd like to think that putting her through the parallel parking drill a dozen or more...
Forum: Off-topic Discussions 07-28-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 32,471
Views: 722,633
Posted By Norm Peterson
The bank should pay any penalties. ...

The bank should pay any penalties.


Norm
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-28-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,175
Posted By Norm Peterson
It's the inward lateral clearance I'm interested...

It's the inward lateral clearance I'm interested in knowing. I have to use pairs of feeler gauges totaling around 0.045" and needed to fab up an 0.025" spacer for the right front to kill off a rub...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-28-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,175
Posted By Norm Peterson
Must be the angle you took the pictures because...

Must be the angle you took the pictures because in the bottom two pictures it doesn't look anywhere near that much at all.

Those front wheel offset numbers sound awfully low to me, given that...
Forum: Wheels and Tires Talk Sponsored by The Tire Rack 07-28-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By Norm Peterson
The ZL1's OE front wheels are 10" wide, not 9". ...

The ZL1's OE front wheels are 10" wide, not 9".

Look-alike aftermarket wheels could be narrower. Keep in mind that 285-wide tires do not belong on wheels any narrower than 9.5". That's per...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-28-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 119
Posted By Norm Peterson
Probably not in your own car. But there is at...

Probably not in your own car. But there is at least one NASCAR driving experience that runs at Dover.


Elsewhere within what I'd consider reasonable driving distance includes Lime Rock (NW CT,...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-28-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,175
Posted By Norm Peterson
I get what you're saying - I play the devil's...

I get what you're saying - I play the devil's advocate from time to time as well.

10.5" is half a step down from the 1LE as far as the rear wheel width is concerned. If you're going to do...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-27-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By Norm Peterson
According to the 2014 SCCA Solo rulebook I...

According to the 2014 SCCA Solo rulebook I downloaded earlier this year, the ZL1 goes to ASP.


Norm
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-27-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 983
Posted By Norm Peterson
I would argue that brake caliper bolts are even...

I would argue that brake caliper bolts are even more critical than rod bolts in terms of ultimate consequences. Same goes for most suspension fasteners.

Torquing is better than nothing, but it...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 07-27-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,762
Posted By Norm Peterson
Even that's hard to be sure of without actual...

Even that's hard to be sure of without actual comparative test data. The splitter may add a little frontal area, but the effect on the aerodynamic drag coefficient isn't as clear.

I would expect...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-26-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 778
Posted By Norm Peterson
Be careful what you wish for. Letting the front...

Be careful what you wish for. Letting the front lower links sacrifice themselves is going to be better in many instances than strengthening them to the point where major "frame damage" is guaranteed...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-25-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,175
Posted By Norm Peterson
What are you assuming for a redline rpm? I...

What are you assuming for a redline rpm?

I get these numbers, which don't show as much drop in speed with the 305/30-19's. These numbers also consider tire tread squirm effects to cost about 3%...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-24-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By Norm Peterson
Another difference is that motorcycle helmets are...

Another difference is that motorcycle helmets are designed for one big hit while automotive helmets must withstand multiple impacts. Just because your car doesn't have a full cage for your helmet to...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-24-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By Norm Peterson
The safe assumption is that yes, they all do. ...

The safe assumption is that yes, they all do. Though I have heard that in NJ where there is a state code covering motorsports that supposedly permits open-face helmets if the car has air bags...
Forum: Cosmetic Maintenance: Washing, Waxing, Detailing, Bodywork, Protection 07-23-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,088
Posted By Norm Peterson
Couple times a year for my car and my wife's...

Couple times a year for my car and my wife's Subie, maybe once/year for the other two. Speaking of . . . I should go put a coat on mine before it gets too hot out and I really won't want to.

Spray...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-22-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,053
Posted By Norm Peterson
If the 19" tires are enough shorter than the...

If the 19" tires are enough shorter than the 21's, there is some possibility that the ABS could activate a little sooner than it should. But running 4 x whatever 19's under any normal situation short...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-21-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,752
Posted By Norm Peterson
Bad assumption on your part. Ever since fueling...

Bad assumption on your part. Ever since fueling and ignition were first controlled mechanically with multiple fuel circuits inside carburetors and movable advance mechanisms inside distributors,...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-21-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,752
Posted By Norm Peterson
Same old assertions that really only apply within...

Same old assertions that really only apply within timed competition. IOW, NASA TT and up, and maybe autocross.

Transmission shifting speed is irrelevant everywhere else, from street driving up to...
Forum: Camaro 1LE Forum 07-21-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,752
Posted By Norm Peterson
I wouldn't bet on converting an automatic SS to...

I wouldn't bet on converting an automatic SS to 1LE specs really wanting precisely the same suspension tuning. The possibility of a PCM-commanded shift while cornering might suggest building in a...
Forum: Road Course/Track and Autocross 07-21-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 5,473
Posted By Norm Peterson
Still trying to make it happen. I'd...

Still trying to make it happen.



I'd like to, but at ~725 miles and 12 hours each way that one is probably just a little too far.


Norm
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