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Old 05-28-2013, 10:42 AM   #18
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They say there are always two sides to a story. We always hear the manufacturer friendly reviews of pre-production, but rarely any qualified reports from the field.
This is quality information.
Bravo Matt

btw - how's the fluid reservoir look after the event.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:58 AM   #19
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Thanks for taking the time to share your personnal experience.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:12 AM   #20
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They say there are always two sides to a story. We always hear the manufacturer friendly reviews of pre-production, but rarely any qualified reports from the field.
This is quality information.
Bravo Matt

btw - how's the fluid reservoir look after the event.
Thank you....I am not the "average" GM/Camaro owner as I have gone full circle in automotive ownership and "toured the automotive globe" purchasing what I wanted without a brand loyalty. I buy something thinking 2,3,5,9 steps ahead as to what it is capable of, not just what it can do stock. Finally, cost is always a factor. The SS/1LE is a bang for the buck car that will hold its own against many more expensive vehicles. (Talking brand new cars that have a warranty also).

As far as the fluid, it still looked brand new yesterday....My wife and kids went to a movie so I could clean up and look over the car. Here she is back in the garage before the cover went on for the week.

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #21
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It was "tossable" but had more body roll than expected.
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Have you drove a SS without The 1LE track pack before?

To what car are you comparing it when you say this?
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:32 AM   #22
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Fantastic write up! So good to read experiences of 1LE owners at road courses. With any luck soon we'll have a dedicated road course forum.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:35 AM   #23
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Fantastic write up! So good to read experiences of 1LE owners at road courses. With any luck soon we'll have a dedicated road course forum.
In the mean time: you are welcome to join to our Social club.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #24
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Have you drove a SS without The 1LE track pack before?

To what car are you comparing it when you say this?
I have driven and SS, but not on the track. The statement was just based on my expectations derived from driving it on the street.

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Old 05-28-2013, 12:34 PM   #25
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Matt,

Ad a CAI intake, scoop and washer bottle relocate from Chase over at APEX and you will really wake her up. That will get you about another 15RWHP. Also do not forget to get an Elite Catch Can from Chase to make sure you are not putting oil into the dirty side of the PVC system.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:50 PM   #26
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So far I'm having a very difficult time finding a true race brake pad. There is no application from Hawk, PFC, which is what I've used previously. PFC 01, or the blue HT 10.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the calipers on the 1LE the same as the ones on a regular SS? If so then the entire line of Hawk track pads will fit:

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Old 05-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #27
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Matt,

Ad a CAI intake, scoop and washer bottle relocate from Chase over at APEX and you will really wake her up. That will get you about another 15RWHP. Also do not forget to get an Elite Catch Can from Chase to make sure you are not putting oil into the dirty side of the PVC system.
Intake is on the list of things to do....I need to get a baseline dyno number before any mods. I like to install a little at a time so I know what each and every part is actually doing for me as well as the shortcomings.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the calipers on the 1LE the same as the ones on a regular SS? If so then the entire line of Hawk track pads will fit:

http://www.tirerack.com/brakes/resul...utoModClar=2SS
Correct, same caliper as all SS models, just a color change.

Jim you disappeared from the other brake thread...Did you see the picture of your car I took at the NASA Grattan Event in 2007?

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Old 05-28-2013, 02:22 PM   #28
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Jim you disappeared from the other brake thread...Did you see the picture of your car I took at the NASA Grattan Event in 2007?

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Yes. I'm still trying to place you in my memory. Did you race a 944 for a short time?
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:35 PM   #29
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Yes. I'm still trying to place you in my memory. Did you race a 944 for a short time?
I only took a picture in passing as I liked the car....I wouldn't recognize you either. No 944 for me. I was first asked to drive a yellow Turbocharged Focus for a shop out of IN in some sort of Focus grudge match with other shops and we all ran in NASA TT. I had fun in TT so I ran the Evo in 06/07 and was usually pit with the guys/friends from Pure Tuning out of Toledo. I more or less disappeared from NASA in 08 to spend time with my kids..I purchased and finished a Civic Hatch track car (2100lbs /200whp) that I started to build 10 years earlier with a friend and ran that once in 2010 and sold it. Now I just lurk at tracks and instruct for fun.
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It sure is good to see that people are actually tracking these hot rods ! They sure are good on track.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:21 PM   #31
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I only took a picture in passing as I liked the car....I wouldn't recognize you either. No 944 for me. I was first asked to drive a yellow Turbocharged Focus for a shop out of IN in some sort of Focus grudge match with other shops and we all ran in NASA TT. I had fun in TT so I ran the Evo in 06/07 and was usually pit with the guys/friends from Pure Tuning out of Toledo. I more or less disappeared from NASA in 08 to spend time with my kids..I purchased and finished a Civic Hatch track car (2100lbs /200whp) that I started to build 10 years early with a friend and ran that once in 2010 and sold it. Now I just lurk at tracks and instruct for fun.
Ok. That makes sense. There's another Matt Jensen out there who I knew from Mid Ohio around that same time who raced a 944 and then switched to a spec Miata.

Glad your track day went well. I haven't been back to Grattan since 2008, but would love to do so now that its been repaved.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:26 PM   #32
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Dropspeed -

I understand the GT3 is different than the Camaro, I was curious if it was going to be a "it's great right off the lot, no need to change anything" or "here is a list of mods I'm going to need". I understand the cost, warranty, etc.

I was interested in knowing if it had any glaring issues from someone who had the experience to judge it.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:34 PM   #33
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Dropspeed -

I understand the GT3 is different than the Camaro, I was curious if it was going to be a "it's great right off the lot, no need to change anything" or "here is a list of mods I'm going to need". I understand the cost, warranty, etc.

I was interested in knowing if it had any glaring issues from someone who had the experience to judge it.
That depends 100% on your skill level and expectations. Out of the box a new driver could have many years before they find the limits of the car and feel the need to upgrade components. You could drive the car at numerous track events and enjoy it bone stock. You mentioned you have tracked your GT3 for a few years so I will presume you are not still running in the beginner or intermediate group.

This past weekend I knew many of the participants and there were some ST2, TTU, TTB race cars and some very fast street cars all on tace tires in the fast group. That is the group I would usually run with but they were lapping the track 4-5 seconds faster than I was so I ran one group down to avoid being the backmarker. I want to run with the "big dogs" so mods will be coming.

So to try and answer your question. No glaring issues for a novice or intermediate driver. Upgrades will be needed to run in the fast groups.

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