hello newbie attending 1st drving school...advice
hey fella's ill be attending my first drving school in april at Limerock CT. I have a 97 540i6 and used to own e36 m3 (1995). Wish i still had that for thew track. anyway im gonna bleed the brakes before and might even change the tranny fluid along with the diff, the car is about to hit 63,000 miles. The only thing that ive been told is to pick up a set of track pads. Any advice with the car or the track would appricate it. thanks fellas harry
If it's your first school I wouldn't go anymore
aggressive than a Hawk HP+, but that's just my opinion. You want to get more education on the car feel, not just good brake pads.<img src="http://mail.roadfly.com/Session/2437-1zjfhKvkbs2Npua6gr5R/WebFile/TheBeach.jpg">
first time tracking ever?
you dont even need pads.........I run there often...great track, very technical, and no time to relax as the straights are not that long. I have heard many pro's say it a tough track to get right...... beautiful country; take some cold weather gear..it snowed last year or two during March/April DE's.......bring a tarp too in case it rains while you are out on track.....windex, headlamp tape, tire gauge....
thanks paul and others...
i have a couple more questiuons why do people use tape on their headlights? also im confused with the helmet thing....how much do they cost and where can i get one from. thanks for your help guys.harry
If you want something inexpensive checkout
a motorcycle helmet. They are cheaper than auto helmets and acceptable for club DE's. The most inexpensive SA helmet is Pyrotect, I think. Something like $200-250.<img src="http://mail.roadfly.com/Session/2437-1zjfhKvkbs2Npua6gr5R/WebFile/TheBeach.jpg">
Re: thanks paul and others...
Here is a link for helmets:
Here is a link to some Lime Rock videos to whet your whistle:
Tape on the headlights - either to look cool or to protect them from debris flying off the other car's tire and shattering your headlight lens. For the most part, I'd say it is the former rather than the latter especially in the novice run groups running lower speeds and regular (not R-compound, very sticky) tires.
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cool, another e39er. I'll be there
April 9, 15 and 16 with my M5. I agree with the great comments below. For a first event, I also think that OEM pads will be fine at Lime Rock. If you really want dedicated pads, Hawk HT-10 race pads are still the best option for the 540/M5. If you need pads anyway, Axxis Ultimate pads have better fade resistance than OEM while still being rotor-friendly street pads. You'll find more info here:
The "slow in, fast out" mantra is particularly important with the 540 because it tends to understeer. Carry too much speed into the first half of a turn and you'll chew up your front tires and probably miss the apex. Manage your speed from turn-in to the apex, and focus on reapplying power as early as possible. (This will make more sense as the instructor talks you through it).
Have fun and see you there!
'01 M5 ~ Le Mans Blue / Dinan JRZ Stage III suspension / BBS RGR forged wheels / Tubi exhaust / Rogue short shift kit
Rogue tranny mounts / Axxis Ultimate brake pads / Brake ducts / Stoptech stainless brake lines / BPM sway bar brackets Hardwired V1
Re: cool, another e39er. I'll be there
hey you doin, yeah ill see you there, those other dates your going on is that with a diffrent chapter? also how many cars are there gonna be there in a day? thanks ed.l
are these the cheapest ones out there paul????
gforce helmets are bang for buck!