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#1 (permalink) Old 05-04-2003, 12:47 AM
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I plan to take my car to the track this year. Im beefing my suspension up (shocks/struts/springs/camber plates) soon and with some wider tires my car should be able to decently at the track. My concern is the stress/heat put on the car. Would you guys recommened changing all my fluids to Redline? Stainless steel brake lines? I wanna make my car track ready before I perticipate in my first event
 
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how hard do you plan to drive it on the track.......
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that really isnt necessary, you'll probably get a crappy time, on your first few runs anyway, cuz its your first time. plus your car is gonna be put in a real high competitive class with real good drivers. i'd go into it with my car stock, and as u get the suspension mods done, and build your experience, you'll progress alot quicker.
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that really isnt necessary, you'll probably get a crappy time, on your first few runs anyway, cuz its your first time. plus your car is gonna be put in a real high competitive class with real good drivers. i'd go into it with my car stock, and as u get the suspension mods done, and build your experience, you'll progress alot quicker.
i agree, its best to to get used to the car as it is. that way if you are pants are racing you havent wasted a shed load of money on non required mods...
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plus u dont wanna look like a poser with a bad-ass car and not being able to keep up with everyone else. but i'm sure since your very comfortable driving your car and knowing its limits, you'll catch on pretty quickly.
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well the suspension mods wouldnt be a waste of money either way, becuase id be able to feel the handling on the street. I used to drive my 328i at the track, so track driving is nothing new to me, its just that car wasnt prepped for the race track, and im sure i was putting alot of stress on everything. But since my ///M is very special too me i just wanna im not hurting anything severely by pushing it at the track.... B)
 
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Well... get some new oil, i like the heavy stuff, i buy 20w-50 redline (not the brand just a model name thing) Flush your Radiator and make sure you have 50/50 solution of distilled water/antifreeze. And if you really want to be cautious get a fluidyne radiator. They make BY FAR, no questions asked the best model specific aftermarket radiators out there. Im pretty sure your diff cover is already finned but that shouldnt make a difference. it will just be like driving on the street because you wont be hitting extreme speeds and certainly not for extended periods of time. Thats all i can think of now.

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I know my transmission temps will rise from the constant shifting, so im probaly going to change that to redline tranny fluid, maybe get some stainless steel break lines, new oil, and maybe some new wires/plugs just so i get a good spark/ignition....
 
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Instead of spending the money on suspension spend that on a driving school.

Instead of stainless steel brake lines you may want to upgrade to the european floating rotors.

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while i may not be professional good, but ive done my share of track driving, as well as attended two driving schools. It might take my a whole day to get my skills back on this car, but im not going to stink it up, at least......

btw cam, what are european floating rotors? because the #1 thing im concerned about are my brakes....
 
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not sure 100% what they are but I know that you will not only brake better but your brakes will not get as hot. You could also get a BBK but they are pretty expensive, although some nice big brembos would look awesome on your car.

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i think a bigger, slotted rotor would help (disspates heat better), because the only thing that would "downgrade" in performance as im driving would be my braking....itll be a while till its prepped....
 
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i think a bigger, slotted rotor would help (disspates heat better), because the only thing that would "downgrade" in performance as im driving would be my braking....itll be a while till its prepped....
speedster, your M3 has very good brakes as is and can easily take a track day or season. you shouldnt feel any fade throughout the entire day. there really shouldnt be anything worry about in regards to your car, afterall it is a M3.
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