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Old 11-04-08, 02:34 PM   #31
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Hi,

I am a complete track novice... And will be starting in a couple months tracking my 08 sti and learning how to drive it better.

These lists seem very long. Where do you store all of this stuff while on the track? What are absolute musts for the first time on a track. Do the tracks supply anything? I do not want to go unprepared but at the same time, I do not have all of that stuff. Where is a good place to start, or should I wait till I have all of those tools?

I appreciate all and any answers.
Honestly at this point, I've learned to bring almost all the things listed in this thread to almost every event, and I've learned this the hard way for some things. You will go through some of this as well.

I pack everything in a big rubbermaid bin. Most of the stuff on the lists here fit in one bin. The jack, jack stands, track tires, helmet, and wheel ramps are the only things that are loose in the car. I keep all the hand tools and some of the smaller parts in a tool box that fits in the bin (actually an old fishing tackle box). Here's a picture of the bin in my car:


There's a tire stuffed in it because I was running out of room. I was picking these tires up- there were not something I would ordinarily bring as spares!

One last thing- can't remember if its been mentioned, but you should print your list out and check stuff off just before you leave. I routinely forget something, and last week it almost cost me a track day when I had to turn around because I realized I had left my wheel lock tool in a backpack that was back at my house.

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Old 11-04-08, 04:22 PM   #32
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Another item to add on the checklist is your contingency plan if and when you crash. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when due to mistakes and others on the course.

One more thing, read the fine print on your insurance policy and understand it thoroughly.
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Old 11-05-08, 06:43 AM   #33
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Hi,

I am a complete track novice... And will be starting in a couple months tracking my 08 sti and learning how to drive it better.

These lists seem very long. Where do you store all of this stuff while on the track? What are absolute musts for the first time on a track. Do the tracks supply anything? I do not want to go unprepared but at the same time, I do not have all of that stuff. Where is a good place to start, or should I wait till I have all of those tools?

I appreciate all and any answers.
you probably want to bring oil, water, and brake fluid. spare front brake pads are also a very good idea, and a few minor tools. if you need a jack in a jam, you can probably borrow one. there are a lot of things you might be able to borrow, but if you have to, it may take you longer to fix any problems, since you will have to ask around.
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Old 10-30-09, 08:58 AM   #34
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why should you remove your wheel locks at the track and replace w/ regular lug?

curious...
+1 wondering too
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Old 10-30-09, 09:39 AM   #35
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+1 wondering too
Removing locking lug makes it easier and less complicated if you need to remove the wheel/tire (or track folks need to remove- God forbid). Also, less tools to look for if you need to torque lugs after each lapping session ala KISS......you know keep it simple. IMHO of course.
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Old 10-30-09, 10:43 AM   #36
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5. rain/sun/thermal wear & sunscreen & hate & sunglasses
dont forget the hate, lol hahah funny typo.
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1. Awesome 12-month bump!
2. Agreed on +simplicity w/o locks
3. A good tire pressure gauge and a logbook.
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I suggest a cot to take a friggin nap!
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Don't forget wheel chalks as you don't want to use your ebrake when you pit in.
Why don't you want to use your ebrake in the pit? I'm guessing that your rotors might be hot enough that the ebrake could cause the pads to stick? What sort of ebrake is on the STI, is it an axel brake (I don't see how it could be) or does it actually engage the rear disk brakes manually?
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Why don't you want to use your ebrake in the pit? I'm guessing that your rotors might be hot enough that the ebrake could cause the pads to stick? What sort of ebrake is on the STI, is it an axel brake (I don't see how it could be) or does it actually engage the rear disk brakes manually?
Your pads could melt to the rotor. Saw it happen at Watkins Glen. Not a pretty situation.
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