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Old 04-13-18, 04:32 AM   #71
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Four days at The Glen coming up! Note new racing mirrors.

Was chasing and pretty well keeping up with a rare (for the US) $150K+ Exige V6 Cup R.
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Yeah looking good. I'm going lapping Saturday, but the weather will be trying. 39*, rain and 20+ mile an hour wind predicted. Plus ice and snow warnings north of the track location which is 12 miles from Lake Michigan. Now I know why I never signed up for this clubs first track outing during previous years.
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... Now I know why I never signed up for this clubs first track outing during previous years.
Three of my buddies went out last weekend to greet snow and slush till it melted at 10:30. One said I didn't miss anything.
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Update time?
A cautionary tale.

Just returned from three days at Watkins Glen. On Sunday, I killed the rod bearings in my '07 STi daily driver. I write this to share my experience.

I should know better. I should have had a catch can after the Crawford air/oil separator and not connected the A/OS vent to the intake. As it was, I ran the Crawford's vent back to the cold air intake and my Crawford was not up to the task of dealing with all the oil mist and the frequent high G's. If you do higher G turns that aggravates the oil blowby problems. The head gets loaded with oil and blown out through the vents by crankcase pressure. One solution is KillerB's control valve.
I knew I was getting some oil into the intake so I added a fair amount of Torco to boost the octane, hoping to compensate for the oil from the blowby. I eventually had so much blowby that the car started smoking lightly and I'd get puffs when I shifted. Revving it to 7K, and it running fairly hot, didn't help! WGI is very hard on cars!

I took the DD to WGI because the hard pipe on the race car was cracked at the last minute before loading to go to the track. So, I threw some race pads on it and off I went.

Meanwhile, the '08 has a new turbo. I took the air filter off the car for one session on the track and it ingested a tire marble. That really wreaked havoc on the impeller. You would wonder how tire rubber would get up in that area! I've never found marbles on the engine or even in the engine compartment.
The engine has 45 hours on it and has performed beautifully this season. I will run it one more time at Club Motorsports on October 11th and 12th. Then I'll likely go through it and refresh it.


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