yea ive decided to ditch the gauges, no money and its not like my lil crx is gonna overheat or anything coz atm its mainly steet use
id rather invest and do a fluid flush to maintain my engine rather than to monitor it with gauges
anyways thanks for the advice guys
ok guys refreshing this thread because ive commited to the track day on anzac day
ive decided on a new set of RDA slotted rotors
still deciding on brake pads, looking at bleeding my brakes also so some new fluid is required
im still deciding if gauges are necessary im going to have to go with Saber Gauges though, cant afford Defi just yet
changing engine oil is not a problem
looking at flushing my radiator (cheap and simple)
tyre wise i have a set of Khumo Ecstas with about 60% tread left so i think they'll be ok for the day
i have a helmet already and also a honda racing suit
anything else you guys recommend for my crx, what are some other precautions i should take into consideration so my car doesnt die on the track
I didn't think my little POS 1600 would overheat, but after 4 hard laps, the oil was peaking over 100deg and the water wasn't far behind it. Getting back on track though, being a rotary, even in stock form they suffer from heat really really badly. The FC-S5 have great oil coolers, i'm not sure if the S4 has the same. Give everything a nice clean out (cooling system and oil system) and maybe if you can get an frp bonnet with a drop vent in. There is no point having nice pads/tyres/suspension if the car over heats every 3 laps.
Gauges are a must as they let you know whats going on under the bonnet. Go for more accurate rather than showy if you can (or want)
Other than that, if this is one of your first times out, or still getting to know the track than you wont need much else.
If you ride a single speed and nobody sees you, is it still cool?
I wouldn't worry about rotors unless yours are below spec for thickness, but make sure you have at least 5mm brake pad material, and the most important thing is a brake fluid bleed and flush with good fluid. IMHO you don't have to go all out with super expensive fluid, it's a little like oil in that as long as it's fresh and clean then there's not much in it.
Engine oil change is not a bad idea...but make sure that all the trans has enough oil in it too btw.
Flushing the radiator is not a bad idea but if it's really clogged up then flushing it isn't going to help. If you can reach the front of your radiator, then when the car's up to temp, touch the various fins and see if there is a spot which is colder than the rest. That will be where it is clogged.
Also get a front and rear wheel alignment, although in Hondas it's not really all that adjustable...but if the alignment is off, then your car will either not handle or it will wear tyres out quite fast.
Just go out there and enjoy it is basically what I am saying.
Speaking about alignment, Sydney has the worst roads to keep your alignment good
yea im changing rotors due to be changed so i might as well change to slotted rotors
gauges, still a bit indecisive but will most likely get it
and yes planning on brake pads with the car being serviced tomorrow anyways and i should be bleeding them later during the week with a friend of mine
but yes i will definately keep in mind a cool down lap ever 2-3 laps
Seeing as thouhg I started this thread let me share with you with I ended up doing on my first trackday.
Firstly though, listen to Babs. His advice will save you money.
I would also say that unless you NEED to change your rotors due to damage or something, you'd be better off pocketing your money or spending it on some other mods.
All I did was change my brake pads and change the oil. I had the shittest tyres on my car as well and I still had a ball. Incidentally I used Bendix Ultimates and they seemed to be fine, I got them from Race Brakes Sydney in Wetherill Park for like 120 a pair.
Since my first track day though I have changed a few other things. I upgraded my clutch to an Exedy HD because they get hammered at the track. I also installed gauges which I have found to be very useful. Transmission fluid is another biggy.
If your budget extends a bit further, I would say aquality bucket seat would be a good buy too.
But seriously, you will have a great day with just an oil change, 98 RON petrol and some good brake pads.
best thing you can do is take some oil and water with you.
oil for the car water for you and enjoy the day
thanks for the advice guys
i think i know what im going to do now
and i already have a bucket seat
Another overlooked budget item but well worth it is a fire extinguisher.
If your going to be pushing your car or for just everyday safety its a worth while investment
only problem is most dry powder fire extinguishers do squat to oil fires unless you have a 20kg one or something you better off getting to a fire marshal or a point where there is a proper extinguisher