Well, a month since my last update in here and a ton has happened!
On July 1st, I had a couple boxes waiting on the porch:
Xidas! 700/400 springs and spherical upper mounts:
I've put just under 2,000 miles on them including a track day and a handful of autocrosses in the month since I installed them so I can say with certainty that they are worth every penny. It was immediately apparent that the car felt more connected to the road under all conditions. It is just amazing how big of a different a really quality shock makes. Even with the spring rates almost doubled over the Koni setup I had, the car is much more comfortable on the street even with a ride height that is 1" lower.
Immediately after getting the Xidas installed, I went down to Mid-Ohio with Auto Interests. The car was absolutely terrible for the first session and a half and I can only guess that the tires had either the wrong pressure, or had more mold release to get worn off. About halfway through the second session the car hooked up and everything was awesome.
The day ended early with an afternoon monsoon. I don't enjoy driving at Mid-Ohio in the wet, so I packed up and headed out.
July 26-27 I headed down to Wilmington, Ohio for my first ever Pro Solo. I am absolutely hooked on that format! No wonder the events sell out in < 10 minutes.
Packed up and ready to go on the 25th:
I knew a guy who recently sold his STS car, so I picked up his extra set of bronze 15x7.5 949 Racing 6ULs with Toyo R1Rs. Not a color I would've ever purchased new, but I really like them on the red car.
More Pro Solo pictures:
Pro Solo video:
I wasn't remotely competitive and ended up finishing 11th out 11 cars in STS. But it was a blast and I'm definitely going back from more next year.
This past weekend (August 2-3) I headed back to Wilmington for the Solo Championship Tour. This same event last year was my first "national" level autocross event and it got me hooked on these events. I love the competitive atmosphere that doesn't exist at a local event. Plus, the courses are amazingly fun to drive.
Look at that expanse of grippy concrete! I think that Wilmington has much more grip than Toledo.
Truck was broken and couldn't be fixed in time, so I drove down to this event. Not a terrible drive, but on the way home with no A/C after being in the hot sun all day is a little miserable.
The STS competition... STS was tied with SMF for the 5th largest class with 15 entries. This Champ Tour was also the 2nd highest attended tour in Solo history with 368 drivers!
In impound after competition was over:
I had a really terrible first day of competition. I was on pace for a huge improvement with my 3rd run, but broke too late, got into the dusty line and looped it. That buried me back in 13th after the first day. I was happy with my day 2 runs, but was only able to claw back to 11th place out of the 15 drivers.
Champ Tour Video (Sorry the Sunday run is so shaky! I forgot to tighten the mount.):
After the tour, I swapped back over to the Silver 6ULs/Rivals and snapped a pic:
And one final random thing, I installed Cibie E-Code conversions and Hella H4 bulbs. This had been on my to-do list for years! But, since I drive the car at night maybe a handful of times per year it was always very low on the list. After driving home one night at 11:30 I broke down and ordered everything. Now I regret not doing it sooner! The improved light output is amazing. I had awesome pictures that show the different in output, but I think I accidentally deleted or overwrote them. Anywho, here are is a picture of the headlights. They look the same but the Cibie is on the right haha.