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    It seems to be a common problem for any club or SCCA region to maintain their autocross locations, as places get developed and it's less common for parking lots to be plain pavement (light poles, curbs, landscaping, etc.

    I've just done one autocross so far on Koni yellow shocks and slightly lowered springs, and it feels like the car is much tighter, which should be good on autocross or track, but bumpier in every day driving! This was a half wet and half dry day (morning runs and afternoon runs), so I don't have any solid answers on things...maybe it was just the wet morning but the car seemed to rotate awesomely, my times were pretty good, and then in the dry as you would imagine it got a little faster just for being dry. This was with the shocks set on 3 out of the 5 settings, so next I'd like to try it set stiffer.
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 61K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Yeah the Lanier Raceplex was super convenient (for me) and worked great for our needs, but it was on the small side and so the courses were relatively short. The parking lot at AMS is huge and we can make the courses longer, but it’s way far away from my house. I understand the change, it just means I can’t play as much as I’d like.

    Thanks! I’ve been very interested to hear your thoughts on the Konis since you started running them. The more I think about it the more I think about sticking to my plan of just getting Konis, staying in HS for another season or two, and making the trek to Nationals at some point. The Abarth has at least half a chance of being competitive there in HS, but it has no chance in hell in STH.
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    I'm sure that Nationals is a blast, my son and his friends went in 2016 and raved about it. I'd like to go some day too and at least have fun and just maybe not finish last! I agree that the Abarth is OK in HS, but STH is probably a step too far, although like any class you'd want to max out all the mods allowed. Most important to me is having fun, and you can do that with any car in any class!
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 61K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Ha, so I found a Koni Sport Kit at a pretty good price, and Koni has a nice $70 rebate that theyre doing right now. I bought the kit and wasnt notified until I was sent the invoice two days later that all the Koni stuff is on backorder until the middle of July...
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooby View Post
    Ha, so I found a Koni Sport Kit at a pretty good price, and Koni has a nice $70 rebate that they’re doing right now. I bought the kit and wasn’t notified until I was sent the invoice two days later that all the Koni stuff is on backorder until the middle of July...
    So wondering if we go through one of our great vendors on here that would have them in stock if that $70 rebate is available.
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    Yeah the rebate is through the manufacturer so itd still apply. The problem is that I didnt see the Sport Kit on any of our vendors websites (they all sell the shocks, struts, and springs separately), so I figured itd probably be a special order item and Id run into the same delay. Ive purchased from several of the vendors on here in the past and plan to do so in the future, but between the price I found and the rebate, I couldnt turn this deal down. Now heres hoping its actually the correct part!

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    Might be worth asking other vendors if they will price match, worst they can say is "no"
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 61K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Well apparently the Koni kits were on extended backorder from the factory, so after waiting for over two months I pulled my order. No Konis... but that's fine since I've made it out to precisely zero autocross events this year. The last two events are in November, maybe I can make one of those...

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    On a brighter note, I had the Fiat on track at Atlanta Motorsports Park this afternoon. It was good fun but holy hell was it hot. Track temps were easily 140 or more, and my tires were done after one hard session. The second run was hilarious because the car was way less stable on overheated tires, but then they got a break because our third run was canceled when some poor guy stuffed his Focus ST into a barrier.

    So hopefully something will work out in November, otherwise this will be the only cool thing the Fiat has done all year long...
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    Oh, and a quick word on tire pressures...

    I've heard on this site, and others, that rear tire pressure isn't super important with this car. I've felt that way too, that the rear tires are just kinda there to keep the rear bumper off the ground. I never worried about rear tire pressure at autocrosses much... I'd add a little if I needed the back to move around more, but that was it. On a hot track that's definitely NOT the case. I had them about 34-35 psi and they looked so much worse than the fronts. I aired them up and hit them with a spray bottle for the last run, but of course that never happened...

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    The fronts stayed at 42 psi. I could've added a bit more just to see, but they seemed pretty happy where they were at.
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    November ended up being too busy, couldn’t make anything happen. I’ll put the all-season tires back on and wait for warmer weather...

    Except this afternoon the Fiat decided it was tired of having all its oil inside the engine, so it relocated it onto my driveway as I pulled in. I didn’t run anything over and there were no expensive-sounding noises so I’m hoping it’s something simple. The oil is all over the passenger side of the engine bay and mostly towards the front so maybe the oil filter cracked or came loose or a hose split or something. Seems likes it’s splashed too high up to have anything to do with the oil pan or anything down there, and I don’t imagine any of the seals on the front of the motor would go bad at 34k miles...

    I was pretty pissed earlier, but I bought the car used and it’s given me pretty much zero problems. All I’ve done is put gas in it, changed the oil, and added a couple of small mods. It’s on jackstands right now while the rest of the oil drains, I’ll have a better look tomorrow.

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