"Ray's AKA demonfire's XR4Ti build up"

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Re: "Ray's AKA demonfire's XR4Ti build up"

Post by merkurdriver » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:47 pm

Ray wrote:. I'm cornering at over 1.4 lateral G's in these pictures.
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Re: "Ray's AKA demonfire's XR4Ti build up"

Post by Esteban » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:43 pm

Whats the word on MC2 fabricating comp struts?
Have any videos?

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Post by JimG » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:44 pm

Ray, we are going to have a "friendly" Auto-X competition during the Ford Nationals at Carlisle this year, you should bring your car and show us how its done!
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Post by Ray » Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:12 am

Would that i could make it, with this marking year 4 in a row, i'm on travel for work the week after. With a strange irony, i'll be 1 hour from carlisle 2 days later, but i have to take my work truck / soil demonstration stuff.

I've been chatting with Anglin a little bit - about making these for us here stateside.
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Post by Ray » Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:13 am

Esteban wrote:Whats the word on MC2 fabricating comp struts?
Have any videos?

I really should start doing videos. I made a few remarks to a fellow autocrosser (runs in FP) and he records most of his runs just to learn from them, get a better line, etc. Something i should probably start doing.
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Post by Spaldino » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:31 am

I'm really curious about this compression strut/no sway bar thing. I'm about to completely overhaul my front suspension and this sounds like it makes the car behave better. If it's more planted on tight snappy autocross corners i can only imagine the type of grip it would provide a road course...
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Post by Ray » Thu May 05, 2016 7:37 am

Cool, damp autocross Sunday. Temps hovered around 50 with light, misting rain most of the day. Got 1 solid dry-ish run in, enough to secure 2nd in class out of 6, and 7th overall. I'm in a pretty fast region, so 7th overall, in the wet, is something I'm rather proud of.

Still impressed with the new dynamics with no front roll bar. The car is just flickable, stable, and controllable at the edge. If you bite into a corner too hot you'll still get that grinding understeer, but overall, it's like wearing a shirt.


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almost lifting both inner tires - evenly. This is a big deal as before it was one or the other depending on how i attacked the corner.

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hard right - compare body roll to first picture - not too bad.

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Now, to buy replacement clutches for the Eaton diff. After almost 8 full seasons with it, it's starting to show its age.
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Post by GPz11 » Thu May 05, 2016 9:40 am

Very impressive!

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Post by JimG » Thu May 05, 2016 3:15 pm

Ray wrote:Would that i could make it, with this marking year 4 in a row, i'm on travel for work the week after. With a strange irony, i'll be 1 hour from carlisle 2 days later, but i have to take my work truck / soil demonstration stuff.
When do you leave on your work trip? You run our Auto-X on Sunday am and be back in Ct that nite! I think all would like to see your car and watch it on the course.
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Post by catapultkid » Wed May 11, 2016 10:49 pm

Very impressive Ray. Always good to see this car evolving.

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Post by John V » Wed May 18, 2016 7:46 pm

Ray wrote:No, ordered from bilstein with compression/ rebound rates changed based on the cars weight, spring rates, etc. the JVAB ones are a great alternative but a bit softer than this car's purpose (not valved for springs this heavy / track use only / etc)
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The JVABs are valved and made to length to whatever the customer asks them to be--usually after serious discussions--on the phone..
Curiosity: what was the valving they came up with?
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Re: "Ray's AKA demonfire's XR4Ti build up"

Post by espacef1fan » Wed May 18, 2016 9:51 pm

John V wrote:
Ray wrote:No, ordered from bilstein with compression/ rebound rates changed based on the cars weight, spring rates, etc. the JVAB ones are a great alternative but a bit softer than this car's purpose (not valved for springs this heavy / track use only / etc)
Just a note:
The JVABs are valved and made to length to whatever the customer asks them to be--usually after serious discussions--on the phone..
Curiosity: what was the valving they came up with?

Yep.
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Re: "Ray's AKA demonfire's XR4Ti build up"

Post by Ray » Sat May 21, 2016 7:45 pm

John V wrote:
Ray wrote:No, ordered from bilstein with compression/ rebound rates changed based on the cars weight, spring rates, etc. the JVAB ones are a great alternative but a bit softer than this car's purpose (not valved for springs this heavy / track use only / etc)
Just a note:
The JVABs are valved and made to length to whatever the customer asks them to be--usually after serious discussions--on the phone..
Curiosity: what was the valving they came up with?

Good to hear from you John - looking thru my notes i believe the rates for the front are 338/127. What are your thoughts on this? I was under the impression that your kit was more for "rally purposes only" (given your input on this forum) which has a much longer travel / softer rate than i need for my purposes.
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Re: "Ray's AKA demonfire's XR4Ti build up"

Post by Choochoochoo » Mon May 23, 2016 4:02 pm

I'm digging the spoiler! Did you custom make it?
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Re: "Ray's AKA demonfire's XR4Ti build up"

Post by Ray » Fri May 27, 2016 5:14 pm

No, Ben Martinez had it custom made and gave it to me last winter.
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