I'm going to start posting honest opinions on why I choose the products that I do. There is a misinterpretation that I run products just because I am sponsored by that brand. In all those cases I reached out to these companies because I believed in their products. Canton Racing has always been my go to company for oil control. I have used their oil coolers, Accusump, oil pans, and oil filter adapters. I will go into details on those on a later date. Today we will take a look at a key item for the K24A2 that is going into the S2000.
I used Canton Racing's oil pan in my S2000 before. I used their F series oil pan when I first put a turbo on the car. So lets talk about the K series oil pan. One of the benefits of the Canton oil pans is the added oil capacity. This pan gives you an extra 1 Quart of oil!
Their pan also replaces your factory windage tray. This helps control the airflow in the crankcase and the drag that it can cause on the crank. Canton has done an amazing job at educating the masses on what windage is and how it effects performance here.
One of the most important thing about aspects of controlling your oil flow is to make sure that oil stays around the pick up. These trap doors do just that. When you are on the brakes the back of the pan tilts up (since your engine is leaning forward when you apply the brakes) and the front doors shut while the rear doors. Vice versa when you are accelerating. They are shaped in a Diamond to make sure that there is always a steady supply of oil to the pick up.
The Final reason i choose this pan is due to the fact that it has all the fittings I need on the oil pan already. I'm still going to be turbo with the K series so I will need a place for the oil drain to go. This is the best and a perfect option for that, rather then welding a fitting on the timing cover. It actually has two fitting on it which gives me another source for an oil temp sensor.
Okay I lied, that was not the final reason. This is, I have been a loyal customer of Canton Racing for a long time now. Their customer service is top notch and their products speak for them self when it comes to performance and quality. I will be running more of their components in the future, that is for sure!
You are thinking about getting on track and you don't know where to start.
First off I want to say you don't need anything to start except a SA2010+ helmet. What I mean by that is that your bone stock car will do just fine when you are just starting to get on track. It is encouraged to start with a stock car. Make sure the car is safe of course, meaning the battery is tied down, Battery terminals have good a good connection, safety belts in working condition, that you aren't leaking any fluids, and that your brakes are in good shape. Basically if you have a maintained and safe street car, you have a car that can go on track safely. A You can go that one step above and replace your rubber brake lines with stainless steel lines, a higher compound brake pad. and change your brake fluid to one with a higher boiling point. Those things aren't required when you are starting out but will be needed if you realise you enjoy pushing your car on track and decide to attend more events.
There are three main organizations that I recommend to get started with. The first being GPS Track time. The event host Jimmy Yu focuses on the beginners having fun and being well informed on what tracking is all about. GPS tracktime events are single day events. That can be good for you in case you don't like it you don't have to spend an entire weekend doing something you don't want to do. GPS also has the most tracktime out of any event that I have attended. What that means is you will get more driving time for your money. and quality time with an instructing helping you reach whatever your goal might be.
NASA Pro racing is also a great organization to start out with. The have a HPDE( High performance driving education) system that you progress through to obtain your time trial license or wheel to wheel licence. They are focused on making you a fast and safe driver. I personally don't have much experience with NASA. I've only ran HPDE with them twice. I had a great time, the only reason I never went back is because I like Timeattack and not time trials, there is a huge difference. The great thing about tracking is there is multiple ways to achieve your goals of getting on track!
Grid Life is very beginner friendly as well. Some of the same instructors at GPS tracktime are instructing with Gridlife. What really makes gridlife great is there staff. That crew really wants to make sure everyone is having a good time, being safe, and getting as much track time as they can. its very laid back but they take safety very seriously.
If you have any questions feel free to email me on the contact page.
I currently cover my build on Speed Academy. The highs and lows of time attacking my S2000. So it's actually taking away from my writing for my own site. Speed Academy has a higher view count so it still works out best for my program but to those that visit my site hoping i have more blog updates I'm sorry! I do update every other tab though, including car mods and video!
started all a week ago when my fiance decided that I wasn't going to miss Gridlife round 1. This amazing woman motivated me to get off my ass and start to work on Sheri everyday. When I say everyday I mean it! After work which is about 11 hours with travel time everyday. Grinding out 5-6 hour nights to be up in 3-4 hours.
Fast forward to Thursday. The night before the event. I was working super late at work. Looked up and it was seven o clock. My buddy was sitting in front of my welders house waiting. Of course he was pissed that I wasn't there yet and left (he was having problems with his own car being frustrated). So while driving home I called a tow truck company and met them at the welders house.
Once the car was back home I spent the remainder of the night getting everything back together, An all nighter. The car was suppose to be at the tuner that night but clearly that didn't happen. Oh yeah and fixing a misfire
Friday mornings sunrise woke me up. with two hours of sleep I start getting things finalized and ready for the tuner. Ended up having to do way more then I thought. Fixing some leaks, wrapping somethings that might be problem, putting in sensors. Clearly I wasn't going to make Fridays practice day but that was acceptable. I headed out to devo tuning 2 hours late. When I got there they didn't have time since they had to get to kots.
So there I was with a car running hotter then normal, stock ecu in, with no help of getting to gridlife. Then I got a call from Mike at Redmistautomotive. Pretty much saying if you can get the csr to me we can get this thing going. So I took him up on his offer and drove the car 50 miles north. Not over heating since I had the air flow I needed moving on the expressway.
Upon arriving Mike knew it was going to be a task then what I was describing. He went over the car and some other stuff needed to be wrapped, things needed to be made. He gave me a true friends ultimatum. He could get the car running and idling but wasn't sure after that but if we do it we do it now. I accepted and we got to work. Then we got to one of the last tbings that was suppose to be easy. Swapping the injectors, got them in the rail and tried installing them on the intske manifold. These were suppose to be plug and play, but yet they were 1/4 inch to high to be mounted. Pkay make something to make that work, then it has about 1/32 play some to side in the manifold. What the fuck? Go on the companies website and find out fuck these are k series inejctors. Instead of making something work that might cause a fire we chose not to.
Now introducing Project Apple! This is my newly acquired 96' Miata. It was my fathers track car which he named Yoshi. This car is pretty much how I got started liking road course stuff.
There aren't many photos of my father and I but there are many times that we were seen at Windy City Miata Club Autocross events. In the photo above you can see my dad, Ron, and myself at the last Tire Rack event I've attended. That event was the first time I actually went off track, go figure right?
Did I mention we used to race the Miata in the Great Lakes Dragway Import wars? Let's just say I modeled my old 240sx to be able to compete with the Miata down the 1320. Drag racing is in my blood I must admit and it's all his fault.
My dad has stopped tracking all together so instead of selling it or parting it out he decided to give it to me! I'm ecstatic to get to work on Yoshi. Mainly because she helped me get started with out knowing it. A bonus is that Yoshi doesn't need much to be track worthy again.
I won't be campaigning this Miata as a full fledge race car. It'll be used as a fun summer car, back up time attack car, and a fun track toy. Who am I kidding it'll most likely get thrown into my Time Attack campaign next year when the S2000 acts up.
Look at the photo above, I haven't seen my S2000 look that clean in years! This project is called Apple because applehead is something my dad used to call me when I was smaller. Like rappers always stating that they never forget where they came from, well I haven't either....
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Welcome back to the Sheri limited class build. I'm starting to try and break this stuff up now in different steps. So step one was to take out as much weight as possible with an end goal of 2700lbs competition weight. So I commence to start inside Sheri.
At first I started to tackle all the extra wires. Once I got rid of all the SRS system wires (safety components that I can't be used anyway) I quickly figured out that I don't want to cause myself electrical problems. So I turned my focus to my malfunctioning heating system. I haven't had heat in over a year. To fix this problem, it's most likely something simple like a loose ground because the heat works on and off. Instead, I use this as a reason to take heater core and heating system out.
With the all those components out the way there is so much room for activities now! I tried my best combining all the left over wires together and tying them to the cross bar. There is also another reason I took everything from underneath the dash out.
Sheri is heading up to Rawspeed for fabrication of a few things. In a few weeks I'll be going up to Rawspeed and showing you exactly what we have under our sleeves. Next week I'll be introducing project Apple.....
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The off season has officially commenced. So today I have roughly five months to make double the power and fit twenty more millimeters of rubber underneath the car.
Decided to go with rc1 for a tire choice which bumps me up a class in gta, grid life and cscs. So with more grip I need more clearance, specifically in the front.
Now this is why I need more grip, thanks to Garrett, turbo smart, doc race, and on point Motorsports we are turbo'ing Sheri with a custom v mount and exhaust.
2016 season goal for Sheri is to place top five overall in all competitions. Power output wise, we are looking for 400-420. Let's hope the stock trans holds, you know I've been thinking about going the t-56 route.......
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
First off, like to thank my supporters, without them none of this would have been possible. Not just providing great products, but the endless amount of support I received this season was astronomic
We ended up placing second overall this season with gridlife and I couldn't have been any happier. My goal this season was to be in the top three in points. Next season is to be top five overall so we have a great deal of work to do.
First thing is first I need to inspect everything this off season and replace the things that wore out. Next is to add horsepower and cooking for said horsepower. Lastly is to add more grip mechanically and aerodynamically. I'll do my best to update this blog so stay tuned!!!
Proud to announce that speed academy will be on board with Sheri next season. With our focus being on grid life and CSCS time attack next year you will be catching more of Sheri on http://speed.academy
Stop by their site and you'll love all the how to's, event reporting, car builds, and so much more. I actually was a viewer of all their YouTube videos before I got a chance to meet them this year at grid life round 1. Can't wait to battle it out with their very on the S2000 formerly known as project ASS2000 (full build on their site).
The plan was to be at GIngerman on Friday morning to run S2000 challenge. Well, like always things never work as planned. I ended up running through the night/morning on my buddies LS powered 350Z. My car was done in an hour. I was told that it was going to involve a couple Hours on the Z, boy were we wrong! Mounting the power steering cooler seemed to be more of a custom affair rather than a bolt on one.
As I was falling asleep with the sun coming up on Friday morning I realized that it would not be smart to drive with zero sleep in a car that has the worse drone in the city. Oh, did I mention that Gingerman still is an hour and a half away with it Indiana terrible construction traffic. By the way they have been fixing 80 since I've been alive can you please just stop Indiana please!
I woke up around 3am (yeah, I went into hibernation) and headed out to Gingerman. The calm roads that early in the morning made everything seem smooth it was almost like most of the trip wasn't in Indiana. So fast forward a bit to arriving in pitch black track after taking a detour where I believed I was going to either die or get raped. I found a random spot and guess what, I had to sleep in my car since I was 3 hours early before the drivers meeting.
The day had begun and tracking was going well on the new repaved Gingerman. WMHM was a for sure experience you have to try if you like grassroots down to earth events. Everyone was super friendly and chill, not to mention we all were learning from each other and having some Battles here and there. Saturday there were random intense storms, coming in on what seemed like minutes. This surprisingly didn't bring down any spirits and the track dried right back up in under an hour.
As the day winded down the festivities commenced, all my friends having a good time. Chop top (a crx with the roof and windshield cut off) riding around with 30 dudes on it is handing out beer, a massive quantity of pork being served to the drivers, and everyone sharing their store thus far in the weekend. Truly a neat way to spend the evening with your track homes. Unfortunately, I was still exhausted and hung out for a while until I made a great bed out of my race tech rt1000 inside my car. Yeah, it was a shitty situation, only I fell fast asleep.
I woke up sometime at five am to look outside and see more rain and everyone bundled up in their tent, I believed for sure I should go home but me and Gingerman had unfinished business. Saturday I was running high 44s and my goal number was to hit the 43s so I couldn't run home until I had at least one session trying to do so
I ended up running into a little traffic the lap before this one, but the predicted lap said 43.8 so I know I can do it. Doesn't matter though, because WMHM isn't really about moving fast and pushing against the clock for me, it's about having a great time with all my track homies. That my friend is priceless!
"Just your ordinary track guy from the south suburbs of chicago. Thank you to all my supporters,friends and followers. With out you i would be nothing :)"-Devin Giles