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yokotavia posted a topic in Build ThreadsAlright you mother fuckers, I'm about to post like 200 pics and a short story of this entire year and what led up to my first year of Lonestar Drift FD Pro/am. Traveling from florida to Texas for each round left me and friends with hundreds of memories, tons of drifting, tons of money spent, and I ending up 5th overall for 2013. First heres my old x8 i got in 2010 or so. 1j, r154, coilovers, wheels, welded diff and that was pretty much it since i daily drove it and drifted it at local events. [/url] We broke up, I drank 40s all the time. Then I saw this shitbox that was ameen's for sale on jzxp. Austin had it in northern alabama and I wanted it mainly since it already had a Cage that was pretty legit Alabama has malt liquor in 4 packs threw the s9 kit from it on my DD cressida and cut the roof off it for some big car meet since it would be the last time I legally drove a cressida on the street since then. removed all parts from it since I knew I would need them later Scrapped it Began putting in hours on the new to me chassis by painting the entire interior one solid color ordered tons of parts which was pretty cool since i was single and living in a tiny apartment my entire paychecks would go to race car shit. (which is totally stupid and fuck you) more parts Had to remove and replace LITERALLY everything that could bolt to this chassis Entire front suspension Entire rear suspension Gas tank Under chassis fuel lines/brake lines Brake booster/ master cylinders Many days were spent under the car on the ground fixing shit Started the wiring ended up with switch panel 12 circuit racecar chassis harness 240sx 8 relay holder/ 8 relays came out alot better than I expected and all my circuits worked which were Ignition Fuel pump Headlights/Tailights Brake lights wiper Got the car together for the most part Made my own hydro ebrake dual caliper bracket that uses stock x8 calipers (this was before XM released their own) More fancy parts grabbed a P5858 and had it fully rebuilt by precision and some 550s from kyle sent to driftmotion for cleaning Wastegate dump came out pretty Went over my engine harness and fixed a few broken connectors. Beard Achilles radial sent me support program vinyl (huge nightmare later so read on) AEM came in <3 got tired of not driving so I went to a Nola Motorsports Park event in December 2012. drove some RHD s13 saw this and it began my banana boat ideas Got a SWEET 12 valve cummins truck for a score to tow my banana boat to Texas Intercooler mounts/piping exhaust Hydro setup with -4 AN brake line loaded the base map driftmotion sent with the aem and it barely ran made a simple cluster with wideband and the aem serial gauge which is amazing loaded it up and took it to TDC in mobile, alabama and had them tune it to 14psi. (maxed my factory map sensor) made 350hp/330tq on pump gas drove it to the gas station a few times Shakedown TOOK MY CAR TO SHAKEDOWN at a Nola event. car FELT GREAT Huge relief after this event since a few months ago this thing wasn't even a rolling chassis lots of tandem My genius friend made a sweet GM 3 bar map sensor in an oem jz map sensor case. painted it with rustoleum industrial building paint after i saw that genesis and saw a "how to" in hotrod magazine ROUND 1 Achilles radial didn't have any tires for the support program so i bought some atr sports (235/40/18s) from tires-easy and Loaded the car with vinyl and onto the trailer and headed for Texas Lonestar drift round 1. Took the car Back to TDC on the way to texas for retune with GM 3 bar and to 20psi. car made 410hp/400tq and felt fucking rad as shit! was suppose to stay with gibbs in houston, but after getting drunk at his place we decided to crash at a hotel. woke up the next morning to this with alot of shit missing from the truck. luckily the car was ok this was my first ever "pro/am" event and i had expected it to have a really strict tech inspection and everyone be assholes but it was the COMPLETE opposite of that. got lots of tandem practice in (too much) first time changing tires at this event and both of my electric impact batteries were dead. had to change tires with a 1/2 ratchet and i somehow managed to fuck my studs up. (ALL OF THEM) so we had to literally cross thread lug nuts on. luckily the studs were ARP haha everything at the event went great except I ran out of achilles before qualifying. LOL Borrowed some used tires from Nacho and barely squeezed into top 16. qualified like 14th or 15th so. bought some Kendas 265/35/18 from Turnbow since he broke his R154 during practice. and went into competition Round 1 was quite some time ago (march) so I barely remember exact details of the comp but there was alot of confusion at the starting line about which car led, when we could change tires, ect.. had to call 5 minutes to swap tires during top 8 since we had a few OMTs and almost got DQ'd since we were literally changing tires looking like retarded cavemen. I remember sitting in the drivers seat fully suited while my pit guys are cross threading the lug nuts on and Aaron Losey (runs all the events) is at my drivers window asking ARE YOU READY?? YOU GOTTA GET OUT THERE NOW! so i told them to drop the jack and i did a quick burnout and rushed to the start line. not knowing how many lug nuts i had on or if they were even tight. finished those runs and won the battle so i returned to my pits and my guys tell me none of the lug nuts were over 20ft lbs. got all of them torqued down to 85 ft lbs and went back out for final 4 went against Tim and that was a confusing and sketchy battle since he was handicapped with a broken r154 thrust washer. had no 1st or 3rd. I beat Tim and got pretty stoked at this point since it meant i was finishing at least 3rd place. I ended up smashing Nacho in the door pretty good out of the excitement lost the battle to move on and finished my weekend and first pro/am event strong with a 3rd place finish the drive home sucked. UPDATE Round 2: Round 2 was CRAZY. Event was held at Texas Motor Speedway on the road course. I was really stoked on this because I had heard it would be super fast and the track was really grippy! Since the car was pretty solid after round 1, all i had to do was chop the studs to normal length and get more lug nuts. also redid my alignment with +.2 camber and a little more toe in in the rear for traction during squatting. Ordered achilles radials through the support program for this event and ended up getting 8 of their 123S semi-slick in 265/35/18. They come individually wrapped which sucks to remove These things are the best tire Ive ever driven on. better than 615k, NT05, AD07, AD08, all of them! (Achilles on Left) Left saturday morning from florida and drove all day to our hotel near TMS got to the hotel and drank a few Yuenglings that we brought with us. Crashed out early and woke up to hotel breakfast and then headed to the track. TMS is HUGE and the whole facility is amazing (dont mind the vinyl, ill tell that story later) Got out onto the track for my first runs with the 123S in the rear and the car would barely spin them with 45PSI hot in them. at first i thought the car was down on power, but we bumped up the pressure to 65psi hot in all of the rear tires i had and went out for some more seat time. it helped ALOT. even at 65PSI these things had tons of grip and were blowing my mind! 65psi hot in the rear tires felt pretty sweet but during practice into the first corner I would have some understeer issues since i was still running regular ATR SPORTs up front from round 1. lowered front tire pressure to like 15psi and kept 65psi in the rears and it bandaided the understeer problems drove alot from 9am to 2pm Had our drivers meeting then went out for qualifying. I qualified 11th I think and it was pretty difficult figuring out these new tires. Went into top 16 and advanced onto top 8. there was alot of crashes and crazy stuff happening and the dude i was suppose to battle for top 8 had fucked his shit up too bad to repair for top 8 so I got a bi-run into final 4. for this battle I went against Mike with a 600hp e36. He qualified higher so he led first. is car is fast as FUCK, and pulled a decent gap on the straight away. we both linked the course and i had minor deductions for lack of proximity I guess. On my lead run he was pretty close to me and on our transition into the final sweeper i threw in tons of angle to scrub my speed to make the corner and Mike did the same except he spun behind me and I finished out the run which gave me the win against him. I was stoked again to have at least 3rd place. Tim with the SC was my next battle and he led our first run. top of 3rd into the first corner, he initiates, I initiate...hes on the proper line and I'm understeering into failure!!! On my lead run I tried to make up for it but he had no major corrections and beat me. haha Heres a video from the entire event. Shows how terrible I was driving, and how different everyone was driving. everyone was running different speeds, lines, transitioning in different areas. everything was chaos lol really sweet fly by of me at :43 [media=600x600] [/media] So I finished 3rd at round 2. and i was really stoked. was 3rd in points overall at this point which meant If i kept up this consistency for 3 more rounds I would get a pro license. Still have rounds 3-5 to add!! this year was longer than i thought! LOL