I went to Sebring last February and had an absolute blast, so I'm going to do it again. There is a thread somewhere on the forum of my pics and videos from the event. Technically, I'm still wait-listed for Saturday because I was late to register (reasons are many). Regardless, I'm getting my car ready to go and want to get some feedback on my setup this time.
First the particulars: It's a 2008 CS with less than 40K, tiptronic, sport chrono, sport seats, and 18" wheels.
Last outing I stayed stock and spent my money on the following: clear bra (full front, hood, headlights, mirrors, and half-fenders), a helmet, oil change, and new Motul 600 brake fluid. The car was great in do-nothing form save a few caveats. For my skill level, I didn't feel that lack of power was holding me back despite being way down on it compared to much of the field. Sure I got passed by better cars and better drivers, but more wasn't going to make ME better. Additionally the tiptronic transmission would short-shift 4th-5th putting me in what I considered to be less-than optimal point in the power-band. Other than trying to press the buttons myself, there isn't anything I can do about that. The stock Bridgestone 050A's weren't the stickiest and seemed like I could have taken corners faster with different rubber. I also think I bungled the tire pressures, but more on that later. Where I really felt short was in braking. I wanted to brake later and more aggressively, but I had to get on the brakes so soon and even the instructor commented on how I needed to either brake harder or sooner and was surprised that I couldn't make "harder" happen. My pads were running pretty low, but I wasn't entirely out of material.
This outing, so far I have spent my money on the following: a GoPro for a second video angle, an external mic to try to avoid all that wind noise, oil change and brake fluid again, new stock brake pads all around, new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and an alignment dialing in as much negative camber as they could with stock suspension. The result was approximately -1.0 in the front and -1.5 in the rear. I'll post the alignment specs a little later for commentary.
I have some outstanding modifications at home that I haven't made yet that I could use some input on. First, I have a DREAM 1 in a box that's been sitting there for months. Is it easy to put on myself and I just need to go do it? Claims are +5 hp from reduced backpressure and a changed exhaust note. I know its a "can't hurt" option, but I'd appreciate any thoughts users of this mod have on its butt-dyno results and exhaust note impressions. Second is a Softronic tune. I made the purchase when the special was running months ago, but have been too lazy to plug my computer in to read the file, send it in, and get the tune back. Any added risks here when on the track? Do I just need to get off my lazy bum and do that too?
I don't have oiling mods at all, but honestly there doesn't seem to be enough sustained high-speed insane turns to do the kind of catastrophic damage others have experienced. Additionally, as I said I have a tiptronic. I haven't heard of a single driver of a tip have an engine grenade on them, BUT please chime in if you know of this happening! It could be that over-revs are an impossibility on an auto making it less likely to damage. More likely I am really justifying my lack of action into a false sense of security.
Finally, back to tire pressure. I ran cold temps of 33 front, 36 rear, getting into the mid 40s when hot. I am pretty sure that was all wrong, but I didn't see any strange tire wear as a result afterwards. I've tried searching for a definitive recommendation, and I'm sure they exist buried in some of the thread results, but I'd rather just ask again.
Have I left anything out? Anything else I need? I'm not looking for big mods at this point as I'm already $3K in this time before event fees, gas, and a hotel. I considered Pagid Yellows to improve braking, but $600 feels like a big pill to swallow at this point. I am okay spending a used Kia on prep and the event itself, but not really much more.
Thanks for all of your help! Let me know if I'll see you there!