Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
[QUOTE=FunkyStickman;738501]Stage 1 will put you in DSP, but also allows free intercooler upgrades. You'll need very sticky tires and a good suspension setup to be competitive there.QUOTE]
I'm running a Stage 1 in DSP with a K&N filter and a Magnaflow 2.5" ID muffler. On the suspension and tires side, I have an SPS strut brace, Progress springs, Koni adjustables, Progress rear swaybar, URaceCars subframe connectors (presently bolted, but I think I'll weld them this summer -- the rules say you can weld the connections to the "subframe" but not the pan), the rear wheels are shimmed to 1.5 degrees of negative camber and the fronts are adjusted to 1.5 degrees of negative, and I'm currently waiting on a set of 18" x 8.5" rims with Hoosier A6 255/35 x 18 tires on them.
These are in route now -- the inside story is that Hoosier made these as 265/275s but changed the markings to compete in a spec-tire category that's limited to 255s-- so these 255s are exactly as wide, 10.3", as the older Hooser 275s. According to Hoosier, the 255s will fit on an 8.5" rim and they're only 24.8" in diameter -- the stock 215/45 x 17s are 24.6" in diameter -- almost perfect! I also have a set of Falken Azenis 615s (245/45) on 7.5" wide 17" rims to save the slicks and to act as 'rain tires' for events in the rain. These Falkens are 9.1" wide on the ground.
The only concern right now is that the 18" wheels might be a little close to the struts -- like rubbing maybe. If so, then I'll get 2.5" or 3.0" wheel studs and buy some 1/2" wheel spacers. If I need spacers, I could even run Hoosier 285/30 x 18s which would 10.9" of rubber on the ground.
This past weekend I watched a fellow DSP competitor (he has been competing in STX for several years) in a Golf R32 -- a V6 with about 270 horse, weighs about 3300 lbs, all-wheel drive, coil-overs, sways, all custom suspension components, with 1.5" spacers running Hoosier 285/30 x 18s -- it was truly awesome to watch! And the local DS Acura ITR guy who always places in the SCCA Nationals, has decided to move up to DSP this year.
So I guess it won't be boring in DSP this year! I think I'd like boring... I'm planning to run in two National Tour events and the Nationals this year. I think I'll need lots of luck!