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Great Advice From JAW (more & LONG) (archive)

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Posted by Chip Eberhart on February 12, 2000 at 23:21:24:

In Reply to: Advice on track mods, please (long, sorry) posted by Patrick FitzGerald on February 09, 2000 at 09:25:45:

JAW gave great advice on shifting manually.
And Patrick is correct in practicing this technique along with left foot braking on the street. Shifting and braking are techniques that should always be practiced in as controlled a situation as possible (off the track). I strongly believe that by bringing these skills to the track, rather than working on them at the track, you'll have a much better experience.

As for upgrading your suspension after one school, I'd suggest you don't. You'll do much better to get yourself a lightweight helmet (so you can turn your head easier to look into the turn) and a good harness setup (so you can work on smooth inputs instead of jerky ones caused by using too much strength to stay upright in the seat and having less than desireable muscle control to turn the wheel smoothly).
Whenever you modify your suspension you're increasing the chance of having a less than predictable outcome. If you do alter the suspension (after being smooth and consistent rather than relying on upgrades to get you around the track faster which never happens) get some seat time in a car with the exact setup you plan to install. Make sure it fits your needs. If you don't have experience tuning suspensions, find someone that does. If you can't find someone that does, order a tuned suspension from Dinan.

- Chip

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