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I need some advise on getting set up for my first track day. I'm going to be running at the ZNationals this year and they are racing at Road Atlanta.

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Need advise on getting set up for the track

I need some advise on getting set up for my first track day. I'm going to be running at the ZNationals this year and they are racing at Road Atlanta.

My car has the sport brake package with the Z1 SS lines, drilled and slotted rotors, "Super Blue" brake fluid.

My tires are Bridge Stone S-04 Pole Positions
(F) 265/35/19
(R) 305/30/19

Im lowered on Swifts with Z1 upper control arms and SPL rear camber arms with toe bolts.

What is a good track pad to get? and is there anything else I should get for the car, to make it track ready?

Thanks in advance...
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Careful with the ATE fluid if you plan to go hard on the brakes; it can boil pretty easy on the track. I switched over to Motul RBF600 since the Super Blue is illegal in the US now.

How hard you go on the brakes will also determine what pads are best for you. Carbotech XP10 or XP12 are most common front track pads. But you might be ok with EBC Yellowstuff or something similar if you're not too hard on them.
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A lot of good stuff in this thread

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Careful with the ATE fluid if you plan to go hard on the brakes; it can boil pretty easy on the track. I switched over to Motul RBF600 since the Super Blue is illegal in the US now.

How hard you go on the brakes will also determine what pads are best for you. Carbotech XP10 or XP12 are most common front track pads. But you might be ok with EBC Yellowstuff or something similar if you're not too hard on them.
I know from spirited driving on the street im pretty hard on them...
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I know from spirited driving on the street im pretty hard on them...
There is no comparison though. Hard street driving is a easy lap around the track.
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I know from spirited driving on the street im pretty hard on them...
Hard braking on the track = threshold braking

Most spirited street driving does not involve threshold braking.

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There is no comparison though. Hard street driving is a easy lap around the track.
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There is no comparison though. Hard street driving is a easy lap around the track.
Thus is why I came here to ask people I know and trust...
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What about Hawk pads for the track?? They are way cheaper...
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Do you have an oil cooler?

There are Hawk pads that will suffice but they are tough on rotors. Carbotech XP10 in front 8 in rear.

If this is your first track event you'll be just fine with an oil cooler and brakes as discussed. Super Blue will suffice; bleed the calipers a day or two before you go.

Bring a fuel can or plan on running to the gas pumps to keep yourself topped off. Fuel starvation is real.
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Do you have an oil cooler?

There are Hawk pads that will suffice but they are tough on rotors. Carbotech XP10 in front 8 in rear.

If this is your first track event you'll be just fine with an oil cooler and brakes as discussed. Super Blue will suffice; bleed the calipers a day or two before you go.

Bring a fuel can or plan on running to the gas pumps to keep yourself topped off. Fuel starvation is real.
Yes I have a 25 row cooler, I also have a trans cooler and after market power steering cooler.
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Hawk pads are for a hard rotor like Racing Brake 2 piece rotors. They will chew up a softer rotor. First time out. Yellowstuffs will work until you get some seat time. Be prepared to top off the tank after each session.
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Hawk pads are for a hard rotor like Racing Brake 2 piece rotors. They will chew up a softer rotor. First time out. Yellowstuffs will work until you get some seat time. Be prepared to top off the tank after each session.
My buddy who owns a local shop told me about Ferodo DS2500 pads.. He told me he runs them and loved them.. Any thoughts?
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My buddy who owns a local shop told me about Ferodo DS2500 pads.. He told me he runs them and loved them.. Any thoughts?
I have a friend who runs Ferodo pads, but they're a bit pricey and the DS2500 is more of a street pad, you would want the DS1.11's on the track.
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I like Cobalt Friction's XR2 compound for serious track/racing. Easy on rotors, broad heat range, great initial bite and modulation, easy release.
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Don't use drilled rotors. EBC or Carbotech as others have suggested. If you're close on any of your fluid change intervals, best to just take care of them before. Jack the car up and get under it to check for any small leaks, rubbing, loose lines, loose bolts, etc.
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