By Don Stevens
I have actually not driven Road Atlanta in a properly equipped Spec E30. I have driven it in a high performance street E30, my old Alpina C2. While it was capable, it did not have sticky tires, racing pads, or a racing seat. It was also my highly coveted daily driver. Therefore, I was being a bigger pussy than I would be in the SE30.
Having said that, I have instructed there several times and have ridden with some very fast E30 pilots. That being said, we do not instruct even superior students to use exit rumble strips at 5 and 7, nor go flat down the hill through the esses, or flat down the hill through 11. I’ll give you my driver’s ed tips below. You can use these to get your bearings during the first session or two...
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When I hear SPEC E30, I tend to think of a bunch of old dirty 80s cars trying to make it around a track. I think of bumping, rubbing and the smell of dirty fuel in the air. Well it's exactly what I thought and more, in the best of ways.
1. Remove your power steering system. This includes the belt, pump, lines, and reservoir. You may need to raise the motor to access the 2 banjo bolts.
2. Turn your rack full lock from one side to the other side 3-4 times. This removes unnecessary fluid.
3. Slide 1 washer onto the smaller banjo bolt. Slide the delete onto the smaller banjo bolt. Now slide 1 washer onto the same smaller banjo bolt. Your delete should be sandwiched between 2 washers on the smaller banjo bolt.
4. Slide 2 washers onto the larger banjo bolt. Slide the larger banjo bolt with the 2 washers onto the delete. Now slide 1 washer onto the larger banjo bolt.. Your delete should be sandwiched between 3 washers on the larger banjo bolt.
5. Install your delete onto your rack by tightening your banjo bolts.
* Please note, It is important to make sure you do not overtighten your delete. We repeat, do not crush the powersteering delete. When you are finished, your delete should be installed with the washers in the same placement as the photo below:
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