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Greetings from Charlotte! This is a fun story - love a budget minded build!

I'm just finishing up the rear end refresh and doing a topside reinforcement with either a Vince bar or x brace (both are in the garage, not sure which I'll use yet). Let me know if you need any tools or tips!

Man I'm so jealous of your rear subframe along with everything else, nothing is rusty. Mine is to the point where I'm afraid welds might start cracking!
 

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Greetings from Charlotte! This is a fun story - love a budget minded build!

I'm just finishing up the rear end refresh and doing a topside reinforcement with either a Vince bar or x brace (both are in the garage, not sure which I'll use yet). Let me know if you need any tools or tips!

I might have to take you up on your offer sometime...Having watched too many Redish videos on Youtube, I don't want to be taking any shortcuts on the rear subframe and will be doing lots things while I'm in there. I did rubber RTABs and limiters about 2 years ago, but will be doing the Camry RTAB along with sphericals on the upper and lower camber arms. I've got some polys to go in the diff mounts along with a finned cover I'd like to swap on while everything is out. I'm not sure if I want to go poly or solid aluminum on the subframe bushings yet.
 

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Man I'm so jealous of your rear subframe along with everything else, nothing is rusty. Mine is to the point where I'm afraid welds might start cracking!
Florida car bro. Always buy a Florida car.

I might have to take you up on your offer sometime...Having watched too many Redish videos on Youtube, I don't want to be taking any shortcuts on the rear subframe and will be doing lots things while I'm in there. I did rubber RTABs and limiters about 2 years ago, but will be doing the Camry RTAB along with sphericals on the upper and lower camber arms. I've got some polys to go in the diff mounts along with a finned cover I'd like to swap on while everything is out. I'm not sure if I want to go poly or solid aluminum on the subframe bushings yet.
Man we have a lot to talk about... I'll shoot you a PM.
 

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Just found this thread, awesome build. I'm over near Winston-Salem if you're ever out this way.
 

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Nice ZHP!

What class do you run? OOps, saw it is DSP snaptube word to pdf vidmate . I have 255 Hoosiers but rolled the fenders. I'm in North Wilkesboro if you want to compare notes.
like to keep the complete stock interior. However, for my weight goal of 3,000 lb, I may have to pull the front seats as a lot of weight can be lost here. These things may change, but ultimately I want it to still be comfortable for day to day driving, hot or cold, rain or shine.
 

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Work has been slow this summer with wedding planning (around COVID too) taking up lots of time. But we refuse to push that back! I had the chance to join a few friends at the Charlotte ROVAL for a track night in America hosted by SCCA. They were well organized and things went smoothly with safety a top priority. The ROVAL has always been on the list of must drive tracks, at least once. The allure of driving on a NASCAR track was appealing and I had never been on banking before. All I can say is WOW, I wasn't expecting to have as much fun as I did. From watching videos on Youtube, you don't get a feel for the steering feel and g-forces entering and during the banking. iRacing had given me some experience with the track layout, so I was pretty much able to get out strong right away. It wasn't until the third session that I was real comfortable with the banking and didn't lift all the way through. At one point, I looked down to see 127ish. Not quite what the NASCARs are doing, but it feels plenty fast. The Azenis held up well, but with some fatigue in the third session, I started over driving a bit and getting them greasy. I was also getting caught up following some people instead of driving my line and that caused some issues as well. The only injury was a busted window regulator which ended up being one of the bolts holding the window to the red clip, so a free fix is very nice! Here's a clip of the second session of the day. NASA had two weekends at VIR this year and I plan on attending at least one of them.


Here's the gang at the end of the evening before we drove back to Raleigh in the rain.


Obligatory photo going into T1.
 
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