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Track Prep

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Anyone come across a "track prep" guide? i've had cars that have an owner's manual supplement describing track prep details (e.g. changing diff fluid at a certain mileage, using different oil weight, removing brake duct blockers, etc). my buddy just got an FL5 and states there is nothing like this that he can find.

I'm sure i'll get the car out on the track and want to follow the recs from Honda/Acura if they have some.

In the absence of a supplement i'll probably do the basics: pads, fluid, +/- tires (i might just use the stock tires and burn through those first before putting on some R comps, perhaps). i'll probably look into a second set of wheels for the track tires.

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Anyone come across a "track prep" guide? i've had cars that have an owner's manual supplement describing track prep details (e.g. changing diff fluid at a certain mileage, using different oil weight, removing brake duct blockers, etc). my buddy just got an FL5 and states there is nothing like this that he can find.

I'm sure i'll get the car out on the track and want to follow the recs from Honda/Acura if they have some.

In the absence of a supplement i'll probably do the basics: pads, fluid, +/- tires (i might just use the stock tires and burn through those first before putting on some R comps, perhaps). i'll probably look into a second set of wheels for the track tires.

Thanks!
Matt
for the fl5, I remember seeing a video that mentions that the protective piece under the hood vent can be removed for additional heat extraction (it's put in place for protection from inclement weather [i.e. rain]). I would imagine the same could be done for the its
 

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I haven't seen anything yet - but definitely keeping an eye out & watching this thread. I've really just done street & drag racing, so I'm jumping into maybe a little autocross but really want to get heavier into hot/open lapping. Anything as close to circuit as possible without other cars to bump into. 😆 I do have a local track & coach who is a good friend/old coworker of my father in laws. I picked up an SCCA membership a few months ago if I can get into any time trials or anything of the like.
 

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I ran my 1st track day (FL5) 100% bone stock. I did nothing other than tape on numbers and install the tow hook that comes stock. I've heard one is not included with the DE5 so that maybe you're first order of business, especially if your promoter requires it.

GridZilla has some decent FL5 track content.

https://www.youtube.com/@GridZilla/videos
 
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I ran a track day full stock to have a baseline. No issues whatsoever, no temps issue and no brake fade. My track runs 15 mins session.
I will run dedicated wheels (titan7 ts5) and tires (nankang crs) and will most likely run hawk dtc70/60 with rbf660 once i finish the stock pads
 

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I ran a track day full stock to have a baseline. No issues whatsoever, no temps issue and no brake fade. My track runs 15 mins session.
I will run dedicated wheels (titan7 ts5) and tires (nankang crs) and will most likely run hawk dtc70/60 with rbf660 once i finish the stock pads
I'll be running the Nankangs tomorrow @ Charlotte. What cold pressures were you starting with? It sounds like they like a target of 34-37lbs hot.
 
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I'll be running the Nankangs tomorrow @ Charlotte. What cold pressures were you starting with? It sounds like they like a target of 34-37lbs hot.
Yep 34 hot is the target, i started 31 cold and monitored the pressures after each session
 

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anybody know if there's a spot to put a tow hook on the its? Like something built in?
 

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anybody know if there's a spot to put a tow hook on the its? Like something built in?
FL5 gets a detachable portion of their diffuser to attach rear tow hook (attached pic). That hole might be there for DE5 but no removable part. I know there’s a beefy attachment point under the front of DE5 closer toward driver side that I use for front security chain when flat bed towing with uhaul but don’t think it would be good for tow hook/track day emergency tow pull


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FL5 gets a detachable portion of their diffuser to attach rear tow hook (attached pic). That hole might be there for DE5 but no removable part. I know there’s a beefy attachment point under the front of DE5 closer toward driver side that I use for front security chain when flat bed towing with uhaul but don’t think it would be good for tow hook/track day emergency tow pull


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Yet another point for the CTR if tracking is a consistent thing you want to do in your car, and your track/event requires a tow hook. I'm sure someone at some point will fabricate tow hooks on their ITS, but that kind of jumps the shark a bit on what this car is about.

Just my personal opinion, but if your goal on a race track is to maximize your timed runs, you should probably pick a different car. The car is great on track, but it's pretty clear that there were design/engineering decisions made that reduced tracking as a priority use case, and you'd end up just working backwards if you have visions of going much farther than a typical HPDE.

It is unfortunate if your local track just has a hard requirement for a tow hook even for non-timed events. You'd just be shit out of luck if that's the case.
 

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I always go with Track Daze and they do not have a hard requirement for a tow hook. just suggest you install it if you have one. I'm all HPDE, nothing more. Just about fun with the car.
 
 
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