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Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« on: June 01, 2011, 09:26:45 AM »
Hi All,

Thought l would start this off with my experience with my 75ts at Winton.
My 75 is standard apart from Koni Yellows, and slightly more open exhaust by removing the back muffler and adding a hot dog. It,s quiet at 110ks on the Hwy, but has a nice note when driven on the track.

The first time l took the 75 to Winton was also my first time on a track. As far as preparation went all l did was the BASIC STUFF, New Oil and filter, Air filter, bleed out all the old brake fluid so it had all new fluid though the system. l had just done the front brakes up, so l new all was good there, but l did re check wheel bearings. l used new Lucas brake pads front and back and had no problem at all with the brakes.

Even in it's standard form it was exceptionally good to drive, fast and lots of fun. The only thing l have changed since is front brake pads, l went to a full track day brake pad from "QFM" recommend to me by Bruno at Maranello Motors. l should do the same with the rears but haven't yet, still running the Lucas in the rears.

Hope that is helpful to anyone looking to take a 75 to a club sprint. l highly recommend taking your car to Winton even in relative standard trim you will learn a lot. The 75ts is a particularly good performer on the track. The Alfa club sprint days are very well run, friendly and always have plenty of help and advice on hand if you need it.

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 10:34:44 AM »
Interesting you raise this Paul, talking to Neil Choi the other day he said there were a lot of owners on the edge of putting their toe in the water with their first  sprint.

I found this article produced by forum oracle Evan Bottcher buried in the club archives. Maybe a good time to pull it out and re read.

http://www.alfaclubvic.org.au/component/option,com_remository/Itemid,40/func,startdown/id,91/  ( hit the download link)



For any members that have possibly just put an old alfa onto club plates or owners that have just wondered what Sandown racetrack looks like from the other side remember the Sandown meeting on 12/06/2011 is re introducing parade laps during the lunch time break.

PARADE LAPS

The parade laps will hopefully be scheduled at lunchtime (somewhere between 12pm-1:30pm) for 20 minutes lead by the Presidential and Safety Alfa.

The conditions for parade laps are:
- limited numbers so you should get in touch with me to book a place
- no excessive speed
- no lagging behind, a maximum of 5 car lengths behind leading car
- passengers allowed, no helmet required but seat belts fastened
- SAFETY being priority

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Great opportunity to have a look or "put a toe in the water" for something that deep down every red blooded Alfa owner would love to do.

Come out and have a look stay an hour or stay the whole day . Free admission . Enter of Dandenong Road.
See you all at Sandown.

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2011, 10:49:17 AM »
Bump,

Here's some vision of club member Steve Aarons having a lot of fun in his road going Alfa 75 at Sandown May last year.

http://www.alfaclubvic.org.au/forum/index.php?topic=4891.0

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2011, 12:26:17 PM »
Great stuff Paul, if I recall correctly you were quite quick at Winton too!

The only thing I'd add is for prospective sprinters is to familiarise yourself with the supplementary regs and have the correct helmet, along with getting a fire extinguisher installed.

Neil and the other volunteers always run a great day and for that AROCA should be proud as their reputation is glowing throughout the club communities.
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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011, 05:56:02 PM »
Hi Paul

It was great to have a chat with you at Winton about your car and Sprint experiences.
You have indeed inspired me, having thought about it for years I think I am ready to have a go.
Just need the right car now, most likely its going to have the numbers ‘75’ on the boot lid!

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 08:36:24 PM »
paul there is a funday at winton on the 8th july and a sprint on the 9th you should come over and have a play, there are a few alfas that get there for these days now.
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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 11:00:54 PM »
Thanks Paul,

Now I'm quite inspired to get my newly aquired 75 to the track. All i really need to do is get some tyres, the rear brakes sorted, (perhaps a new set of EBC Greenstuff pads too) and if possible find a fix to get the tacho working properly, it reads way to low.
That way i'll get a good baseline on the stock car an have a lot of fun too. I've only been to winton a couple of times before, and that was years ago.

Cheers

Darren

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2011, 01:37:09 AM »
sorry got the dates wrong its sat 9th sun 10th, as per usual this will conflict with a alfa sprint day but if ur not going its good for a bit of light fun
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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011, 09:32:01 PM »
Hi all,

I was having a good look under the 75 TS on the W/E and noticed that the rear sway bar bushes were chewed out, bits of rubber hanging out etc. none of the other bushes on the car seemed that bad, but nothing looked new either... so i'm after a bit more advice; what bushes to use. Also, which ones on the car are most likely to need replacing, or do i bite the bullet & get the lot done?

The other big question at the moment is tyres. I run 17's on the road with Kumho tyres (over diameter by quite a bit) and i'd rather not scrub them out on the track.
i am looking to get some rubber for trackdays and have two sets of rims i could choose from; original 14 x 6.5's or 15 x 6's off a 90. not looking to spend a fortune and after some thoughts as to brand, size, availabilty etc. i would be putting them on just for the event and the trip there and back (which is a couple of hours in my case.)

thanks in advance for your thoughts,

Darren

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2011, 10:03:21 PM »
I too have been thinking about having a "go" in my TS 156.
redsky, I bought a second set of rims and purchased some second hand Potenza's (Roadworthy) from a local tyre shop for just over $100.00 which might be worth investigating at a store near you.

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2011, 10:31:54 PM »
hi darren
where abouts are you located, i run 16's on my 90 but i have a few stock 90 rims avail if you need some, i have a set there with very used semi slicks may be a bit of fun still there, in the 75 i would travel over on ur normal rims and then just change them when you get there (thats if ur driving it there) you can get federals semi slick 15's about 170 each but look on ebay there is always second hand rubber for both sizes.
bix there are a few 156 running around so my advice is just have a crack
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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2011, 05:30:06 PM »
If you just want to dip the toe in being on the track with your 75, Pauls' outline is great. Keeps the car street usable and you get a chance to sniff the atmosphere. Adding appropriate track tyres, brake pads and fresh brake fluid still keeps costs down and will enhance your experience.

As things evolve however, you will find the 75 has too much performance robbing weight around the place and once you start the downhill run of weight reduction, it's only a matter of time before it becomes a dedicated race car needing a trailer and its own budget.

So keep it real and be under no illusions. Make a clear choice for yourself and stick to it. You will have unexpected expenses in whatever stage you want to use the car in and in any case, you need to be ready for that. There is nothing more frustrating than to have a tow truck take your daily driver home because you have broken couplings, CV's, fried the clutch, blown a brake hose,radiator hose or some other hoodoo nuisance all of which you need to understand could happen (and does).
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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2011, 06:41:53 PM »
Hey Darren,

My 2 cents worth now: I started sprinting in a bog standard 75 twinnie and had a ball. if you are going to invest in a set of semi slicks for the track, buy a set of 185/60/14s and put them on your original 14 x 6.5s. The offset of those original 14s is factory perfect, looks hot and will be a great fit for the 185/60s. Also the rolling diameter of the 185/60 is 577.6, which is nice and small, keeping the gearing as low as possible for the twinnie's 4.1 final drive. The team at Stuckey's will fix you up with a set of Dunlop DZ03Gs, which are a very nice tyre. Go for the hard compound to begin with, as they will last longest and with stock suspension you won't make the most of a soft tyre anyway.

Having the donuts checked is very good advice.

While the other bushes won't make or break your sprint day, they'll sure help firm things up and make the 75 feel better.

Have a blast. After a few meetings you'll be cursing how softly sprung the old girl is, but you can drive them to the limit and they're extremely forgiving. Damn I want another 75, but I'm completely out of garage space, yard space and street parking.

Cheers, Brent

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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2011, 11:24:13 PM »
Hey Paul,

That was indeed awesome fun.  ;D ;D   I think we had at least 8 75's running that day.  I'm aiming to be there for the August meet, so let's do it all again.  Winton is a great track for new people to have a try on.  In a standard 75 the fastest you'll go is about 140kmh briefly, which is not too scary and because the run groups are arranged so that you are with cars doing roughly similar lap times, you get a lot of open track to enjoy.
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Re: Preparing a 75ts for some club sprints.
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2011, 10:16:34 PM »
My 75 TS is currenly sitting in Shepparton at the local suspension place while they search (apparently unsuccessfully) for rear swaybar bushes. Can someone point me in the direction of someone who may have them in stock?

Thanks,

Darren.