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Thread: Project Archetype

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    SpeedHero

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    No updates right now, waiting on custom control arms, but I did get sent a photo of my car someone took with a film camera. I like the contrast of era.

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    Some things kinda happened this week











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    Here's a link to the scan if you feel like playing around with 2017 BRZ suspension.

    Note the arm and strut top are not located in the exact location on the car. You'll need to fiddle around to get those in the perfect spot.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GgZ...ew?usp=sharing
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    That liftback is cool

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    Less is more. That's the whole point of this project. I see many new owners throwing parts at their twins and swiping their credit cards to make the car different than stock. As someone who introduces many people to the fun of drifting for the first time, I get frustrated by waft of mods recommended and the high sum of their costs.

    This post is minimal in changes. Archetype's purpose is to mod the car as little as possible, not as much. To refresh you, or those who've skipped the first post: I want to find the minimum needed to make the car slide well.

    This weekend I finally got a chance to test a slippery setup. When teaching new drifters we often talk about the "power to grip ratio" and I've been struggling to find a comfortable tire combo that felt good.

    I was given a set of 16" Forrester wheels and managed to find some 195/55r16s in a 440 tread wear range.



    I was worried about the overall diameter being slightly larger than the 215/45R17 on the car, but having run the Valinos for most of the year, the power to grip ratio was unbalanced, and ultimately frustrating and exhausting to drive.

    It's important that the car feels casual, comfortable and predictable to drive. I hate having to clutch kick the car every transition and entry.

    Switching to a much slipperier tire from the Valinos, just made the whole experience more enjoyable. It felt closer to my Corollas than ever before, though I can confirm we're still not there.

    The slippery setup did make the software hatred far less. Though there were still arguments in the car with it, the disagreements has less dire consequences.

    One other mod that was a must to install after someone crashed my car for me ^^^^ few posts up; was installing a spin turn knob. I'm still having to touch the handbrake from time to time.



    This tire change seems really simple and obvious, but unless I test each piece of the puzzle individually, and document it clearly, it may not be obvious to someone.

    I'd say this switch to 205/55r16 at 45psi was a good 20% chunk of our problem, which means we've made about 70% of the way to our goal.

    To understand our short, but very specific list of mods so far:

    -Spool ~ 35% improvement. The Torsen ****in' stinks
    -ABS Fuse in the trash. ~ 10% improvement. Spin out and stall? Don't have time to pedal dance again, just let me drive.
    -205/55r16 440 treadwear @ 45psi ~ 20% improvement
    -Stage 1 OFT tune ~ 0% improvement. Nearly unnoticeable, don't waste your time.
    -Spin turn knob ~ 5% improvement. Just handy. All my cars have had them, and this Cusco one and matching shift knob was a gift from a PepBoys warehouse closure (don't ask. lol).

    There are still times where the throttle bogs and delays it's response at random, but we're closer.

    I have seats to go in, which I am excited about. The coilovers I don't really care much for, and will hold back installing them for a long time as I really don't think you need them at all for the driveability feeling of the car.

    I'm looking forward to a redrilled set of stock knuckles and some spaced out stock arms to complete the few low-buck high-reward mods I'm focusing on at this point in the process.

    I'm eager to do what everyone else does and clip a bunch of mods on as fast as possible because I wanna be a ****head in traffic and pretend I'm cool, but I'm doing my best to hold back and document all the small things and ultimately focus on the feel of the moment in the drift and what few cheap things I can do to make the biggest improvement in that feeling.

    SpeedHero

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