thewheelerZ

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    1998 but now 1993, 626, LX-V6

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  1. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    Nice work guys. It amazing what the 626 can do with solid driving.
  2. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    Yeah, the trademark came off the name from the time when it was CART so they picked it up. Re-branding. Same series basically.
  3. '98 626 Chump Racer!

    So... what are we going to race next? Similar idea, just way more power. Family sedan. Japanese. 2002 Nissan Maxima. 3.5 L V6, 6 Speed manual. 255 hp. I suspect it wont handle like the mazdas do, but it certainly will not be in need of horsepower! Again, thanks to everyone for the help over the 3-4 years we have been hanging around on this forum. Im firmly in the Mazda fanboy camp now, daily drive a Mazda 6 Wagon and am firmly rooting for the IMSA Prototypes to run strong next year. Hopefully can be back in a Mazda race car again soon!
  4. '98 626 Chump Racer!

    This is looking in through the passenger door, rear is toward the top. The hole in the middle is the trailing arm doing a can opener impression. Base plate held. This is the right rear shock tower. Obviously did not hold and was ripped clear at the base plate weld. Can see the seam pulling apart as it crumpled. Looking down through rear passenger window. Front towards the bottom. This is the main cage hoop and base plate. Finally, here is the front shock and spindle. The front right too a decent hit apparently. Broke the shock mounting to the spindle. We also noticed (though forgot to take pics) that the transmission had cracked at the rear mount (where it attaches to the firewall area. Some decent force doing a lot of damage that is for sure. And, here is us trying to get the rear wheel off so we could salvage brakes and such. Even though it was already broken and garbage, it was still pretty tough to cut up an Enkei RPF1 to get it out! Never did come out, was crushed into fender too much and we gave up.
  5. '98 626 Chump Racer!

    I figured I would post a bit of this info up to help close out this thread. It looking like our Mazda days have come to an end (at least for now) as we have bought another marque for a new build race car. First off though, thanks to everyone here on the forum, all have been very helpful and have a great little community going. The 626 has been an amazing little car for us and we are sad to see it go. It appears that I never posted up video of the crash, so here it is: Mostly driver error in that he was too timed in corner entry and didn't get back on the gas hard enough after turn in to keep the rear planted. All small correction near the apex with maybe a slight breath off the throttle and the rear came around. Not fast enough with some countersteer and not enough opposite lock on the wheel either (should have steered harder and further) and he basically gives up once he passes the point of no return. In the aftermath we stripped out what we could and tried to take some pics of the remains for learning purposes. The cage held up reasonably well and certainly did its job of creating a safety cell around the driver. The seat mounts were woefully inadequate though and the seat was too far away from the back brace to do any good at all (no pics of that). Entire rear of car crumpled an pushed into the gas tank. You can see the seam weld is very close to "tearing" completely and opening up the tank. Luckily it didn't as exhaust was pressed up against that spot. The side mounts for the seat were bolted to the OEM sliders. The sliders stayed mounted well to the floor, but the bolts pulled right through the metal. No washer was able to fit within that inner part of the slider, we always assumed that if that is how they bolt the OEM seats, then good enough for us. Definitely not adequate. We will be going to a proper racing slider for our next build.
  6. '98 626 Chump Racer!

    Yep, we are really happy he walked away. Haha, a racing Jaguar! I will see what our plan is. Still really like the 6262 and not sure if we are ready to give that up just yet. But also not sure we are ready for the time, money and effort of a new build. We will see. BTW, I saw you guys get an honourable mention in a Lemons wrap up video the other day. Nice work!
  7. '98 626 Chump Racer!

    Well... its been a while since I posted any updates on here. We installed some nice little LED daytime running lights. Replaced the control arms (ball joints) with new. And we moved the surge tank to the rear. We went to race the final race of the year at Calabogie Motorsports Park. A great little circuit with some really tricky technical turns and some plat out 4th gear high speed stuff too. The car was really loose for some reason. (RacerX, similar or more so to how it was on the Sunday at Watkins when running the Nankang tires on the rear). I have no idea why, our alignment settings should have been the same as normal. Maybe the rear shocks were going? I personally like it to drive more neutral with more of a tendency to push. Anyways, doesn't really matter now. My dad went out and had a solid stint. Not the fastest, but he improved his lap times significantly over the first half then settled in to run very consistent laps in the 2nd half of his stint. Our second driver went out, and one hour in lost the rear end in T1. T1 is a fairly flat out 4th gear corner with only a slight lift before going back to full throttle through the apex to drive out of it. Car spun, went straight to the inside wall. Front right bounced off of a tire wall immediately sending the rear right into the concrete wall directly beside it (its actually a temporary tire wall backed by concrete blocks to guard the lower pit/paddock entrance). Car is looking like a complete write-off at this point. not sure if anything will be salvageable from shocks at all corners, to engine mounts, headers, surge tank, etc). Belts will go in the garbage, same with drivers helmet, still looking into whether or not the seat need to go in the garbage too. Good news is that the driver walked away without even a scratch. Says he doesn't even really feel stiff this morning. Checked out for concussion at track and later at hospital and was given full go ahead both times. We are all pretty bummed about this one. All really loved that car. But all VERY happy driver walked away. No idea what we will do in terms of building a new car as life and funds aren't looking all that kindly upon that prospect at the moment! Eventually I hope. Will give a more detailed run down of the accident and "learning points" of where we could improve our build as we get into tearing down the car.
  8. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    Awesome! Congrats guys! Was following along on race monitor and was excited to see you steadily climbing the leaderboard.
  9. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    Awesome! Good luck at Sebring!
  10. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    By the way, to RacerX being down in Texas, I hope you and family and friends are all safe and sound down there. Stay safe man.
  11. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    Looks good. Im a bit surprised that the gauges are hard to read in the sun. Interesting though, RacerX said he replaced the digital gauges so he could get more accurate readings from his drivers. I always thought my drivers were better at reading our dial style gauges, but have had some radio messages that are wildly inaccurate when I go back and review the video. I like how the dials basically say "all good" if the dial is pointing straight up. I think if I were to do it over though, I'd go with digital and use the idiot lights for high water temp and low oil pressure.
  12. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    Hahaha, Id be knocking on wood or crossing your fingers saying stuff like that! Might as well be waxing the car while your at it!
  13. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    I was thinking about that actually. Our diagnosis was just a worn out caliper. Replaced both rear calipers and all is well again. The guys we buy pads from at Frozen Rotors say that try great calipers as a wear item and replace once per year. We will be doing the same now as well along with our normal service and lube before each race.
  14. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    I cant seem to find a picture of the final produce, but we simply riveted in an aluminum plate into that opening, then cut a hole big enough for a muffler reducer. We cut it all up as it was way too big then left two small tabs from the front/big part that we could bend out and bolt the whole thing to the aluminum plate. We use an old vacuum hose (2"? 2.5" maybe?) and it routes really easily through to the wheel well. At the brake end, we inserted a short length of PVC pipe for strength/rigidity and use one simple ziptie to hold it in place on the lower control arm. Points pretty much in the direction of the center of the rotor and is maybe a couple inches away. I agree, that with the big brakes, there should be no issue with fade with or without the ducts. Though, our brakes last so long that I don't want to mess with increased wear by letting them get hotter than they do. SO we just run it as it is.
  15. '93 626 Lemon Racer

    As to the vented hood, we tried to keep the vents in the front 1/3 where I think (with my limited aero experience) the pressure would be lowest. I would be more concerned about the lack of headlights. Lots of little areas in those areas for air to bypass the rad. I also agree though, that from what we have seen with the V6, high temps are a symptom not the root cause. The cooling system should be enough to keep up. Side note: the 98+ radiator is MUCH thinner (like almost half of the width). I think that rad doesn't have enough to keep up, but the 93-97 should be ok. Disclaimer, we run a thicker aluminum rad.