SkinnyG wrote:Ok, I went through the 2015 SCCA rulebook for "Street" category, and looked specifically on shocks and rear sway bars.
Have you read through the rulebook yet?
Your fears on shocks bumping you out of "Street" are unfounded. There should be no problem meeting the requirements of Street category with a set of even "custom made" shocks. The specific details of what has to be (geometry and external adjustment, for example) are spelled out.
The "Street" rules for sway bars are very clearly spelled out. You can do almost whatever you want for ONE sway bar. Interestingly (new to me) is that you can use ANY type of bushing material - I would look at getting really creative with this one.
The "Street" rules for tires are very specifically spelled out. You'd want to research to find out what is the grippiest, and if you want to win I'd even pay to have them shaved right from the get-go (But I'm too cheap for that).
My opinion or Brain's opinion do not matter a greasy fat patootie. Only the rule book (and its loopholes, if any) matters. It should be easy to build a "Street" class car, since the rules are very clearly spelled out, and only if it says you can do it can you do it. How far down the road of perfection you want to go depends on you and your wallet (are you going to make sure every original part is 100% awesome all the time just for that 0.01s benefit - if any?).
Since it's these three items that are going to make the biggest improvement, I would try to maximize these three. Koni Orange used to be internally adjustable (last time I installed some) - you don't want those. Koni Yellow if you are serious. If you can't find a set for your car, you find an insert that meets the rules, and have your housings modified or new ones built to meet the letter of the law. Ohlins or Penske if you want to win (assuming you have ~the~ winning chassis to start with).
If you cannot find a decent enough rear sway bar, one can be fabricated.
Study the rules.
Rules stifle my creativity.
Some background: Myself and two other guys re-wrote the CACC solo II rule book a few years back (2001) - these rules became the CNAC rules for many years, until they finally adopted SCCA classing and rules.
Thanks for your input. I read some of the 'Preliminary' Street Rules late 2014 and because they weren't being strictly applied for 2015, at least around here, I haven't made a big effort to read the newer rules for Street Class/Category because 1) as I recently posted today I'm not as mechanical as you or other drivers, just being honest. 2) I've had one heck of an ugly year, 3) I'm asking simple questions because of the two comments I noted above for some help from conrads, 4) if you look at the fabrication for front Si Civic Koni Sport Yellow at RedShift Motor Sports http://www.redshiftmotorsports.com/RedS ... gLabor.htm
there's cutting involved, so to me that seems like I'm no longer 'Street Legal' and out of Street Category, and 5) that's why I've been asking the question but nobody seems at least on this Forum has an answer for me. So I suppose I'll search and try to find out elswhere.
Again, I always appreciate any input co-racers have.
And thanks Brain for the link.