2 weeks after my tour to Cannon Beach with the Porsche club I'm still feeling the effects of the red mist. Any guy who's been on the track knows the red mist is the judgment impairing, blind enthusiasm that affects your judgment and velocity. Off the track it manifests itself via the internet, beer and the "buy it now" button.
So, let's blog this shopping spree out of my system.
Let's be clear, things you need like tires and brake pads, purchased after a testosterone saturated event do not apply as the product of red mist.. Everyone needs wear items replaced, even if you do splurge a bit more than you need to (nobody needs to know). I'm talking about the real stupid stuff. The stuff you can't rationalize easily or hide when the UPS guy drops it off. Stuff you have to explain to your wife.
|Okay, maybe "exhaust system" is a bit of an understatement. The GT40 headers serve just one purpose, to optimize power. No detours around frame components, no emissions, heck barely any mufflers. About as pure as any exhaust system can get, form follows function = stupid sexy. This image stolen from the guys at http://www.erareplicas.com/ masters at their craft.|
Exhaust has been on my mind. Mufflers just modify noise; if you want a real change you're going to need a whole exhaust system. See what I mean about making it hard to hide? A proper system might actually get you (or me) a noticeable performance change. If it's noticeable on your credit card statement it's more likely to be noticeable on the road.
|Porsche Cup Exhaust above. I'm going to hold out for a stainless system with a Cat bypass option on my Carrera. Those things are heavy, and weight is power too. So, if you see advertising on my blog, you'll know it's going to a good cause.|
|A SRT8 Cherokee is a heavy rig. These OEM Brembos will put you right through the windshield.|
|Note the aluminum hat on the rotor, to keep weight down. While many kits are available for major sportscars, I prefer a factory upgrade. It will keep the confusion down when ordering pads and appear more stock when selling.|
Companies like Brembo have made brake upgrades a household garage word. On the track big rotors will shed heat more efficiently; preventing brake fade. But think it through before clicking "buy it now" after that scotch. Have you ever really experienced brake fade on the street? Getting your brakes to fade on the street is tough, so it comes down more to stopping distance. More rotor might lower your stopping distance (bigger rotor= more leverage). But you can only break so hard before you skid or ABS takes over, this is a bit harder to research. It really depends on just how crappy your existing brakes really are. Remember huge rotors and calipers may have a down side too; possibly more rotating mass and greater unsprung weight. If you don't know what that means, it's reduced acceleration and decreased suspension performance. So as much as this pains me to say, don't over buy your brakes. At least not until you've experimented plenty with pad compound and tires, which is much cheaper. Paint them if you have to, red is cool.