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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:38 am

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So let me get this straight... I have to pay for gas from Michigan to NC, pay for a hotel room, food, and pass to get INTO IA and then drive all the way back? All while walking around with a bunch of ricer fucksticks with their lowered imports and their sweet car club stickers??
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:10 am

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Mines 4x4 Evil or Very Mad

lesigh, newfags Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:31 am

Yeah having a non-broken car really sucks.
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:57 pm

I'm going to go ahead and post this now. I just came across this and it contains VERY helpful information pertaining to all cars and drivers that will be caravanning with us. I would like everyone who is going to be participating in the Tail of the Dragon to read this. I will also post this as the time gets closer to departure.

This was written by a 350z owner in preparation for ZDayz (Tail of the Dragon cruise for 350z's). Although it was written with a specific car in mind, all of these tips and techniques apply to everyone. The only thing I changed was the last line to add our club name.



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IMPORTANT! Driving Preparations and Tips

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Always obey speed limits and road-side postings. Obey all standard traffic rules and stay well within the boundaries of safe and responsible driving. Driving on mountain roads is very much like driving on a track - only much more dangerous. There are three general rules you should follow that will help minimize the risks.

#1 - Drive within your limits - If you've never been on a mountain ride before, you're in for a real treat. Know why you are there. If you are there for the view - then utilize scenic overlooks. Don't try to enjoy the scenery while driving! The roads will switchback on you quicker than you can figure out how to say "chicane" and before you know it you'll be in the other lane, on the shoulder, or worse, in a ravine with friends and strangers trying to figure out how to get you out. Pay attention.

If you're there for the roads, please be courteous to other drivers around you. Don't ride somebody who may be going slower than you. They may not be as experienced and you don't want to get them nervous and squirrelly. If you notice someone constantly behind you, watch for an opportunity to pull off to the side of the road and let them pass.

#2 - Drive within your car's limits - If you don't know your car's limits, mountains are NOT the place to learn them. Do you know what to do if your car starts to "push" or "understeer"? Do you know how to control or prevent "oversteer"? Remember - mountain roads (most public roads for that matter) don't offer much run-off room if you get in over your head. If you've never participated in an autocross or club high performance driving school, then you need to take it easy - don't try to always keep up with the person in front of you.

#3 - Make sure your car is mechanically safe and sound - Pay special attention to the brakes, tires, and steering components. It is always a good practice to have these items checked out.

Brakes are going to be the single most important system during a mountain ride. If your brakes aren't up to snuff you will come down the mountain a lot faster than you went up… in a bad way. Ideally, you want a high-temp brake pad combined with a high-temp performance brake fluid. Most people will have a tendency to 'ride' the brakes when on descending roads. This is the single worst thing you can do while on the mountain. The friction used to slow the car will create very high temperatures may cause your brakes less responsive, or worse, may cause them to not work at all. Performance pads and fluid will increase the tolerances for this, but will not prevent it. Brakes need time to cool down between hard stops. Use a lower gear to help keep the car from gaining too much momentum. Use your brakes in shorter burst as opposed to long periods (even continuous light pressure will heat them up in no time).

Make sure new pads are fully bedded in before going on a mountain ride. New pads can easily 'glaze over' causing a 'dead' pedal (very heavy pedal, no response). Brake fluid should be flushed and replaced with new before an event as well. High temps in inferior fluid cause air bubbles. When this happens, the air compresses and you get the dreaded 'pedal-to-the-floor' syndrome.

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Additional items to note: Be sure you have fresh engine oil, clean oil filter(s), spark plugs, fuel filter, transmission fluid, rear end fluid, brake fluid, brake pads/rotors, and power steering fluid. These items will help keep your vehicle running at optimum performance.

If possible, have the following items with you "just in case": extra brake pads & fluid, basic tools, water (for you & your car if either have a tendency to over-heat), a local map, and a cell phone. Remember – Cell phones do not work in all places up in the mountains.

Other factors to keep in mind at all times: these are public roads so expect the unexpected, watch for traffic (oncoming or otherwise), pay attention to changing road conditions, pay attention to changing car conditions.

Please do not do anything stupid that could endanger or embarrass you, your fellow drivers, or Great Lakes Accords.

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So let me get this straight... I have to pay for gas from Michigan to NC, pay for a hotel room, food, and pass to get INTO IA and then drive all the way back? All while walking around with a bunch of ricer fucksticks with their lowered imports and their sweet car club stickers??
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:44 pm

i hope my car can make it uphill with my system and 2 others.... Evil or Very Mad those 150 ponies might not make it
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:55 pm

It's not uphill you have to worry about. It's downhill that will give you problems. Srs.

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:04 am

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those 150 ponies might not make it

Lol @ 150 hp.

And yeah. Downhill will be worse. BRAKES ON FIREEEE!



Downshifting will be your friend.
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:13 am

#2 is extremely important to remember.. trust me, you'll have a mini heart attack when you end up on the oncoming side of any twisty road Smile

josh, since you're auto like me, I suggest driving in "2" once you're on the dragon (most likely since 2 tops off around 70 mph). there's a similar fun twisty road by my area, but it's really short and I discovered driving in "2" gives you good engine braking when you let off and it's responsive when you get back on.

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:14 am

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Downshifting will be your friend.

Laughing



And Akif, you gotta realize that this is 13 miles, not a few blocks. His transmission will overheat if its left in 2

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:16 am

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Downshifting will be your friend.

Laughing



And Akif, you gotta realize that this is 13 miles, not a few blocks. His transmission will overheat if its left in 2
disregard then Laughing

maybe for a little bit of it.. I know josh loves to abuse his car Smile


that sounds fun (tail of the dragon caravan part, screw the IA clusterfuck Laughing )

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:50 am

i know how to downshift, never knew that was called engine braking tho... was wondering what that sign by my work on a bendy road meant "no engine braking".....

me - "the fuck does that sign say *downshifts to slow and read*, or no engine breaking, the fuck is that"

im sure my car will be fine q. i prolly wont be flying around the corners there... ill just be taking it nice and easy
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:51 am

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those 150 ponies might not make it

Lol @ 150 hp.


btw, i didnt say i had 150 horsepower...

i have 150 pony power. which is drastically less than 150 horse power. but more than 135 horse power. Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:40 am

that sign u see for engine braking is directed towards semi's....not your car
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:48 am

Jake brake yo!


I wasn't going to bring it up Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:29 am

what is that
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:31 am

xjoshx wrote:
what is that

bit.ly IBT9Et

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:52 pm

Now that all the noobs have been educated... *le sigh*


Concerning our adventure through the Tail of the Dragon, as stated, there are some small overlooks on the side of the road. Not quite sure just how many cars we can fit but if the opportunity presents itself, it might be cool to pull over, take a couple minutes to stretch your clutch leg, and snap a few pics.

If you haven't already, I suggest you hop on over to YouTube and look up a couple videos of people cruising through there. I've already been warned by a handful of people concerning some of the daring bikers and the plethora of cops who lurk around (who HATE when you even TOUCH the center lines) and set up speed traps.

Go through and read Q's post. Don't expect to be whipping around there at 80 mph. You are responsible for your own actions and we don't want any unwanted attention drawn to ourselves. This isn't a racetrack. People will still be traveling this road with their families and it's important to respect their space, as well.

With all the boner killer information aside... it'll be an exciting experience. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:50 pm

I'll be packing my boner along.
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:56 pm

With that being said, I'll add a few more things.

Going off of what Hannah said with the overlooks at pull offs, there are quite a few of these directly before the Dragon and they are located right on a lake (check the route on Google Maps in the first post). This would be an excellent time to pull off, go over a few tips and techniques for handling the Dragon, snap some pics like Hannah said, and also to possibly regroup and rearrange the order with which we go through the dragon.

I think it will be beneficial to meet up directly before as well as directly after the Dragon. This will give us time to arrange the cars how we want to send them through, as well as get organized for the rest of the trip after the Dragon.

Like Hannah said, it is not a race. Do your own research on the road. Most of the speed limits are between 30-40mph. Not only will cars be sitting in spots where you can pull of, but also police.

If a faster car is behind you, do everyone a courtesy and pull off when you can and let them pass.

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:58 pm

inb4Qdoesthis Evil or Very Mad



you better hone those MT skillz quick before going
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:07 pm

Eh, Ive seen that picture. There's a video on YouTube as well.

I'm not going to be taking it like a racecar driver. I just wanna enjoy the scenery and the curvy roads. I know my car is more capable than I am, and I respect that. Plus I don't want to pay for anything that gets damaged from running my car near the redline and being constantly on the brakes for 13 miles.

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:12 pm

I just wish I could go.. I would love to drive that. Next year fo sho
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:19 pm

Why not this year?

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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:19 pm

no vacation time
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PostSubject: Re: Import Alliance Summer Meet 2012   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:27 pm

Q just moved from race car to pace car on the Dragon. bounce
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