I’m building my first race car. I know it’s advised to purchase an already built car, but I want to take my time and build a car the way I want it. I’m a mechanical engineering student and my research is in vehicle dynamics, so I want to learn everything I can. That, and I plan to do Solo/HDPE as I build the car and then SE30 once it’s all together and I’ve got a license. I am doing this on somewhat of a budget, I sold my R1 to fund the first stage of the build (apparently girlfriends approve of roadracing but not donorcycles).
I plan to to do this build in 2-3 stages. The first stage is everything underneath the car. Cage, engine refresh, etc., will come later. Hopefully I’ll have this all together by the time it warms up.
Here’s what I’ve bought so far (yay for BW Black Friday sale):
GC SE30 camber plates
S/S brake line set
Brass guide bushings for brakes
H&R race springs (M3 springs on it now)
Bilstein shocks (there are a set on the car now, but there’s rust on the outside – rebuild and keep as spares?)
All bushings and mounts (offset CAB, RTAB, subframe bushings, motor/tranny/diff mount) – probably AKG 75D for rotating and CSS UHMW for non-rotating – will measure and turn my own for spares (Nylatron?))
UUC Swaybarbarian – looks quality from pictures, but I know the IE is more popular – thoughts?
Spherical bearing RSM – necessary?
Metal steering guibo (make my own – 18.104.22.168 says substituted, 3.4 says substituted is “OEM equivalent” so maybe illegal?)
Front strut brace – necessary?
Rear camber/toe kit – was going to go with the slotted IE kit, "posi-lock"
P/S delete – planned to drain rack and loop an existing hose around, poor man’s solution
Tie rod ends & ball joints – seems like a good thing to replace while I’m in there
Rebuilt ATE calipers (I think Turner has them? I have Girlings on my front)
Brake ducts, I hear BW is best (my God these seem expensive)
Also planning to get a compressor and a tool box, my girlfriend’s dad gave me a bunch of air tools. Have a MIG I can borrow. I found a couple cheap BF deals on HF, hopefully I don’t kill myself or burn my house down.
Cheap compressor: http://www.harborfreight.com/air-compressor-cast-iron-vertical-25-horsepower-21-gallon-125-psi-67847.html
Cheap tool box: http://www.harborfreight.com/roller-cabinet-26-8-drawer-with-8-drawer-top-chest-67831.html
Going to keep the weaves and street tires for now, I hear that’s a faster way to learn. And cheaper.
So, let me know how my list works. If you have vendor or manufacturer suggestions I’m open. I have been building a spreadsheet of the prices at each vendor, but it is a pretty big time suck.