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Tigawoods
after a long (in my eyes) hiatus from June 2012, finally back on the road





So here is the story of my celica.




so i dont get to ramble on too much, lets start out with the first picture i took of my car back in 2006 when I got her.


the first mod that i did was my JL speakers all around. nothing special. i wasnt too much into the whole 6gc scene until a little bit after.

i then stripped the hub caps and started putting every sticker i found on that car!







then i had finally gotten into the 6gc scene and started to mod her. first things first, a $70 weapon r intake from a fellow member. needless to say i felt badass installing it seeing as how it was my first mod.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdQKHBZH2yg...re=channel_page



after that came exhaust, a nice n\' rare SP1




THEN TRAGEDY STRUCK!
i had thrown a rod and my car was up for about 3months, saddest moment ever!


after all was said and done, i got a new rebuilt block.

the day it was back on the road


this is the first pic i took with my new camera



Then after not having it for a while i wanted to get her gifts, thus leading us into the...
BAD IDEA PHASE







end phase smile.gif


then i put on my XS auto headers the NIGHT before i was leaving for my freshman year of college. ended up rushing and cutting to hastily and had a bad exhaust leak. and a lil bit after put heat wrap on the rad tubes cwm13.gif
also i got one of the limited DCR 3points




then after a month or so, my engine quit on me while cruising around pittsburgh. had to tow it back home to the shop the block was built at in philly. ended up being a bad head gasket. frown.gif



then i just started buying stuff while at school and putting it in

SPENDING PHASE

installing hid\'s in february





most up to date interior shot at night


most up to date engine shot

Got some bars


STEELIES PAINTED biggrin.gif

yellow jdm fogs

jdm tails

yellow highs


MATURING PHASE
well i took off all the stickers haha

got new rubbers

a big shipment


auto-x came into my life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s66yhF5jtVk









then she sat for a while, not being modded, she was content




THE SCREW YOU GUYS MY CAR IS FINALLY LOWERED PHASE
this is how she sits as of now smile.gif




props to art for getting me into this scene thumbsup.gif


the end.....?
Akirad1
very nice Tiga
95st-celica
nice job mike...i love these kinds of threads...we need to have a member journal section on here..keep the modding process goin...its addicting and rewarding

P.S.
shoulda picked up that set of green 6 spokes....would look good!
Nyczroflz
hahah n i met u sumwhere b4 the maturing phase biggrin.gif im glad to say that i have met u thumbsup.gif
rj8807
very nice. i especially like the autox part, but thats just me biggrin.gif
where did the ksports come in? and how much were they?

btw, I can i notice where your photography skills get better and better, not to mention better equipment lol
lagos
Nice write up, mike.
I never knew you had jl speakers. How do u like them over stock?
Tigawoods
thanks guys thumbsup.gif


QUOTE (rj8807 @ Mar 19, 2009 - 6:25 PM) *
very nice. i especially like the autox part, but thats just me biggrin.gif
where did the ksports come in? and how much were they?

btw, I can i notice where your photography skills get better and better, not to mention better equipment lol

the auto-x point was the high point haha. the ksports are the most recent mod i have done. i should add it in.

the sad thing is she wont be getting to many presents this summer. all my money is going to the camera haha. i really want to get wheels, if i see any deals i will jump on it, i have been too picky. i want white wheels, that are light. ssr? 400 a piece no ways

QUOTE (lagos @ Mar 19, 2009 - 7:53 PM) *
Nice write up, mike.
I never knew you had jl speakers. How do u like them over stock?

for the price they perform very good, havent had any problems with them
lagos
champagne taste. Beer budget.
Get some nice 7th gen rims already. The steelies gots to go, yo!
Tigawoods
u spelled it wrong college man!
champagne.

i want to get those enkei rp's that one guy is selling on here. the exact size i want too! 16x7.
i would just take them when i got them and get them powdercoated white
jimmykay
looks very good. I'm just starting the AutoX phase going to a couple last year. I think I found a new hobby. I love the progression. Hopefully we can all avoid the bad idea phase. biggrin.gif
BonzaiCelica
i like the pic of your car's front bumper. the way some of it is painted black. reminds me of trd bumper.
808celica
Ha! done.........riiiiiiiiight

if i know my brother, its not done biggrin.gif wink.gif
95CelicaST
Sweet harness bar yo.
Stambo
I still think the blurple color is best still.

Looking good tiga, post up your autox vid
Tigawoods
QUOTE (808celica @ Mar 20, 2009 - 9:24 PM) *
Ha! done.........riiiiiiiiight

if i know my brother, its not done biggrin.gif wink.gif


you know me all too well bro haha. the camera is getting the money this summer. the celi is getting track time. and maybe a couple small gifts

QUOTE (95CelicaST @ Mar 20, 2009 - 11:08 PM) *
Sweet harness bar yo.

everytime hahaha
rj8807
Just a short note on the autox vid, which was great and awsome production by the way thumbsup.gif

I noticed that when your coming to a cone, you tend to react when your just getting to the cone, kinda like heading straight for it (or i guess right next to it lol) and then once you are past the cone, or right at it, you react to where the next is. My advice is to concentrate on knowing where the next cone is when your already heading for the cone coming up. "Concentrate on the immediate future, not the immediate past or pressent." Another way to think of it is to try to hit the inside cone your going around with your rear inside tire. The only way to do this is to not aim at the cone, but to go high, and treat the cone as an apex. Just like on a road course. your best line is to start wide, turn in at the right moment, to make your rear inside tire hit the apex, and then exit wide. In autox, exiting wide (depending on the course setup) could help or hurt, but findin the apex and setting up the car to hit that apex is key on any course.

For example, in the almost "zig-zag" slalom portion of the course (1:25-end of run) you entered actually really well, started turn in outside since you were already wide, which made your car straightend for the next cone before you passed the current one. For the rest of it, you tend to react when you reach the cone, therefore, you play a game of "catch-up" with rest of the course, causing panic-induced steering and forcing your mind to think faster, which will just slow your driving down. You want to know exactly whats coming up and know exactly where your car should be after every turn. Slow, fluid steering will also keep the tire friction low and controlled, which will come naturally when you get used to setting up your car for the next turn.

I have a picture/diagram/drawing on my comp of what i mean, it makes it 10x easier to explain. I would say check out the vid in the sig, but it's not quite the best example or the best view, but it's close. I raced my last event in my friends 95 Neon ACR E-prepared/rally car and I had just understood the concept. Im looking for the vid it's a good example. Otherwise, i'll try find one of my teammate's best video from last season. He's the STS champ 2 years in a row. He is deff a good example of correct corner set up.
Tigawoods
Great write up! I have def taken it to heart, I understood the gist of it but unfortunately I am a visual learner kindasad.gif (damn the artist in me) it would be great if somehow u could send me that diagram

watched the vid. wow
Defgeph
Tiga Tiga woods ya'll smile.gif
rj8807
QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Mar 22, 2009 - 9:57 AM) *
Great write up! I have def taken it to heart, I understood the gist of it but unfortunately I am a visual learner kindasad.gif (damn the artist in me) it would be great if somehow u could send me that diagram

watched the vid. wow


lol my vid isn't my best, but non the less, it has all 4 runs there so it's a good progression example of a typical event lol

i'm a visual learner, being an art major myself, which is why i kept the diagram and studied it more then the words everyone wrote. i know it's here somewhere! lol. i'll post it up here when i get it.

EDIT: Ok, so unfortunetly im starting to remember that it was an actual piece of paper that I had that was the diagram. i could draw it up in illustrator or something when i get some time in the next couple of days. It will really clear up what im trying to say.

Another thing i thought of when watching some of my old vids: Try not to cross your hands when turning hard. This will come surprising naturally when the correct technique is found in your driving. You will have to turn the wheel less, which means sometimes u might not have to cross your arms.
THis is an OK example of my friend in his STS civic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX85V7thPPc...re=channel_page
He never crosses his hands. When going right, he pulls with the right hand, pushes with the left, and when his left hand reaches across his body, he doesn't reach back up to the top of the wheel with his right hand, he either shuffles his left hand up and brings his right where it was, or he will just simply push a little harder with his left hand.

Good tips here: Andy's Top 10 Autocross Driving Tips best overall explaination IMO

Jeez i need to make that diagram lol.

yet another EDIT: this vid was from june 08. an example of me concentrating on not crossing my hands (except for the start) i was on crap tires and i didn't have a front sway bar (spun out on my last run, not in vid) but you get the idea i hope. ok that's my big paragraph for the day haha
Tigawoods
i hope i get a ish load of seat time so i can use all this! hahaha
the top 10's are a great guide thanks!
Tigawoods
IM SO EXCITED!
i went to a meet in pittsburgh last night and talked with this subie guy. one thing led to another and he told be to come to an auto-x tomorrow. $25

CHEAP AS HELL!
im excited to test out all the suspension work
Stambo
we have a autox tomorrow in milwaukee but its raining all weekend frown.gif
rj8807
so how did the auto-x go? DC region had one today, but i was working :-(
Tigawoods
just got back. i liked the set up of the course because it tested me in a way that i hadnt been in previous events.

2 main notable points where a mid speed 2500rpmish turn into a straight where i found out on the low end celicas do not perform well.
and then in a small S turn where i had to downshift to first, which took me two runs to go from high speed 2nd brake brake brake and shift to 1st

at this event i also saw how outclassed i am in BSP.
the FTD car was in BSP(TurboWRX) and ran a 49.2 with the avg. of the day was around 54ish.
I will probably try out DSP for a couple events and see if its more my kind of cars

it was a test event to play around and get used to my suspension set up.

all in all it was alot of fun and cant wait to get back to philly and start running there.
Stambo
At our events so far in milwaukee, i didnt get that low in the rpms to downshift. The celi's are slow when its down in the low rpms frown.gif

What times did you end up running?
Tigawoods
yeah it was a surprise to everyone when they set it up. after my second run i got used to it and kind of liked it. i had a smooth transition from 2nd to 1st.

the main main problem was trying to gain speed from that low rpm in 2nd gear. i had to feather the pedal to be able to keep my rpms steady so i can exit and gain speed quicker than what i did in the beginning which was staying a constant speed around the turn, and then gassing it on the exit, and it took a few seconds to build up speed. it sucked
my times where(all estimates till i get the final results)

Off Course (6 cones in slalom)
69.936 +1 cone (+2sec)
64.961 +1
61.914


i was ahead of a vette until he pulled a 59.911 his last run
there was a ASP Porsche 911 and a AS S2000 that i got faster times than
there where a few other cars that i had better times
i know if i had gotten at least 2 more runs i would have gotten down to 58
Tigawoods
i just ordered a "D" to replace the "B" so now ill have both. one for being conservative, and the other if i feel like getting torn up
808celica
could your steelies be holding you back?? laugh.gif nice bro thumbsup.gif i wish to do some autoxing
Tigawoods
they are 35lbs each. i am looking into hoosiers and some 13's. in DSP or BSP you can run slicks


daaaaamn. 295 a tire is the cheapest
lagos
QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Apr 26, 2009 - 10:12 PM) *
i just ordered a "D" to replace the "B" so now ill have both. one for being conservative, and the other if i feel like getting torn up



So what your saying is that you did not do as well as you thought you would, so you decided to remedy this by buying a new sticker for your car? laugh.gif
JustinCapps
Right on dude!!
just curious, how did you get the rubber stuff under the seat so clean?? or was it jut like that?
mine is just horrible. haah
95st-celica
lol...you love stickers...anyway lookin real good mike...im likein the thread so far but whats next on the list for it?
Tigawoods
QUOTE (lagos @ Apr 27, 2009 - 12:42 AM) *
QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Apr 26, 2009 - 10:12 PM) *
i just ordered a "D" to replace the "B" so now ill have both. one for being conservative, and the other if i feel like getting torn up



So what your saying is that you did not do as well as you thought you would, so you decided to remedy this by buying a new sticker for your car? laugh.gif

they are magnets ass. and u have more stickers than me!

oh. i want to get sponsored by a company so i can get those hoosier tires for a bit cheaper. so dont yell t me when i start branding their name


QUOTE (JustinCapps @ Apr 27, 2009 - 12:44 AM) *
Right on dude!!
just curious, how did you get the rubber stuff under the seat so clean?? or was it jut like that?
mine is just horrible. haah

what rubber stuff? under the back seats?

QUOTE (95st-celica @ Apr 27, 2009 - 1:50 AM) *
lol...you love stickers...anyway lookin real good mike...im likein the thread so far but whats next on the list for it?

just basic odds and ends. money is going into the camera and auto-x events.
maybe farther along down the road when my warranty is up. cams. and if it every pops up again, supercharge, but thats a longshot
Stambo
Looks like overall for you personally, you progressed throughout the day. I dont know if its just me, but when i see a higher performance car just a second or two ahead of me i really try to push myself more to feel like i really did good that day. If you were keeping up with a vette thumbsup.gif on that one.

Did you film your runs?

Also i just bought "the gripper" and i am very impressed at how stable it really is!
Tigawoods
nah. i was very unprepared for this. all my stuff was a home. helmet numbers vidcamera. etc.
still learned and had fun.

ur gunna have fun with the gripper. worth every penny of the 100.03
Stambo
I wish i had like 4 of them so i could make a better "montage" if you will of one run with different angles.
Tigawoods
thats what my autox vid kind of was. putting the camera different places and stitching the video together like it was one run
Tigawoods
found a guy with a 70-200 2.8 and asked him if i can get some good pics of me racing.
















jimmykay
Thats so awesome. I went AutoXing sunday as well. We just got the times back today. I ended up in 9th out of 17 on the PAX. 2/2 in my class by a half of a second. No camera's or anything but it's a blast. Not bad for only my third event.
Tigawoods
not bad at all. im glad there are others on here that are interested in auto-x.
its so much fun and you find out alot about your driving skills and your cars abilities
purplegt4
nice car! we gotta meet up and autox one day.
Tigawoods
i would love to see another modded celica in person haha


Here is my schedule for the summer
----MAY----
9th - Englishtown Roadcourse Auto-x
24th - Citizens Bank Park Philly Auto-x
30th/31st - Holbert Memorial Auto-X Warminister, PA

----JUNE----
5th - Formula D Day 1 Englishtown, NJ
6th - Formula D Day 2/ Englishtown Auto-x in Parking lot
28th - Citizens Bank Park Philly Auto-X

----JULY----
5th - Englishtown Roadcourse Auto-X
11th - Warminister, PA Auto-X
19th - Lancaster Park City Mall Auto-X
25th - Englishtown Roadcourse Auto-X

----August----
2nd - Warminister, PA Auto-X
808celica
damn you got the front tire tucking laugh.gif that is EPIC!
rj8807
nice pics!!!

i might be hitting up one of the philly region races for old time's sake. I'm being very selective due to low $$$ and i got HYPERDRIVE COMING UP!!! SO EXCITED!!

a good cheap way to get tires is not to buy them new. Used ones will do you just fine, especially when you find them cheap. If you can, save the money for like 15" wheels, and then search ebay toward fall/winter. The Spec miata guys will sell 225/50/15 Hoosier R6's (4 of them) with like 6 races on them for like $50. They may be used, but it will last the average autox (especially if your starting to get serious) a while. when you feel they are done, you can always ask other racers if they have used ones.

I got offered 4 275/35/17s that were used once at Solo nationals the previous year, for $120 no joke.

and there's always the www.sccaforums.com For sale therads. good place to look lol

are you going to build a full on Street prepared car? i would highly recomend getting a daily. drove an EP (E-prepared) car down to the event, raced, and back again. stripped, one race seat, roll bar, and straight through exhaust. fun for like 15mins, and on the course, annoying for the rest.
Tigawoods
yeah ive been checking the forums often looking for used tires
i have a friend that i just talked to that said he can get me tires for really cheap, unfortunatley hoosiers arent under the list. he said tires like
Azenis RT-615 and the Advan A048's for about 70 a tire. which is extremely cheap.

i would like to build this car to the point where its still a sensible DD
rj8807
QUOTE (Tigawoods @ May 2, 2009 - 10:29 AM) *
yeah ive been checking the forums often looking for used tires
i have a friend that i just talked to that said he can get me tires for really cheap, unfortunatley hoosiers arent under the list. he said tires like
Azenis RT-615 and the Advan A048's for about 70 a tire. which is extremely cheap.

i would like to build this car to the point where its still a sensible DD


Hoosiers are a big commitment anyway. getting to races earlier to put the wheels on, new wheels, ect. and when your a budget college racer, just like me, its just not in the cards. Thats why im building a Street touring car lol

Can your friend get Bridgestones or Kumho's? They both have 2 top of the line extreme performance tires that are amazing on the course. Bridgestone RE-11s i've personally tried this season on my friend's prepped Street touring car, and they are AWSOME! The Kumho's are pretty much the "budget version" of the Bridgestones.

Dont get me wrong, Azenis are good, but there's better out there for little to no extra $$$. The yokohama's are yet to be determained how good they are since they arn't out yet, but they are getting really good reviews.

tires are a big choice!!! i hope i've given you a little help in your decision. But any tire you get, you make sure it's the right decision for your own reasons, not because someone else says its good.
Tigawoods
its going to be budget wise for me. haha. i have found wheels. i decided not go waste my money and get 57optimises or rims that are worth more than the car
last night i was looking at tires and came across those kumhos

if i where more serious i would devote more money into it and get hoosiers but im not there yet.
i am comparing and contrasting all options so i can come to a reasonable and affordable option.
i have some time. but my first event is this saturday. im using these first events to get used to how the suspension reacts to the courses
Tigawoods
ordered some toys for her and they are en route to my house via big brown trucks.

I also have another deal that i am working on for a few very special items. items that i had only dreamed of having. thumbsup.gif
whatthe
Hmm i wonder what they might be
Tigawoods
they are in. but im not sure if i want to post pics yet.

still working up the cash for the next item. probably gunna be atleast a month
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