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      01-10-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Tips for first autocross school?

Iím planning to attend an autocross school this spring with my 07 335:
-what recommended maintenance should I do before going?
-beyond bringing every tool in my garage what is absolutely needed?
-Any spare parts that I should bring?
I donít want to bring too much but I also donít want to be unprepared.
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      01-10-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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Iím planning to attend an autocross school this spring with my 07 335:
-what recommended maintenance should I do before going?

Whatever the factory maintenance cycle is recommended. If you're overdue for an oil change, change the oil. If you're overdue for a brake flush, flush the brakes. Otherwise, autocross is only demanding on tires but even so, if you have a fair amount of tread above the wear bars you probably don't need to worry about wearing them out...And if you DO wear them out, no amount of tread is going to help you.

-beyond bringing every tool in my garage what is absolutely needed?

Bring a cigarette powered portable air compressor, a tire pressure gauge, and a torque wrench. For a first timer that is absolutely everything you will need.

-Any spare parts that I should bring?

Why? You expect to break something?

I donít want to bring too much but I also donít want to be unprepared.
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Search is your friend. Use terms like "first autocross" or "first track event" would yield you more than enough information to read through for hours, maybe even days.
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      01-10-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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First time?

Bring some engine oil, or top off before going (if your computer shows you less than full that is)
Pump up your tire a bit the day before. (+10psi from the recommanded on the door stile is good enough, do not exceed maximum psi rating on the tire though.)

lastly have lots of fun!

That's how it was for my first autocross anyways.
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a bin to put the stuff from your car in so it doesnt blow away or get rained on. learned that one the hard way
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torque wrench so you can torque your lugnuts down. they might fluctuate after a couple runs. be sure to check them periodically through the day.

don't forget a helmet as they probably require it. or they'll rent them out at the track.

bring plenty of water and some snacks. driving might not look like much, but you'll be using a lot of brain function so you need to stay hydrated and replenished.

cheers, and don't forget to have fun!
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