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    Im hoping to go Santapod at the weekend and ive decided that due to all the extra weight my GSi is carrying due to all the extras, that i'd replace the spare wheel for a can of tyreweld to get it closer to standard weight for the day!

    Anyone know what size can/s i'd need for my 235/40/18's? As i know the 400ml say 15/16". But tbh a 16" rim with huge wall could have same overall size as my 18's, so i dont get it :/

    Do i need a 500ml or get 2 400ml's?

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    Standard weight of the vehicle includes the spare wheel
    Is a friend going?
    If so, give them the spare wheel to look after

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    I mean the additional weight of my vectra due to having heated full leather seats, sunroof, satnav, carphone etc. No idea of the extra weight but im guessing it will be more than standard. Not to mention, mines an auto too. So quite a porker really.

    Our lass is coming with me but i doubt she'd appreciate sitting on a spare wheel for me lol. I might go with that idea though for safe thinking but i'd really like to always carry tyreweld for emergencys anyhow, as it did get me out of trouble with my previous car, was only a MG TF though so smaller wheel.

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    A can of goo won't repair a sidewall of a tyre though.

    Also if you've got breakdown cover and your car comes as standard with a spare wheel, they can either refuse to help you if the spare isn't usable / missing, or charge you extra.

    Motorised vehicles that are manufactured without the provision of a spare wheel will be considered on their individual merits.

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    Having done a fair amount of RWYB at Santa Pod and York Dragway over the years, in various cars, don't worry too much about reducing weight until you can get consistent times. Then you can start lightening the car and see if it has any effect.

    A friend of mine used to turn up at York in his Pulsar GTI-R, then proceed to take out the back seats, passenger seat, parcel shelf, spare wheel, siphon most of the petrol out into a jerry can, and go to the loo before a run. He must have shaved 0.2 seconds off the times he was getting with it all fitted...

    Do the runs with your car in normal load and you'll have a better benchmark to see if you're improving or not. I once ran my twin turbo Subaru Legacy GTB with the roof rack on, dog guard in the boot and our coats and sandwiches on the back seat (and still beat an Impreza STI).

    Consistency is what matters on the drag strip. Get that right, then work on reducing the times.

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    In my own opinion it wont make a lot of difference

    You can lose more time getting the start wrong, getting the gear changes wrong, wind speed and direction on the day, track temperatures, tyre pressures and crud on the start line getting in the way.

    It would be a shame for your girlfriend to be sat on a wheel in the car park whilst all the blokes chat her up when your missing on the strip.

    May as well give her a camera and let her take some pics from the gantry, at least she'll see whats going on.

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    Rich R beat me to it

    As he said ^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuddy View Post
    ...mines an auto too. So quite a porker really.
    Typically automatic cars are quite good at Santa Pod with quick gear changes.

    I was racing a 3.2 GSi at Stratford Raceway earlier this summer and it left me off the start line and shot off !!!

    I thought ferk me !!

    Took all my 330 BHP, Quaiffe LSD and trick suspension to catch him up

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    Have you thought about giving your car a fresh oil change before you go. Fresh oil is nice and slick which makes the engine run nicer.

    Put some premium 99 RON (Shell V-Power) in and give it a good run on the way up to Santa Pod to clear out the cobwebs.

    Dont over rev it on the start line as it can be very slippery. Also try and get there very early so you are at the start of the queue.

    Early runs are nearly always the fastest ones for me as you get more grip, it gets slippier as the day does on. (unless its wet or moist when you arrive)

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    Maybe you guys are right, just wanted to get it down a little to what other gsi's are at standard. I'll leave it in but tbh still want a can for emergencys as its sometimes better to use than changing the wheel. Like if i had a flat in middle of london last week :/. Wouldnt like to be stuck changing a tyre on a dark country lane, rather quick fix it till furthur down the road in a safer place.

    Had oil change/service last month to castrol edge and i always run on 99ron fuel so not a problem there. Also its a 100miles journey there.

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