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Old 07-02-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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I saw this a couple weeks ago. I have to say it is one of the most hilarious car related videos outside of the Fast and Furious movie trilogy that I've seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQlxPZznrFo
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I think this shows the major problem with the SCCA tech inspection for the year. Once I went to my first 2007 SCCA auto-x for the year I got a little sticker showing my car had been teched. So any more SCCA auto-x I just show that sticker and they don't tech my car.. Had this car been teched before the event started this never would have happened. All in all I think auto-x events are much more dangerous than actual DE events at tracks as the safety aspect is considered to be very important at most DEs. Where as with auto-x I've seen some very very stupid stuff happen. Like that car that hit the parked cars earlier this year. That should never happen. Just like your wheels coming off from improperly torqued lugs should never happen. The event organizer should do a basic tech inspection on each and every car at every event. But it is ultimately the responsibility of the driver.
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The event organizer should do a basic tech inspection on each and every car at every event. But it is ultimately the responsibility of the driver.
I agree. We get a sticker too, but I take it off and go through tech each time. It's good to have another set of eye take a look at my car for safety sake.
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that's ridiculous, i thought it was fake at first
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:08 PM   #5
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I saw that a few weeks ago. I guess they person overtourqued the lugs. The longer length one I saw had the driver picking up broken lugs by his car.

I agree about the tech inspection comments. I cochair the Boston Chapter autocross series and I know we make sure the lugs are at torque, but I don't believe we check to if they are overtorqued.

Last year I did have an issue using 5mm spacers on my e90 and lost one wheel on a autocross when all 5 bolts snapped. turns out that the combination of the 5mm spacer not having a hubcentric ring and the camfer on my Kosei K1s being fairly deep, that I didn't get any support from the hubcentric extension on the hub. All the weight was on the 5 bolts and they sheared (they were torqued to spec).

Lesson is: live an learn... Hopefully that guy didn't have major damage. Because of his neglegence, he delayed that event for quite a while though (or canceled it), I bet.
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holy crap that really sux and it was not 1 wheel NO all 4 wheels WTH??
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The explanation they had on BfC right when this happened was that his mechanic did something to the car and didn't put the correct lug nuts on and the guy never checked the lugs with a torque wrench. I guess it could have been from over torquing which a normal tech will not spot, but the little bit of information from people who were at that event was that it was a wrong bolt, or under torqued kind of issue.
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That is about enough to give me anxiety attack and I don't even own the car! Our SCCA Region has a yearly tech or a per event tech, but they don't check the the lugs or anything like that. They check the basics like wheel bearings, battery tie down, throttle cable, brakes, and look for loose items in the car.
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I wonder if those tricked out aluminum lug nuts could be to blame?
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from what a guy who works w/ me said (who apparently was at the event), the guy put on the wrong lug nuts. He used metric ones instead of the standard size. The metric ones were not quite the right size.
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from what a guy who works w/ me said (who apparently was at the event), the guy put on the wrong lug nuts. He used metric ones instead of the standard size. The metric ones were not quite the right size.
Why would someone have 2 different size lug nuts with them at an autox?
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I'm not sure what the entire story is - why he didn't put the original ones back on or whatever he did.
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I am new to this but, you dont want to tighten the lugs too much, you want some play in the wheels?
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I am new to this but, you dont want to tighten the lugs too much, you want some play in the wheels?
No, you want to torque them to manufactures specs. They shouldn't be loose at all.
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Yep. I didn't witness it personally, but when I was still in school in Rochester, a friend of mine was out partying with some other dudes and on their way home, something happened to the rear tire. The driver was pretty much wasted, changed the tire and put on the spare. . .but forgot to tighten the lug nuts. A few miles from RIT the spare falls off and end up they getting a tow back to school. The guy later donated the car to the robotics club (which I was a part) which we were planning to use for some autonomous vehicle stuff. . . but we already had another one and never got around to working on the donor. It ridiculous actually. . that car caused us so much trouble with campus safety about storing it on campus. . but because the guy donated it, he got to write off its (undamaged) value off his taxes. Talk about unloading a clunker. ..
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