FF Battle 4 Coverage…Part 3: Random Track Findings…

Today we’re going to take a look at my random sightings from FF Battle 4. This will include anything from photos of the competitors on the track as well as everything else that I encountered while walking around. It won’t be very different from what you’ve seen in the previous two posts, but there really isn’t anything  overly noteworthy in Part 3. At this point of the day I was either hanging out in Nick’s trailer and staying out of the sun, or walking around and trying to get better shots of some cars or happenings that I may have missed earlier in the day. After this post, I will follow up with the fourth and concluding portion of the FF Battle 4 coverage. I didn’t expect to take so many photos at the event, considering how my coverage from previous FF Battle events have been pretty small but there was just so much good stuff to capture. Since there isn’t really anything pressing that I really need to address, let’s get on with the coverage…

If you happen to have missed Part 1 or 2, here are the links to the previous posts…

FF Battle 4 Coverage… Part 1: Dyno Day…

FF Battle 4 Coverage… Part 2: Race Day…

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Phil from ATS Garage taking a cruise around the paddock area with Supertwinz John in the passenger seat…

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Evasive Motorsports’ Voltex street aero S2000 taking a break from the dessert heat after a couple sessions competing in the Import Tuner FR Challenge…

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Loving the front air ducts in Katman’s front bumper…

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Sean Klingelhoefer’s midori Civic with ITR swap…

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Sean K. talking B-series motors with Ryan Der from ATS…

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Big Mike chatting with Jason Katman…

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Ken Suen’s Mugen RR replica cooling down after a couple laps…

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Simon Pavlick returning from his session…

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Another shot of the Voltex Street S2K…

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John’s E-AT and Nick’s EF posted as everyone took a break for some lunch…

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As excited as I was at Wekfest SF to see Nick’s J’s Racing set-up, I think this front aero suits his CR-X much more…

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The Supertwinz walking over to grab some pizza that Source Interlink ordered for everyone at the track…

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Found myself staring at the Cusco Scion FR-S all day…

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New school meets old school with this FT-86 and AE86 pairing…

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Donut tearing it up with Kane’s EJ1 coupe and the Hasport J-swapped CR-X in the distance…

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I was happy to see how well the Hasport CR-X did after so many doubted its ability to be competitive with the J32 V6 motor…

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Tom Attack making some adjustments to his rear suspension before heading back out to the track…

After we stopped for lunch, it was time for the 4th session. Nick’s CR-X had been doing well throughout the day but after his run, he realized that there was something wrong with his car. The front was knocking like crazy and it turned out that his driver’s side wheel had come loose with only 2 lug nuts remaining on the 949Racing wheel. Nick’s always been a very meticulous guy so he was a little puzzled when he realized that he may have forgot to torque his wheels down properly. Nobody really knows what happened out there but it was time to assess the damage….I personally think that stacking two thin spacers together in combination with a bad front wheel bearing may have caused it but it’s hard to tell exactly how the wheel came loose…

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Nick removing the last of the remaining two lug nuts that were on the wheel after he returned from his run…

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You can see here the metal shards that were shaved off of the wheel when it was wobbling back and forth on the wheel studs… this was not good…

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The 949Racing 6UL wheel was finished…the lug holes had been completely bored out and there was no way a set of lug nuts would be able to seat onto the wheel…With that news, Nick was finished for the day. He was pretty bummed but things could have been much worse. The car ran great and his motor is fine and that’s all you an really ask for…

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Ryan jumped in and attempted to help Nick remove some of the metal on the wheel studs but it was pretty far beyond repair…

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While that was going on we also had to deal with a random serious of huge wind gusts that almost sent some tents airborne. People were able to hold on to them at the last minute but it was pretty wild. We could have ended up with tents all over the track and possibly hitting other cars…

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Graham Downey’s trailer saw the most damage with the wind breaking two of the canopies that ran alongside his enclosed trailer….

Once everyone was able to get situated again after the melee, some of the cars went back out on the track for their sessions…

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Mike Ostby and his J’s Racing-equipped RSX on the track…

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John made one more attempt to get a solid run logged but with fuel delivery still a hampering issue, it wasn’t meant to be and John returned to call it a day for his E-AT…

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Sportcar Motion’s KR-Z piloted by Oscar Jackson Jr…..

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Klingelhoefer’s Civic looked right at home at Willow Springs…

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Tom Attack and his EF…

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Salem’s TSX with J’s goodies…

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Ken Suen looked comfortable out there and had to have finished right up there at the very top of the list by the end of the day…

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Gary and his RSX on green Volk CE28s…

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Katman in his K20 hatchback…

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Another of Tom Attack with Sean trailing behind…

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Since there were a couple of Club 4AG members out at Willow Springs that day, there were a couple of very clean AE86s that cruised by throughout the day…this two-toned 86 with Levin front end was spotless…

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Even managed to spot an R32 Skyline that day in the parking lot on some Kosei K1s…

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Just had to get another shot of the Cusco FR-S…

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It was tough to see these guys finished for the day but I’m proud of them for making the attempt… John especially because he literally got his car running that week. There was no shake down period to break the car in and it showed because of the problems he encountered. Nonetheless, we are all just happy to see this thing running finally. Nick’s day ended because of a minor mistake but he was still able to get the wheel back on for the photo session later. It wasn’t good enough for another session but it was able to roll around…

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ASM adorned S2000 on Enkey RPF1…

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Ken’s  Civic Si after it returned from session 4…

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Tony Jackson relaxing on the Eibach KR-Z…

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Sean K. returning from his run…

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One more of Katman’s grey EG…

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Gonna stop here today with a shot of some spectators checking out Sean’s EK….

That’s all for today… check back for the conclusion tomorrow!…

7 thoughts on “FF Battle 4 Coverage…Part 3: Random Track Findings…

  1. Awesome stuff Joey! For what it’s worth this was also the shakedown for my car, although I swapped it a few months ago I only recently had the car aligned and this was my first time driving it since the swap. Oh and in the last picture the guy with the long hair is Ken-E, ironically this was the first time I ever met him after “knowing” him for years on the web.

  2. I had a job where I worked at a trailer with a canopy and the wind did the exact same shit to it in the most violent manner.

    Great coverage

  3. Everyone thought the J-series CRX wouldn’t be competitive?!? That’s it, I’m not messing around next year. I’m building a J-powered N-600 for FF Battle and really kick everyone’s ass!

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