The Tow hook
All race tracks require a front and a rear tow hook to pull you out if the car spins off the track and gets stuck. The rear is still accessible, but the front factory tow hooks are now too low on the car to be of any help and would require a lot of searching on your knees to find them anyway.
The better spot is on the front bumper bar, I ordered a universal tow strap because I like the professional look and the strength. Many of the aftermarket tow hooks that are seen on show cars, and posers alike are made from a soft aluminum, that will bend the first time it is used.
After taking off the front bumper, I found pre existing holes. I know how strong the bumper bar is and didn’t want to spend all day drilling through it. I bought a 5″ grade 8 bolt and some grade 8 washers at home depot and pieced together the kit.
Here is the strap installed on top of the bumper bar using a factory hole. I found that with the strap on top of the bumper bar, that when I put the front nose back on the car that the strap wasn’t long enough to be accessible. I Needed to reverse the setup.
With the strap now on the bottom, it was a little too long, nothing a zip tie can’t fix. This design didn’t get tested at the track, thankfully.
I added a set of the new Falken 615k tires. I had a set of the old 615’s and they worked great and fit in my budget. The new tires have a much better break away feel and are alot better in the rain. Until I get a new set of rims these went on the factory set.
The last thing was a new race alignment. I am driving the car to and from events so i couldn’t get to crazy with the specs so I went at -2.5 degrees camber in the front and -1.5 degrees in the rear. The toe was set close to zero, and caster is not adjustable on integras.
I write up the results from the track outing at Willow Springs in a few days.