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      07-17-2019, 07:23 PM   #1
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Pre Event Tech Inspection

Have a couple of Track Days coming up and was wondering what most trackers do for Pre Event Tech Inspections. Usually whatever club is running the event will have free tech inspections for that club. However they never seem to be anywhere near my home. What is an average price to have this done? Not trying to be cheap, just trying to keep cost down with all the other expenses running up such a track time, hotel, new tires, etc. etc.
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If you know what to your for you can do this yourself. The shops that do this usually just look at:
Rotor cracks and thickness
Brake lining thickness
Brake hoses and lines
Tire wear
Fluid levels and color
Any leaks, cracks or discoloration in hoses
Air filter
Exhaust leaks
Functioning lights and wipers
Battery test
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If you know what to your for you can do this yourself. The shops that do this usually just look at:
Rotor cracks and thickness
Brake lining thickness
Brake hoses and lines
Tire wear
Fluid levels and color
Any leaks, cracks or discoloration in hoses
Air filter
Exhaust leaks
Functioning lights and wipers
Battery test
A lot of clubs require an inspection from a certified mechanic.
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Have a couple of Track Days coming up and was wondering what most trackers do for Pre Event Tech Inspections. Usually whatever club is running the event will have free tech inspections for that club. However they never seem to be anywhere near my home. What is an average price to have this done? Not trying to be cheap, just trying to keep cost down with all the other expenses running up such a track time, hotel, new tires, etc. etc.
Where do you buy your tires? I get my inspections for free with the shop that does my tires and other work.

Other options: race shop near you? Shops that are sponsors at your events, or just any car mechanic near by.
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A lot of clubs require an inspection from a certified mechanic.
They require a form with checked boxes and a signature. No ones ever asked for for my SAE certification. And none of the things I worked on ever failed at the track. But I have gone to certified mechanics who couldn’t install pads properly and I realize that at the track when one caliper doesn’t seem to make any brake torque.
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I use a local race & custom shop, they're not BMW experts but with a fairly new and low mileage M2 there isn't really that much to worry about. I also keep a pretty close watch of everything since I'm routinely swapping the pads, fluid and wheels.

My local BMWCCA chapter does require a mechanic certification number on their form, when I run with other groups it's often much less strict. I suppose cost is going to vary a bunch based on what the regular rate is for mechanics in your area. I'd normally expect 0.5-1 hour for an inspection.

I have also had inspections done by more regular mechanics but I do prefer having race shop mechanics do it, they'll have a better idea of what to look for. A regular mechanic is perhaps going to going to be used to checking for more street-type wear and condition.
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      07-19-2019, 04:04 PM   #7
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There is a good checklist in the factory maintenance documents for trackdays. You can do it yourself.
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The clubs around here also require the work to be done by a shop. PCA chapter here even has a short list of "approved" shops. The BMW dealer here will do it for free, and so will one of the auto shops that sponsors some of the events. The local shop, Craftsman Auto, isn't on the "approved" list for PCA Potomac, but everyone knows the owner and trusts their work.

And I apologize for the gratuitous use of quotation marks.
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