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Id love some feedback. I am looking to build a road track / weekend driver and cant decide between buying an EVO X or an EVO IX MR. I am interested in doing bolt on mods to make a fun track car that will kill by buddies in their M3 & boxter. I want something reliable and fast that wont require much maintenance. This will be my first endeavor into track driving. Any advise?

Also, what configuration would you recommend for mods on either option?
 

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The X is simply the better track car, especially with how insanely well it seems to be responding to bolt ons, not to mention the fact that it has AYC over the IX.

The only real benefit to the IX is that it would be cheaper to get a used IX vs a new X.
 

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Not only is the IX cheaper, but it also has a much broader base of people that know the car, and a lot more parts available. This is actually a very tough decision imho. Especially if you are just focusing on track driving, and not 1/4 mile stuff.

I really think you will need to go sit in both cars, and determine how you like each vehicle first. Everyone here can provide you lots of information on the differences of the vehicles, but there is so much more that is personal preference, and that is something only you can decide on. If I were in this position, I would try to figure out which vehicle appealed to me the most first on both looks, ride quality, interior, and other "just driving around" factors. After I make up my mind on that, then I would start looking at how easy each car is to mod, how developed the communities are, and tie all that in to my final goal of the car.
 

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The X is simply the better track car, especially with how insanely well it seems to be responding to bolt ons, not to mention the fact that it has AYC over the IX.

The only real benefit to the IX is that it would be cheaper to get a used IX vs a new X.
I am also deciding btw a newer x older 9 or the ralli art. How have your experiences been with the ayc. If you get in to a drift or your tail sticks out with the ayc if you counter steer does it take you off your line bec of ayc anticipating you taking another turn? And does it make a diff if asc is on
 

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You can vary how the car behaves for you on the X.

ie switching off electronic aids etc.. or making it tail happy. I think SIC posted how to do that.
 

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Congrats on the purchase!!

You can vary how the car behaves for you on the X.

ie switching off electronic aids etc.. or making it tail happy. I think SIC posted how to do that.
Here is Sics post:
Originally Posted by SiC
Great report, I wish I lived close to a track to test out my Evo.

BTW, have you heard of the hidden ASC mode? Normally if you hit the ASC button, you'll see ASC OFF come on the dash. Press it again and ASC is back on. There is a hidden mode where if you press the ASC button for 3 seconds it will shut it down. On the dash you'll see a slip warning mark and a "!".
Here's a simple explanation of the different modes:
ASC ON: The ASC system will control brakes and throttle to control any slip.
ASC OFF: The ASC system will only control the brakes during slip.
ASC ALL OFF: The ASC system is shut down, brakes and throttle are free
There has been alot of reports that shutting down the ASC can shave off about 2-3 seconds of lap time on an average 1 min run short track even for novice drivers.

Also you may want to try shifting the settings of the S-AWC. Magazines are reporting that intermediate to expert drivers may want to shift the S-AWC settings in between corners. Tarmac mode will give you the most oversteering and Snow mode will give you the most understeering, and Gravel is in between. They report that switching to Tarmac mode for hair pin corners can prevent understeering (which is common for hair pins). Snow mode can prevent oversteering in larger corners (especially on the exit of the corner). Knowing the track and switching the modes can shave some lap times when done right.
 
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