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Archive for Data Acquisition

As I mentioned in last month’s article on Spark Plug Reading, Plug Reading will get you close but to really optimize your jetting, you need to incorporate the piston read and data analysis into the equation.  Without data analysis, you will have no real way of determining what your optimum spark plug and piston color should be.  In addition, the piston will give you a better indication of whether or not you are too lean and/or detonating, the first sign that you are on the edge of optimization and on the verge of a blow-up…

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It seemed appropriate to start the Data Analysis series with choosing a gear since the first thing I do when I go to a new track is look at the data to assess my gear choice.  While sometimes it is obvious that you are geared too long or short, using both the graphs and the Time Compare feature of your data acquisition system can be crucial to picking the optimum gear that will move you up the grid in qualifying or a race.  So what are you looking for?  I’ll explain…

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Data Acquisition – quite simply this is the key to you getting faster in the shortest amount of time.  Luckily AIM makes a very user friendly line of data acquisition systems for karters that are easy to understand and operate once you get up and running.  For many people, actually getting up and running is the challenge as the owner’s manual is a little overwhelming and confusing.  So, my goal here is to simply give you the set up process and basic procedures so that you can log and download accurate data.  Then, starting next month, we will delve into how to analyze and use the data to get faster.  For those of you using other systems, don’t worry, once we begin talking about data analysis, the way you interpret and use the graphs generated by any data logging system is universal.  In the meantime, it might not be a bad idea to look over this article as there are some key set-up facets and tips that will pertain to any system…

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I owe you guys an apology – I should have written this article a long time ago.  While I rely heavily on data analysis to pick a “gear” (final drive ratio) on a race weekend (Using Data Analysis to Pick a Gear, FKI March 2011), the majority of the time I use data analysis to analyze chassis changes.  While sometimes it is obvious from the lap time and feel when a change is clearly better, having a good understanding of the data will help you determine why the change is better.  This knowledge could be instrumental in figuring out your next change to find that last tenth you need to move 5 spots up on the grid.  So, what are you looking for?  I’ll explain…

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