By now you should have purchased the car you are looking to start drifting. It may have taken you a lot longer than you thought it would or maybe it was fast. For most beginners, this is the most frustrating part of the whole process because they just want to jump into a car and try their hand out at drifting.
Congrats! You are so close to getting on that road.
There are a few more last minute things you need to do and a lot of them are related to safety. Yes, drifting is dangerous but executed well, it can be a high adrenaline rush. But if you make a mistake, you’ll be glad you took some extra time and prepared for you safety.
Tires aren’t cheap, my brother in law just dropped over $7,200 outfitting the fleet of his Greensboro limo service. If you can afford it, buy yourself some spare tires now. Drive to the event on good tires so you can keep yourself safe on the road and then change the tires at the event. You don’t want to be driving on the highway on worn tires. That’s just dumb especially if you took time to make your drifting safe. Just do it.
If you want to save some $$ on tires, go to a repair shop and see if you can get their used tires for cheap or for free. Many places have to pay to get rid of them so they’re happy if you can take them off their hands.
You will need a helmet. While you might have a big ego, your head is no match for being slammed around in the car. And your head will hit the door, windows, steering wheel, passenger seat and sometimes the roof. Don’t be stupid about this. Just get a decent helmet and move on.
Making the car lighter
Many people strip out the rear seats, stereo, spare tire and anything else they can to make the back end lighter. It’s really up to you. I like to do this but if you’re eager to try drifting, leave them in and take them out later on.
You will want to use duct tape and tape down the button on your e-brake. This means you can grab it quickly and not have to fiddle around with trying to press the button. Tape it on well so it doesn’t accidentally slip off or get attached to your hand.
Make sure you have no leaks anywhere in your car. This includes fuel leaks, oil leaks, clutch fluid or brake fluid leaks. Very, very important. You may have a beater car but you need to make sure it is operating properly.
Good motor oil
If you need to spend some money anywhere, spend it here. You want to get a good motor oil that can perform well at high reps. You don’t want performance issues when you need it. Ask around and see what others are using. I’m sure they’ll be happy to tell you.