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What type do you believers use?
Number and placement of nozzles?
Cost?

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SPA 4.0 mechanical. Best system I've used/seen.

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Did you install it yourself? Did you put 2 nozzles in the cabin?

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I installed them myself yes. I have the 6 nozzle system; 1 in the trunk facing fuel filler, 3 in cabin (1 on main hoop pointing towards the driver, two on the tranny tunnel facing the firewall on each side), and then 2 on either side of the firewall in the engine bay.

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I hope your system has enough power to handle 6 nozzles. Three is pretty much the standard, from what I have seen. One on the driver, one in the engine bay and one by the fuel tank.
Whatever you do, go by the manufacturer's recommendation.
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It's a 6-nozzle system.

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Where did you buy the system? I like the idea of 6 nozzles. The one on the main hoop. Where on the main hoop did you put it?
Can I put it in having min. mech. ability? Common sense attaching of nozzles etc is all I need right?

Since we are in the same region are may I ask where you are? Are you going to be at any events in the next week or three where I could take a peek at your setup??
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I just installed the 6 nozzle, 4L Spa mechanical steel tank system. I put three nozzles in the engine bay and three aimed at me inside. I installed one nozzle on the top of the front hoop on the passenger side aimed diagonally at me, one under the dash aimed at my midsection, and one on the driver door side of the knee bar aimed at my feet and lower legs. The system is designed for 6 nozzles and sells for $285-325 depending on dealer. The E.S.S system for the same price is 2.3L and three nozzle.

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Good sounding setup. I'm on it.

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I bought mine from Sean at Trackspeed which is near you.

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Rick,

I can take pictures next week sometime when I get the car back and post them here if you are interested.

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That would be great Sean. Gatoratty recommended Trackspeed. Looks like you work there or own it?

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I just installed the same SPA system (6 nozzle, steel bottle), and 3 of my buddies bought the system too. HRP World sells them too.

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Here is a link to a thread with all you need. Link I'm happy with the system and the price was right.

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I have the ESS system with three nozzles. One centered on the firewall in the engine bay mounted up high to blanket the engine, one on the driver at waist level, and one in the trunk on the fuel filler neck/gas tank. The pull is mounted to a bracket on the trans tunnel. Hope I never have to test it!

On a related note, I was at a PCA club race this weekend and saw two car fires. One was just oil burning when a motor blew, but the other was a nasty gasoline fire when a fuel line broke in the engine bay. Driver was lucky that he was approaching pit-in when it lit up. Crew got on it right away and driver got out fine. Could have been bad.

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The other nice thing about the SPA system is that it has two pull handles. One is 6 feet and the other is 12 feet. Mounted one on the tunnel next to my seat within reach when belted in tight and the other on the rear hoop at the passenger door for corner workers to pull.

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Paul
I don't suppose you have a pic handy of the tunnel mount? I don't want it jabbing under my arm so the only spot would be passenger side of the tunnel which might be awkward to get to.
I've got the 6"x8" radio hole sheeted with alu for an extra kill switch I can get to w/ tight belts, what do you think of putting it there? I ordered it from Sean at Trackspeed. Good guy.
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(Did you put the bottle in the trunk?)

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My car is at the shop, but I will see if a friend can take a photo of the pull locations for me.

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Does anyone know if a ESS system will freeze? If so does this cause it to lose its effectiveness once it thaws out? With the cold winter here in the South I bet some froze.
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From the Miatacage site...

Notice: AFFF is a water based agent and will freeze. If freezing occurs, the the rupture disc may need replacing. To prevent damage, remove the cylinder to the indoors where it can be protected. The ESS systems are designed for easy removal and re-installation.

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Whatever you choose, make sure you have the pins pulled out whenever you go on track!

http://my.speedtv.com/go/thread/view/55836/2249..._Danikas_fire_system?pg=1

NASCAR... sheesh.

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Just got my answer from ESS. You need to check to see if the seal is broken in the manifold. Just crack the nut on one of the tubes that run to the nozzles at the manifold. If water leaks out then the seal is broken. If so you need a new seal and possibiliy a recharge kit depending on the water loss. If not good to go.

   

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