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    Favorite data logging system?

    What do you guys use for data logging? Aim solo 2 DL looks nice but I was hit by sticker shock. Any recommendations?

    Preferably something I can overlay with GoPro footage

    #2
    I can’t speak from experience so this is not addressing your question directly but I am cross shopping the Aim Solo2 DL with the new Garmin Catalyst. The garmin is a little more but it looks like a nice package. Might be worth checking out. Hoping for a Black Friday deal on it.


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      #3
      I like Race Capture from auto sport labs. But its not cheap and requires some tweaking.


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        #4
        There's folks that love AIM and there's the others who love VBox as the true data systems if you're willing to learn how to geek out on it. I've had my AIM solo dl for years and the hardware is rock solid but the company is slow to innovate. Compare that to VBox, where they already have a full data system that can integrate two camera feeds together and support both mac and windows laptops. They all do the same thing in different ways.

        There's phone based options, but the data you get from that is so-so at best. Good enough to test out the waters of data acquisition but probably not enough to go super deep.
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          #5
          I've heard really good things about AIM and it seems to be quite popular, but no personal experience with it.

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            #6
            The one positive thing from COVID is the regular free webinars from the AIM team. They're all available on their youtube channel here. They go into the very deep end of data analysis that's possible with the AIM system... however many folks don't go that crazy, especially for the casual HPDE driver.
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              #7
              I would get whatever system your friends use so you can share data.

              I got an AIM Solo 2 DL from Murray Motorsport last Black Friday for $530. Keep in mind if you buy from them and live in the US, you will need to buy a different charger for $40 (or modify the included brick).
              They also have the original Solo DL for $501 right now.

              Because of Covid I didn't get to use it until about a month ago.
              Getting the analysis software set up is not intuitive, but there are plenty of videos out there or ask a friend (or here). Once you do, it is quite useful, especially if you get the Canbus data.

              James Colburn has some really good basic tutorials (here)
              This one really helped me a lot -- setting up segment locations for split times

              There are some overlays out there that can use AIM data and GoPro video. Haven't had time to play with it.
              http://www.dashware.net/

              Originally posted by sc_tr0jan_m3 View Post
              The one positive thing from COVID is the regular free webinars from the AIM team. They're all available on their youtube channel here. They go into the very deep end of data analysis that's possible with the AIM system... however many folks don't go that crazy, especially for the casual HPDE driver.
              Cool, thanks for sharing that
              Last edited by elbert; 09-28-2020, 08:54 AM.

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                #8
                Wow. I wasn't getting notifications from this thread. Thanks for the replies everyone. Seems like AIM is probably the best choice. I'd love to get the Original solo DL used for a good deal but nobody is selling them. Not to mention how well they hold their value. At this point, i'll probably wait for a Christmas/black friday sale on solo 2 DL's. Unless Solos 1DL's go for under $400 on black friday. Cant beat that value for money IMO

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                  #9
                  If you just want data for the video overlays and lap timer then just use harry's lap timer with BT GPS.

                  If you want good plug-n-play software interface or want to give the data to coaches then go AIM or Motec etc.

                  If you want to tinker with it and add experiment with various sensors and have endless customizations, race capture all the way.


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