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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-30-2020 07:33 PM
fzl looking like a heck of a time
04-22-2019 01:36 PM
Miner did you post a pic of the bronco?
03-06-2018 10:00 PM
quikdrummer Haven't logged in for years

Don't have the car anymore, sold it a few months ago to get some new suspension bits for my bronco
05-29-2017 07:44 PM
NDEngineer Indeed!
01-24-2017 08:00 AM
TeXJ holy thread resurrection!

wonder if the OP still has this car?
01-24-2017 02:15 AM
Klouczech Do you have limited slip differential?
I agree with SMC, quicker steering ratio will help you a lot
10-24-2015 01:36 AM
quikdrummer I would love to do a stage rally. Volunteered at Prescott a few weeks ago and it just made it worse. Doesn't help that I keep finding ready to go, log booked cars on specialstage and a few on Craigslist.
10-24-2015 01:16 AM
SMC *chuckles* Night and day by way of technique between your driving styles. I got nothing to bitch about with your run
Nice smooth steering inputs. Your rolling onto the throttle, not flat out mashing it every moment. Running the correct lines on the track. Using the cars balance to aid in steering.
I honestly think you would do rather well in a stage rally. It has quite a bit more speed in the corners, so left foot braking becomes more vital to vehicle stability.
Proofs in the pudding, so to speak. A 4 second lead is a lifetime on the track.
Hell, next step is to get a steering quickener to get your steering ratio to 2 turns lock to lock. It will completely change how your car handles. Muuuuch less sawing the wheel.
10-23-2015 07:24 PM
quikdrummer https://youtu.be/VgdUGd0vaac

Alright heres my fastest lap. The actual times for Joels run was 95.362, mine 92.810. I drove worse as the day went on, he got faster, and was on track to beat me til he caught a rut and looped out on the last run. Since we had the strut issue we got bumped to the end of the second run group and the course was tore up pretty good. Fun times.
10-20-2015 11:26 PM
quikdrummer I guess I shoulda clarified, that video was my friend. I'll get mine uploaded and you can critique it too haha.

Still all good advice, and thanks!
10-20-2015 11:08 PM
SMC Properly quick. When you hit that rut and popped out of gear. I probably shouted "$hit!" about the same time you did!
I noticed you still haven't quite gotten out of the habit of using the tarmac racing line and found the groove for racing in dirt.
Your constantly hunting for that corner apex as if you have stellar traction on a paved surface. *Smacks your hand* Stop it.
I see allot of lost momentum as your hugging in close to the apex, bouncing around then trying to control the car from the additional g-load from the speed. Your having to drive slower to maintain control the car. You Need to aim for a late apex on gravel races. Dont aim for the center of the apex. Aim for after the apex as it starts to transition. Go in a little wider and allow the momentum of the car to rocket you through the corner. Use a little left foot braking while applying the throttle to help stabilize the car.

In the image, your following the grey line. Which is great if you have constant traction and a stable car.
However on the grey line, from point D to point G, your fidgeting with the throttle and fighting the steering. The car is unstable. From point G to point H, your foots to the floor and your trying to keep her ass from wagging out of line. Then by point I your under control and shooting off like a rocket.
There is allot of lost speed in that line. What you need is the Dark Grey line. Thats proper for a loose surface.
Slide it wide and aim for a late apex. Before you even begin to turn, you NEED to be off the brakes. Period. Get you speed where you want it before you hit that corner. 80% of your braking force is with the front tires. These tires also need to steer the car. You have very little traction on dirt. So your front tires cant do two things at once. If your steering, you can be breaking. If your breaking, you cant be steering. Simple as that. If you use the two, then the front locks up and you slide.
When your in a corner, you should be either coasting or accelerating.
There is a way around this. In gravel, if you need to slow down in a corner, Slide the car!
Once you hit point E, roll onto the throttle. This will swing the rear out to steer you into the corner and also scrub off a little more speed. By point F, While still on the throttle, tap the brakes with your left foot. This will stabilize the car. And bingo. Your already pointed where you need to go. By point G, Roll onto full throttle. Dont just smash your foot to the floor. Its called a Late Apex line. Its a far smoother transition for your car with less g-load to bounce you all over the place.
With this line, your already accelerating 30% sooner than a tarmac apex line and your not having to muscle around a tight apex. I guarantee you that this will shave many seconds off your lap times.
10-16-2015 09:42 PM
quikdrummer https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=YTY74PIN8hM

Here's the overlay video thing. Kinda low quality especially compared to the GoPro.
09-24-2015 10:38 PM
quikdrummer Did the rallyx on Saturday. I took second out of 5 drivers in mod 2wd. My friend drove the BMW also, got third place, and during his third run he got red flagged because the upper strut bolt had worked its way loose so there was nothing holding the top of the steering knuckle in place. Tire almost folded under. We bashed the lower mounts back into place and i stole a shock bolt off my f150 to get it back on course. Fun times. I got an app that takes video and puts an overlay with speed and a course overview and some other stuff and syncs up to a GoPro so I'm playing around with that.
09-14-2015 08:55 PM
SMC Looks like your havin a blast! Makes me want to build another rally car
09-11-2015 07:54 PM
quikdrummer Found a little mud flat out by my friends house and had some fun today.
09-10-2015 12:16 AM
quikdrummer Yeah I have another piece of thin gauge aluminum plate floating around, I should do that before rallyx. A guy I work with was at the local junkyard and found a convertible auto 318, which according to info I found on the googles has a 4.44 rear end, so I might go take a look at that over the weekend. Then the 19th is the next rallyx. I talked a friend who drives an old Toyota pickup set up for desert romping into going to rallyx with me. Should be a fun time, we will be competing in the same class.
09-06-2015 08:41 PM
SMC Thats looking really nice, man. You even have the angle of the shoulder harness correct. I cant tell you how many cars I see get that wrong.

I would STRONGLY suggest fabricating a simple door card out of urethane or aluminum. Those sharp edges can slice you open in a hurry if your hands slips off the wheel and into that mess of razors.
09-06-2015 08:40 PM
SMC Thats looking really nice, man. You even have the angle of the shoulder harness correct. I cant tell you how many cars I see get that wrong.

I would STRONGLY suggest fabricating a simple door card out of urethane or aluminum. Those sharp edges can slice you open in a hurry if your hands slips off the wheel and into that mess of razors.
08-29-2015 05:05 PM
quikdrummer Got a few things buttoned up in preparation for the upcoming rallyx. Cage welded in, seat and harness mounted. Did a quick and easy skid plate with some thin aluminum I had floating around. Should be pretty much ready to rock, gonna go do some "practice runs" to make sure.
07-23-2015 02:52 PM
TeXJ Im liking the prerunner bumper; NICE!
07-17-2015 09:24 PM
SMC Bad ass
Yeah, you dont really need a full cage for auto-x. Not all that many trees or boulders to slide into. A roll is a worse case situation. That bar will indeed save your skin.
Keep it up! Keep us up to date with your progress! The rally forum is kinda dead. Your all the excitement we got here!
07-15-2015 03:16 AM
quikdrummer Made some progress over the last few weeks. Got the radiator put in, got a new control arm, tore the front end apart, got rid of a ton of unneeded shit, built a front bumper, took the sunroof and all the crap involved with that out and put a piece of aluminum over the hole in the roof, got a cheap racing seat and started a roll bar. Not gonna fully cage it yet I don't think, just run the half bar. Haven't decided for sure yet. Still need to redo the skid plate and then once the roll bar is done it should be ready for rallycross in sept.
07-06-2015 11:37 AM
Originally Posted by Southbound_Pachyderm View Post
I believe they call it the Trophy LTD
Thank you for the name!

Found some vids:

07-06-2015 10:27 AM
Originally Posted by TeXJ View Post
I saw pics of that Crown Vic, think that is the name of the car, that thing is a sleeper! I love it!
I believe they call it the Trophy LTD
06-08-2015 06:19 PM
hardrider Nicely done skid plates you made there... Good job with the beemer!
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