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Old 05-16-2013, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My new ride

This site probably isnt the place for a lot of feedback regarding rally/rallyx, but I figured i'm a member and theres a rally section, why not post up?

I found this on craigslist and picked it up yesterday for $1000



93 325is, 210k miles, 5 spd, engine/drivetrain in great shape, ugly ass interior and a handful of weird little electrical shit wrong. I drove it just over 100 miles to get it, and it drove amazing on the way home, cruising at 90 like it was nothing. Theres a group doing rallyx events about 3 hrs from me, and I've been wanting to get into it for a while. Figured i'll get my tip wet entering it in the stock 2wd class and go from there, all the while daily driving it and hooning all over my little town.
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Looking good! Be certain to check the carrier bearing and rubber coupler on the drive shaft. Those are WELL known to let loose with abuse. Toss some snow tires on a set of steel wheels and go kick some butt in the dirt!

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My bro in law and I took it out and did a 40 mile loop of graded dirt roads Friday morning. It handled everything like a champ. I caught a berm and cracked the pass side bumper cover and inner fender skirt thing, my bro in law overshot a corner and partially unseated a tire bead
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Looking good! Be certain to check the carrier bearing and rubber coupler on the drive shaft. Those are WELL known to let loose with abuse. Toss some snow tires on a set of steel wheels and go kick some butt in the dirt!
Yeah there is a funny humming sound coming from the rear end somewhere. PO thought it was a wheel bearing, it gets louder til I hit about 40 or so then quiets down, so I'm thinking probly not. One of the nice bbs rims got stolen from the guys garage so I'm planning on getting some steelies and new tires eventually. The rallyx I'm looking into only allows passenger tires for the stock class, can't run an LT or any studded/non-DOT tire. So I'm digging around the internetz to see what my best choice will be.

For now the balding old falkens break loose pretty damn easy, it's a blast to drive
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Well, I would always recommend a good gravel rally tire for the dirt. You will get crisper turning (as in near instantaneous turning ) and stellar grip. Not to mention a sidewall that can take allot more abuse than a snow tire.
Black Rocket Rally Tires

Though, they are not exactly budget friendly.

As for snow tires, I would recommend Toyo Garit tires. They are just about as close to a gravel tire as you can get. They even have reinforced sidewalls. OBSERVE GARIT KX | Toyo Tires
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Well, I would always recommend a good gravel rally tire for the dirt. You will get crisper turning (as in near instantaneous turning ) and stellar grip. Not to mention a sidewall that can take allot more abuse than a snow tire.
Black Rocket Rally Tires

Though, they are not exactly budget friendly.

As for snow tires, I would recommend Toyo Garit tires. They are just about as close to a gravel tire as you can get. They even have reinforced sidewalls. OBSERVE GARIT KX | Toyo Tires

The supplementals for the local events would push me into the modified class with the rally tires. I can use any DOT approved tire with the "winter logo", so I will probly go that route. First event is July 13th, I'll try to keep this updated.

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So after cracking the internal supports that hold the bumper cover on, I rigged it up with some duct tape. Today going down the highway a gust of wind caught it and pulled it off, shredding the plastic cover



Guess its time to fabricate something
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... Ooohhh. I see some awesome possibilities here.
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welcome to MR! see you in Tulsa
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Found some cheap steelies to go with the mismatched one I had. my bro in law had some blaze orange plastidip stuff left over from one of his ghey projects, so I sprayed the wheels.



I hate it, and yet I love it. Cool thing is, I can peel it off like my shoulders after a sunburn if the hate overpowers the love
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nice overspray on the tires.
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nice overspray on the tires.
Apparently you don't understand how plastidip works.
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Apparently you don't understand how plastidip works.
I'm more of a krylon kind of guy
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Yeah that shit peels right off.
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Yeah that shit peels right off.
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It's weird crap. Look it up in YouTube, once it dries you can peel it off.
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So... I'm entered in the AZ Rally Group's July 13th rallyx event, stock 2wd class (they dont separate fwd and rwd since theres only a handful of entries in each).

I fully expect to be dead last, but if so I will be dead last with a grin on my face

gotta weld up some kind of bumper so my radiator is at least somewhat protected, and Im gonna do a general tuneup. Other than that, shes ready to run.
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Rally pig! Go kick some ass and have a great time out there!
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I slung a little bit of tube at the front bumper. 1 1/2" .095 tube with some 1" braces. I still need to get over to my buddies house and dimple die a piece of plate to protect the cooling system, but this should keep me from bottoming out on it



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Pop some spot lamps in there and you are ready for some off roading.
I really like the way that it looks, man. The next step in incorporating a skid plate for the oilpan and under carriage. Keep all the vital bits protected from rocks and the like.

Here is my skidplate setup on my ol' WRX. It saved my ass more time that I can count. You can still see some of the deep gouges that would have otherwise been in my oilpan.
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So I made some light tabs and wired up some cheap vato zone lights.



SMC the skidplate plan is definitely something coming up soon. I was checking it out underneath while I changed the oil and it shouldnt be that tough, theres a crossmember that would work great. tie the bumper to it, should be pretty much rock proof.

Heading out tomorow night to the rallyx event as its a 3+ hour drive and I dont feel like leaving at 3 am to make tech... they start early in the summer cuz it hits 100+ by about 10 am.
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Have a good run! Good gawds man. It hits 110 here and people go nuts. I have no idea how you all in Az can stand the heat when it ticks near 120!
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Successfully completed my first rallyx event!

Left my house last night around 9:30 pm, picked up my buddy and cousin, got to the venue at 2 am, drank some beer in the parking lot and slept til 5 when a pack of coyotes woke us up.

I almost didnt pass safety inspection because of a missing battery hold down clamp, but I was able to convince the inspector that a ratchet strap would do the trick.

A huge monsoon storm rolled thru last night and left a handful of muddy spots that the course designers used to make the course a little tricky. I did not do very well time wise, made a lot of rookie mistakes like missing shifts and blowing some corners wide, blew right past a gate on the first lap for a 10 sec penalty, but had a freaking blast. I'll have the final standings posted up when they get up on the website, but I know I was in the bottom of the barrel in the stock 2wd class. The scorekeeper was having computer issues and I was working off of 2 hours of sleep and needed to get home so I didnt wait around to find out exactly where I placed. My laps were running from 75-85 seconds, and the winner of the stock 2, driving a zx3 focus, was running high 60- low 70 sec times, Cumulative for all 6 laps I was about 70 seconds down from him. He was faster than the stock 4wd and most of the mod 2 and 4wd tho, dude knew what he was doing.

Heres my time card:
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Heres the final results. As I expected, I was last in my class (S2), however I did get a better time than 4 other drivers in different classes.





The two guys last in the M4 class were driving an old subaru justy. It was cool, but slow slow slow. The guy in the M2 I beat was in a early 00's mustang v6 with no exhaust and the chick in S4 was in a Subaru 2.5 RS and was also a first time driver. The two 80+ times and the gate penalty are what sunk me, but I think I did pretty well improving nearly every lap, and definitely felt more confidence as I went. The next event is september, already have plans for the car between now and then.
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