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Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117564] Wed, 13 January 2016 15:24 Go to next message
doubletap is currently offline  doubletap   United States
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Looking for the best bang for the buck platform to rallyx with. Budget is sub 3k purchase
price for the car. I have an opportunity to pick up a e36 318is with lsd for 500.
Before I pull the trigger on this one, any other suggestions? The 4cyl on the e36 vs e30
is gutless but its lighter and a bit more reliable than the 6cyl (m50,M54). This will be
another hobby and I just want to have fun at these events and still be competitive.
I do not want to drive my other cars so basically looking at something I can beat on
and take a beating. I just don't know if its a good chassis/engine combo for rallyx to
begin with. BTW I will need to drive car to the events.

thanks for the suggestions

[Updated on: Wed, 13 January 2016 15:26]

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Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117568 is a reply to message #117564] Thu, 14 January 2016 11:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
doubletap is currently offline  doubletap   United States
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Update:

the 318 seller called me and wants me to pick up car today. What made it harder to decide is that a coworker is selling a 328i that needs clutch for 1k.
I am considering the lighter weight of the 4 cyl would be good in dirt. Then again 328i has more power. help!!!
check out this vid. the red car is a 318i. there was a previous video of that car when the owner showed that its just a m42 engine.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fs5VQGcpLHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

[Updated on: Thu, 14 January 2016 11:34]

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Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117570 is a reply to message #117568] Thu, 14 January 2016 17:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Davey is currently offline  Davey   
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There was a guy name Mike Codwell(I think) that made some 4wd drivers look bad. He had a E30 BMW not sure engine size but I'm pretty sure it was a 6 not a 4cyclider. Look at past results. He was a arrive and drive guy, but he had the car stripped and he packed rally tires. He was very fast.

Tough question which to buy because there are only three classes in 2wd. Getting bumped to the top class very easily done with simple modifications. I would just buy whichever one is going to be more reliable and cheaper to maintain.

Being 2wd you are not going to have that many people to play with, and most just run the race prep class because then they can do anything they want.
If you want someone to match times with bring a co driver.

If you want a lot of other people to race against you are going to want to run stock 4wd, but that would be over your $3K budget.

First gen Mr2 can be had for cheap and lots of after market support for the 1600 twin cam motor.(but your not going to fit rally tires in an Mr2)


"Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting." (Steve McQueen)

[Updated on: Thu, 14 January 2016 20:16]

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Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117584 is a reply to message #117570] Fri, 15 January 2016 16:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
doubletap is currently offline  doubletap   United States
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Thanks for the input about the 2wd class. If I end up buying the $500.00 e36, I can use this car to have fun, practice and get a feel for it. After that I can always sell it and buy another car.
Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117586 is a reply to message #117584] Fri, 15 January 2016 17:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117590 is a reply to message #117586] Sat, 16 January 2016 07:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rallyxcrx is currently offline  rallyxcrx   United States
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Unlike autocross, there is no traction in rallycross, so HP and handling won't help much. The things you need are driver, tires, and limited slip, in that order. Dave
Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117621 is a reply to message #117590] Sun, 24 January 2016 19:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rallyxcrx is currently offline  rallyxcrx   United States
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I've heard that dirt is the great equalizer, keeping that in mind, while driving my bone stock 4 banger Camry, I managed a fastest in first grid and first in class at Santa Rosa rallyx, and a last place overall yesterday at AAS autox at Marina. Dave
Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117646 is a reply to message #117621] Thu, 28 January 2016 07:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
doubletap is currently offline  doubletap   United States
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rallyxcrx, that's some pretty good driving in the camry. I bought the 318 and people cannot understand why I picked up a 4 cyl bmw instead of using my M3 for rallyx. I just smile.

[Updated on: Thu, 28 January 2016 09:17]

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Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #117656 is a reply to message #117646] Mon, 01 February 2016 06:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rallyxcrx is currently offline  rallyxcrx   United States
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Next is tires, Firestone Winterforce is a good tire, but doesn't offer much traction on the street. Best is any tire with an edge and a open tread, with no wide rain groves around the tire, and there aren't any unless you drive a truck. Rally tires are best, but cost bank, and are not legal on the street. Dave
Re: Good Rallyx platform sub $3k suggestions [message #118089 is a reply to message #117656] Wed, 16 March 2016 18:59 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
rallycrosser58 is currently offline  rallycrosser58   United States
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Now, the next step to having fun is attending events or when you have the time, you can drive over to Sacramento and play at Prairie City OHV. It is $5/day or $50/annual pass. It is open 6 days a week, closed on Wednesdays. It is usually pretty rough, but is a great way to legally practice and get a feel for RallyCross. I just picked up a Miata for racing and went out yesterday to check it out, it is incredible how well Miata's handle in the dirt. Also, there are lots of fun dirt roads within 60 miles of Sacramento, with the bonus of almost no people around.

Brent
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