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Juantron 06-22-2010 06:34 AM

New car!
I am at a bit of a cross-roads now...I've been autocrossing my zx5 for a couple seasons now and I just picked up an SVT-5. Question is, do I continue with my ZX5 in SMF or do I go with the SVT in whatever class it fits in?

I've been throwing parts at the ZX5 for a while now (engine mounts, tune, header, catless-back, battery relocate, cheap coilovers, AGX struts/shocks, cam gears...), so I'm not sure if I want that car as my daily driver without at least going back to stock suspension. And I dont think I'll ever be very competitive in that car until I get it on race rubber.

I'm not sure where I'll be with the SVT. Its coming with a Borla catback, Fidanza flywheel, upgraded clutch, and dogbone mount. Other than a Diablo tune from Tom, I'm not wanting to modify the SVT any further than it already is. But I'm guessing that it will fit into the ST class with its modifications? And believe it or not, ST is a faster class in my club than SMF, so I don't really know what I want to do at this point.

What do you guys think?

wrc_fan 06-22-2010 07:26 AM

You forgot to mention if the ZX5 is a Zetec or Duratec, that could be a big decision driver. Also, how competitive do you want to be???

To be successful beyond the local level, SMF if going to require $$$$$$. I think, a 2.3L with a well sorted turbo engine, high dollar coil overs, full weight reduction per the rules, big race rubber, etc. could have a good run in SMF. You can make a ton more power than the turbo civics, the question is, can you make enough to make up the corner speed advantage the civics will have.

I've seen the SVT get it done locally in ST, but it takes a good driver, and once you get some old civics showing up its all over. Maybe you can see what you have to do to get the SVT to fall into Hstock???

Juantron 06-22-2010 07:48 AM

The ZX5 is a 2.0 Zetec.

After thinking it over some more, it looks like my best choice would be to stick with my SMF ZX5. My reasoning is this: if I keep the SVT in ST I have no chance (our top ST driver is in a FULLY prepped '89 Civic with Motons, and he is FAST!!!), and I really don't want to replace the clutch/flywheel just to be able to go back to HS.
With the ZX5 I think I could be competitive if I go turbo & get a better wheel/tire combo.

Maybe I'll just start co-driving my brother's 240...

wrc_fan 06-22-2010 08:35 AM

Maybe you could run with the SVT in STX? You get the option to add an LSD and run a bit more tire.

Juantron 06-22-2010 08:39 AM

Wellllll, like I said, I really don't want to modify the SVT any more than it is now...I've been down that road before, I know where it leads! Haha
But 800 bucks for a LSD isn't bad...

GodLovesUgly 06-22-2010 09:11 AM

i'm kinda in the same boat since i recently picked up my svt, except i have a zx3 dura (2.0)
lucky me, i don't have a prepped ST civic in my region. there is one, but he runs STS, and tears it up. so in ST i have a pretty decent chance, after i become a better driver. my competition will be a 240sx and 2.5 rs.
i didn't know you could upgrade the clutch in ST, that's pretty sweet.

Juantron 06-22-2010 09:13 AM

I don't know that you can, I just figured that it wasn't allowed in stock class...hang on I'll check with SCCA.

WUGcatsvt 06-22-2010 02:38 PM

You have a light weight flywheel and clutch you will be running above the ST classes. Probably in the street prepared classes. DSP

GodLovesUgly 06-22-2010 02:53 PM

that's what i was thinking, you can run slicks tho!

wrc_fan 06-22-2010 04:09 PM

Yeah, looks like DSP with the flywheel clutch. Not sure why the SVT is in DSP, not FSP... My 2.3L is faster :D

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