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Old 03-25-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
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Are "race" cars easier to work on?

Hi folks. Newbie to the site; looking forward to learning a few things.

This question popped into my head after changing out a crankshaft position sensor on a '97 Saturn. The piece has only one bolt, which is completely obscured by the starter, and it struck me that with a minor change to the casting, or to the mounting flange of the part, that the process didn't have to be nearly as time-consuming.

And so...do you think that cars with a hint of racing pedigree, such as, for example, the Focus (being an old-school WRC fan, this was the car that popped into my head, but could include the Fiesta, Corvette, Viper, etc.) have certain items laid out in a more efficient manner to facilitate quick and easy maintenance? Perhaps the hard-core racing variants deviate so much from stock items, it wouldn't make much difference (though, aren't the latest rally cars pretty close to stock?), but even at the club level, it's good marketing having your cars on the grid, eh?

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Interesting Question ... for the focus, I have found that it's really not that different from the performance versions to the non-performance versions.

Even in other cars I have worked on. All about the same.

But of course, I also have found that "Race/Sport" cars have more maintenance time than do non prepared cars. Could be the extra wear we do to our more tuned rides than to an un-tuned ride.

That's my findings on that.

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A true "race" car would not have things like air conditioning that take up space and cost extra weight under the hood so I imagine it could be easier to work on. Most regular cars are assembled in the most cost effective way. Most things on the Focus can be a pain to replace especially if you are a normal sized man
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Racecars are easier to work in depending upon what you are working with. For me any and all interior work is easy peasy for me because I only have a driver seat and everything under the dash is gone, no HVAC system or ducting. the middle of the car is hard because of the half cage welded in. Engine bay is about 50 50 easy and just the same. the front of the engine is easy as I have eliminated the AC stuff, the back of the engine is just as hard because I don't the engine moved forward or anything. Exhaust work is easy because I just have an exhaust with no cats or anything. Just be ready to work on them a little more than a normal car because of the increased stresses put on a race car and all its bits. Racecars are more expensive that way beause stuff always needs replaced, or you accidentally break it, and performance parts are more expensive usually.

And actually my ITS class car doesn't differ all that much from stock, suspension, exhaust, interior, clutch, tuning, and maybe one or two other things.... not much of a difference, just less of stuff.
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nope, not really easier, if ur talking like the subi rally cars, yes, much easier, the clutch can be changed in 4 minutes, trans, 10 minutes etc. if ur running w/ stock components, then its not really easier.
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