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PARKINGLOT 11-27-2010 03:06 PM

rallycross prep...halp!
 
I'm looking to get into SCCA rallycross, either stock or prepared. Using my 01 ZTS. Where should I start? Car is basically stock right now....

eliaslincoln 11-28-2010 01:32 AM

thats all you really need. run in the stock class if its stock. What all is on the car?

Geezer 11-28-2010 06:54 PM

You should do just fine with a stock car. Hopefully the car hasn't been lowered and you have some resonably fresh shocks on it. Remove all loose items from the interior and trunk before going to an event (includes things like floor mats, etc). Air up the tires a little. I like carrying a portable air tank with me so I can play with pressures a little but a plug in inflator will work as well. On a soft dirt course you want a little more air to prevent from rolling a tire off the wheel. An all season tire with an aggressive tread or a snow tire can help but if it's your first time, you can make anything work. Use your first event to get use to the car and then go from there preparation wise.

PARKINGLOT 11-28-2010 07:13 PM

car is stock other than a Steeda short shifter and a cheap CAI....new shocks and stuff are probably a good idea, as are new tires...

Tyler T 11-29-2010 03:08 AM

First go over the whole car for a thorough tune up and to make sure everything is in good reliable order. Next just add a big rear anti-roll bar to dial out understeer and aid rotation in the tight slow speed corners (if that doesn't move your car up in class.) And 42+psi tyre pressure, as mentioned, to avoid rolling the tyre bead off the rim. And if you are running long/often enough to experience brake fade, flush your system with Motul 5.1 fluid. Other than that just have fun and practice car control. Let me know if you have any questions.

PARKINGLOT 11-29-2010 03:36 PM

That sounds like a pretty decent starting point...
suggestions on a rear bar?

Geezer 11-30-2010 05:29 PM

I suggest competing a few times before playing with the bars and find out if you have any significant push (understeer) that needs to be addressed. Disconnecting the front bar may be all you need while retaining a stock rear bar.

As far as brakes I have never seen or heard of brakes fading at a rally cross event. Events are just too short to generate a heat problem. Braking on dirt is easier on the system than stopping on pavement as you don't need to apply the same amount of pressure as they will lock up sooner than latter. In my opinion, race fluids are complete overkill for rallycross. Yes, you should have fresh fluid (whether you're rallycrossing or not) in your brake system. Castrol LMA is a step up from stock replacement fluids and costs about the same (which is still quite a bit less than race fluids). I (and lots of other people) have used Castrol LMA in stage rally cars.

thenorm 11-30-2010 07:31 PM

if you are serious about SCCA events, then you need to have a good read of the rulebook. I'm not certain, but your STS and CAI might bump you upto prepared.

other than that. all you really need is tires. some 14 or 15" steel wheels with some beefy winter tires and you're good to go.

i recently bought a beater escort GT to use for rally-x. it has no interior so that would have put me in SCCA 2wd mod class, but locally there are only 2 classes. 2wd, 4wd.

wrc_fan 12-01-2010 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by PARKINGLOT (Post 3475625)
That sounds like a pretty decent starting point...
suggestions on a rear bar?

Left foot brake, no bar needed [;)]

mlbbaseball 12-01-2010 05:30 PM

don't pull out the rear, the rally foci (for staged events just pull out the rear, else you'll bet a bit too much understeer as mentioned!


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