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Old 10-17-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a Focus for RallyX

So i'm looking to buy a Ford focus hatchback to rallyX next season. Anything I should look for? Theres a few around my area that are 2000-2001 models all around the 200,000KM range.

Any thing I should look for? First season I just plan to slap some winter tires and run it stock since I'm used to my Subaru AWD but I think i'll be faster if I learn with a FWD first.


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Old 10-17-2009, 02:05 PM   #2
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I would say, and this is not from experience rather through being around lots of other foci over the years. One of the best cars set up for auto-x or rally I have ever seen belonged to TParker. I'm not sure if he posts here anymore but I know his car is an early 2000 or 2001 with a Z tech and a SC kit. The instructors at our local track beg him to drive his car whenever he goes to the track. His car is dialed in something fierce. You will have a lot of people chime in here but I think most would agree that an early model Z tech is the way to go. If your going to rally the car I would assume you have no exhaust restrictions, do a race header to straight pipe; and find the thread on the stealth CAI in here, its super cheap and will help your cause a lot I would assume seeming how you are going to stay pretty stock your first year.

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Old 10-17-2009, 02:20 PM   #3
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ok thanks alot. Well i'm not planning to do stage rallys with it just RallyX with it for a couple years. Yes straight pipe exhaust is what I had in mind haha. I'll have to research that intake because I dont want something where i'll lose low-end torque. Which model Focus' came with the Z-tec? The SVT Focus i'm guessing? I wouldnt mind dishing out a few extra dollars for a SVT if they come with a LSD. Basicly looking for something cheap and the Focus is a proven chassis in the rally world.
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:26 PM   #4
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pretty sure the cars still have to be street legal, so you need a cat
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:34 PM   #5
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svts dont have an lsd. youll want to look for an svt if you want better brakes and a better motor from the get-go. also a better suspension. I doubt youll keep the stock suspension since youll be doing rally.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:16 PM   #6
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a zx3 will but just fine for rallyX. 130hp is more then enough power for it in the dirt :)

How are these things for reliabilty? Will they be able to take a weekend thrashing? or will I have to carry around spare CV shafts with me lol
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Yea i was about to say... the zx3's are the ones with the zetec engine, not the svt. ive got a 2000 zx3 and yea the chassis and engine are great.
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Yea i was about to say... the zx3's are the ones with the zetec engine, not the svt. ive got a 2000 zx3 and yea the chassis and engine are great.
Hate to break it to You, but the SVT engine is a Zetec, just a somewhat "built" one.

Anywho, I would say that if You can find an SVT, You won't be disappointed, as it is a very capable rally car, even bone stock. Failing that, I'm pretty sure all Mk1(00-04) ZX3s have the Zetec engine, which is a good solid engine to build on.
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And these Uni-bodies are tough! I've seen countless threads of ZX3's getting t-boned, rolled over and flipped or just smashed and people walked away. Not saying everyone is lucky but it's been proven to be tough.
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Hate to break it to You, but the SVT engine is a Zetec, just a somewhat "built" one.

Anywho, I would say that if You can find an SVT, You won't be disappointed, as it is a very capable rally car, even bone stock. Failing that, I'm pretty sure all Mk1(00-04) ZX3s have the Zetec engine, which is a good solid engine to build on.
some 04's in green states (and surrounding states) had the 2.3 Duratec as a ULEV - Ultra low emmissions vehicle, or some similar name.
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