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Old 03-31-2010, 05:18 AM   #1
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Rally a ZX3

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I am new to the rally scene and looking to buy a ZX3 but don't know what year is the best for it. i have been looking at the 2001 and 2005 just because of the changes in the car for those years. but i was wondering how many of you rally yours and your opinions on what year does the best with the least amount of repair and needs the least changed to start out since i have a limited budget. thank you!


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Old 03-31-2010, 10:36 AM   #2
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Posted via FF Mobile limited budget doesn't work. Ur best bet is to buy a prebuilt rally car. I've dropped 10k into it so far and still have another 6k ish to go. And that is finding used parts as much as I can! Better budget 20k for a complete build
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not including the price of the car, here is a brief idea of what your going to spend:

Roll cage - $4,000.00
Hotbits suspension- $2,000.00
spare suspension- $1,000.00
rally brake kit- $ 800.00
hydraulic ebrake kit - $ 300.00
SFI seats/harnesses - $1,800.00
rally computer - $ 300.00
hans/helmet/clothing/shoes - $2,000.00 per person
spare rims/tires - $2,000.00
solid motor mounts - $ 400.00
skid plates - $ 300.00
tow hooks - $ 100.00
fire supression - $ 500.00
first aid - $ 200.00
licensing - $ 200.00
spare brakes, and other misc $2000.00
trailer (cause when you wreck
you need to get the car home) $3000.00
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and your totalling $20,900.00

of course this is an estimate, but you see where i'm going. its a fortune!!
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Having been thare and done that, here's the kicker, once mlbbaseball spends all that money and has countless hours slaving over it, he won't be able to sell if for half that amount. Welcome to the world of racing! Buying a "known" used rally car saves a lot on instant depreciation and what's amazing if you keep it in good shape rarely will it depreciate any more! The only thing of benefit in building your own car is that you will have intimate knowledge of its workings and will be able to repair it that much quicker when it breaks (and it will break).

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yup, you hit the nail on the head. i know i'm throwing alot of money into this, but i'm learing SOOOO much. when i'm done, there won't be a thing i can't do on it w/ maybe the exception of tuning. This car was my first car, and i will NEVER sell it unless i go bankrupt! which isn't happening! so i can justify putting money into it. i will maybe eventually put in an AWD system in it. but if you care about ur car and you want something to start you off, go to rally classifieds. you will find lots of cars for way under 10k and alot come w/ spare parts!
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:23 PM   #6
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yeah, i know its going to cost a good chunk of change, right now we are looking to get the car and do basic mods like better tires and suspension. i will rally cross it to get used to the car and work on my driving skills this season while building it up. my husband and i have a fully built rally car but it is a subaru and thats what he knows. i dont know much about cars at all and want to build my own. i have decided on a ZX3, i just don't know if one year stands out more than others? and where do i find the rally classifieds?! :)
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By 2003 some of the nagging issues were addressed: poor quality brake rotors, rusting springs, etc. Most of those things you'll be replacing anyway. Probably the biggest decision is whether you want to go with the Zetec or Duratec motor. There's more stock HP and torque in the Duratec. There are two Duratecs, a 2.0 or a 2.3 liter. Making that decision will define the model years you'll need to be looking at.
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well, brakes run the rally brake kit, there are no problems w/ them i know of, and a solid set of hotbits, well, ur set! but either way, if ur into rally, u know that a stock car can have wayyyy to much power as is! but either or will work. a zetec will be cheaper as parts are cheaper!
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If you're still car shopping try to find a SVT. 2002's seem to have the fewest problems. At the end of the day if you start with the best car possible it will be that much better when you're done. The better engine and 6 gears help quite a bit.

And I agree that buying a built car will save you a lot of time and heartache.
Keep on eye one these forums for cars/parts For Sale:
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http://www.rallyclassified.com/
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The better engine and 6 gears help quite a bit.

um, no, not true about the gearing. The svt gearing is horrid for a NA car in rally. this is why all the svt's out there, well at least the 2 i know switch to the MTX w/ over 4.xx gears. shorter not taller gears are better for rally

as for the rally classifieds, i've been scanning them left and right trying to find a focus. there are none out there currently unless you wanna spend 12k
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