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One of my customers Chuck decided after crashing his Nissan Rallytruck, he'd crash his Toyota Corolla Rallycar!!! When he came to me to build him a new car I of course suggested the escort, and here we go again...

We've already gutted the car, deleted the AC, Heater/vent units, and started on the cage. Here's a few photo's of the rear suspension arms we built out of 1" x .186 wall cromoly---drilled and tapped for 3/4" midland rodends we sell and then using the ROODWERKS spacers to make them fit.


I'll post more pic's as we get further into it.
 

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from the looks of it, he went with an EGT. Those Lateral bars look NICE!!!!!!

Excuse me while I go wipe the drool from my face.
 

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Jim has mentioned it elsewhere (CP) but I have recently built a set of arms for someone who talked me into it, then machined the spacers for this build too. I've used the same swedged arm set-up on my rally car for the last two years, no problems. So, I guess if anyone is interested, let me know and we'll discuss the options I offer.

-Jon R.
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mellowness65 said:
egt with abs nonetheless

how much would a set of those lateral bars run?
What he said.
 

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do you get much vibration or rattling? I know the stock lateral bars have rubber bushings, but I didn't see any on these. Wasn't sure if that would cause vibrations/rattling when used on a street application.

BTW Jim... that guy has a nasty bend in his rim!!!
 

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Contact JRALLY (Jon from Roodwerks) for pricing, he's got an affordable set, mine would be probably over $400!!! I know Jon's (Jrally) run them quite a few events in his rallycar and hasn't noticed too much rattling, although the rallycars are pretty noisy when driven on the street. I think he may have put a rubber washer on each side or said that was an option. On the other cars we've done this on, it hasn't been an issue/loud...Nice catch on the bent rim Dave! You know the way things are developing I may end up building front lca and the traction bars at some point...I'm never going to finish my own car at this rate!!!!

Here's a couple photo's of a Mitsu Mirage rallycar that we converted from a beam to IRS using the same escort style design/arms...


We used Mazda Protege 5 spindles...
 

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Between my last post and after lunch we pulled the motor/trans, seperated them and put on the fidanza alum flywheel/clutch. Sending the trans over to have the Kaaz LSD installed (rally version 60% lockup) and then should pop everything back in next week.




Not too bad for an afternoon!!!!! Now if I could only get my car to go this fast!!!
 

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Lookin good man... that cage is NICE!
 

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Thanks Dave! I forgot to mention about that KAAZ LSD we sell (it's installed and ready to go back in) that you need to order 2 new carrier bearings for the install---but that's it, comes with gear oil, bolts, set up already for whatever surface your running on---a great value compared to the quaife...
 

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im guessing with those lateral links you put in you don't run a sway bar, or did you fab up some way of relocating it?
 

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He doesn't run one for rally---but this is going to be a track car as well. The link is .186 wall cro-moly so it's plenty strong enough. Have you seen the clamp on/sliding style sway bar link mounts that will move an inch or two on the sway bar to change rate instead of switching holes? We'll run one of those on the lateral link-- When they tighten down, they can't rotate on the link...
 

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piercemotorsports said:
He doesn't run one for rally---but this is going to be a track car as well. The link is .186 wall cro-moly so it's plenty strong enough. Have you seen the clamp on/sliding style sway bar link mounts that will move an inch or two on the sway bar to change rate instead of switching holes? We'll run one of those on the lateral link-- When they tighten down, they can't rotate on the link...
thats what i figured you wouldnt want one for rally but thats a good i dea for a sway bar set up i was wondering what i can do for my car because it needs new links and OE ones are expensive i was thinking of fabbing up something similar for my car it would be about the same price
 

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This one's getting a carbon fiber hood/and rear hatch as well as lexan to get as much weight off the top of the car as possible.

Also we just pulled out the tacked in rollcage so we could punch holes in the floor underneath-later when we re-install the cage and pull the plates out, the cage will drop down a few inches so we can complete the welds on the tops...

The other reason is so I can build a bolt in escort cage and jig it up, hopefully in the future I'll be able to sell the bolt-in escort cages that will actually fit decently inside the interior with only a few clearance mods...
 
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