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Escort GT Stage Rally Car

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  1. Russell Senior

    Russell Senior New Member

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    Greetings.

    I have a 95 escort GT mostly prepped for stage rally. Since the car is old enough to rent a car, I'm having trouble sourcing performance parts for racing on gravel. I'd like some suggestions, if you have any, for suspension and brakes. I've reached out to a few motorsports companies to see what they have, but I thought maybe I could tap the wealth of knowledge here.

    On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is stock and 10 is Ken Block money on an escort Cosworth, I'm looking for between 4-6 level of performance. Or maybe $1500 on suspension and $500 for pads/rotors, if that helps.

    Let me know if you have any suggestions.

    Thanks.
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  2. 88ESCORTV6

    88ESCORTV6 The Alpha Of The Omega

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    Phantom Grip <---- start there

    BPT Swap <------- 200 HP Easy

    This would be where to start for most power for the cash.
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  3. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    A Phantom grip wouldn’t be a good idea for a rally car. A true lsd would be ideal as a PG would damage a trans under rally conditions unlike drag racing.
    I cant help much for a 95, but I know they are a Mazda platform so using mazda parts is doable.
    But I do know ground control has a coil over kit for the car.
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    88ESCORTV6 The Alpha Of The Omega

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    I use a phantom Grip on dirt Oval Racing and 1/4 and no problem
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  5. Russell Senior

    Russell Senior New Member

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    Thanks, this isn't flat ground though. I'm going over rough road and sometimes getting airborne. The previous owner of my car ran cheapo KYB's and said it was fine, but that's really low rent in my opinion. However, I don't want to spend more than a couple grand....

    Here is a video of one of the events I will be doing:


    I'll check out ground control. I appreciate the comments. And yes a limited slip is in my future, I'll probably go quaife and Lincoln-locked, depending on the event. A turbo is also in my future, but that puts me in a different class, and I want to start out easy.
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    Russell Senior New Member

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    Actually, here's a better video (you can hear the navigator)

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  7. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Dirt Oval Racing and 1/4 is not rally racing. A PH would shred up in a rally car leaving shards in the diff/tans.
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    Helical LSD. Videos are sweet! That looks like so much fun.

    I like open track racing but kinda the same suspension setups in regards to lateral grip.

    John
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    You'll want an Mfactory LSD for a g-series trans and a set of K-sport coilovers from a 90-94 Protege.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    I have a set of Ground Control CO's but heard the K-Sports have a more forgiving ride. Have you ever been able to drive a GCCO equipped car for comparison?

    John

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