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I have been autocrossing for years in a built 98 Neon RT. She recently was replaced with a 02 Taurus (Family expanding) Anyhow I picked up a 91 Pony Escort for $150 (over a year ago - runs like a champ) and I really want to get into "real" rally racing. Anyone out there have any expirence running this kind of setup? Any help would be very helpful.
 

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this'll probably be most obvious, but i've heard and seen many times - a competition suspension setup should be first priority. i've heard many stories of struts being thrown through the hood and stuff like that, so that's the first thing i would be looking for. i don't have much experience besides minor sports suspension upgrades for autoslaloming i do here, but it seems to me that being able to handle the nasty roads is first and foremost, even over power, imo.
 

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Yeah suspension and tires are the most important. obviously brakes are fairly important. Getting braided lines and decent pads would probably be enough for your application though.

I can get some sweet custom valved totaly rebuildable struts but they run roughly $400 each! Not cheap but if you are going to rally alot it would be the last strut you ever buy. Also coil overs would be nice to maybe raise it a hair and/or select the perfect spring rate.


All the normal strut tower bar upgrade etc would be a really good thing. I'd love to get into rally... maybe i need to pick up a pony :)
 

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First thing you should do is pick up the rulebook of whatever club you want to run, and see what class your car runs in. Then see what the rules allow for modifications.

You should also know you're going from about the cheapest form of racing to about the most expensive. ;)
 

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haha 95.... lets see here...

91 Escort Pony: $150 bucks flat out with title
-- European spec Escort Cosworth: $40- 60k + importing costs & US Gov't taxes to make it US emissions compliant.

If you want him to get a Cozzy, you could put up that cash for him. :wink:
 

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start here http://www.scca.org/amateur/performance_rally/
and find out what kind you can get into.

According to the SCCA, most driver's cut their teeth in rally cross to get a feel for it, then progress up as skill/money allows. Rally cross requires no mods to car, and is run on street tires. For you, it would be like a dirt autocross. Club rally and pro rally require roll cages and other safety upgrades, plus steeper entrance fees and what not.

Good luck!!
 
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