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#1 ricochet

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 03:55 PM

Hey All,

Subiesport Magazine is considering purchasing a 1980's-style Subaru to run first in the No Alibi TSD rally (June 11th-12th), then prep for full-on rally--hopefully making its debut at the Ramada Express Pro Rally later this year. We don't expect to win. We only ask that the car can finish reliably. After a year-or-so we'll then upgrade to a more class-specific competitive vehicle...and keep this one around for offroading and such.

So, members of the USMB, it is in your hands: Which old-school Subaru should we consider for this project and why? Oh, and we want to spend under $1000 for the vehicle. I'll check in on this thread regularly.

Thanks,

Ryan Douthit, Publisher
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#2 Snowman

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 03:59 PM

Get an RX. That's what Subaru's factory team used, and that car would require the least modification to make a good rally car. You could also consider finding a turbowagon and installing the RX suspension and drivetrain bits.

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:06 PM

Any of the GL-10s would work great. They got a turbo and full time AWD. Some have 4Hi and 4lo and I think some even have LSD. Or you could try and find the old subies that were from japan that had the fender mirrors.http://www.ultimates...tachmentid=1599

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:36 PM

The SRX Hatchback was the rally-spec vehicle that was sold in Europe....

http://www.ultimates...ctrudy/srx2.jpg

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#5 ricochet

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:42 PM

We would like to get one that's relatively easy to find....

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:44 PM

We would like to get one that's relatively easy to find....


You could also get an XT6. Those things are really fast and fairly easy to mod.

#7 MorganM

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:49 PM

that SRX hatch is sweet! look at those big old tires too fill up them wheel wells :lol:

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:53 PM

Hey Ryan.

Although I don't have a specific car in mind for your rally car, I'd be willing to vollunteer my mechanical (ie: suspension, body work, interior) skills and garage (for a couple weeks/weekends) to help get it together. I have a lot of tools, (ie:jacks. stands/ ramps/ any hand tools needed for an EA Soob, others) no air tools, but may have access to them just the same. Easy access to a hoist.
I'm near North Gate, just off of I-5.

chairotsu @ earthlink.net

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:57 PM

I vote RX

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 04:58 PM

Another vote for an RX. Sort of the WRX of it's day shouldn't be too hard to find for under 1K

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 05:01 PM

Ryan, I'm here to offer my support.

I would look into picking up an RX coupe or RX sedan of the '87 vintage or so.

XSNRG here on this board has an RX coupe shell (which Zap has some experience working with) that perhaps could be picked up for really cheap. Then we could source getting the engine, trans, lsd togther.

This shell already has served soem rallying duty previously by Sean of Rallitek. It has a cage in it, but not quite to spec. Its already stripped interior wise...

As for engine mods, I have a pretty good idea of what does, and doesn't work at this point. Having a heavily modified RX myself (street) and a hand in heavily modifying other turbo 80's soob, I feel I have some good experience.

I am more than eager to help, get my hands dirty, and share some dirty secrets... Just let me know when you are ready to find out how quickly you can blow up an EA82T motor ;) j/k... well kinda :-P

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 05:26 PM

I vote RX, or XT Turbo (easier to find, and probably easier/cheaper to mod than the XT6)

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 05:35 PM

You should talk to Do It Sidewayz, I believe he is currently putting the finishing touches on a RX rally car.

Link to his profile: http://www.ultimates...ember.php?u=825

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 05:52 PM

I vote RX, or XT Turbo (easier to find, and probably easier/cheaper to mod than the XT6)


Agree.. More readily available.. And the XT6 is a slug in stock trim.. Just like the rest of the old school line up

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 06:38 PM

Agree.. More readily available.. And the XT6 is a slug in stock trim.. Just like the rest of the old school line up

ur a slug in stock trim :)

I vote a hatchback, but thats me :) but then zap might not help you out ;)

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 06:48 PM

RX all the way. Stock suspension is GREAT for the really ruff stuff. Cheap to mod and make fast.

Look at my RX: Under 3k right now and making more than WRX power and out handling them on pavement.

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 06:50 PM

Ryan, Danbob99 aka Dan (works at Smart Service) has perhaps the fastest EA82T in the area. Its a GL10 wagon, pretty much fully loaded, and it still hauls balls.

I've helped him mod his car from day one, learning alot from my mistakes. I continue to try new things (thus my car runs infrequently) and what works is usually passed on to him.

I spoke with him this afternoon and he would be more than happy to give you a ride, or let you drive his wagon so you can get a feel of what can be expected. I also have a bone stock auto turbo xt if you want to get a good baseline...

#18 tizzle

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 06:57 PM

There was an RX running pace car or 00 at the last Wild West rally I went to. Who was that?

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 07:06 PM

I vote RX too... just cause thats what they were born to do :) That shell that shawn had built was a rally machine, it would be great to see it alive again.

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 07:11 PM

I'm gonna vote XT6, its the coolest.

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 07:12 PM

I'm gonna vote XT6, its the coolest.


too heavy and too rare.

RX all the way.

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 07:24 PM

Yep my vote is go for an RX, but of course I'm going to lean that way. RX sedan or coupe...but yes RX. If it can't be found (took me months to find mine) than an XT turbo.

#23 JWX

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 07:35 PM

too heavy and too rare.

hatch all the way.

fixed that for you ;)

#24 sportsterbrat

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 07:35 PM

I have to go with my heart and vote BRAT!:drunk:

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 08:11 PM

fixed that for you ;)


bastage.




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