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Old 11-05-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Welp, when to my first rally cross this past weekend and hit a cone(s) and a chunk of my bumper ripped off right on part of a previous crack I had. Also broke the diver side bumper bracket, windshield washer tank and missing some plait clips in the wheel well. But, it still was really fun, got first place in my class!

There has been a lot of people with a cracked bumper on our style cars, and itís almost always in the same spot. There is a thread about it. Iíve scraped the bottom of the bumper a bunch and no cracks. But last winter I hit a snow bank that had some hard snow/ice and cracked the bumper in the same spot as everyone else. Went up on the front of the bumper about an inch. I used a piece of somewhat pliable plastic and some epoxy for plastic to reenforce the crack.

I know hitting the cone is my fault, but it seems like a lot of damage for a rubber cone. So, Iíll be getting a new bumper soon, hopefully. When I get the new bumper I want to reenforce it by adding something to the inside bottom. The reinforcement might be bed liner or a piece of metal/plastic, and I may add a lip. For other racing events Iím going to get a light bar and a front skid plate to help protect everything.


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Old 11-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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awesome! i've iced race with WAG earlier this year, but can't bring myself to rallycross my STI. You looked great out there, well done!
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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awesome! i've iced race with WAG earlier this year, but can't bring myself to rallycross my STI. You looked great out there, well done!
Yeah, I babied my car since this event. I figured I'd see what it can do on the dirt before my warranty is up If I wasn't so wild on my run and didn't hit that cone(s) I would have been fine. There was also another guy that ran a stock 2011 WRX. I'll be at some WAG ice races this year, hope to see you out there!
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:21 AM   #4
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I just bought a '13 WRX sedan this spring and would love to do something like this.

I will be ordering a set of snow tires this week. Is that what you used?

How tough is a course like this on the suspension of a new car? I don't want to turn a new car into a battered car just because of some RallyX races. Can the WRX take occasional driving like this?

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Old 11-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #5
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I just bought a '13 WRX sedan this spring and would love to do something like this.

I will be ordering a set of snow tires this week. Is that what you used?

How tough is a course like this on the suspension of a new car? I don't want to turn a new car into a battered car just because of some RallyX races. Can the WRX take occasional driving like this?

Thanks,

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For the muddy track conditions at the time I used my 215/55R16 General Altimax Arctic winter tires. But sometimes summer tires could be better depending on the track conditions.

As for the suspension beating, it also depends on the track. Towards the end of the day the track dried out and got some decent sized bumps that I hit hard and bottomed out the suspension. Didn't have any damage in that area after the race.

I'd say go for it and just take it easy the first time out and go at your own pace. And try not to hit any cones
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info.

So is driving on these rutted courses considered within the limits for this car, or not?

Is bottoming out the suspension hard on it and considered abusive?

This is my DD so I don't want to mess it up. I'm asking b/c my "go at your own pace" is usually WOT.

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:09 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info.

So is driving on these rutted courses considered within the limits for this car, or not?

Is bottoming out the suspension hard on it and considered abusive?

This is my DD so I don't want to mess it up. I'm asking b/c my "go at your own pace" is usually WOT.

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I guess it's subjective if it's considered within the "limits" for our car. I'd say it may be pushing it. And I think bottoming out any suspension is hard on a vehicle, and a bit abusive.

Any kind of racing you're opening yourself to break or damage something, so it's pay to play. If you don't wanna mess up your DD and can't aforde to fix it, then don't. And WOT is my pace as well
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:27 PM   #8
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WOW, that course looks a little rough and dangerous.
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:52 PM   #9
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I guess it's subjective if it's considered within the "limits" for our car. I'd say it may be pushing it. And I think bottoming out any suspension is hard on a vehicle, and a bit abusive.

Any kind of racing you're opening yourself to break or damage something, so it's pay to play. If you don't wanna mess up your DD and can't aforde to fix it, then don't. And WOT is my pace as well
You know, for the first time I looked at location and realized that all of you guys are in WI.

Check this out. I would love to do this. Seems a bit easier on the car.


Please keep me in the loop or let me know where I can go on the net to see when these events will be held.

I very well might see you guys there!

Corey
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:05 AM   #10
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Did my first rallycross event today in a bone stock 2014 WRX - bottomed out suspension all over the place. Sounded terrible, but nothing seems broken. How the heck do people do this in "stock" class? Is everyone cheating with revalved dampers? Car is bran new. Shocks can't be blown. No leaks. Sounded like a sledgehammer hitting car every time I bottomed out. Seems pathetic for a car supposedly made for playing in the dirt.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:52 PM   #11
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Seems pathetic for a car supposedly made for playing in the dirt.
haha what salesman told you that?!
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:51 PM   #12
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I did an ice time trial this past winter. It was very easy on the car and a ton of fun!
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