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Old 05-30-2009, 03:00 AM   #1
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Talking Oh Snap, I bought an SM car!

Yeah, it's not a Subaru. I feel like such a traitor!!

'85 Dodge Omni GLH-Turbo 2.2L Garrett T03
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Needs a few things, but the price was right. It's at about 2050lbs now and makes north of 245hp/300ft-lbs torque, likely more with a bit of tuning. Having a fuel pump issue now, but once that is cured I can do some damage with it. Plan on running the standard 15" Diamond/275 Hoosier setup when I can afford it. Should be a fun little car, and more fun for track days and such than an H-Stock car .

Pics shortly, I just sanded and primered it in the garage and need to pull it out to do some work on it.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:52 AM   #2
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congrats. No rust issues or will XP be seen in the not so distant future?
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:47 AM   #3
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Congrats James. What kinda suspension does it have?
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:29 AM   #4
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Suspension is stock, time for Koni's and coilovers in the future, and a big giant rear bar...suspension is alarmingly simple.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:11 PM   #5
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WOO THAT IS too much power for that light of a car without slicks yet. I have 250hp to the wheels on an 1800lbs CRX and it is in the SM class where I race and it spins to much for me and I have Falkens Azenis on it. Wanting Hoosiers but cant afford them either. Lets just say they beat all those high ends cars due to the handling of the car. Stupid vettes and WRX/STI's, I eat them for breakfast now. expect for that bastard that has 600hp with slicks on his STI. I will never catch that guy.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:30 PM   #6
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I'd recommend a Clutch type front differential to give you some hope of getting power down.

If you can get it down to ~1800 lbs (min weight) I think it could start to be competitive.
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Old 05-30-2009, 01:01 PM   #7
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...suspension is alarmingly simple.
Not when you consider it's a car of the 80's!

Gave up waiting for me to sell my '06 at a price you could afford? Seriously, congrats on the car! I know you'll have fun with it.
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:05 PM   #8
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I'd recommend a Clutch type front differential to give you some hope of getting power down.

If you can get it down to ~1800 lbs (min weight) I think it could start to be competitive.

Good point that diff will do wonders for you. it is not fun having a one wheel wonder out there. The bad thing is that they are like $800 bucks for one of those. I think 2000lbs is good enough to put top times down after the fact he gets those slicks. The big negitive about his car is that it has a turbo in it. Unless he gets that tuned to kick in at a lower rpm he might be happy otherwise it is pointless. By the time he hits boost the next turn comes off and he is slowing down. Get a supercharger.
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:54 PM   #9
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I think we are all forgetting that this car was CHEAP!! Got it running today, fuel pump relay issues, had to straight-wire it for a temporary run....WHOAH. Who cares if it is competitive or not, it's light and has big HP...maybe more of a track car, but who cares? It super cheap. Did I mention it was cheap?
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:06 PM   #10
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was it cheap?


sounds similar to one of my brother's friends car. thing was very fast when it was running.
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:33 PM   #11
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Nice Find
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:14 PM   #12
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WOO THAT IS too much power for that light of a car without slicks yet. I have 250hp to the wheels on an 1800lbs CRX and it is in the SM class where I race and it spins to much for me and I have Falkens Azenis on it. Wanting Hoosiers but cant afford them either. Lets just say they beat all those high ends cars due to the handling of the car. Stupid vettes and WRX/STI's, I eat them for breakfast now. expect for that bastard that has 600hp with slicks on his STI. I will never catch that guy.
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:11 AM   #13
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I demand pictures immediately!
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:16 AM   #14
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pics or banninate...

Might I suggest traction control and possibly boost limiting in 1st gear? And gear that bish to do 70+mph in 2nd gear. It'll help the turbo to spool quicker, and give you a little more chance at modulating the throttle so you don't turn the h0h0's into smokey powder.

Sounds like one of those masochistic forms of fun though. Of course, you drive HS cars, so you're used to it by now.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:00 PM   #15
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James, I've had alot of fun in FWD Mopars. The L body is a neat little platform that should do well! Some things of note: The "GLH" stands for "Goes Like Hell"....Honest!!! Brutal torque steer abounds....so be careful shifting through 2nd, 3rd and 4th. It'll change lanes if you aren't careful. Find an "A555" trans, as the diff is strongest in them, and iirc, it has equal length axles. I dunno if OBX has an LSD application for them, but if so....you'll need it. The bottom ends are nearly bulletproof, but the head isn't the greatest in the world. A 16v head off a Lebaron TC (maserati head) or Spirit R/T is the golden ticket.

Box in the rear beam for much more stiffness and Konis will help tremendously. Being a GLH, it should already have the bigger, stronger 5x100mm hubs. Us Subie folks have wheels that'll fit. I know Patrick L. will have his 15x10" Diamonds FS soon. If it's still on 4 lug hubs, they're 4x100mm so wheel choices should be plentiful. A M/C, caliper/rotor setup from a Caravan will provide more stoppage up front while disc brakes from any P body will handle the rear end (increasing the rear bias as well).

Search for "team mini me", Cliff Sebring, or any other FWD turbo Dodge terms to glean a world of info.

I miss my old 87 Omni.......that car did things it shouldn't have been capable of.


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Old 06-01-2009, 12:24 PM   #16
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Thanks Jay! Yes, it's 5x100. Those Diamonds would be AWESOME, but a bit out of budget at the moment. I am about $58.00 into the car at the moment, total...including paint and a gallon of fuel

Looks like the fuel pump died, will have to put a new one in there, probably something beefier.

PO says the car has the "upgraded" transmission, definitely not the stock A520 so it may indeed be an A555. Almost nothing is original in the car, most is either GLHS stuff or other TII gear.

Some crappy pics, never try to primer a car in a 0.9 garage (that's less than a 1-car garage, and my fat arse can't slide between the wall very well haha.





All the spare crap, including several turbos, head, cams, computers, wiring harnesses, lots of interior bits, etc. All free. Time for an eBay/Craigslist dump!

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Old 06-01-2009, 01:17 PM   #17
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We are going to need one of your turbos to make one of these (http://www.junkyardjet.com/) for the LeMons car. I figure that might get us some props for "banned racing technology".
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:19 PM   #18
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^^^ 58 bucks? you got taken.

J/K nice find.........and GL
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:30 PM   #19
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Hold onto the spares....you will need them eventually!

Cool beans....I'd love to drive it once you get things sorted a bit.


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Old 06-01-2009, 01:30 PM   #20
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you may have a grassrootsmotorsports $2009 challenge contender on your hands
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:48 PM   #21
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I have one spare TI setup (Garrett T03) with internal WG and 2.25" outlet, .42, that is going up on Craigslist today....I am keeping the TII spares (larger 2.5" outlet, etc.).

LMK, it's ready to go. All fittings & etc. are present.

http://houston.craigslist.org/pts/1199917696.html

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Old 06-01-2009, 01:56 PM   #22
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Good luck with that...I hope you actually get some time to drive it, and not just wrench on it.

OK, congrats...Have fun!
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:11 PM   #23
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Looks like a fun little ride.

You know...mentioning computers here...I wonder if the thing could use an Atari or something like that? Hell your cell phone shuold have more computing power.
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James, just in case you ever have an extra $100 in your pocket.....the 2.5L bottom end is a direct drop in and substantially increases the fun.....or FEAR factor!!!! Similarly built Omnis are well into the 11's for 1/4 mile times......get that sucker to stick in the turns and you'll be golden!


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Old 06-01-2009, 04:51 PM   #25
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If I had $100, I'd get a new fuel pump

Anyone have a stock in-tank pump? Most any F/I pump will work for this, I just need to get it running again.
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