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Old 04-02-2001, 08:13 PM   #1
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Question What is the differance between "Rally" & "Street" coil overs?

OK, I am planning to get coilovers, but would like to know what is the difference between "Rally" and "Street" coilovers.

Different valving?

My main guess is tougher construction.

Would a rally coilover work good for road racing?

Typically, do rally cars run a higher or lower spring rate than street/track cars?

I want a set of coilovers that will work well for rough dirt roads and some rallycross. Plus that I can adjust to do some solo 2, and open track days at BIR. (Brainerd International Raceway)

Thanks for any help you can give!

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Old 04-02-2001, 08:57 PM   #2
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ME thinks the rally one would be softer for off road use and the road one would be stiffer to get better cornering for road racing...

I am 70% sure thats right..
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Old 04-02-2001, 08:58 PM   #3
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you're right, there's some graphs that I have in some suspension books of mine and road shocks are considerably (sp?) stiffer than rally shocks
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Old 04-02-2001, 09:02 PM   #4
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anyone know if the DMS coil overs are good for both rally and street, i think I heard that they were?
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Old 04-02-2001, 09:49 PM   #5
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DMS are great for both. The 50mms excel at rallying, though. Unless you're going to off road, or just want to get extreme, the 40mm Golds are just fine for the street.

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Old 04-02-2001, 10:15 PM   #6
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So the 40's will work on rally/ dirt (like rallx) conditions or is it bad for them?
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Old 04-02-2001, 10:25 PM   #7
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i would asume if you dtive ure car alot to get the raod ones. then soften them up as much as possible for rallyx's and the like.

this would make the most sense to me. cause you do 90% road driving, so i would want better traction on road conditions. unless you rally a hell of alot.
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Old 04-03-2001, 12:07 AM   #8
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time for me to chime in... *ding*

a good rally set up... will begin w/50mm struts... thus they are tough enough to take a pounding... spring rates should be mild... not in the 3-400's like a track set up...

the 50mm are good for street or rally...
depends on what specifications you ask for when you have them assembled. see, you can choose your spring rates and set up... progressive, double progressive, etc.

i personally said.. "gimme what Pat Richard has..." cuz if he cant break it.. nobody can!

DMS 40mm...
would be perfect for the street + an occasional rallx... you arent going to break them...

do a search in the suspension forum for 'spring rates' - and then read!! you will learn a whole lot about the different set ups and what set up comes w/what...

hope this helps.

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