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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:00 am 
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Thankfully the snow stayed away, but the venue was very slick.

I drove like a muppet for the 1st stage, then woke up and was 29 seconds quicker on the 2nd to take the class lead.
Unfortunately the alternator mounting bracket broke on the 3rd so ended up draining the battery of all power half way round (12 mile stages), so ended up spectating for the rest of the day as we couldn't get the car back to service :cry:

Only the second event since the major re-shell/build so still getting silly teething problems, hope to get them sorted for next month as my son is doing his first rally as a driver, then if all goes well we might head to Belgium for some closed road pace note events later in the year :D .

Any idea when your first outing will be?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:29 am 
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Good to hear you were getting back on the pace but it's always the silly stuff that sets you back. I will be intersting to see how your lads gets on behind the wheel. Euro tarmac roads are really nice, are yoy following the ERC?

The first rally was going to be on the 13th of this month but they changed it to the 20th the day I leave for the states so in some ways the pressure is off until next month. As you know it's slow going building a rally car from scratch.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:19 pm 
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The Swift is saved! It will be rebuilt as a windowless auto cross car. Basically a dirt ovall track type event. I sold the shell with cage for $150 to a dude how is going to build the car. At least it will be racing again!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:54 pm 
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For all those folks who remember the Swift....here's what replaced it! Just like the Swift the Mini is running STI suspension.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:11 pm 
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very cool, chris. :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:40 pm 
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Thanks, it was a fun project although I still miss the fun times in the Swift.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:45 pm 
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Small hijack, woah woah woah, you ran STI (WRX?) suspension in the Swift? Including the rear? Just curious because the rear suspension is giving me fits in my rally Swift.

That is a damn good looking Mini though, congrats on building and getting it out and running. I know it isn't easy building a car.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:55 pm 
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I used STI front struts on the Swift and a mix of Swift/VW goft on the back. The STI struts fit with a little bit of creative cutting and welding. I think I covered that in my Swift build some where on here.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:07 pm 
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Just realised I had some Swift parts in the garage I need to ship, then thought I'd give an update of the Mini.....I rolled it last October and now have it back on the road better than before. Just waiting to fit Reiger suspension and a straight cut box. We were leading the championship at one point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWJRvg_nVSU

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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2015 5:52 am 
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found the thread on the sti shocks, nice!
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43169&p=325371#p325371


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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 8:36 am 
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For the Swift the STI struts worked really good, the for the Mini up front but on the rear they failed as we hit an bump we did not note. The rear end bottomed out and sent us off the road. Lucky for us everyone loves the Mini so rally and mini folks donated money and stuff to get the Mini back on the road.

The old Swift is still a shell waiting for some modification.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:18 am 
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Another good thing about the STI struts is you can send the inserts to Feal suspension in CA and get them re-valved for around $520. So for around $120 off Ebay and $520 you get a super strong front strut. Also you could convert the strut body to coil over.

http://www.rallyracingsuspension.com/page23.php

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