Another XR racer build

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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Chris_12 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:09 pm

The RS wing will not fit an 88 hatch. So, I will need to get an early hatch, but that's a future me problem.
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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Matt01 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:26 pm

Chris_12 wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:09 pm
The RS wing will not fit an 88 hatch. So, I will need to get an early hatch, but that's a future me problem.
an OEM whale tail WILL fit on an 89 hatch. If you really want it to. the brackets basically sit on the rubber gasket for the window, and have enough room to run a few small bolts through the hatch to bolt it down. A keen merkurite WILL notice that its sitting slightly over the window, but really it still looks pretty good.

I dont know if a repro would work, but I have a feeling it would.

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To answer your second question, a RS500 lower spoiler does cover up almost all the holes. theres only 2 that are left exposed from the stupid 89 spoiler.

Dont bother with PBR brakes, its not race car at all, those calipers are horrible, they are adequate, but imho probably not even much better than the oem calipers. they have freakin plastic pistons.. Come on Ford, really?

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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Chris_12 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:59 pm

Thanks. The wing hangs over the edge of the hatch more than the window. I will have to take another look. It is FG so I could shave it down. I didn't go for the PBRs. I got Willwood Superlites instead.
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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by thesameguy » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:30 pm

Having tracked both, you can't even assert the stock ATE brakes are anywhere near the performance of the common PBR upgrade. The phenolic pistons aren't exceptionally durable, but braking power, fade resistance, and feel are all much better with the upgrade not to mention availability of actually good rotors and pads which simply don't exist for stock brakes. Does the PBR upgrade stack up to a "real" solution like Wilwood? No, but it's a solid budget improvement.

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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by kiwimanz » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:59 am

I've run a number of race cars with Wilwoods and I can attest they aren't the top of the heap by any stretch!
You want good, go with AP or Performance Friction. You will pay more but awesome brakes. Also don't forget a decent fluid. I have run AP600 for years and it works great and boiling point is...as it says 600 deg. I'm sure there is better but for SCCA stuff it's fine.

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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Chris_12 » Thu May 24, 2018 4:52 pm

Well, after some time, I got some progress. New wheels, 4 discs, no AC, custom intake and intercooler nearly hooked up. Good news is that the Brake MC is not bad, but I got a clog somewhere.
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Next up: 28mm and 14mm sway bars and coilovers. Just need to figure where and what type. I know MC2Racing is a source for front ones.
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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Chris_12 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:25 pm

Just bought some Gaz Gold coilovers so hopefully in a few weeks, they will be installed. Still looking for sway bars. I may dial back the build because of my recent purchase.Image
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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Esteban » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:34 pm

Nice to see you went with the Gaz golds

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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by nathankershaw » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:35 pm

ooh! You bought a proper toy!

I'd say pics & YouTube videos are needed :)
Chris_12 wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:25 pm
Just bought some Gaz Gold coilovers so hopefully in a few weeks, they will be installed. Still looking for sway bars. I may dial back the build because of my recent purchase.Image
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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Chris_12 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:32 pm

of course... track day in 2 weeks.
https://youtu.be/bYNZDiNwKGw
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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by nathankershaw » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:40 pm

That was no reveal!

Just noise!...I like it :)
Chris_12 wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:32 pm
of course... track day in 2 weeks.
https://youtu.be/bYNZDiNwKGw
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Re: Another XR racer build

Post by Chris_12 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:28 pm

It has been a busy few weeks, but my 88 got some new Gaz Gold coilsovers:
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My most recent transaction got to go around the track. Only broke a catch can (not really sure how). I still looking for a good replacement for the summit racing one.
https://youtu.be/pcsr8Abl1P8?t=2m25s
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Need to find a replacement for this:
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