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Old 03-06-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
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Cheap, fast, "tunable" car (read more for better description)

I was wondering, what would be a good car that I could buy that would be a good track-day car, and also a fun one to upgrade. I was thinking of getting a small hatchback or coupe and making it lighter, small engine/transmission upgrades, and overall a better track car. Any ideas?
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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Cobalt SS? I've also heard RX7's with an LS dropped in can be quite enjoyable :p
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:54 PM   #3
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dodge neon srt-4. very light and tuneable. also which track are u talking about the drag strip or auto cross. im assuming the auto cross. the neon srt-4 would be a very good car to tune and race
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:11 PM   #4
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Honestly I'd pick up a ls1 fbody and go from there. Gut the interior, throw on some koni 4/4's and a set of Sam Strano springs, and you're good to go. Not as small as a Cobalt or a skittle but for the prices they are going for now, and the sheer potential those cars have, its your best bet.
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:25 PM   #5
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Mazdaspeed 3 cheap and fast. Handles pretty good too. Or an older Evo.
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:27 PM   #6
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miata with an LS swap. small, light, RWD, and powerful
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:34 PM   #7
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Mazdaspeed 3 cheap and fast. Handles pretty good too. Or an older Evo.
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:53 PM   #8
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:33 PM   #9
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:53 PM   #10
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Old Evo, 300zx, SRT-4 Neon, Old VR6, Cobalt SS, or get an old Fiero and somehow fit a second gen 3.8 in there
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:12 PM   #11
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What type of tracking do you want to do?
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:19 PM   #12
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i would go with an RX-7, with or without an LS, they are fairly common around here (fc and fd) and a fd rx-7 with an LS7
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Old Evo, 300zx, SRT-4 Neon, Old VR6, Cobalt SS, or get an old Fiero and somehow fit a second gen 3.8 in there
i don't know about the 300ZX for the cheap category, sure you can pick one up fairly cheap, they take a good bit of service and can be pain to work on. plus the second generation 300 weighs about 3500lbs for a 2+0 with T-Tops (if you want a slicktop those are not cheap, unless you get lucky and someone doesn't know what it's worth, and you can't find one that's TT from the factory). oh, and if the timing belt snaps you're SOL.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:24 PM   #13
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You are talking about the not being cheap but the rx7 dude....how about not being reliable. I have heard constant terrible things about the rx7. Along the lines of "I have it more at the shop than at the track." An LS swap would be a must. It's not cheap but if you want to go ape shit crazy get something with a 2JZ or a SBC.
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:27 PM   #14
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I'd go with an older evo or sti, or even a new evo if you could swing that kind of money
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