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    1. Junior Member themxracer121's Avatar
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      02-25-2016 05:41 PM #1
      Hey all, my name's Adam, I figured I'd post this up here for some critiques, comments, inspiration maybe? Who knows. I picked this car basically because I could find one cheap locally and I knew there was a lot of spare parts available but now that I've been running it a few years I'm pretty impressed with it as a rally platform.

      Here's the story!

      In 2012 I decided to enter Rally America competition and began building a car for the 2wd class called G2. I found a $600 '98 manual 2.0 Mk3 Jetta and began tearing it apart. As I did so, the rust that all of these cars have began revealing itself to be worse than I originally thought. I was forced to find another shell so I found an automatic one with a blown head gasket and a clean shell to cage and swapped the 5sp and running engine combo into it. Almost exactly a year later in October 2013 I ran my first event with it, a Rally America regional event Perryville Farm and Forest Rally. Since I happen to work in Perryville, MO it couldn't have been a much better location for my first event.

      When I first finished the car, next to my DD:


      Since then I have done the (local to me) national event Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, MO twice and the regional Show Me Rally twice. In January I completed the Sno*Drift national rally in Atlanta, MI for the first time and had my best result, 3rd in class and 12th overall on the first day of the rally.



      Car information:

      Shell: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta Trek Edition

      Cage: Izzy's Custom Cages 8pt body attachment

      Engine: 2.0L 4cyl 8v ABA block Autotech 270 cam with TT chip, modified intake and K&N filter

      Transmission: 5 speed close ratio 2Y 020 with peloquin diff shim kit

      Suspension: Bilstein HD struts with VR6 springs to raise the ride height.

      Wheels and tires: stock VW mk2 and mk3 wheels with Maxxis and/or DMACK 14" gravel tires and Bridgestone Blizzaks for snow

      Misc mods:

      Custom 1/8" Aluminum skid plate, custom under body/fuel tank protection, a/c delete, optima redtop battery, ss braided fuel lines re-routed through the cabin, custom light bar with 4 Hella 4ks, terraphone intercom system, push button start, custom interior lighting.

      Some in-car video from Sno*Drift:




      Next Up: Rally in the 100 Acre Wood!
      http://rally-america.com/events/2016/100AW/entries
      Last edited by themxracer121; 03-09-2016 at 12:58 PM.
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      02-25-2016 05:46 PM #2
      Some pics of the car from various places:





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      03-07-2016 10:38 AM #3


      Preparation for 100 Acre Wood Rally cattle jump stage!
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      03-08-2016 07:07 PM #4
      sweet! that last pic is pretty gnarly ! had it tiptoeing on its side ha! cant wait to see more of this
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      03-09-2016 12:22 PM #5
      Changes made for 100 Acre Wood(which David Higgins and Travis Pastrana just entered as of today)

      Brand new set of Maxxis R19 gravel tires 175/65R14


      TT cam chip


      AC unit installed


      Added lightness all over


      Bonus banksy panda sticker for lolz


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      03-10-2016 09:29 AM #6
      Looks like great fun! Hopefully some day I'll catch you on stage with mine (well hopefully not literally)

      Keep us updated. If your on FB... vw racers group seems legit and has more and more vw rallyers in it.

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      04-14-2016 12:23 PM #7
      100 Acre Wood Rally is in the books! We had a great weekend, with just a few bumps along the way but rally karma certainly came back around to help us out! The weekend is split into two events for us regional guys, with Friday's event consisting of 9 stages and known as the Trespassers Wil Rally. Saturday's event consisted of 8 stages and is called the 100AW Rally.


      Parc Expose Friday

      Friday we started out a little nervously after recce on Thursday, noting lots of fresh gravel and grading done on the stages. Since we didn't get out to the shakedown stage in the morning, the first stage of the event was spent finding my new limit with the new Maxxis tires and the looser surface. The first leg was uneventful (except for a stage cancelled due to bad accident) and we pushed hard, pulling into service feeling good. We put the light bar on and headed back out for the last leg. On the first stage out of service, we cut a corner a bit too much and knocked the rear of the skid plate loose, it dragged the ground the rest of the day and there was nothing we could do about it except hope it didn't fall off! On the 8th stage I just wasn't feeling on pace and when I came across a BRZ stuck on a berm and the co-driver holding out the tow rope, I went ahead and stopped to pull them out. Even though we lost less than 30 seconds on this ordeal, it turned out that this stage dropped us out of 3rd place in our class. The last stage we lost the intercom so communication was difficult and the stage time suffered. Overall we were 14th regionally and 4th in G2 class.


      Stage 2 Photo: Matt Joseph


      Friday Highlights from each stage!

      Friday night the skid plate and intercom were repaired, and Saturday morning at parc expose many people told me the BRZ extraction from the night before was the highlight of their day (it was at a spectator turn). We were originally disappointed that we lost 3rd place in class but we headed out to the first leg of the day feeling pretty good after all. The first stage was cancelled because of a crazy accident after the cattle jump, one of the open class cars had hit a culvert ditch and rolled about 7 times after an awkward landing. They were OK but just a little banged up. After that, the day couldn't have gone much better for us. The roads were fast and we hit all of our water crossings perfectly. When the dust settled, we pulled into the final MTC sitting first in our class and 7th overall regionally! Looking forward to the next event already!


      Stage 17 photo: Matt Joseph


      100AW trophies were way cooler than Sno*Drift trophies (yup that is moonshine if you were wondering)


      Saturday Highlights from each stage!
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      04-18-2016 08:52 AM #8
      CONGRATS!!! Was a good weekend for white VWs. :-D

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      04-19-2016 11:23 AM #9
      Thanks! What other white VW's competed that weekend?

      Apparently 1/8" aluminum isn't good enough skid plate material for this rough of a rally, it was all beat to hell when we took it off! Even bad enough to dent in the oil pan about a half inch! Luckily it didn't affect the oil pickup time to find a better solution that doesn't weigh a thousand pounds... also, anyone have a spare oil pan they want to sell?
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      08-26-2016 04:30 PM #10
      It's been an eventful summer but not filled with much rallying for me. One rallycross and that's basically it. We did secure a good sponsor in the form of eEuroparts.com which is an excellent resource for keeping these old european beaters on the road (or the racetrack!) http://www.eeuroparts.com/blog/6503/...ker-rally-air/

      The car is being prepped now for the next big rally, Show Me! http://rally-america.com/events/2016/SMR/entries
      Aftermarket headers, fresh engine mounts, and some extra weight loss makes me pretty excited to see how much speed we can gain on stage. Also in the works are some dual surface events being held in Rolla MO (think GRC style) put on by Stateline Rallycross. http://statelinerallycross.com/event...eptember-24th/
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      11-04-2016 09:04 AM #11
      Another successful rally is in the books!

      Show-Me Rally 10/1/16
      Results: 2nd G2, 5th Overall

      https://www.eeuroparts.com/blog/7361...-season-recap/

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      11-28-2016 11:28 PM #13
      Looks like you are doing well.
      Mk3 is just a mk2
      I like em. If you need crew let me know.

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      01-06-2017 05:44 PM #14
      Thanks, they are really similar. mk3 is just a little bit fatter haha.

      We are always open to extra help, planning on 100 Acre Wood Rally, Colorado Rally, and Show Me Rally again this year.

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      01-17-2017 01:52 PM #15
      Signed up for 2017 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood!
      http://rally-america.com/events/2017/100AW/entries

      New light bar, to replace the heavy Hella monstrosities!



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      01-25-2017 01:32 PM #16
      Great work, I wouldn't mind being on the crew either, lots of experience with MK2s.

      Wish you much success.
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      02-09-2018 10:35 PM #17
      https://www.eeuroparts.com/blog/9821...ecker-preview/

      Getting the car ready for the new racing season! 100 Acre Wood is coming up in about a month!

      Some videos from the DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Challenge at HPT last year.

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      02-24-2018 12:29 PM #18
      Awesome footage! Thanks for posting!

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      04-27-2018 04:14 PM #19
      Glad you're enjoying it!

      Here's my write up for the 2018 100 Acre Wood

      https://www.eeuroparts.com/blog/1049...-hardin-ecker/

      And we are signed up for the Southern Ohio Forest Rally! May 18-19
      http://www.rally-america.com/events/2018/SOF/entries
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