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I am coming from a jeep and fullsize truck backround. I would like to build my (new to me) 97 rav into a rally type vehicle. I was wondering what would be recommended as far as suspension tires breaks and of course hp mods eg cai header exhaust. I dont have a mint to spend but this will be a project over time im looking for HP mods right away then suspension. Any help is appreciated thanks
 

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For this type of competition, you need a fast, stable and durable vehicle. Regarding reliable, RAV4 works. For speed and stability, you have to work on that.

You can install a turbo kit. I guess you would have to watch EBay from time to time, one is posted [read carefully if it does before bidding.] Or check with http://www.avoturbo.com/avo/html/avokits/avokits.html but they are located in Australia. You can do other mods like Header, MSD, and Ground Kit among others. But for real power, do the turbo. Especially if you are late for a TC, you will love the power.

The electrical system must be bullet proof and water proof. If you are using a computer to monitor Time, Speed Distance, [TSD]. For Twin Masters, check here. http://www.donbarrow.co.uk/halda_tripmeters.html Unless you buy the more expensive digital Twin Masters, I'd advice to go with the mechanical version. Remember, you must try to stop water from entering the engine compartment and front seat, specifically under the dash.

Protection, a front Skid Plate. Aluminum if possible and a quarter of an inch. If it covers from front to rear of your chassis, better. You won't regret it, believe me. Lights are a must. Drive and spot lights. Hella has a good set of lights. Bull Bars are cool also so you can get them in the front of the RAV4. I have two installed. http://www.hella.com/produktion/HellaPortal/WebSite/Internet_usa/Internet_usa.jsp

Stability, if you are going all out, contacts D2, http://www.d2racing.com/ Pricey though. If not, you can install premium shocks and springs that will work on the street as well as on a rally. But don't hammer it to hard.

Even though the RAV4 is known world wide for its reliability. You must install Premium parts to help it. Stock parts will work up to a certain point. But remember, Rally is the most punishing motor sports. Check the Paris to Dakar Rally. It isn’t cheap. Also you need to take tools and parts with you. The RAV4 has more then enough space to stock parts. Two spare tires are a must. A 3.5 ton hydraulic jack will work also. An Igloo with sandwiches and water is a must. Don’t throw away the ice. You never know when you might over heat and this water might help. You will need a shovel, A tire repair kit, an electric air pump, fuse kit, and if possible, a ground crew. http://www.dakar.com/indexus.html

Me, well, in the late 70s and early 80s I ran rallies with my brothers in PR. In 1979, we ran the Pan American Games rally in 1979 in San Juan. Their were quite a few world renown drivers. The one I recall was a guy named John Buffum. He was running an Audi AWD. He DNF because he ran into an Army National Guard duce and a half in the sugar canes of Salinas. He was winning the over all, until that incident. My brother and I took first place in novice category. We then ran a lot of local Rallies.

Any other thing or information you might need, let me know.

Oh, BTW, The Pan American games organisation didn't organize the rally in 1979. The SJSCC did. (San Juan Sports Car Club) It was just to celebrate the occation.
 

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wow thanks for the info that pretty much answered all my questions :) I will look into all this and update the thread with any more questions and pics of my mods :)
 

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slack31337 said:
well here is my cheap mans k&n intake

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=143477724&size=l

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=143477725&context=photostream&size=l

I am going for a exhaust estimate in a few mins I will let you all know when it is done.
It's not a Cheaps Man K&N intake. You are just being creative! All of us in RAV4world.com have been creative since we bought our RAV4s. If you take a look around the forum everyone is creating stuff. The exhaust will really make it come to life. Drive on, Drive hard. :thumbs_up:
 

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I just got quoted $220 canadian for my exhaust from the cat back w/ a dynomax muffler. It will be put on on friday, I will post more pics then.
 

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The only problem with Slack's kind of K&N intake is that it sucks in hot air from the engine bay .
Not good for performance :cry:
 

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ccaddy said:
The only problem with Slack's kind of K&N intake is that it sucks in hot air from the engine bay .
Not good for performance :cry:
True, very true. That is why members from the forum are looking for different means of getting cold air into the engine. Or directly into the throttle body. You would be surprised as of how much torque clean, cold air can generate.
 

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ccaddy said:
The only problem with Slack's kind of K&N intake is that it sucks in hot air from the engine bay .
Not good for performance :cry:
yeah i know it still sucks in hot air... but it was like 5 bucks and it does bring MORE air into the throttle body so it does increase performance but not to its full potential. I was thinking alont the lines of what Marcutio did but i dont want the filter close to the ground. I think I will attempt something like that but still have the filter open so water will not be sucked into the intake hydrolock = bad :)
 

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You beat me to it Slack , I was going to ask Marcutio that if he frequently runs through big puddles like in his album that he better have a "hydro lock " device located near the filter end so he doesn't suck water in .

AEM makes a good one http://www.aempower.com/product_intake.asp?subCatID=3

Also , to maximize the cold air coming in , don't make your intake tube out of anything made of metal .
It will act as a heat sink and slightly warm the incoming cold air .

Marcutio , we're not knocking your set up as it shows some nice inituative on your part ..... it just needs some "tweeking"
 
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