May 16, 2008 update to the Dodge Neon ACR project car

Reevaluating and Rallycrossing the Neon

The Neon gets pulled off the berm that ended our day.
We take a break for lunch after a dusty morning.

We’ve put a few thousand miles on our Neon and honestly, we love it. It’s a great car for chuffing back and forth from work, gets great mileage and it’s an awesome rallycross car. So, we’re now wondering if we should invest a few more bucks and get the Neon that we really want…a sedan (preferably an ACR) in better shape. Decisions, Decisions.

Don’t worry, we’ll keep you in the loop.

While we decide, Per, Tom and Greg went to the Super Rallycross at Ivor Wigham’s European Rally School on Saturday. The Neon was doing very well with Greg and Per solidly in the front of Stock Front Wheel Drive when Per miscalculated a bit, putting the Neon into a dirt embankment. The damage was limited to a scraped up front bumper and a punctured oil filter which ended our day. $3.47 later, we were buttoned back up and on our way home.

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HeartlandTechie
HeartlandTechie New Reader
5/21/08 8:30 a.m.

Where did the info from the old grmotorsports web site go with what you painted the hood with? I was reading about it on the old site, but on the new one the pic and can info is missing. I'm interested in this "miracle sprayer" for a project I'm working on. Many thanks!

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
5/21/08 8:35 a.m.

That's the Preval disposable airbrush.

http://www.prevalspraygun.com/

dextervw
dextervw New Reader
5/23/08 7:04 a.m.

Why a sedan? You have a solid base for a car already ... why put the effort into another shell if this one is holding up? Sounds like your budget rallyxer is becoming a little more than "budget"

jamesp
jamesp New Reader
5/24/08 11:33 p.m.

1997-99 are the years you want, 97 ACRs came with slotted Konis, and in 98, they finally managed to get the paint to quit flaking like Goldmember. The Mopar Performance PCM is easier to find for those years, as well.

Really, the ACR is what you want: quicker steering, Koni suspension, stronger front hubs, shorter final drive. They're real fun to RallyCross.

fathero5
fathero5 New Reader
5/29/08 9:00 p.m.

I just bought a 98 ACR Coupe for 1200. 185k but runs like a champ. 37 mpg and no oil use. First thing I did was pull out all of my back issues of GRM and look for anything Neon related, then I got to the May issue and saw the short article on this one. Auto karma. Looking to set it up for STS. My 14 yo is very interested and has already helped swap out the motor mounts and we are working on the bushings, a little at a time.

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