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Red Line 5
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 6
posted September 06, 2001 03:20 PM
I'm going to race street/hobby stock next season and I'm trying to decide if I should build my own car or purchase someone else's. Admittedly, we don't know all the building tricks, but I don't want to end up with someone's junk either. Any advice? Any idea how much it costs to build a competitive street stock?

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 27
posted September 06, 2001 05:01 PM
Depending on how relaxed or tight your rules are a winning Street Stock could probably cost $5000 to $12,000. Things like floaters, aluminum 4-speeds, exotic heads, light rotating assemblies,triple disc or 10000 rpm clutches and manifolds etc. really impact the cost of being competitive so alot depends on what your track allows.
I lot of people think building a car is a breeze ..... But, too many new racers miss most of if not all of their first season because they never imagined how much work it is to build a car ...and .... if you are not a VERY good welder ... don't even consider it.
Bottom line...
BUY A CAR from someone who is moving up (hopefully someone who did well)! The price tag may seem high, but they are probably selling it at a loss. Most importantly, you will end up with a car that is already close to the right set up and you should be able to get some track tuning help (and driving tips if you need them)from the seller.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted September 06, 2001 05:43 PM
Buy one from someone else and get seat time first. Building one will cost! I have nearly 15,000 in the one I built last year.

Red Line 5
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 6
posted September 07, 2001 10:08 AM
Thanks for the advice guys. After some consideration I am thinking about spending next season in the pits with an established team and learning everything I can from them first.(and saving up some more money!)

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted October 02, 2001 12:32 AM
Yes you would be best buying one, but it depends on what you want to learn. I learned a bunch by building mine but I also tied probably twice as much money into by going that route. I am now selling mine and like someone else said in another post.....Im losing money now. You can still learn either way just depends on how you wanna go about it. Best of luck to ya!

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