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 #29571  by crazycalm
 Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:31 pm
Hey everyone. Picking up my 2012 Kizashi AWD SE tomorrow. Had a quick question...has anyone ever rallycrossed their Kizashi? Do they need an additional skid plate to survive a little bit of dirt?
 #29574  by KuroNekko
 Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:39 pm
crazycalm wrote:Hey everyone. Picking up my 2012 Kizashi AWD SE tomorrow. Had a quick question...has anyone ever rallycrossed their Kizashi? Do they need an additional skid plate to survive a little bit of dirt?


I don't know of anyone here who rallycrosses their Kizashi. That being said, some folks drive their Kizashi on dirt roads and it seems to hold up fine. The car has a number of plastic underbody panels that provide some protection though their real purpose is for aerodynamics which go to offer better fuel efficiency and noise reduction.

Skid plates are needed for heavier offroading in which you will encounter rocks. The need is dependent on the type of terrain you plan to drive on.
I know that in the Motor Trend "Tokyo to LA, the Hard Way", the Kizashis were outfitted with custom metal skid plates for their journey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qASlX9LFU4A
 #29575  by twoqttsdad
 Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:54 am
WESHOOT2 driving style might be considered rally cross! :D
 #29589  by crazycalm
 Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:56 pm
Thanks guys. Looks like I'll probably be alright since the site they use is basically just an open grass meadow. No hard rocks or anything.
 #29592  by murcod
 Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:26 am
Ground clearance (bottoming out the front bumper bar) will probably be your biggest issue. If it's relatively level ground you should be okay.
 #29605  by bootymac
 Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:40 pm
Wow, a rallycrossed Kizashi! Are you going to do any mods for prep?
 #32043  by KansasKid
 Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:00 pm
Welcome to the club! Are you in the Kansas City metropolitan area? Or does the KC stand for something else?
 #32063  by redmed
 Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:43 pm
crazycalm wrote:Hey everyone. Picking up my 2012 Kizashi AWD SE tomorrow. Had a quick question...has anyone ever rallycrossed their Kizashi? Do they need an additional skid plate to survive a little bit of dirt?

Welcome to the Kizashi life. I drive a lot of dirt roads without any problems (except the need to wash constantly) but not at rallycross speeds. I could use a skid plate for all the dead racoons I've hit lately though.
 #34444  by SamirD
 Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:08 am
Belated welcome! I bet rallycrossing the Kizashi would be a hoot. They have a variation of that here on ice which I am dying to try.

But I want to first check the differential and transfer case fluids to make sure they're up to spec first. Racing puts some serious stress on those fluids.