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Debbie
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted June 19, 2001 01:07 PM
I am running a Malibu on a very rough track. Just put new springs on it. 1400 RF, 1100 LF, 225 LR, 200 RR. Took a hit last year on this car and now the right rear sits about an inch lower than the left. Didn't do this with the old springs, but does with the new. Any ideas? Will this affect it? Also, scaled the car...have 49% left side, 51% crossweight, and 52% rear. How far off am I on my %?

Pickel
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 239
posted June 19, 2001 09:18 PM UIN: 25419780
if I rember you are real close to what you want..

racer17j
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted June 20, 2001 01:08 AM UIN: 54865418
those seem to be some heavy springs up front what were you running and what year malibu is it older of metric?

Debbie
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted June 20, 2001 03:03 PM
It's a 79 Malibu. It had heavier springs on the front. 1200LF no tag on the RFspring. It is close to what other coil spring cars at our track is running now. What about the crossweight and the leftside weight. How's it? Also, is there anything to do about it sitting lower on the right rear since the hit. How is that going to affect the handling? Just seems like it wouldn't handle good with that right rear sitting down lower. Any suggestions?

Racer4
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 93
posted June 20, 2001 08:13 PM
sitting lower on the right rear since the hit. How is that going to affect the handling?
Check your ride heights at the frame and measure wheelbase. Just because your quarter panel or rear bumper is sitting a little lower does'nt mean it will effect handling as long as height and wheelbase are not effected. If the spring bucket to the front is not bent it should be ok, ok.

Debbie
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted June 21, 2001 12:03 AM
Thanks...will check it.

dryslickracer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted July 06, 2001 01:56 AM
Debbie:
1st. how does the car feel to you out on the track--Loose-Push- or neutral?
2nd.Usually as a rule of thumb try to run about 100 lbs. split between the front springs 1400 sounds a bit excessive,are you running a swaybar? If you do you should'nt need that big of springs up front. I don't run one I prefer to have my frontend working independent from side-side, if you do you can use it for fine tuning by adjusting the outer link nuts.

3rd.What rearend do you run?
4th.Here is my setup--86 Regal 3156 lb w/me in it Lf.1000 Rf.1100 Lr.150 Rr.175
Rear--51%--Left-52%--Cross-53.1%
I can't recall my ride heigth at this time but I can check later for you.Alot of guys/gals I race with like the heavier rear springs that you run.My car runs pretty neutral thru the corners(where I point it is where it goes)and I get great bite of the corners.

another thing I might suggest that has helped me understand setups is a book calledStreet stock chassis setup by Steve Smith Publications.

Goodluck to you

Debbie
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted July 10, 2001 11:32 PM
quote:
Originally posted by dryslickracer:
Debbie:
1st. how does the car feel to you out on the track--Loose-Push- or neutral?

It was pushing pretty bad. We've changed so much since in the past month, but, we have finally hit on something that works. More than anything, I had changed my driving style, tried too many things at once. (new springs, new tire pressure, new stagger, 3 wheel brakes for the first time). This past weekend, I went back to the old ways...it worked much better. I learned, (finally) that everyone drives different, and that no 2 cars are alike. So, now I am driving mine how mine needs to be driven! But, our track is VERY rough...especially in # 3 and 4 turns, and the car is still bouncing so much through the turn that I lose position. We tried giving the shocks a little more travel space. Hopefully, that will help. We'll see after this weekend.

2nd.Usually as a rule of thumb try to run about 100 lbs. split between the front springs 1400 sounds a bit excessive,are you running a swaybar? If you do you should'nt need that big of springs up front. I don't run one I prefer to have my frontend working independent from side-side, if you do you can use it for fine tuning by adjusting the outer link nuts.

We don't run a swaybar.
3rd.What rearend do you run?


4th.Here is my setup--86 Regal 3156 lb w/me in it Lf.1000 Rf.1100 Lr.150 Rr.175
Rear--51%--Left-52%--Cross-53.1%
I can't recall my ride heigth at this time but I can check later for you.Alot of guys/gals I race with like the heavier rear springs that you run.My car runs pretty neutral thru the corners(where I point it is where it goes)and I get great bite of the corners.

hey, I appreciate the guys/gals comment.
thanks!

another thing I might suggest that has helped me understand setups is a book calledStreet stock chassis setup by Steve Smith Publications.

Heard about it...from several people...and I got my dad one. He lets me check it out..then goes back and explains what it all means to me..eventually, I'm gonna know (kinda)what I'm doing.
I appreciate the help/info. My dad has raced for 30 years, but it seems like stuff changes all the time. So, when I can get something off of here that maybe we didn't know about or didn't think of, it sure helps!
Good luck to you!
Goodluck to you


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