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Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 21, 2001 02:58 PM
I have a 76 malibu with 1100 rf 950 lf and stock rear springs and the summit circle track shocks on the right side only. The tire size is 235 75 15 on all 4 corners.(must run 75 series tire). I'm running a th350 and a 2.73 gear. The max rpm I have hit is 5500. Yesterday was the first time I have ever raced and here are the problems I encountered: push when picking the throttle back up (was not as bad the harder I went in). Loosing fan belt. I am running an alternator. What fan should I use? Have a flex fan now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted July 22, 2001 10:21 AM UIN: 54865418
the fan shoyuld be replaced with a steel racing fan that is not the reason you are loosing belts tho check your pullies and make sure they are all lined up most od the time the power steering pump will be the one that is off.and loose the alternator unless you plan on running 100lap features you don't realy need it. as for your push what did you have your air pressure set at

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 22, 2001 02:42 PM
I was running 20 in rf and 35 everywhere else. Should I put some stagger in the front or front and rear or not at all? Thanks for the help.

[This message has been edited by jogoodrich (edited July 22, 2001).]

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted July 23, 2001 02:14 AM
Here's some basics to work off of.
Question first- what type of track are you running?, & What does the track conditions do thruout a normal evening?

Your right front tire should have more pressure in it for starters-ifyour running dirt your Right side tire should be pretty close to the same pressure-these tires take the brunt of the abuse and will be more likely to roll off the bead.

Stagger relates alot to what the track conditions are (for dirt anyway) mycar tends to want more when the track is tacky and only about 1/4" when the track is dryslick. You should generally have your largest tire on the RF.Then the next largest on the RR ,I've got about 1 1/4" difference between the two fronts-Keepingalarger tire onthe RF helps allow weight transfer to the LR.
Keep in mind that different brands of the same size tire will sometimes have different circumferences.(read stagger)

Try to find yourself a book on stock car chassis setup like Steve Smiths publications or something like that it will really help you understand how it all works.

Hope that helps

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