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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 102
posted September 21, 2002 06:02 AM
Well I ran my 84 Monte Carlo this Friday with the new afco springs and shocks 1300 rf 1100lf 250 lr 225 rr and It pushed kinda bad but after heat race it was determined that my stagger was way off according to a few people,the tires was all diferent sizes and was not on car properly(such has biggest tire was not on rf and so on, they were all out of place)but did not get to switch them before feature due to time. My question is there is a guy that said if I bring the car to his shop that he would set it up, Could the set-up(camber\caster, stagger,tow-out,wedge,etc.) Just not be exactly right being that I set it all up by eyeball cause I have no camber\caster gauge etc . Will this make a real big difference or is it minimal fine tuning. I just tought that after $550 worth of suspension it should of handled the best but finishing at the back was very disapointing. Thanks

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted September 21, 2002 06:50 AM
You could take a new set of Bilstien coil-overs and put them in the back seat...think that would help? NO! All the best parts in the world won't make you any faster until you make them work in concert with the car and each other. Get your friend to set the car up for you. You'll soon learn that a well handling car will move to the front a whole lot faster than a high horsepowered, poorly set up one will.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 89
posted September 21, 2002 05:29 PM
From running a dirt late model to running a sreet stock,they have all one thing in common. Pay attention to details. Details will keep you from winning that feature.

You are going in a right direction but all of the pieces of the puzzle must in place. You just can't pound pieces into place and have a complete project.

Get your tire placement right!
Get your offsets right!
Get your air pressures right!

Asking for help to get the car set up is a direction that has all kind of benefits.
You need a starting point to base every set up off from,and if someone is willing to help you,take the help.

Get involved in what is going on with this chance for help.

There are set up sheets available to record race set ups,shocks,tire size,air pressues,and track conditions. Use them and keep a log. Watch the track conditions change during a race night. Just a change in air pressures can make your car a winner or a loser.

All this for a street stock,yes sir! For all of this work a feature victory or a track championship is the reward!

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