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The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted October 06, 2002 12:00 AM
ok guys i have a question for you, i just traded my ford for this buck regal bomber car, it has a 350, pretty much stock(has to be at our track) except cam and good heads, i am running d-55 hoosiers, and about 2 in of stagger, with 2 in offset wheels. this is my first time back in a race car in about 7 years, so i am not sure if it was me or the car...bu here goes...car comes into corner real good, use a little brake, pick up throttle easy and when i do, the car wants to get loose, lift just a little and car is fine coming out the rest of the way thru the corner. What shouild i do, or where should i start?? any help is appreciated. O yeah forgot to mention i elected to start in the rear of both the heat and feature and finished fourth in heat and fifth in feature, i was happy nonetheless

Eljojo
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted October 06, 2002 05:26 AM
Hey Outlaw, It sounds to me like you've got a wheelspin problem. First off I'd check to see if the rear axles were locked. (spool with bad splines will only pull one wheel) Then I'd decrease the rear stagger-- that will put a little more wedge in the car. Keep us posted

The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted October 06, 2002 07:10 PM
eljojo,
yeah it is locked, they had welded the gears, i am running about 2 inches of stagger front and rear, seemed to handle better in the heat race and then in feature, when it got dry slick is when it got somewhat loose!

sandwinder
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 15
posted October 06, 2002 07:46 PM
you said regal so i'm asumming it's 78 up. get some stagger out of the car that chassis is generally loose getting off the corner try to get it to drive on the LR more or you will have to pedal it getting out of the corner

Geffy95x
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted October 08, 2002 11:20 AM
Do you have any weight on the right rear for some side bite ,and these guys are right too you should try just a little less stagger.

The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted October 08, 2002 11:36 AM
should i take out stagger in the rear, front or both? and how much stagger should i run? the car worked good in heat race and even hot laps, but as track got blacker, got more loose.

Geffy95x
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted October 08, 2002 12:00 PM
Try taking out about one inch and see ,then you know for sure because small changes are sometimes real hard to tell the difference.

Geffy95x
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted October 08, 2002 12:03 PM
Take it out of the rear.

tilley88
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted October 08, 2002 04:15 PM
Decrease your stagger as the track gets drier. Also, offset your rear wheels to the inside of the track.

The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted October 08, 2002 05:30 PM
ok guys, gonna go practice thursday (track owner lettin' me) it is same conditions as features were sat night, so i am gonna take stagger out and see what happens, appreciate all the help!!

madmodshoe
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 89
posted October 10, 2002 07:06 PM
WhAt kind of tire pressures are you running?

The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted October 10, 2002 09:21 PM
d-55 hoosiers rr 14-16lb/ rf 16-18lb/ lr 10-12lb/ lf 11-12lb

madmodshoe
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 89
posted October 13, 2002 01:49 PM
Your peressure sound close. Maybe down a pound or so on the rear. The problem with a "Stock car" is that all of the weight is in the front of the car. Thats why you get into the corner so well. That's also why you get out of the corner not so well. Decreasing stagger will help tis, but at the cost of getting in the corner. If you can add some rear weight to the car it will help. Have you scaled the car? Are you allowed to add weight? Back in the day I was racing in a class that didn't allow you to add weight. Our solution was to shut the rf brake off and run reverse stagger. It got the car off of the corner better, but you had to "force" the chassis to turn. If you are a patient driver then this may be one solution for you.

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