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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted February 16, 2003 03:08 PM
when running for an evening at the races with an HEI and good module and super coil should a feller run an alternator or just be sure the battery is charged before race night. I would think the dist. would like more voltage to run on. What do you do? Does the dist care if it's getting 10-12 volts from the trunk battery or does it want more? Would it cause a misfire or high rpm miss?

[This message has been edited by WillieWinn (edited February 16, 2003).]

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted February 16, 2003 03:26 PM
i run alt. because i don't like to have to charge the battery after every race, but i know alot of guys that just buy a good baterry and charge it before and after every race your choice

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted February 16, 2003 04:12 PM UIN: 54865418
i've seen to many alternators do just the opposite or what they are suposed to do so i don't run one

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 285
posted February 16, 2003 04:16 PM UIN: 40696038
i vote for running the altenator

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted February 16, 2003 04:39 PM
I drove my racer in a parade for over an hour,without an alt. no problems,and would still start.

jammin james
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 50
posted February 16, 2003 05:48 PM
chevy 350 pure stock no alt here

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 212
posted February 16, 2003 08:12 PM
I have never ran an alternator in six years of racing and my father who has been racing for over forty years has never ran one except on the nascar GN cars. They need alternators, ask lil'

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 199
posted February 16, 2003 08:56 PM
An HEI , stock or modified, needs almost 10 volts to operate properly. At 10 volts it should run without a misfire at 8000 rpm. An alternator (front weight) or charging the battery before every race, not race night, works okay for short track racing when not using any other electrical accessories. I don't carry a generator to the track and I don't like front weight. My solution is to run an 18 volt system. It cranks on 12 and runs on 18. There is plenty of insurance voltage in this. SLEEPY

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted February 16, 2003 09:14 PM
i agree with Sleepy. we read the article that he wrote in Circle track magazine and wired our car up like that last year. It worked good.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 212
posted February 17, 2003 09:08 AM
What article are you referring to? Wire it what way?

DMA Racing
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 82
posted February 17, 2003 05:33 PM
Dang,don't tell everybody lol.... it works

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 182
posted February 17, 2003 08:45 PM
DMS CEO, im wondering the same thing...what article?

M.t.Pockets MotorSports

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted February 17, 2003 10:31 PM UIN: 54865418
one thing to keep in mind read your rules before going to an 18 volt system might not be legal

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted February 18, 2003 07:59 AM
yeah, they all have that "if it doesn't say you can, you can't" rule. that's the catch all rule that allows a promoter to DQ anyone he doesn't like, lol.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 564
posted February 18, 2003 09:31 AM UIN: 25419780
I run a alt only because i run twin electric fans for my rad.(it ran off the rearend so no front waight)I have ran a 100 lapper a 30 lapper and a 2hour marathon or 200 laps witch over comes first all in one week end..I did charge the battery on sat for about 2 hours but other then that I ran all weekend with no alt and didnt do to bad on my finishes

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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted February 18, 2003 10:22 PM
The way I look at it is it all depends on how much dependability you want. If you do run one then thats one thing you don't have to worry about so much.Only battery maintanance we had last year was to open the battery box a couple of times and check for corrosion. We were planning on winning a championship and wanted to minimize potential problems. And it worked I guess, we won the championship and had not even one D.N.F. with only 3 finishes out of the top five. Which ever way you decide to go good luck this season.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 106
posted February 20, 2003 12:45 AM
I'm using 2 6v golf cart batteries in series and can run about 3 nights racing on a charge .I run dual spal electric fans and msd box.Also no altenator.The batteries are mounted in the rear and movable for ease of adjusting weight at the track.If your going to add weght to the car to get it set up it might as well be something you can use.I run electric fans cause I got tired of fan blades distroying my radiators and belts comming off.

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