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kenyan helm
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted April 16, 2003 11:42 PM
I have a 1986 trans am with a 350. I want to run it as a bomber on a high bank 1/4 mile track. Need ideas on how to set up to keep it on the track without spinning out all the time. Also are they good cars on the dirt track?

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted April 17, 2003 01:15 AM UIN: 54865418
from what i have read on here they are bad fast but i wouldn't recomend running on a 1/4 mile entry level division they are pretty weak in the front end and can't take much of a hit on a 1/4 you get alot of bump'n and grind'n in the entry level classes probably would'nt last the whole season

jnewman44
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted April 18, 2003 11:37 PM
Hi, I run a 86' camaro. Be sure your track allows 101" wheel base cars, some dont. These cars are quite an experence, they are weak, and they do handle good. I run Z-28 springs and sway bars. I relocated the right front strut, by drilling the 3 mounting bolt holes 3/4" closer to the engine. Dont lower the car, tires will rub anyway. Get a strut tower brace, or make one, a strait pipe accross will clear most everything. I dont think you will have a problem spinning out, but getting the rear weight up will be tuff. This is my 2nd year with this car, but I will answer all the questions I can. What are you running for a Tranny? Do a search in the forum for 3rd gen camaro, I have had discusions with people about setting these up.
Good Luck.

kenyan helm
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted April 19, 2003 12:03 PM
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Originally posted by jnewman44:
Hi, I run a 86' camaro. Be sure your track allows 101" wheel base cars, some dont. These cars are quite an experence, they are weak, and they do handle good. I run Z-28 springs and sway bars. I relocated the right front strut, by drilling the 3 mounting bolt holes 3/4" closer to the engine. Dont lower the car, tires will rub anyway. Get a strut tower brace, or make one, a strait pipe accross will clear most everything. I dont think you will have a problem spinning out, but getting the rear weight up will be tuff. This is my 2nd year with this car, but I will answer all the questions I can. What are you running for a Tranny? Do a search in the forum for 3rd gen camaro, I have had discusions with people about setting these up.
Good Luck.

Thanks for the reply. I am running a powerglide for the tranny. I haven't decided if I will run the ford 9" or the 12 bolt for a rear end. Also what kind of gear do you fun?

jnewman44
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted April 19, 2003 12:19 PM
Mounting the Torque link bar with a powerglide could be tricky, some guys put a plate on the end and bolt the plate to the floor pan, at the right pinion angle. Mounting the torque link to a 9" might be tricky too. I run a 4 speed and a 10 bolt 3.42 rear,(2nd gear). On a 4 speed the torque link can be mounted to where the shifter mounts on the tranny, and use a lever shifter.

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