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Daleepo
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted February 25, 2003 05:57 PM
I have just purchased two mini stocks. One is a Nissan sentra (1988) and the other is a
Ford Escort (1988) the Nissan has a 1.6L, cage, seat, cell, and weld-in bat. box, the Escort has a 1.9 EFI HO and the cage and bat. box. Both have manual transmissions. Now what, I have no idea how to make these things get around a track, I have a limited late model which I can work with, but the front wheel drive cars elude me, what can be done to these cars to make them fast? The class is a stock class on a 3/8 mile dirt track. Any help would be appreciated, my wife will most likely race one and my brother will probably race the other, I would like to give them fast cars to compete with. Thank you for any help you can offer,

Daleepo

joeracer95
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted April 08, 2003 11:11 AM
a car is car.handling is subject to the same variables for everyone and every car.weight transfer,shock and spring package ,driving style, tire make-up.i would start with a base line from someone running at that track and adjust accordingly pretty much the same way you would your limited late model.your toughest challenge will be making changes based on what an inexperienced driver gives you for feedback.try working with them on driving fundamentals.
Mark-MAD racing chassis

Daleepo
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted April 10, 2003 09:57 PM
Thanks for the info joeracer, I really appreciate it.

4cylinder.net
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted April 12, 2003 05:16 PM
Mark is exactly right.

To give you a little head start I can tell you that these car do have an inherent push. There are some tricks that you might not necessarily think of. One of the most popular ones is to toe the back wheels toward the wall. Some people also like to run a chain or cable to limit the travel of the LR tire. Most people run stiff rear springs and high rear air pressures. I have always thought that it may be advantageous to use harder low traction tires on the back.

As with any car it is important to feel out the cars before anyone makes any big changes. Unless the cars are really bad it will probably be a good idea to give the drivers some time to find their own styles before you change anything at all.

Daleepo
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted April 16, 2003 05:26 PM
Good info 4cyl. I have had the oppurtunity last week to test the car at the track and have experienced the push. The right front actually seems to be digging in quite a bit in corner entry almost up to the rim (according to the clay on the side of the tire) My mind is telling me to raise the air pressure in the front right and I like the idea of limiting the lr, that will probably help me on corner entry, As far as the push goes, The rear steer sounds like a real help I may try that too.
Do you think that if I made all these changes at once, it would hurt any? and how much rear steer are the top five cars in the class using? I'm thinking 1/4 inch would be a good start, Am I close?
Please keep it coming,

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