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Author Topic:   supension problem or driver error?
Racer0
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted August 03, 2001 09:44 AM
Ok everyone, I am a first year racer and having as blast. However it always seems I either do good or spin out. My problem is it seems as though if the car starts to go there is nothing I can do to regain control. Is this just driver error or can I do something to help it out. Spring rates are 950lf 100rf 275lr 225rr. I have heard guys say softer springs but noone can tell me why. should I try moving weight higher on the car or just slow down? any ideas or helpfull tips on driving?

Racer0
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted August 03, 2001 10:04 AM
I left out a 1 1100rf. I will also get the corner weights asap I don't have them right with me at the moment.

Deek
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted August 03, 2001 11:17 AM
Everytime I've had this problem there's been something wrong with the chassis. Maybe a suspension bind or a bad shock. Is it happening late in the main on a dry track? If so, you may be starting the race with the car too loose for the conditions as it dries up. Also, try to remember that when you start to go around, stab the clutch and more often than not it'll save you.

Racer4
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 93
posted August 03, 2001 11:34 AM
How much rear stagger are you using? & what's the difference in stagger on the RF vs the LR?

WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted August 03, 2001 11:36 AM
You know, Racer0, sometimes the best way to determine the source of these types of problems is to step away and let someone else drive the car and see what they think. Mabey someone with a little bit of experience could help you. I can think of such a person that might be able to help you out. Later.

Racer0
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted August 04, 2001 02:46 AM
Well...I am looking into the supension possibly bottoming out I know it does it on the left side durring pack the track but this should not happen durring the race correct!!?? As far as stagger from the rf to the left rear It is 3-4 inches. I tried something new tonight with no stager in the rear on a dry track the car pushed really bad entering the corner but was good comming off. Can I work this out with weigth jacks or do I need to try something diffrent? I run a direct drive porwer glide, I have a shut off valve for the right front, and I can adjust front to rear bias on the brakes.(Our street rules and very slim)

P.S. Western 17, I would take you up on that but I don't think I could stand seeing my car that far back

racer17j
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted August 04, 2001 11:50 AM UIN: 54865418
western is right let somebody hot lap it that has some seat time we build bomber and hobby chasis and have alot of young drivers that complain about how the car handles and then we get in it and it handles just fine 95% or the time a rookies handleing problems are cause by to heavy of a right foot lol see if you can get somebody to tape you also to see if you are doing anything diferent form everybody else that is also a good way to see if you have something binding in the chassis.

AJ GARBE70
Dirt Moderator

Total posts: 59
posted August 20, 2001 09:04 PM
to me it is driver error but spring can do a little for a 1st year driver you are doing more over steer and probanley oversteering it to gain control you will get better at it trust me it will soon go away
good luck
garber racing

P23
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted August 24, 2001 02:20 AM UIN: 111782537
I agree with AJ,you will learn what to do when,sometimes steering and acelerating will do the trick sometimes letting off,you will get the feel of it...=)On the other school of thought an expeirenced driver will be able to tell if it is the car or you.

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