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Author Topic:   metric frame?
ahh06
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted September 05, 2001 12:30 PM
Can somebody please exlpain what a metric frame is? Is there any benefits to this frame compared to a non-metric frame?

WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted September 05, 2001 02:55 PM
"metric" cars are the mid size GM's made in the late 70's and 80's. Monte Carlo, Malibu, Regal and Grand Prix are all metric cars with coil spring rear suspensions. Camaros aren't metric cars, they have leaf spring rear suspensions.

Metric car's main advantage is availabilty. There's some debate about Camaro/Firebirds being better, but they are getting increasingly harder to find. Also, Camaro/Firebirds are unibody while metric cars are full frame cars. I think metric cars are better, but that's just me.

VIPER000
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 151
posted September 06, 2001 08:01 AM
METRIC CHASSIS STARTED IN 1978 AND I THINK ENDED IN 88. ONE THING I HAVE BEEN LEARNING ABOUT THEM IS THAT IF YOU TAKE YOUR TIME BUILDING THEM AND HAVE FAIRLY OPEN RULES AND PUSH THEM YOU CAN ALMOST BUILD A MODIFIED AND DROP ON A STOCK BODY AND TADA A STREET STOCK THAT IS VERY FAST. WITH STRICT RULES I THINK THE CAMERO IS STILL THE WAY TO GO.

AS FAR AS ADVANTAGES THEY ARE EASIER TO BUILD ON AS FAR AS CAGE JUST TAKE THE BODY OFF BUILD THE CAR AND HANG THE BODY. THEY ARE COIL CARS WHICH MEANS EASIER ADJUSTMENTS. I BELEAVE THE FRONT SUSPENSION TAKES A LITTLE MORE WORK THAN A CAMERO. PARTS A COMMON. ONE MAJOR DISADVANTAGE I HAVE BEEN TOLD ABOUT IS THAT THEY HAVE A TENDANCY TO BE PICKY WITH TRACK CONDITIONS.

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