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Author Topic:   Are Steve Smith's Dirt Track books any good?
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted November 21, 2001 06:53 AM
I could ask front-end settings/ geometry all day long, but I would like to find good book to read. I am real foggy on Castor, Bump- steer, and Roll-center. I saw the book he has for $24.95, and just was wondering if anyone has read it. $24.95 is a lot cheaper than a shot in the dark trial and error.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted November 21, 2001 07:05 AM
Smith's books are indeed well worth the money you cant go wrong!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 166
posted November 21, 2001 07:25 AM
I still use mine after 5 years....

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 346
posted November 21, 2001 10:00 AM
They are all good. Not 100% mistake free, but the mistakes are mostly minor editing errors (mixing up part numbers for upper vs. lower balljoints, saying "toe in" when "toe out" was indicated in the example they were giving, etc.)
If I were only going to buy one of Their books (I have 7 or so) I would pick #S280 "IMCA Modified Racing Technology" it is the most current, contains the most parts interchange info and has some cool bump-steer graphs that make sorting out bump-steer more straight forward.
For the hobby stock or begining Street Stocker #S192 is good.
And for the Modified StreetStocker or Limited Late builder #S157 & #S196 are good
I also like #S234 (by Joe Garrison from GRT cars) because unlike the other Steve Smith books it isn't 90% recycled from the last Steve Smith book it is only about 50% recycled info.
As far as price, don't buy them from Steve Smith, they are ALWAYS cheaper ($3 to $10 less) when bought elsewhere. Example, #S280 is $24.95 frome Steve Smith directly, but only $17.95 from Speedway Motors.
Good Luck

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted November 21, 2001 08:18 PM
Thanks fellas

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