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nw15x
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted January 27, 2002 12:35 PM
Hi I have a 78 camaro with a 64.5 " track width and I'm thinking about installing ford lowers to get the track width to 68". Is this mod worth the effort and expence. Has anyone tried this and if so what has been your experience. Have you seen improvements on your lap times.......

hughes
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted January 27, 2002 06:23 PM
I asked the same thing but the only response I got was, that it would change the roll center.

powerglides
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted January 28, 2002 09:45 AM
Some guys like it some guys don't what it does do is move the spindle away from the spring making it less effective so you have to go up 100 lbs or so on springs

uforacing51
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 349
posted February 02, 2002 12:08 AM
"WIDER IS BETTER" - B. Labonte after a win with his pontiac

Machinah
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 79
posted February 03, 2002 08:08 AM
Most of us know that wider is better. Is there anyone who has a better understanding as to why. I know that it gives better stability in turns and, I believe, a slightly better roll angle. Lets get some other details. What does it do to slip angles? Does it effect front more or rear? How does it effect the car going in, middle and out of the turn if no other modifications are done? And as the gentleman said... if you have limited bucks, is the modification worth the expense?

go4win
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 61
posted February 03, 2002 10:06 PM
OK . I'm gonna start by saying that what I say might not be right,but it's the way I see it.
If the front track is wider than the rear, when the body rolls the rear will get more of the wieght. This is why "wider is better"
anyway right? Less transfer on wider cars.
So , on a given car with no other changes ,
when the body rolls the Right Rear would get
more of the wieght . Same as putting a 5 off wheel on the RR when you've been running a 2 offset. Pins the RR to the track and makes it not want to drive around the right front.
I have noticed Late Models are almost always
about 4 inches wider in the front . Those guys have huge tires to work with and they still use a wider front track , so it must be a good thing . Well , that's my view on this . But I'm always willing to learn more.

Machinah
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 79
posted February 04, 2002 07:54 AM
Go4win has made a good point. I believe he is right. If your front end is wider, the result should, in my mind, produce more bite at the rear. I believe that the increased bite would be more prominent on the left side, or maybe the right? I'm dislexic. As long as I don't turn right I'll be OK. If this is the case the car would understeer a bit more. Wether you need more understeer or not , more bite on the rear means faster accelleration and If the understeer is not needed, other things could be done to correct it. If this can be acomplished with wider front offset, it would definitely be an inexpensive alternative. Can anyone else confirm or deny this theory?

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