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Author Topic:   Need some help, going to buy a car!
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 68
posted February 22, 2002 08:16 PM
I'm going to buy a 72 nova thats been used on a 3/8 mile paved track for three years. I've raced on dirt about 10 years ago, but I don't know the difference in setup from dirt to asphalt. I haven't really decided if I'll race on the asphalt or dirt. What would I have to do to change it over to race in dirt. The tracks I'm thinking about are both 1/4 and 3/8 mile banked dirt tracks. There's a boatload of info about dirt racing on this bbs, but is there something similiar about asphalt? If it's not too much trouble, I may try and race both, is that possible? Any help would be appreciated.



Dirt Freak

Total posts: 310
posted February 22, 2002 10:00 PM
I'll give you a good site that has a Q&A on asphalt It's pretty decent

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted February 23, 2002 08:34 PM
from what i heard from some of the guys who have ran both with the same car the only major difference is the rear springs(if you have racing springs). they reversed them and made some air adjustments and it went fine. thats justed what ive heard. never tried it.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted February 23, 2002 11:11 PM
we run our car on both the only change we made was a stiffer rr spring for the asphalt,the dirt requires a softer spring to promote more weight transfer due to less side bite.the hardest part isn't the car.if you drive an asphalt car like a dirt car,your going nowhere's all about being smooth .mark martin said it best"it's a lot of really fast coasting,while you wait for the guy ahead to make a mistake"its 80%car,20%driver,while on dirt i think it's the other way around.but hey opinions are like camaros,everybodys got one

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 349
posted February 24, 2002 11:50 PM
I'm not particularly fond of novas, check and make sure subframe is railed. I don't think those old novas had a full frame and the older chevelles and montes did. look for one of them if this nova is not a full frame.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 154
posted February 28, 2002 09:29 PM
The Nova is a unibody and is more likely to flex than a full frame car. Although adding subframe connectors helps by tieing the front and rear subframes together. Make sure and get all the mud off before going to the asphalt.

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted March 29, 2002 05:34 PM
You can take 2x2x3 and run it on the inside of the car instead of having to put it underneath i like this way much better weld a square piece of plate to the rear kickup run it along the floor and into the front subframe on the passengers side you can run it staight from the kickup and into the subframe so you can offset the cage if desired. Eddie

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