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Scoot
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 330
posted March 13, 2002 10:03 PM
I need help deciding on what shocks to use. I'm running an 80 camaro with stock springs left front has one coil cut off. I'm running stock shocks right now but looking for the right ones. 3/8 mile high banked clay track. It was tight going in so I used a full spring rubber in the left front. That helped alot. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
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EVANSRACING24E
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted March 13, 2002 10:10 PM
i run afcos for a full bodied big car and they seemed to help aloton my 80 monte.they are the stock appearing shocks to.

Scoot
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 330
posted March 13, 2002 10:20 PM
Should I buy different rated shocks to tune my car or what? I hate to spend alot of money if its not needed, but I want my car to handle. Handling is the only thing besides my inexperience keeping me from being in the front.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
870-365-5989

NYhick
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 82
posted March 13, 2002 11:28 PM
From what I read in "street stock tips and tricks" by kevin fetterly, you want heavier shocks on the right side and lighter ones on the left. This man seems to know his stuff from what I have read from his book!

rusty88
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 26
posted March 17, 2002 09:35 AM UIN: 93780669
hey Scoot I also run a 3/8 high banked track using a camaro. When Rex from Bilstein was in the chat room I asked the same ? and here is what he told me to run. These are all Beilstein #'s ok. LF 4040, RF 4555, LR 4040 and RR 3030. I hope this helps you out. There is a conversion chart in the toolbox to switch these #'s to other types of Shock's #'s.
Russ (C & R Racing)

Scoot
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 330
posted March 17, 2002 10:04 AM
I went ahead and ordered some adjustable pro shocks. Thanks for your input guys.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
870-365-5989

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 213
posted March 17, 2002 04:31 PM
Scoot I hate to do this but your spending your money in the wrong place. Good shocks are great if you can afford them but you need to wait a second though. I would spend my money on aftermarket springs first. Nothing else affects a car as much as the springs, they should be the first priority. If you have quite a bit of money left over then get good shocks for all 4 corners. If you have just a little money left over get a good shock for the right front and a quaility shock from Autozone or O'reileys. I just bought some for my metric from autozone for $19.95 each. They are not as good as my proshock but they are pretty good. Get your springs first. By cutting the left front it is now a higher rate than the right. You do not want this on dirt, aspalt maybe, but never dirt.

millerlt3
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted March 17, 2002 07:14 PM
I agree with redneck bubbas racing, If you have a tight condition on entry you need to reduce your cross weight either by adjusting jack bolts or by reducing your RF spring rate. I ran an 1100lb. RF and an 900lb. LF springs and always worked good for me. As for shocks they dont control your weight transfer they control how fast or slow the weight is being transferd. I also believe that a good shock is a must, carrera makes after market shocks that has the stock mounting ends but you can get the different shock rates just like an aftermarket racing shocks. I run 94's on the rear and on the RF a 77 and a 76 on the LF. One other thing is try taking some front brake bias out of the front it can also cause a tight condition going in Just my 2 cents.

Scoot
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 330
posted March 17, 2002 08:22 PM
If I'm pushing on entry wouldnt I need a softer spring on the right front? I dont wanna buy a set of racing springs and buy the wrong rates. I need to find someone in my area to scale my car. Any easy ways I can do it myself. I cant afford a set of scales. With the lf coil cut down making it stiffer, I also added a spring rubber to the lf which made my car handle well.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
870-365-5989

dreamcatcher
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted March 17, 2002 09:26 PM UIN: 14464409
i think jammin has a set of instruction for some homemade one for around 100 to 150 bucks, that peddler and came up with. look in the tool box i think they are in there. i know that they work b/c peddlers car won the hot stock championship at hot speedway last season. if you build them and have any probs with them im sure he will walk you through it. good luck , and most of all have fun.

millerlt3
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted March 19, 2002 08:32 PM
Scoot, Thats what I was trying to say in my previos post, if your tight on entry reduce your RF spring rate or put a softer spring in the RF.

Scoot
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 330
posted March 19, 2002 08:38 PM
Would it be better if I get the same springs on the front and use spring rubbers to make adjustments? I'm just trying to figure out what to do. The other posts I see everyone uses a stiffer rf. Are their cars just set up better? I'm new to this and just trying to make it work for me. Thanks for all the input.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
870-365-5989

millerlt3
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted March 21, 2002 06:33 PM
I have never used spring rubbers and I dont know anyone who has, so I dont know what effect they would have. But I was told years ago that the norm for a steet stock is to have a 200 pound split across the front which is what I always have used what works for me is an 1100# RF and a 900# LF.

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