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cveclipse
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted February 03, 2003 11:22 PM
I have a 1989 camaro. Has anyone had any experiance running a strut car.

If so has anyone ran kyb struts?

What is the diffreance between dirt and aspahlt setup. I am going to run asphalt. But there is no forum for asphalt guys.

Also why does everyone on dirt run so stiff of springs in there cars. 1000-1250lbs wow!!!


Big Dawg
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted February 04, 2003 04:18 PM
We run Heavier springs because a dirt track has a tendancy to get very rough.

A strut car is for the street, not the race track.I have seen a couple guys try strut cars on dirt,they did'nt fair to well.I'f you have'nt put much time or money in this car,get something else.

te33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted February 04, 2003 07:49 PM

ran an 88 last year,good ,fast,easy, to drive car .folded up like a sheet on the second hard hit.run a search in the archives.plenty of info.the front clip is the weak spot,they bend just behind where the idler arm bolts.it was a very well built car.as for "struts are for the street"look at all the mustangs in the pits.its the wave of the future.as for springs 750lf 850rf.pmail me if your looking for parts,i have the driveshaft,torque arm bracket,springs,ect.buiding a 2nd gen camaro.wont be faster but should last longer

cveclipse
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted February 04, 2003 08:09 PM
I appricate the help guys

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted February 04, 2003 08:58 PM
i agree te33. in the not so distant future, most of the stock type chassis racecars will be strut cars. look around.....2nd generation camaros are hard to find and gm metrics are next on the "endangered species" list.

jnewman44
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted February 04, 2003 09:28 PM
I'm running a strut car too. On dirt. Hard to get info on settin' up one of these. I was able to install a weight jack on the right side but the left is a diff. story.Dont forget a strut tower brace. I made my own. I would take some spring recomendations though.

jnewman44
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted February 04, 2003 09:41 PM
Another problem Im havin' with my 86' is the weight. The front is heavy 1600#s. Theres no where to shave off weight,Its all structural integrtiy. In order to get your percentages correct the car would weigh 4000#s.

Scoot
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 330
posted February 04, 2003 11:21 PM
I'm looking at buying an 84 Camaro, I still have my 80 Camaro that needs work and may end up racing anyway. But My reasoning on buying the 84 is more setup options on the rear. Anything I need to pay close attention to when checking the 84 out? Any input would be helpful.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
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rico 08
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted February 06, 2003 08:59 AM
just make sure it's not bent anywhere and look for frame straightening marks,if it was bent then straightened it will really bend next time! also make sure the fenders are straight and bolted up tight they actually help make the car more ridgid.stiffer springs are to keep you're car from unloading in corner,and on a rougher track you want softer springs not stiffer.just my opinion.

66jj
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 352
posted February 06, 2003 05:09 PM
you want enough spring, to keep the pan and crossmember off the ground. then adjust from there.


cajunracer88
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 106
posted February 06, 2003 09:22 PM
hey were building an 1984 and any help or parts would be appreciated

te33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted February 08, 2003 11:51 PM
guys tell me if i've sniffing brake dust to long;}but what if you cut the top off of the "frame"ha,ha,in the front and welded some 2x3 into the channel,making a "clip",and then tack the top back on to make it appear "stock"?lot of work!but if this was easy ,everybody do it!gotta do something,we are out of 2nd gens.

jnewman44
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted February 09, 2003 12:43 AM
My tracks been open 2 years. It says stock body and frame. Dosent say you cant reinforce the holy **** out of it. I also say La Mans starts be mandatory,LOL

66jj
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 352
posted February 09, 2003 10:29 AM
te33, it can be done somewhat like your saying. its a lot of work.

if you do it you need to go all the way with the 2*3 to the rear spring mts. then youd have basically a full fab frame. but if you dont do it all it will bend wherever you stop.

jeff

te33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted February 09, 2003 11:45 PM
lemans start!the only running i do is for last call at the beer stand

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