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Author Topic:   Need help understanding front end stagger
Steph
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted May 29, 2001 09:32 PM UIN: 6762482
Another question from my hubby, the driver:

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Say you have the car scaled a certain way with one inch of stagger between the front tires. Then, you change the tires and have three inches of stagger, but you compensate by readjusting the ride heights and the weight jacks to get the same weight percentages on each wheel as with the previous set-up. How will the stagger change affect the handling?

Basically, he's asking... keeping all other things equal, how will front end stagger affet handling?

Input appreciated!

owracer
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted May 29, 2001 10:55 PM
The reason to use stagger on the front of the car is to change cross weight. If you put more stagger on the front and then readjust the weight jacks to get back what you had before defeated the purpopse.
The stagger change on the front is just another way to raise or lower the front corners of the car for a quick change at the track.

wfoondirt
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 142
posted May 30, 2001 08:45 AM
Front stagger can also effect corner entry under braking.

race8k
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted May 30, 2001 05:33 PM
Wfoon can you explain how two tires that are not connected in any way effects braking?

wfoondirt
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 142
posted May 30, 2001 08:57 PM
If the car is reset to the same wheel loads as before the stagger change, increasing front stagger will loosen the car on entry. This is especially true when the car is slowed more with the front brakes. Little if any other difference will be noticed with a front stagger change alone. The signifigance in handling change depends alot upon driving style and the track. If you use alot of rear brake on entry or the car is slowed signigicantly with the engine its likely that very little difference will be noticed. On a slick track with a smooth corner entry the change may be more noticable. typically front stagger is more of an issue on asphalt but in some cases can be valuable on dirt also.

race8k
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted June 01, 2001 05:29 PM
What did you just say? The change in front stagger if the corner weights are reset will have no effect at all because the front tires are not attached to each other like the rear ones are by the axles and spool.The left tire can't tell how big the right one is.

wfoondirt
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 142
posted June 04, 2001 12:34 PM
By increasing the front stagger you effectively increase the amount of left front brake which will loosen the car when braking

Racer17V
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted June 05, 2001 09:29 PM
How much stagger do you guys like to run? Say on a high banked 1/2 mile oval.

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