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Author Topic:   setups you tried this year and liked or disliked
dirtracr
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 79
posted October 25, 2001 03:29 PM
just wonderin what kind of stuff folks tried in their infinite experimentations this year and liked or disliked...for me on this dw7, i wasted about a month messing with the straight panhard bar before i took it off and went back to the j bar..put the dog leg in the under carriage so the chassis would not come up and hit the rearend..tried five inches of rake and tried it level, more wedge, springs..bunch of stuff, never could get it to hook up..lr seemed to crawl up under more but never did get it to bite like i would have liked...also tried the softer rf than lf spring setup some...real good on the tacky couldn't seem to get adjusted as well for the real slick stuff we run on..won a feature on the tacky with it and it hooked real hard..on the slick, even after adding wedge, would not seem to go as good..could be driver or setup or combination of both..seems like the smarter i think i get the slower i go!!!!

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 464
posted October 25, 2001 07:12 PM
what year was the car? it is possible that the chassis is flexing and when it does that nothing you do to it will make it consistent for any track.

over time from the stress of racing the metal will weaken a bit causing the flex and if it is flexing too much your gonna have problems.

dirtracr
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 79
posted October 25, 2001 07:39 PM
its a 97..never been hurt..have had to weld about five or six cracks over that span..first race after going back to the j bar we won...this was at a track that had about 16 cars and is not a track we frequent that much, but the car was good on that night against those cars...at my home track where it gets REALLY slick, not as good as in previous seasons, a top five car but not really a threat to win and we used to be..with the straight bar, struggled just to make the feature..you make a good point, would love to get a new chassis this winter maybe able to..have to see how much $$$ i can come up with...

[This message has been edited by dirtracr (edited October 25, 2001).]

wfoondirt
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 242
posted October 25, 2001 11:00 PM
Had mixed results this year, had toyed with a z-link last year with an old car, and build a new z-link swingarm this year. As far as the chassis goes i was very happy, we ran competative everywhere we went, was only able to grab 6 wins, but we were plagued with motor gremelins all year which relegated us to second in track points. I have mainly run 3-links in the past and they always worked well for me, but after running the z-link this year i doubt what i will go back except maybe with a rookie driver. With the z-link i found the variety of available adjustments make it much easier to tune to different tracks/conditions. the car was very stable and predictable in pretty much any conditions and only surprised me a few times. I'm not really sure what changes i'm going to make with next years car but its a long winter and i have a lot of free time so who knows. I do have a few ideas to work on, mainly on the front end.

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