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Author Topic:   floater or no floater
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted September 08, 2002 10:46 PM
I have a question that might sound strange to some but here is goes. This is my first year in a Mod. I purchased a older Harris chassis and have had a great season 10 wins 3 2nds and a multiple top tens, (never out of the top ten). The mod that a bought has a non floater rear. My plan was to run this rear this year and replace with a floater next year. I am perplexed because of the sucess I have had with this car. One part of me says leave the car alone, the other part of me says the benifits to the floater out weighs the cost. I am a one man operation with limited sponsors and $$. I know the norm is a floater especially in mods any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted September 08, 2002 11:00 PM
i personally would put in the floater. if it is put in tracking straight and with all mounts in the same location their will be no performance difference purely safety and you can never have too safe of a car

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 240
posted September 09, 2002 01:10 AM
I raced mods for a few years and then went to school, I have been racing cars for 23 years now and have a mod for next year, I say this, if you keep the rear you have, it may break an axle and roll you and really mess up your car. However, I wouldn't mess with success. I would do this though if you stick with the current rear, I would set aside some dollars for a new one and when you can, get yourself a good speedway engineering floater, I have used both and like the floater alot better but, I am in your boat too and realize that the limitations of money and manpower can convince a person to stick with what works.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 147
posted September 09, 2002 01:05 PM
Personally, I'd never race without a floater rearend. I know it's a lot of money, but consider how much it will cost if you put your car on it's lid. A broken RR axle in a stock housing could make that a very really occurance.

I agree with 29, there's no performance loss or gain here, strictly safety.

But if you still don't go floater, AT LEAST put an aftermarket axle in the RR. I think Moser makes some durable stuff...

George Gilliland
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 39
posted September 10, 2002 11:21 AM

A floater is great, I do not miss the wild rides that I got before I had one! I would sure advise getting one if possible, you can duplicate the brackets.

Racer X
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted September 10, 2002 02:27 PM
Leftturn we are in the same boat as you. Had a good season with a non floater and are talking about changing.I would like to change but it will come down to dollars,we might go with the better axles instead. If you can afford it do it or maybe shop around for a used one. Have a good one.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 85
posted September 10, 2002 03:41 PM
In 1994 I had a car without a floater. Coming off of turn 2 on the last race of the season we broke a RR axle and rolled the car 4 times. Took us 2 years to get our own back together again.
I vowed to never run without a floater ever again.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted September 11, 2002 11:04 AM
Thanks for all the feedback, you have helped me me the decision to buy a floater. It just so happens I found a guy with a Speedway eng. Mod lite with all the brackets I need for my car (new). Again thanks! See Ya at the track.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 240
posted September 11, 2002 04:51 PM
Good idea!!!

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 78
posted September 21, 2002 12:23 PM
Roll the dice!

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 21, 2002 12:29 PM
floater.... nothing else.

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