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dtr21
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 101
posted August 23, 2001 10:39 AM  
Hello,
I was needing to find out what is the best way to set up a pinto chassis for dirt track, I am new to the sport but had terrible handling problems this year. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Donovan

ministock
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 31
posted August 28, 2001 12:00 PM  
you can get a book called steve smith pony stock ministock racing you can order it from racerwalsh esslinger or out of circlrtrack mag. i run a mustang but the guys i talk to say the book is right on on a pinto.you can also visit esslingerengineering.com and click on 2.3 message board and those guys would be glad to help you.

KWTracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 233
posted August 30, 2001 05:33 PM  
The book ministock is talking about is a good book especially for someone who doesn't know much about setups. First you need to pinpoint what handling problems you having and what is causing them. Get you weights and percentages, and make one change at a time till you get it right. I would always keep notes of what changes you make and how they effect the handling of the car.

dtr21
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 101
posted August 31, 2001 02:35 PM  
Thanks guys this has been very helpful got that book and it seems to know alot about setting up the cars.
Thanks
DTR21

KWTracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 233
posted August 31, 2001 03:53 PM  
Good luck. If you have any questions, just post I'll help if I can. We run a few pintos so I can tell you what works for us at least.

dtr21
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 101
posted September 01, 2001 01:06 PM  
Actually we came up with another ? What size rearend do you run. Also the old owner has put blocks in the rear springs are these needed, we couldnt figure out a reason other than jacking weight to the front which seems to us would make the rear loose.
Thanks
Dtr21

KWTracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 233
posted September 01, 2001 05:50 PM  
Most guys I know are running the small (stock) 6.75 rear end. And there fine, but I have been having trouble breaking axles so I think I'm going to goto an 8 in. If you have the 6.75 in rear try it and if it works well, keep it. The blocks your talking about are probably lowering blocks. They would be between the axle perch and the spring. The blocks are to lower the ride height, effectively lowering the roll center for the rear.

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