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mox
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted June 25, 2002 11:20 PM  
I am new here and don't know if this is in the right forum, but I have some questions. I am running a 84 dodge daytona, 4cyl on a 1/4 mile dirt track and was wondering about: 1. tire stagger.. I have 14 in tires on the outside and 13 inch on the inside, is this right or is there a better way?
2. This car has a sway bar in the front, should I leave that in or take it out?
Thanks for your time
Mox

KWTracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 233
posted June 26, 2002 02:46 PM  
1. Wheel size isn't really important. The outside diameter of the tire is. Seems like a 13" wheel would be smaller than a 14" and would go on the left side. But not if your running a higher profile 13 and a lower profile 14. Measure the circumference of your tires and place them according to that.
2. Swaybars... You'll probably get an equal amout of opinions for and against using one. I used one for a long time with my basically stock suspension set up. But the more I changed my springs and weights, the more I don't like one on my car. My suspension is pretty good now, and if I were to put the sway bar back on it would hurt me more than I would gain. It affects spring rates, how and where weight is transferred, etc. If your going to run one, make it adjustable and you can use it as a tool to make fine chassis adjustment for different track conditions.

mox
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted June 26, 2002 05:47 PM  
Thanks for the info.. Right now the car has stock suspension, with a swaybar on it. I was thinking of taking it off, but didn't know if it would hurt or help. Would you reccomend running larger diameter tires on the outside and smaller on the inside? That would be the logical thing to me. thanks again

KWTracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 233
posted June 26, 2002 06:56 PM  
You could take the swaybar off and see if you like it or not. The difference in circumference between two tires is called stagger. If you take a cup with the large mouth in your right hand and the smaller bottom end in your left and roll it across the floor, the cup will roll in a arch to your left. If you took a cup with the same cirfumerence on the top as the bottom, and rolled in the exact same arch as before, you will see that one end will have to break trackion just make the turn. This happens because the inside tire or the smaller end of the cup has to travel a shorter distance in a corner than the outside and both ends or tires are locked together in a 1:1 ratio. This is why stagger is not as big of a deal with unlocked rear ends. Stagger is not something you just have to have, but most cars running in circles will like to have some amount of stagger (smaller cirfumerence inside tire). How much will be determined by track configuration, condition, and how you want the car to handle. It just a tool you can use to change the way a car handles in the corners, and everyone and every track uses different amounts. I hope that made some sense, lol. Sorry if I confused you.

mox
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted June 26, 2002 09:06 PM  
Thanks. you didn't confuse me.. helped out alot.

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