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Author Topic:   Tire Stagger
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted January 29, 2004 09:04 AM  
Does it make much difference in a front wheel drive car? I will be running on dirt tracks ranging from 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, and 3/8 mi. in length in a 2.2 liter Ford Probe with a 5-speed that does not have the spider gear locked. Most of FWD cars I have seen seem to want push pretty bad, I was thinking running a fair amount of stagger across both the front end and rear would help transfer a lot of weight to the left side. We are not allowed to do anything to the suspension.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted January 29, 2004 09:21 AM  
Running stagger on the drive end of a car with a locked differetial makes a difference. If the diff is un-locked all that happens is the raising or lowering that corner of the car. This can be a good way to adjust cross weights when other adjustments are not allowed. I would often carry 4 left fronts of different sizes to the track to make these adjustments. The smaller diameter tire on a corner will shift weight to another corner. Example: a small tire on left front and large tire on right front will increase crossweight. Other than the weight change it won't affect handling the way it would if the diff were locked. SLEEPY

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted January 29, 2004 07:18 PM  
I have a fwd with a locked diff and run on a 3/8 mile track.My class rules do not allow any suspension modifications whatsoever,what would you suggest running for stagger front and rear(for a starting point?)Thanks

If I can break it....It wasn't fixed.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted January 30, 2004 08:24 AM  
Small tracks, low banks require more stagger. Long tracks, high banks require less stagger. How much do you need in your car? I can't tell you. However, wheels with worn tires should be cheap at the salvage yards. Get some tires that are 1" to 4" smaller in circumference than what you have on the right front. Change the sizes on the left front until the car works well. Don't forget a smaller left front adds cross weight which might be a good thing too. SLEEPY

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