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Author Topic:   Best Mopar for 4 cyl. front drive class
chevelle
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted August 16, 2004 07:46 PM  
Our track just started a 4 cylinder front drive class. I would like to run a Mopar and was wondering what Chrysler products work good.
Thanks

20M
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted August 17, 2004 07:33 AM  
The Neon has been an unbeatable car at our track. Of course it has been chipped out, bored out and runs on racing gas. But I think even in legal stock form, it still would be the car to beat. The Dodge Daytona is also a very good car. A friend of mine has one with a 2.5 in it, it is pretty much equal with my 2.2 Probe at the 1/4 mi track we run on, I do usually run away from him at the 1/6 mi track we race on.

rt66
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted August 17, 2004 08:48 AM  
If your rules don't allow 16 valve heads, don't overlook the mighty Dodge Omni/ Plymouth Horizon.

You can easily get the Omni down to 1800 pounds with rollcage. Most people feel that the 2.2 is a better choice than the 2.5 on a light car. They put out more horsepower in the top of the RPM range.

Be sure to get the standard transmission. I like the '85 and earlier models with carburetor.

51racing
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 138
posted August 17, 2004 12:30 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by chevelle:
Our track just started a 4 cylinder front drive class. I would like to run a Mopar and was wondering what Chrysler products work good.
Thanks


A local track near me also has a 4 cylinder front drive class for kids that I am looking for a car for my son now. Rules state basically everything stock and these are the only choices: Ford Tempo/Mercury Topaz, Plymouth reliant/Dodge Aries (I think), and olds Cutlass ciera/Pontiac 6000/Chevy and buick whatever.
If you had to work within these rules, what would you look for? I'm leaning towards the reliant, maybe trying to find the old hemi headed one they made for a while. The most important thing is going to be handling by far, they race on the inner part of a combo figure 8 and oval track, called the bowtie.

KSGerry
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted August 18, 2004 12:40 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by chevelle:
Our track just started a 4 cylinder front drive class. I would like to run a Mopar and was wondering what Chrysler products work good.
Thanks

I've got a 1986 Dodge Charger for sale that has been gutted and a good cage installed but needs finished. The stock engine was a 2.2 sohc inline four cylinder but there is a full-race 2.2 engine available. It was assembled by Larsen of Omaha. using all Mopar Performance race parts.

From your profile I see you are from southeastern South Dakota. I just back from the little town of Tea near Sioux Falls to pick up a sprint car chassis from Doug Wolfgang's shop. Too bad we didn't connect earlier or I could have delivered the car to you.

Regards,
Gerry Dedonis
Kansas Racing Products Inc.
Chapman, Kansas

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KSGerry

jeffgow
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted August 25, 2004 06:51 PM  
LeBaron or Laser

cobb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted August 28, 2004 04:36 PM  
get a lebaron with a turbo.......sorry i was dreaming again

99ucar
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted September 26, 2004 11:25 AM  
I ran a lebaron this past season. It's a good car to run, it is just very tempermental about the setup, if you're off just a little bit you will have problems all night.

chevelle
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted October 01, 2004 08:27 PM  
I bought the charger from KSGerry. Are the stock aluminum rims ok to run or would a person be better off running steel rims. If so what cars would have 15 x 6 steel rims with the 5 bolt pattern and the correct offset, I can't run 14s because it is a shelby and has bigger brakes and only 15s will fit. I have a 85 charger 2.2 parts car with 14 inch 4 bolt steel wheels, I could swap brakes and run the 14s. What is everyones opinion.
Thanks

KSGerry
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted October 02, 2004 07:55 AM  
Hi Aaron,
Run the stock aluminum wheels if your track will allow them. They are plenty strong enough and should be lighter than their steel counterparts. You may have to look for other OEM aluminum wheels to find different offsets...provided there are different offsets available for stock wheels.

FYI...I took that Dodge mini 2.2-2.5 race engine apart and took pictures of the Mopar Performance internal components. Lots of nice forged goodies inside. If interested send me an email and I'll send you photos.

I don't know if your rules would allow a full-race engine but it is for sale.

I also read that the flywheel and clutch assembly that you bought with the car is a rare lightweight piece. It might be worth selling to someone just to pay for the car itself!!

Regards,
Gerry Dedonis
dedonis@kans.com
Kansas Racing Products Inc. http://www.kansasracingproducts.com

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KSGerry

[This message has been edited by KSGerry (edited October 02, 2004).]

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