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robbleece
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted September 10, 2004 11:47 PM  
Hey guys, glad to find some people that understand dirt. I'm lost.

I'm looking for some general tips for setting up our cars. We just got a brand new short dirt track, and while I've almost got the asphalt figured out, I'm totally lost on the dirt.

We aren't allowed to run any stagger, but we can chuck as much camber in the car, as is within factory standards.

I'm more looking for ideas on toe, general idea of tires (all "street" tires, no more than HR)

All the cars are 4 cyl auto FWD's.

We are running an 88 Tercel, 89 Probe, and 87 Turbo Laser. 1.8L 2.2L 2.2L respectivly.

So com'n toss out your ideas, let me hear what you've got.

Thanks,
Robb



chevelle
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted September 11, 2004 05:55 PM  
I am building a 4 cylinder front wheel drive (1985 Dodge Charger)for a dirt track and am also trying to figure out what to do for setup. Looking at a book, I see that you can change caster and camber on the rear end by adding shims on the rear hub. Would this give any benefits?

robbleece
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted September 12, 2004 12:26 AM  
I raced my laser on the blacktop, and added some washers to the rear end to put some camber in.

I don't think it would hurt, I mean it is your trailing wheel.

One thing I found tonight racing my probe was just keep your foot in the gas to keep the engine in your powerband, and steer the back end with your brake. I'm even considering cuting the FR brake line.

If you rules permit, I would just run some 13" wheels on the left, and some 15's on the right. That should give you as much "camber" as you need.

I ran with RF 1/8" toe out, didn't seem to make too much of a difference, but every 1/10 of a sec counts.

As far as tire pressures, on my laser on the blacktop, I ran RF-38, LF-26, RR-35, LR-22. The dirt took tires right off the rim unless they were all around 40.

I know every track is different, but play around like crazy with them, and the best way to get faster is to take notes like crazy. Write down everything including any slight change you've made to the car, all the way to the track conditions, and weather.

Good luck, and let me know if you figure anything out.



bigcityracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 431
posted September 12, 2004 09:03 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by robbleece:
Hey guys, glad to find some people that understand dirt. I'm lost.

I'm looking for some general tips for setting up our cars. We just got a brand new short dirt track, and while I've almost got the asphalt figured out, I'm totally lost on the dirt.

We aren't allowed to run any stagger, but we can chuck as much camber in the car, as is within factory standards.

I'm more looking for ideas on toe, general idea of tires (all "street" tires, no more than HR)

All the cars are 4 cyl auto FWD's.

We are running an 88 Tercel, 89 Probe, and 87 Turbo Laser. 1.8L 2.2L 2.2L respectivly.

So com'n toss out your ideas, let me hear what you've got.

Thanks,
Robb


TOE RIGHT REAR TIRE OUT 3/16" WHEN THE CAR LEANS IN THE CORNER IT WILL TURN AND ALLOW MORE GAS TO KEEP THE SPEED UP.


robbleece
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted September 20, 2004 09:23 PM  
Well... Yesterday the car got caught up in a wreck and "tweaked" a few things.

I haven't taken the car apart to measure everything yet, but I can sure tell you that it has never been as fast or smooth as it is now. I'll let you guys know what was "tweaked" when I find it.

The best advice I can give you so far is: Park your car on top of a rolled over Tercel.

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