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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted November 09, 2004 10:13 PM  
Rules came out and car must weigh 2500, ballast not allowed. 4 cylinder front or rear wheel drive compact cars, pretty much all stock. I think 2500 sounds a little high for compact cars. Wondering what various makes and models weigh. Am building 85 Dodge Charger and not sure if it will make weight. Is this a typical wieght limit for mini stocks?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted November 10, 2004 09:59 AM  
How is it gonna weigh that much if you can't add weight? Sounds dumb to me.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted November 10, 2004 03:08 PM  
My Challenger weighs 2450 it went on a diet. Leave the stock tank in it. Then if you want to run a racing fuel cell run that too. More wieght but im thinking by the time you put roll cage and that the car should come to about 2600. A guy used to run one here and it was 2600 or 2750 something like that. Use big roll bar tubing.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted November 11, 2004 07:05 AM  
Weight is horsepower. Don't run with anything more than the minimum. Weight in the right place on the car allows you to get on the gas sooner, effectivly giving you a head start down the straight.

You need to remove anything from the car that your rules allow that doesn't make your car go faster. Then weigh the car - take it to the track scales - put it on the scales at the landfill or the local gravel pit. You have to know what your starting weight is in order know how much you need to add.

Is your weight minimum with or without the driver?

Then get creative. If you can't afford to buy lead, go to the tire stores in town, and see if they will give you the bucket of used wheel weights by the tire balancer. Weigh out the amount of lead you have to add and figure out a way to put that weight where it will help you the most. You want it low and on the left side of the car. Drill holes in the rocker panel, then melt down the lead and pore it in. Make a form out of 2x4's and cast a plate that you can bolt on the bottom of your racing seat. Put it in the bottom of the vertical tubes of the roll cage.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 284
posted December 11, 2004 07:27 AM  
re~cycling places is where you will find the best places to get lead.those pretty blocks & slabs that racing parts/dealers sell are OVERPRICED."BUY THE SHEET LEAD"the cheapest way is wheel weights,but there is a lotta work involved with it,you must take the "CLIPS" off before melting it,if you leave them on you will have a lead bar you can't drill thru,unless you use a JACKHAMMER.lead also emits fumes that you should'nt breathe,and keep water/liquids away from molton lead unless you want it splashed on you!we use a big "cast iron" skillet to melt in,our mold was made from a piece of I~BEAM capped on both ends.the blocks will fit inside 2x4 tubing,and weigh about 12 lbs each.propane is the cheapest way to melt it,when handeling the molton lead a good set of welding gloves with big gauntlets is a must.back in the late 60's a buddy of mine used a head off of a big block chevy over his left rear,got it at a junk yard for free,cause it was cracked,had holes in it suitable for mounting it to!! above all be safe if you melt your own!!

[This message has been edited by dirttracker98 (edited December 11, 2004).]

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted December 13, 2004 06:42 PM  
Here is a cool idea....

Weld a thick bead in your mold.... ex #36 #07 #14 or BAD BOYS RACING

Then pour the lead in and you get a COOL looking weight

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