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Author Topic:   Stabilier bar question
ss27
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 47
posted January 16, 2005 04:07 PM  
1982 Mustang
Pros and con on running or not running the front stabilizer bar.


rnoswal53
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted January 16, 2005 05:42 PM  
I think you can run with one but you have to run softer coils up front. Usually a dirt car doesn't run any because they want the car body to roll over to the right side to put more weight on that side. Too stiff up front and you will have a car that pushes pretty bad. A friend of mine kept his sway bars on front and rear and his mustang did handle pretty good. He said he could turn it down in the corner under other drivers. I was always for the softest setup you could get away with on my Toyota. Weight transfer was easier without the swaybars, but that was on a 3/8 mile track with pretty good banking. Maybe it is different on other tracks, but most guys don't use them.

Russ

b4racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 626
posted January 16, 2005 09:12 PM  
you can make the sway bar adjustable and makes for that much more help if you do have a problem. like was said stay with soft front springs though. Bobby

ss27
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 47
posted January 17, 2005 06:50 PM  
I had 300# springs with a sway bar, changed them to 800 & 700. Keep the sway bar are not?

rnoswal53
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted January 18, 2005 05:14 AM  
The best way is to try both. Compare your times to a car that has the opposite setup. I know changing springs can be a pain, but changing during a couple of practice days and getting a feel for what you like and the fastest lap times for you is of course the way to go. Most of the racers I know disconnect or get rid of the sway bars altogether. You want a soft suspensioned car and one that will transfer weight to the right side when going through the corners.

You are always going to get the one or two people that swear by their swaybars, but the other 99 percent don't use them, on dirt that is. On asphalt you want the left side to work for you in the corners. That is why the NASCAR guys are going with huge numbered rr springs, thick front swaybars and soft springs up front. None of that will work on most dirt tracks. The thinking about dirt racing is to use the front left tire more and more, but you still need to get as much weight as you can get on the right rear without causing a push. Most are looking for the car to roll over off the fr spring and back so the car sets on the rr.

There are many ways to set up your car, but most stay pretty close and make small variations from that. You don't mecessarily need to put a bunch of weight over the right rear either. More weght equals a slower car. Get the car to transfer the weight instead.

Russ

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