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Author Topic:   best all around suspension
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 151
posted November 28, 2005 03:20 PM  
i have been around racing for quite a while. I drove a simple 3 link and was pretty lucky with it. Then all this 4 bar wazoo stuff cam out. i stuck with the 3 link made some minor changes and agian was competative and was lucky enough to win once or twice a year. this last season we decided to do the whole mokey see monkey do and played with the 4 bar, no matter what i did i could not drive that dang car, and some nights it was down right embarassing. I came to terms years ago that i was not a "good driver", but rather an average driver who just loves to do what he can. So in that respect im going back to what works for me, a car that is just consistant enough to keep me out of trouble, now with that said what do you experts recomend a leaf or a 3 link? I heard a leaf car is very dependable, and even placed well at boone.

Fastride 38
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 138
posted November 28, 2005 03:31 PM  
I perfer a swing arm three link myself. It seems to be a dependable competitive suspension. I started driving modifieds with a mono-leaf car and if I was going to choose between the two(from experience)I would go with a three link.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted November 28, 2005 08:42 PM  
The best all-around suspension is one you know how to adjust to all track conditions!!!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 118
posted November 29, 2005 04:42 AM  
We like a leaf setup for easy adjusting and strength. You can make them do anything with very simple adjustments. ours is a 2005 FR1 from Racemart.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 291
posted November 29, 2005 06:20 AM  
as an idea to consider, you might think about a WT Harris mod. It is setup like a three link but instead of trailing arms they use half leafs on each side. With this setup, you still tune the car like a 3 link, but with half leafs, able to wrap up the car bites and hooks up like a 4 bar.
Easy to set up uses a jbar, and two half leafs instead of trailing arms. If you can tune your 3 link and feel comfortable with that, then the same things would apply to the WT Harris but the advantage would be having the forward bite of a 4 bar. Something to consider......

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 763
posted November 29, 2005 06:29 AM  
I think you answered your own question when you said, " So in that respect im going back to what works for me".

Sure different configurations have their strong points in certain conditions but if it doesn't gel with the driver it's not going to do any good. Your 2/3links are an all around multipurpose deal. The z-links produce little rollsteer and are good for tracks that get rough and or have bite in them. A 4bar will produce good bite and make lots of rollsteer but you really need to get up on the bars to make one truly work.

I've learned myself that I struggle with a zlink. The 4bar is more my type on most nights.

Suspensions are a lot like women! Sometimes ya just need to sample all of them to find out what works best for you.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 822
posted November 29, 2005 06:43 AM  
4-Bar cars arnt hard to drive, the magic is in the throttle pedal.

There are alot of fast guys that run 2-Links, swings or spring on housings. No shame in it.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 382
posted November 29, 2005 10:19 AM  
Never shame in a suspension that takes matter if its wishbone, dogbone, or

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 204
posted November 29, 2005 02:30 PM  
The best suspension is the one you can figure out and make work for yourself. One guys perfect set-up is another guys nightmare.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 151
posted November 30, 2005 03:41 PM  
thanx for the replys guys

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 205
posted December 03, 2005 11:19 PM  
go with what ya know
but for a variety, the next xar ya get, i would try and have standard 3link mounts plus the 3link swingarm style (2link as some call it)

roger rabbit
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted December 04, 2005 10:47 AM  
always ran three link in my mod. ran good. i didnt have to work so hard at changes with track conditions , with 4 bar set up it was continually changing trying to keep the car rite. all the trick stuff wont do anything for you if your not sure howe to use it. for every action there is a reaction. what do you really need your car to do for you? is it loose in ? or are you getting it loose to turn cuz its actually tight? use your foot more than your tools.

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