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kenyan helm
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted April 16, 2003 11:42 PM  
I have a 1986 trans am with a 350. I want to run it as a bomber on a high bank 1/4 mile track. Need ideas on how to set up to keep it on the track without spinning out all the time. Also are they good cars on the dirt track?

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 17, 2003 01:15 AM  
Hi, I run a 86' camaro. Be sure your track allows 101" wheel base cars, some dont. These cars are quite an experence, they are weak, and they do handle good. I run Z-28 springs and sway bars. I relocated the right front strut, by drilling the 3 mounting bolt holes 3/4" closer to the engine. Dont lower the car, tires will rub anyway. Get a strut tower brace, or make one, a strait pipe accross will clear most everything. I dont think you will have a problem spinning out, but getting the rear weight up will be tuff. This is my 2nd year with this car, but I will answer all the questions I can. What are you running for a Tranny? Do a search in the forum for 3rd gen camaro, I have had discusions with people about setting these up.
Good Luck.

kenyan helm
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted April 19, 2003 12:03 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by jnewman44:
Hi, I run a 86' camaro. Be sure your track allows 101" wheel base cars, some dont. These cars are quite an experence, they are weak, and they do handle good. I run Z-28 springs and sway bars. I relocated the right front strut, by drilling the 3 mounting bolt holes 3/4" closer to the engine. Dont lower the car, tires will rub anyway. Get a strut tower brace, or make one, a strait pipe accross will clear most everything. I dont think you will have a problem spinning out, but getting the rear weight up will be tuff. This is my 2nd year with this car, but I will answer all the questions I can. What are you running for a Tranny? Do a search in the forum for 3rd gen camaro, I have had discusions with people about setting these up.
Good Luck.

Thanks for the reply. I am running a powerglide for the tranny. I haven't decided if I will run the ford 9" or the 12 bolt for a rear end. Also what kind of gear do you fun?

jnewman44
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 83
posted April 19, 2003 12:19 PM  
Mounting the Torque link bar with a powerglide could be tricky, some guys put a plate on the end and bolt the plate to the floor pan, at the right pinion angle. Mounting the torque link to a 9" might be tricky too. I run a 4 speed and a 10 bolt 3.42 rear,(2nd gear). On a 4 speed the torque link can be mounted to where the shifter mounts on the tranny, and use a lever shifter.

racer9
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 33
posted May 24, 2003 10:09 PM  
I agree with racer17. The newer trans ams are fast but are weak in the front. I would definetly fo with the 9" rearend too. I also run a GM 3 speed tranny in high gear with 6.50 in the rearend

towmandan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted May 25, 2003 12:16 AM  
You better do a lot of rule searching and even have a real good talk to the tech man at your track because if you get away from the stock trans and rear end you have a problem with torque arm mounts alot of tracks wont allow anything adjustable in the torque arm mounts and some places state original mounts..And from what Ive seen these cars do pretty well which gets others crying and officials to start looking and Id hate for you to spend the money on a car you cant run any where......Towman

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