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Author Topic:   Camaro Set Up
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 70
posted July 10, 2004 08:26 AM  
Well, I finally got to race my car last night. We had to race up a class with faster cars. We led 7 out of 8 laps in the heat race before the battery cable jumped off (we still finished 2nd). In the feature we were running 3rd and the leader lost a tire and spun back across the track, and we had nowhere to go. Needless to say, my Monte Carlo is junk now (6 months of building wasted on 1 night). My cousin has a 79 camaro with a cage already in it that he says we can have. I was wondering what kind of setups do you guys run on these camaros to make them run. The weight limit is 3300 lbs. Any help would be appreciated.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 265
posted July 10, 2004 11:19 PM  
Try for 200 or 225 for the rear springs. rf 1100 and lf 1200. keep the car off the leafs as much as possible. I mean jack stands as it sits all week, on the jack at the track up until race time etc. try for around 52% rear weight and 54% left. Mount your weight low and as close to the center line of the car as possible.

You can also do a search on camaro setup and find plenty of info on there. Camaro's rear framing tends to rust out but if its good or reinforced well then you should be good to go. Good luck.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 517
posted July 11, 2004 10:07 AM  
I made some supports out of square tubing that I sit on the rearend and slip a bolt through the rear frame of the car to keep the weight off the springs. They were very easy to make and will keep the weight off the car while it sits all week and while its on the trailer.

Smith Racing Team

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 70
posted July 12, 2004 11:32 AM  
Where is a good place to buy those leaf springs?? I have done some searches and the ones I have found are pretty pricey. I know there are some cheaper ones somewhere. I also went and looked at the car this weekend. The rear frame is rusted pretty good. How do you guys go about reinforcing it?? I have had quite a few ideas, just needing to know what works for you guys. Pictures would be nice too. Thanks in advance.

[This message has been edited by C2W (edited July 12, 2004).]

neil rucker
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 799
posted July 12, 2004 08:54 PM  
be prepare to pay 89.00 or so plus tax and or shipping for springs anywhere you get em. used ones will be bout half, but if you have to get em shipped to you, you really arent saving anything. a man told me when i started racing, a guy pays 120.00 bucks for a new tire. he runs it and sells it to you with half tread for 60.00 bucks. now he only has 60.00 bucks invested, and he got the BEST half of the tire. you got to weigh the diffirence. i have made plenty of bad choices , i think everone does.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted July 12, 2004 09:12 PM  
ive gotten my leafs from Jc whitney. havent raced them yet, but they have the nylon inserts etc, and are allready black..

they have

6 leaf 55.00
5 leaf 50.00
4 leaf 60.00
3 leaf 70.00

the prices seem to vary depending on which catalogue etc.

I have a home made rater and rated a
3,4,5 leaf so far.

they are made in mexico.

ratings are at
1,2,3,4, inches of compression.

3 leaf

4 leaf

5 leaf

this is with the rear mount sliding on a flat plate not with a nylon, or brg slider or a shackle. a shackle at diff angles would increase the rate.

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