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51racing
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 13, 2004 06:54 AM  
For the second week in a row, I had problems with the handling of my car. This week I had a new set of stock replacement shocks in my metric malibu, it weighs 3220 with me. The car was great for the first half of the feature (I didn't drive hot laps or the heat race and I couldn't get any useable info out of the driver) but about the midway point, coming out of the corner either up high or down low, the front end started bouncing all over the place. Going down the straights it was still bouncing as I had the weight up off the front wheels. It was kind of a rocking motion, back and forth between both sides. No sway bar in the car. 1200 pound spring in the right and stock spring in the left. I assume this may be causing some of the problem, but was setup this way by a friend and it has been pretty good up until the last 2 weeks.
My first guess was that my shocks are getting too hot as it happens at the midway point. Does this make any sense, or does anyone have another idea?

jay116
Dirt Freak

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posted September 13, 2004 04:15 PM  
I put new rear shocks on my car and blew the right rear out in one night, replaced it with a better shock and it has been fine since. Did you pull the shock off and push it in and out to check it?

Ego Racing
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posted September 13, 2004 06:44 PM  
We had them getting HOT and going soft. Let them cool down and they would be good again. Check them after the race and see if they are hot to the touch, They should be warm but if they could burn you there is somthing wrong. Either the wrong type of shocks or the wrong shock all together.

cd2
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 13, 2004 07:38 PM  
51racing,what brand of shock & where did you get them? cd2

51racing
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 14, 2004 05:56 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by cd2:
51racing,what brand of shock & where did you get them? cd2


They were new this week as I had the same problem last week. They are a Napa special, I don't know much about them really. They are just factory replacement shocks since that's what my rules say I have to run.

cd2
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 14, 2004 10:49 AM  
51racing,check with napa & see if they have a heavy duty shock for a pickup that will work on your car.They should have a larger piston & a little more fluid, this will help on the shock fade deal. cd2

Ego Racing
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posted September 14, 2004 11:09 AM  
Buy some racing specific shocks! Even the stock style are better than factory replacements.

51racing
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 14, 2004 12:33 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by Ego Racing:
Buy some racing specific shocks! Even the stock style are better than factory replacements.


That's what I was considering, even though it's less than legal I don't want to keep throwing away money on shocks even if they are cheap. I was looking at some afco's in daymotorsports catalog, and thinking I'd peel the stickers and paint them blue like the factory ones I have. Is there any easy way for someone to tell the difference?

Flanndad
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posted September 14, 2004 01:37 PM  
Does your rule say stock mount shocks or stock shocks?
The racing stock mount shocks don't look any different.
They will help alot, I would buy them.

You also could have somebody else check with the tech person.

51racing
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 14, 2004 02:40 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by Flanndad:
Does your rule say stock mount shocks or stock shocks?
The racing stock mount shocks don't look any different.
They will help alot, I would buy them.

You also could have somebody else check with the tech person.



Here is how they read: I guess it is somewhat of a gray area as it says original equipment type.

SUSPENSION:
Suspension must be stock. No racing springs or racing shocks.. 1 shock per wheel. Original equipment type only mounted in stock position. No spacers allowed.

I-B-RACIN
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 14, 2004 04:18 PM  
get a set of carrera's from speedway there a 50/50 hydrolic bigger body but still a stock mount. I'v run all the ones from napa and nun will hold up to the 1200 rate spring. ran the carrer's for two full seasons sold the car and they run them yet this year. Its never fun to rock like a boat...

wermm
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 14, 2004 06:14 PM  
Bilstien's have a Chevy part # on them and will help a ton! Should be able to pass your oem only rule

I-B-RACIN
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 14, 2004 06:21 PM  
i ran bilstein for a year also they work good but they are a little stiff if the track gets rough they also cost more

51racing
Dirt Maniac

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posted September 15, 2004 06:10 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by wermm:
Bilstien's have a Chevy part # on them and will help a ton! Should be able to pass your oem only rule


Do you have a part number on them, and where could I find some?

JRB13
Dirt Forum Racer

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posted September 15, 2004 02:28 PM  
BILSTEINS CAME STOCK ON 94 AND NEWER S-10 AND S/T BLAZERS. THEY ALSO CAME ON LATE 80'S SS MONTE CARLOS.

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