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elgentry
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted April 24, 2005 08:11 AM  
Got my car built and ran for first time last night, came in third out of eight. The car is a stock 71 Nova running 255/70/15 tires, the track is a high bank 1/4 mile clay. The car handles great on heat race but the track is a dry slick for feature. The car is tight in and loose out. Going to try some lead. Any other ideas?

justin
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 263
posted April 24, 2005 10:06 AM  
Sounds like you may need to increase your cross weight some. What are your weight %'s? How much stagger (front and rear)? Post some more info about your car and we'll be able to tell for sure.

Justin

racer17j
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Total posts: 5390
posted April 24, 2005 10:48 AM  
Like said more info needed, I ran a 73 Nova but i liked it on the loose side. Eddie

Steve Dupree
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posted April 24, 2005 04:12 PM  
Well i am sure these guys can help with more info but i know are first time on the track i dont think anything but seat time would have helped. If you are a driver and this is first time for the car on the track then pay no attention to this. But if you are new there are ways of driving that can change the handling of your car. With the car tight in sounds to me like you were driving it in to hard and loose off could be just not treating that throttle like an egg shell.

elgentry
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted April 25, 2005 06:02 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by justin:
Sounds like you may need to increase your cross weight some. What are your weight %'s? How much stagger (front and rear)? Post some more info about your car and we'll be able to tell for sure.

Justin


Will have to weigh the car one tire at a time. total weight is 3960 lbs. What is the stagger?


Thanks Eddie

petordragon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted April 25, 2005 03:43 PM  
stagger is the circumfrence of 1 tire compared to the one opposite side of the car effects the handling of the car drasticaly.

elgentry
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted April 26, 2005 06:09 AM  
zero stagger. still have to weigh the car.

The Vanburen Rocket 22
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted April 30, 2005 09:46 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by Steve Dupree:
Well i am sure these guys can help with more info but i know are first time on the track i dont think anything but seat time would have helped. If you are a driver and this is first time for the car on the track then pay no attention to this. But if you are new there are ways of driving that can change the handling of your car. With the car tight in sounds to me like you were driving it in to hard and loose off could be just not treating that throttle like an egg shell.
I dont know about that, I have never been in a race car in the last 11 years that pushed more the harder i dove it in! I run tight setups and i bury the car in the corners,if I go in easy then it pushes. His exit problem is do to his push coming in to the corner,like you all were saying.Many things can fix the problem, but need more info!


racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 30, 2005 01:09 PM  
good lord put that sucker on a diet you could lose 1000# of it pretty ez that may fix your problems right there

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