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Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted December 18, 2005 02:17 AM  
First i must say thanks for all the great info on this board, it is awsome. I am trying to get my first car ready to race and even after searching i have a few questions.
Car is an 82 cutlass.
1st If my rules say no front spring spacers adjustable or not and only non-adjustable in the back; how do i set my initial ride height? Will the length of the springs help with this? And question number 2, should i spend the money to replace all of the suspension and steering bushings first thing? and last of all are the spindle saver's worth the price? Thanks in advance for all the help.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted December 18, 2005 03:52 AM  
Put a 12 inch spring in the front If it is too tall I know some guys cut some off of them.

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 398
posted December 18, 2005 06:16 AM  
Well we use water pump pulleys to adjust ride heights just cut center out and tack them in two places to the spring. As far as the second ? just check all parts for bad parts like a bad balljoint or tie rod end if they are tight and ok just lube them up and use them. If you find a bad bushing replace it but no need for all new because they are going to wear out and get tore up anyways. Remember to always lube all bushings berween each race including drive line. As far as front bearing repack them like ever 4 to5 races.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 126
posted December 18, 2005 07:09 AM  
I think spindle savers are worth the money.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5503
posted December 18, 2005 05:53 PM  
Ok while you guys are on the subject of spindle savers I have a question: I bought some of these last year and they never seemed to fit my spindles quite right. I know you'll say my spindles are bent, but this wasn't the problem: when I would install them the castle nut would sit up to far and block the hole in the balljoints for the cotter key. Am I doing something wrong? I've since reamed the holes a few times to clean them up and the balljoint sits a little higher, but I still don't think it would fit on their without milling down the bottom of the nut. Anyone else run into this?

As far as replacement stuff - I'd recommend you run what you have (as long as it isn't totally worn out) at least the first part of the season. That way you won't have such a big time and money investment into the car in case you don't like racing and also, it's very possible you'll whack the wall your first time out and tear up your expensive components. Buy yourself a balljoint press and taper reamer when you decide to start doing front end work - they are both worth the money!

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