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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 37
posted April 08, 2004 10:32 PM  
I was wondering.... I heard that you want to run the largest tire on your RF so it is a pivit point or something. im not running it that way that is why im asking.
I was also wondering if it is ok to have more front stagger then rear. I am running 2" in front and 1 1/4" in rear. The car is a camaro just seeing if anyone had any thing they would try. The track is a 3/8 that i am running on.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 229
posted April 11, 2004 09:13 PM  
Remember that stagger on the front only moves weight, the front is independent suspension, so stagger does not effect steering. However on the rear it will make the car corner better, but lose speed on the straights. Flatter tracks need more rear stagger than a high banked track. I would play with the stagger a little bit until you feel comfortable in the car. I would also play with stagger with the car on the scales, Make sure you document the weight changes so you know what to do at the track.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 112
posted May 20, 2004 09:47 AM  
My question is if your running a front sway bar then you don't have independent suspension correct? so how would front stagger affect the car?

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 569
posted May 20, 2004 12:50 PM  
Even with a sway bar, the front wheels aren't welded together, so they spin independent of each other. Stagger in the rear helps turn the car the same way a dixie cup rolls toward the small end. If you had an open differential, stagger would do nothing in the rear either.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted May 20, 2004 05:36 PM  
17's right on. If you don't / can't have weight jacks, than you can use stagger to move weight. Don't afraid of huge stagger in the front. Remember that 2" of differnece in rool out only equates to .3" of difference in ride height.

Be careful not to go overboard on the rear, if your differential is locked, but you will want staggers that sound really high to the weight jack crowd on the front.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted May 21, 2004 08:21 AM  
I looked through the searches for this topic and I'm not sure if I got it. If you raise the lf or lower the rf it will decrease cross, which will loosen up the car. Is this correct?

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted May 22, 2004 06:10 AM  
i am new to full size cars but when racing karts too much cross would create a push, we would put as much cross as we could until we started pushing then we would backoff of it a little. this is generally speaking. caster, camber, and % would effect how much we could use.


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