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gahainsey
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posted July 06, 2004 05:57 AM  
Our track (Bedford, PA) just outlawed springs spacers or shims in our Hobby Class. I am looking for some input and thoughts from you all about this rule. The reason they gave was to make the cars 'not like race cars' and to save money. The springs must also match dimensions and height side to side. What do you think??

mansfief
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posted July 06, 2004 07:11 AM  
If you don't have a race car, what is it then. I would go to a different track even if I had to drive more miles.

bobaluuu
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posted July 06, 2004 06:54 PM  
part of it depends on where your hobby class really is in the class heirarchy. our hobby cars are 2nd up and street stocks are third up with a pure street 1st up. I think hobbies should have that restriction, just as the pure streets cant have racin shocks or springs(supposedly). Our street stocks cant have panard bars or traction control devices. thats left up to the thunder cars who cant run a rack and pinion like the latemodels. there has to be some clear distinction between classes. What bothers me is tracks(and yes mine is one of them) that never ck or enforce safety rules of any kind but will ck carbs with a mag glass. A local driver was killed this wkend when his
car struck the motor grader parked over the edge of a turn. this trk will probably close and a family will be without because safety was not given the proper priority.

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racer17j
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posted July 06, 2004 08:16 PM  
I personally think it stinks. If you junk yard hop to get the correct spring weights and such you will go to the same expense and risk your life getting those things out. Find another track my friend.

neil rucker
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posted July 06, 2004 09:27 PM  
bobaluu, i heard about hayes sunday night at rome, ga. speedway. he was killed at arkadelphia, alabama friday night when the excellerator hung open. our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. neil

gahainsey
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posted July 08, 2004 05:50 AM  
I will have to give Bedford credit on their safety inspection. A highly qualified tech inspector checks the cage, seat mounting, and belts. He also inspects throttle linkage, fuel cell and lines. If your car is not right you do not race until it is fixed period. A lot of people complain about this, but if you can't race safe, don't race is the track's philosophy. Personally I am glad to see them do the inspections.

bigcityracer
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posted July 08, 2004 07:15 PM  
Add a sway bar back on and use it for wedge.

racer17j
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posted July 08, 2004 08:55 PM  
Our rules are funny, they just say no "steel" spring spacers, took about 5 minutes for me to make some aluminum ones, lol. I love loopholes. But to me a spacer should be allowed if it is attached somehow and non adjustable. It just adds expense till you get the right combination if you have to keep swapping springs to get where you want to be. Also make sure what the rule means, ours was written to not allow a spacer between the coils, one on top or bottom was ok. So even though it says that, I later found out I could put anything I wanted on top or bottom, just not in between. How is that for dumb? lol

neil rucker
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posted July 11, 2004 01:55 PM  
what kind of spacer are you going to put in the spring (not on the bottom or top) that is safe? what effect does this have on the way the spring works and its rate? everyone knows the answers to this. your right about the rule , it IS stupid!

Mikey14
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posted July 14, 2004 10:11 AM  
neil,

I think he's talking about spring rubbers.

neil rucker
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posted July 14, 2004 07:37 PM  
i misunderstood. sorry guys.

    

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