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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 50
posted July 27, 2004 05:53 PM  
i just bought a street stock car. i never have raced and i am needing some help on this
can any one give me some pointers on a camaro set up for a 3/8 mile track slick most of the time, like what size tires to run, the main thing is how do you set up leaf springs,,, thanks guys

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted July 28, 2004 11:53 AM  
Are the springs and shocks in good shape ?
In light of the fact that you have not raced before, I recommend that you concentrate on a basic setup. Either putting some speedway springs or just keep what you've got. You need laps more than fine tuning.
I'll say put a 950 LF spring, 1100 RF, and some 225 pound leafs. You can get 500 different combinations from 500 people. Mount the front sway bar in urethane busings, some stock mount afco or Carerra shocks and some pretty new tires whatever, your rules allow.
If your on dirt put 15 pounds in the left tires and 20 pounds on the right sides. get your toe out 1/4" - 3/8", maybe more if you've got sloppy rubber bushings. 1 degree positive camber in the LF and 3 degrees negative camber in the RF. Caster can be driveable from 2 - 8 degrees. Get the car driveable and stable. There are books and magazine articles that spell out set ups. I see a lot of manufacturers giving recommendations, try them.
As a new driver YOU are going to be the unpredictable factor. Get laps, as you get more comfortable start analyzing what you need the car do better so you can go faster. Make changes one at a time, learn how the car responded to that change. Make another change, go faster....
Have fun with it.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted July 28, 2004 03:25 PM  

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted July 29, 2004 01:04 PM  
I should also have added concerning leaf springs, open the tool box of this very forum, there is an excellent leaf spring section.
And last I highly recommend that you find a mentor, a hot shoe in one of the upper classes at your local track. He / she will be flattered that you admire their skill and knowledge, almost certainly be willing to help you learn the ropes. You still have to do the homework, but a knowledgeable person to clarify thing will help. I pitted for a guy with dirt late models until i was able to get my own car going. Invaluable experience, great friends now, and he can watch the car and me and make suggestions. Imagine having Benny Parsons in your pit after the race to point out what you are doing right / wrong/ better than others/ worse than others. I know i'm a more competent driver now because of his input.
To some it comes naturally, I had to get it one step at a time.


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