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Scottt
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted May 09, 2005 10:48 PM  
I know this topic has been discussed before but I can't find it doing a search.

I bought a Hobby Stock and the frame is not cross braced......Car was run 1 year and had some feature wins.

Do I cross brace it or leave it alone and try it?

If I cross brace it what is everyone using for bracing? I have talked to a few people at the track and everyone seems to be using different stuff from 1 1/2" pipe to 1 1/4" DOM pipe. Some said the new way to do it is to use 1" x 2" square tubing. Some are just X'ing the frame and some are X'ing and running another bar under the seat from the X to the frame.

Advantages or disadvantages??

Thanks

I am new to racing if you couldn't tell lol

sideways
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 715
posted May 10, 2005 03:09 PM  
Everyone has a different preference,but I will say this pipe is measured in I.D. and tube(what roll cages are made of)is measured in O.D.Do not get the 2 confused when talking to these guys or they will correct you fast.lol There was a very good article on this in Stock Car Racing or Circle Track by Sleepy Gomez.Very good reading.If this is your first time in the car I dont think you will tell a difference either way.Turn laps and have a good time.Then add some tube and try it.And most of all welcome to the racing family!!!!!!!

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted May 10, 2005 06:06 PM  
heres mine. 1.25 tubing. http://www.thedirtforum.com/ubb/uploads/o5racer/merticx.jpg

Nick

Scottt
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted May 10, 2005 11:18 PM  
Thanks all

I will run it the way it is and see what happens.

It already has the 1x2 square tubing for a cross member

sideways
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 715
posted May 11, 2005 08:06 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by o5racer:
heres mine. 1.25 tubing. http://www.thedirtforum.com/ubb/uploads/o5racer/merticx.jpg

Nick


I like 5 cool,l;ike the tranny mount as well.We cant X or frames so we get creative.lol


Kent
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 102
posted May 13, 2005 05:30 PM  
Here is a point for you to ponder on - My first car I built I put in x bracing out of 1x3" rectangular tubing. The next car I built I worked with an oldtimer that really knew his stuff and one of the things he taught me was that the roll cage and associated tubing braces the car in the same way as x bracing but from above. My car is awsome and I have no chassis flex and am happy with it. Also access to the tranny is alot easier! Good Luck!

    

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