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posted April 07, 2003 02:30 PM
alright guys, i am running a 78 nova with a pontiac engine on a 1/3 high bank track. min weight is 3500. right now i am running 1100RF 1000LF 200RR 225LR. i have about 350lbs. of lead in it now and i'm right at min weight. i have about 250 mounted on the left rear and about 100 on the right rear.
the car pushes getting in and is loose off. i dont have access to scales to check crossweight but i was thinkin of moving some weight from the RR to the LR. do you guys agree with this? i thought that going to a 1200RF spring might help too. which should i try first?

posted April 07, 2003 03:26 PM
it feels like the right rear is doing all the work. there is too much side bite going in that the car does not want to come around, then about mid corner the car starts to come around and is loose off. it is so bad in fact that that 4 laps from the end i was black flagged for having a left rear flat and i had no idea cause i wasnt even using that tire. you guys still feel my thinking is wrong?

posted April 07, 2003 09:50 PM
I would say it is your front springs. i run a camaro and had this same problem. I went to a 800# 1000# split in the front and it was like night and day.... what about shock valving too... I would start with the springs though, it is probably gonna help.

posted April 17, 2003 04:04 PM
Definately get the car scaled and find out your %'s. If your not able to scale the car, try increasing your cross a little bit at a time. Generally, increasing your cross will loosen you up on entry and tighten you on exit.


posted April 17, 2003 07:42 PM
i went to the last race and decided that i needed to move some weight around. before i went to the track i moved 60 lbs from the right rear to the left rear. i could not believe the difference in hot laps the car did not push getting in but was a little loose off. so for the heat i took 20 lbs off the right rear the car was awsome. thanks for the help guys.

posted April 18, 2003 10:10 PM
I realize that you made some changes at the track and it worked out for you, but....I have some advice for your. Listen to what almost everybody said here, get the car on the scales! Last year was my first year, and all I was interested in was making the car faster, NOW! I didn't spend enough time understanding why the changes I made did what they did. Understanding this will help you in the long run.

Get the car on the scales. Then whenever you make a change, put back on! That way you can understand what your actually changing. Don't get caught up in going faster. I know that's hard to do. But going faster, year after year, is what you really want.

Isn't it?


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