posted April 13, 2003 02:09 PM
The biggest disadvantage to racing is trying to get an advantage.....it's a money thing.
Spending money where it is needed and most useful is important.
Look at what brands of tires your other racers are using. I bet you will see a brand that will come into play more than others. Tires are a funny thing to figure out and what works best on your track with your car. There are lot of tire softening tricks to do to tires,but if your track does not turn into a dry slick,you may be okay.
Shocks are a very important item,and I would look into racing shocks for at least the front. A sponsor here on thedirtforum,Day,has fairly good prices and racing shocks. Monroe does make a racing street stock shock,but have had not much feedback on them.
Something that is important to any race car is percentages. You have to have a baseline to start with. Even with street stocks,your front and rear weight,and crossweights do matter. If you can,get that car on a set of scales. If you think no one else in your class hasn't scaled their car,think again.
I like tight front ends. Meaning I spend a little extra time and money in making sure my tie rod ends,ball joints,and bearings are all in working order.
With these other full frame cars,especially on ruff dirt tracks,make sure the lower rear control arms are not tearing themselves away from the frame mounts. Some addition welding may be required in this area. There are some real good posts about a month back about what to do to lower control arms to make them work for you.