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Author Topic:   Staggering?
kbrotha13
Member
posted May 07, 2003 09:41 AM
You guys talk quite a bit about staggering and I heard something about wheel spacers? What exactly is really staggering? What are some easy ways of actually setting up a stagger when already out on the racetrack? For example when its wet during the heats and dry during the feature. Also where could I find some wheel spacers? One more thing, I race in the figure 8 and would staggering actually hurt me in the straights?

Thanks,
Rick

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vosevichs
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posted May 15, 2003 07:00 PM
Check out this article http://www.circletrack.com/techarticles/88278/

Don't think you'd want any stagger since your turning both left and right

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racer17j
Member
posted May 15, 2003 10:27 PM
stagger on a figure 8 car will hurt you will want the same offset and size tires on bolth sides stagger adds weight to a corner of the car helping it turn left the only thing wheel spacers of offset wheels would do for you is to widen the stance of the car thats about it from the figure 8's i've seen you weant to be as close to balanced left and right as possible and as much tail weight as you can not sure about where your racing but here they make the track so wet and sloppy to keep the speeds down they can hardly get going. biggest thing handleing wise on those cars ar camber settings


c21
Member
posted May 16, 2003 11:32 AM
I will agree with racer17j on "symetrical" set-up for a figure 8 car ..... though I might add that I have had a few conversations with figure 8 champs who felt they had an advantage favoring one direction (make most of their passes on the right turn, etc.) particularly when one turn might be a little different (in terms of shape, size or banking) from the other.

also keep in mind that driveshaft torque characteristics are opposite for the right hand turn (might call for slightly less than 50 cross? or different compression valving on the rears?).

This is of course stuff you consider after sorting out all of the other issues of racing the 8 (maybe wait 'till next season)..... so to start, I would keep both sides the same.

c21

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