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jmfosnaught
Member
posted October 15, 2003 11:54 PM
how does front tire stagger effect a cars entry. example: will too much stagger cause a car to turn going in or could that cause a push?

*what changes can i make to the front of the car to help it get in better. what i mean is, i dont want to change the rear at all... the car rolls over in the center and comes off great. i would like to correct the problem without changing anything in the rear, so what effects the car from entry to center?

[This message has been edited by jmfosnaught (edited October 16, 2003).]

outlawstock17
Member
posted October 16, 2003 06:15 AM
anything you do to the front will affect the rear as well. stagger on the front will tighten the car up and reverse stagger on the front will loosen it up.


Flanndad
Member
posted October 16, 2003 06:48 AM
Can you cut your lower A frames?

This is only for the left front.
I picked up a extra set to try something, I was told to cut a 1/2" strip out of the A frame between the spring and the ball joint.
Then when you reweld it move the ball joint back a 1/4" (toward the rear of the car).
This is suppose to help the steering.
Along with being able to give you positive caster

Has anyone done this with any good affect?

ctfarm
Member
posted October 16, 2003 07:59 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Flanndad:
Can you cut your lower A frames?

This is only for the left front.
I picked up a extra set to try something, I was told to cut a 1/2" strip out of the A frame between the spring and the ball joint.
Then when you reweld it move the ball joint back a 1/4" (toward the rear of the car).
This is suppose to help the steering.
Along with being able to give you positive caster

Has anyone done this with any good affect?


Moving the lower balljoint towards the rear will give you negative caster.To get the car to turn left,try putting more positive caster on the right,may use a little softer rt spring or softer shock,less rt wheel offset.

Flanndad
Member
posted October 16, 2003 09:43 AM
If I'm not mistaken don't you want positve caster on the left side and negative on the right side.
Cutting the half inch strip out of the a frame will pull the wheel in at the bottom helping you get positive caster.

And won't moving the ball joint backwards help with the camber setting, this will also help the Ackerman steering also.

I may have the caster and camber terms backwards.

jmfosnaught
Member
posted October 16, 2003 10:32 AM
another good point was brought up. ackerman steer. can some explain in detail the best way to acheive a good bit of ackerman steer?


RangeRover
Member
posted October 16, 2003 12:53 PM
I did a stock metric front end this year.
The car has 2" drop metric spindles with
taller upper and lower balljoints. In order
to get the proper caster we offset the upper
balljoints. The left side upper joint was
located forward from the stock location
and the right side joint was offset toward
the rear. Then we replaced the stock studs
at the upper a-arm mounts with longer bolts.
Offsetting the balljoints this way makes
your shim stacks more even (I use washers
not shims). Left caster is +1 and Right is
+4.


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