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Author Topic:   how much ackerman??
posted June 22, 2003 02:10 PM
So you're saying when you turn the wheels the right front turns more than the left front? I'd prolly set it up so it turne them about the same rate on the dirt.

posted June 23, 2003 02:18 AM
I've read some articles lately where the pavement racers are getting away from running any ackerman.
Let me suggest something : Set your wheels straight ahead, zero toe, and push it around a sharp corner.
Then toe them in 1/2", push it again.
Then toe them out 1/2" and do it once last time. (btw, you may want to put the rear on a jack or pull a drive plate off or the locked rear won't let you feel what a big difference there is).
The car sure likes the static toe out in sharp turning situations. If the front wheels have some ackerman when you countersteer, it helps quite a bit too.
Thats the way I have always felt about ackerman, that you basically get some "free" toe out when you need it (the more the wheels are turned, the more ackerman you get). I believe it works better on tighter sharper tracks then faster larger radius corners. People who drive dirt like pavement probably don't need as much as people who back it in more.
I run a kinda tight 3/8's, and I run a ton of ackerman....
my .02 cents

posted June 24, 2003 09:38 PM
yes the right front does turn more. from the steve smith books it looks like the left should turn a couple of degrees more than the right, but how do we fix this, or what improvements will be seen? thank you

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