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Author Topic:   Spool or gold track ..wich do you prefer ?
posted August 07, 2003 04:39 PM
I have been running a gold track mostly ,but broke diff at last race and put in spool with dfferent gear ...only ran spool for about 30 laps and seamed to push more at mid turn on dry slick,but I am not sure if push was caused because of switching from 5.83 to 5.43 or if it was from gold track to a spool?...anyway I guese what I am trying to find out is ,is it worth the investment building a new gold track diff or would I be better off with spools ,I am still not sure if a spool is the way to go , on the other hand I think with the proper adjustmen and stager spools might be better????any help here?

posted August 08, 2003 03:23 AM
Come on no one has some advice on this subject?

posted August 08, 2003 07:31 AM
i think the spool would not only be more consistant, but more economical in the long run. we run the spool, tryed the Gold Track, did not care for it.

old racer
posted August 08, 2003 02:15 PM
Thanks for the input guys.

posted August 08, 2003 05:47 PM
everyone i know who has ran a goldtrack on pavement late models has them for sale.

a spool is more reliable, consistent.

you probably just needed to add a little stagger when swiching to the spool. that will loosen you on entry and exit.


posted August 08, 2003 09:50 PM
Lockers can faster then a totally locked rearend. You won't take a fast "spool" car, just drop in a locker and start blowing people away. Common changes needed are more LR rebound for the entry and more LR bite (either static or dynamic, depending on the track) for exit. Of course, less stagger.
The less stagger you run, the less tire heat you build in the LR from dragging it. For longer races, they can be a plus just for that reason.
We took a very well developed pavement mod (that was already a winning car) and added locker to it, it was the Gold Trac for QuickChange rearends (they have a different name then Gold Trac, I cant remember it ... Diamond Trac? Tru Trac? Anyways).
Once we made some changes, some of which I mentioned above, we picked up a consistant .10 to .15 a lap over what we could achieve with a locked rear. On a 1/2 mile, we got down to 16.67. The "Super Lates" were in the 16.40's and the stock clip limited lates were in the low 17's that same session for comparison.
When people talk about them being reliable, I'm not sure what the issue is. We ran one in a 9" car for 4 seasons before it needed rebuilt, the quickchange unit ran 1 before going to a super late model team (the same team that sold me the Mod, actually).
The only thing we did differently was run what DPI wanted for lube, the ShockProof Redline.
I don't know if my experience with them has any value for dirt, but on pavement, with proper tuning, I think they are worth the effort.

posted August 08, 2003 11:32 PM
I just inspected the locker it self and the only damage I can find is on the outside where all the shrapnell was ground against it ,I think I will reasemble and put some new gears in a new pumpkin ,as well as build a new spool diff....thanks for all the input guys !this forum is great ,sometimes its hard to get good advice from the local guys,...if you know what I mean.

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