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Old 08-15-2006, 08:38:45 PM   #1
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Drag Race Suspension Setup Opinions...

I was originally going to 4-link the car, but I've decided that I might run in a cheap street type class next year, so that calls for stock type suspension. The car is a 76 Camaro with a 101mm turbocharger, and a 400 small block. It should make around 1200 at the rear wheels. Here's what I'm thinking for running in the back:

Strange Bolt in 9" rear with 35 spline axles (their drag race setup)
Calvert Split Mono Leaf Springs
Cal-tracs
Some good adjustable shocks (suggestions here would be great)
and either 28x12.50 ET Streets, or some Drag Radials around the same size...

Does that sound like it's enough??? I know it's going to be hard to get the power to the ground, but I'm restricted by the class rules.

If you wouldn't go this route, what would you guys recommend????

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Old 08-15-2006, 10:36:24 PM   #2
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Getting that much HP hooked up is Waaaayy outta my league. Hell I'm fighting 800 and a 4link car and having troubles!
Is this class like NMCA and NHRA where you can add to the stock suspension, but the stock components must be in place? Lots of stock legal cars are running ladder bar / floaters and double adjustable Koni's hanging beside the stock springs.
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Old 08-15-2006, 11:11:40 PM   #3
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Getting that much HP hooked up is Waaaayy outta my league. Hell I'm fighting 800 and a 4link car and having troubles!
Is this class like NMCA and NHRA where you can add to the stock suspension, but the stock components must be in place? Lots of stock legal cars are running ladder bar / floaters and double adjustable Koni's hanging beside the stock springs.

That's about right... I know the rules limit the turbo to 88mm, but to run it all I would have to do is unbolt the 101, and bolt up an 88.... There's another class that limits it to 91, so I haven't decided on that yet... Thanks for your help Marv...

No Wheelie Bars, or scoops
No Multi-Stage Power Adders including Nitrous
No air to water intercoolers

Tires:
10.5 Max Tire size slicks- no "w" Tires
Any size radial tire allowed.

Fuel: No alcohol allowed.

Engine Rules:
limited to cast intakes with EFI or Single Carburetor only.
Only conventional heads will be allowed- No Big Dukes, Big Chief, Yates Etc.
Superchargers limited to Pro Charger F-2 or Vortech XX
Turbo limited to 88mm

Body:
Stock frame rails must remain in stock location. Rear frame rails may be notched for tire clearence.
Full Body Passenger Car with working headlights, taillights.
Stock Type suspensions only
Mini tubing allowed

Interior:
Two Seats, Factory Dash, and Working Side Windows

Exhaust:
all cars must have full exhaust, no slip in or collector mufflers.



All rule will be evaluated after the completion of the 2nd race and adjusted as needed.


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WEIGHT LIMITS
SB min 3100
BB min 3300
Add 200lbs for V8 supercharged cars.
Add 100 lbs for Ladder bar and coil over shocks in rear
Deduct 300lbs for naturally aspirated combos
2600lbs for any import.

8.50 Safety cut off will be enforced.
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:08:51 PM   #4
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I would see if you cant run leaf springs with ladder bars & not take the 100Lb weight hit. then move the shocks inboard with double adjustables & hammer the crap out of the wheelwells for the biggest drag radial you can get.

it might be a trick getting the right spring, but I think after you scale it, a pro should be able to get you the right spring.

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Old 08-16-2006, 02:59:54 PM   #5
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From the list you made IMHO you will have exactly what you need. Even with a 295-65 or 315-60 Drag Radial the only trouble I see will be keeping from ripping the back bumper off the thing.
As far as shocks, I would start with an inexpensive 3 way like chassis eng. or even a Summit brand 3 way. You may end up needing a higher dollar set but why spend the $$$ if you dont need to ? I run a set of Carrara 3 ways that I bought real cheep from a roundy-round parts guy, they seem to work great - at lower H.P. levals anyway.........
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Old 08-17-2006, 12:20:12 AM   #6
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Well I've decided to go that route Z... I'm gonna run a Strange 9" with calvert split mono's and cal-tracs... Then I'm gonna stuff a big drag radial under it.... I've already got CE shocks, so we'll see how they work... If it hooks like that, I'll be super pleased...

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Old 08-17-2006, 10:05:34 AM   #7
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Power Management is the Art and Science of that kind of Class,

come check out www.factorystreet.com FSTA Racing,
Stock Style Suspension,

and Clash of the Titans
http://theclashofthetitans.com/
Cheap Street

I think TT5 in Texas has a class for you as well, but you might already know this,

Let me know if you want to come down to Central Texas or the Houston area for an event.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:21:41 AM   #8
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That's what I was plannin on runnin was the clash cheap street...

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Old 08-21-2006, 11:42:55 AM   #9
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Another thing to consider is weight transfer. You want ALOT of stored energy and good travel in the front. I'd also get every ounce of weight possible off the front. If you get to where you're dragging the back bumper then worry about keeping it down some! lol
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:42:04 PM   #10
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I'd run a lakewood chrome $45.00 slapper bar and whatever leaf spring the junk yard has.
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:26:44 AM   #11
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I'd run a lakewood chrome $45.00 slapper bar and whatever leaf spring the junk yard has.


That, and your "top secret" front end tricks!
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:33:15 AM   #12
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I'd run a lakewood chrome $45.00 slapper bar and whatever leaf spring the junk yard has.
I'd expect that coming from you Troy!!
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:52:00 PM   #13
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Yeah - that's funny! Very funny!
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