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Blu Dawg
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posted 10-08-2001 06:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blu Dawg   Click Here to Email Blu Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone using ladderbars right now, and full exhaust???????????? I really need to keep my car quite, while I also need to improve the short times a little!!!!

Any ideas

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-08-2001 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M Bluedawg ! Tell us more about your car and what you intend to do with it. Ladder bars are NOT a good idea for the street and are NOT effective without a floater.

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Blu Dawg
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posted 10-08-2001 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blu Dawg   Click Here to Email Blu Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My car is a '68 coupe. I have a 351 stroker with ported Brodix t-1's. Dynoed 490 hp,on the motor and 700hp on the nitrous. I have run a best of 11.40 on the motor and have recently gotten the nitrous lined out and am tring it out. With the nitrous, the car spinns like crazy, still running a 10.60.

I have modified rear spring and some old slappers. Bat. in the back. On the motor I have run a best short time of 1.601, and on the nitrous was a 1.55 ( and yes that was spinning like crazy). I am so worried about screwing up something that is allready working pretty good, just not good enough

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-08-2001 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Easy one here now. Cal-Tracks will give you all of the traction and weight transfer you can handle with otherwise basic stock suspension.

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Alex Denysenko
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Blu Dawg
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posted 10-09-2001 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blu Dawg   Click Here to Email Blu Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well that is one thing, I was going to put coil overs on with the ladder bars. I was told by some other persons that the caltrax bars would be good on a car in the 10 sec. range but not for any faster, and that you would need to buy spec. springs, and all corner Hal adj. shocks. That would put me over $1000 going with the cal-trax.

What is it about the ladder bars that you don't like for the street? I am going to try to put this puppy well into the 9's!!!

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Blu Dawg
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posted 10-09-2001 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blu Dawg   Click Here to Email Blu Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
also, the four-link is a kind of clunky setup for street driving, and there are alot of rod ends to were out, and replace.

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n2oMike
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posted 10-09-2001 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
4-links work a LOT better on the street than ladder bars. With ladder bars, anytime one wheel moves up or down, and the other does not, the suspension is in a bind. Ladder bars are designed for BOTH rear wheels to move up and down together. They just don't work independently. They are put in an automatic bind anytime they are forced to work independently. Major bumps and all can easily bend brackets and housings.

A 4-link allows for a bit more independent motion, and is thus more friendly on the street.

For a bit more "give" with either setup, special rod-ends with polyurethane bushings can be used. These ladder bars and 4-link setups are available from Chris Alstons Chassisworks.

Try
www.cachassisworks.com

Good Luck!

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-09-2001 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You should maybe check out the Owtlaw superstock cars or the NMCA "ten wide" cars. They all have Cal_track type bars and near stock suspensions. ^They run in the low 8's and high 7's by the way.

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Blu Dawg
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posted 10-09-2001 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blu Dawg   Click Here to Email Blu Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I take it that you also run the cal-trax bars? If so what other suspention upgrades do you have?

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-10-2001 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not use the Cal-Track bars on my three cars. Not applicable. I have used them on other friends cars and our team J/SA 73 Mustang. They are THE bar used in NHRA and IHRA stock eliminator on leaf sprung cars. They are adjustable and can be dialed in to hook as much as you need. Adjustable shocks are a must.

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