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MattN
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From: Mattoon, IL.
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 12-14-2002 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MattN   Click Here to Email MattN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We are building a 67 fb. The plans are for a 393W with about 550-600hp, a C-4 with a brake, 4.56 gears, setup to run the 1/8 mile. The car is completely gutted. We do not want to tube it. Really don't want to do ladder bars if we don't have to. We have drag shocks and slide-a-links, 28x10.5x15 slicks, and moroso springs for the front, stock springs for the back. Our goal is to run as close to 6.50 as possible. We have weld in subframe connectors and are getting ready to put in a cage. Will this be able to hook all of the power or are we just wasting our time? What else will be needed if this is not enough? Thanks.

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kid vishus
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posted 12-14-2002 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are bracket racing, the bigger the tire the better. Tubbed with ladderbars is the easiest way to get alot of power to the ground relatively easy. It can be done with smaller tires, but you are going to be more susceptible to tire spin than the guys with the same amopunt of power and big tires and it will take ALOT more work to get it right. Remember that most weekly bracket tracks arent prepped the greatest, and that makes "the small tire, big power" cars more inconsistent.

I am sure it can be done, but it wont be as easy as with a tubbed car.

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jsracingbbf
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From: Batesville,MS. , U.S.A.
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posted 12-14-2002 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this going to be a heads up class type car or a bracket only car? If it is going to be a smal tire class car then traction will always be something you have to prep for. Making sure the suspension is perfect and track is preped. EVEN big tire cars have to do this, but it's not as critical, usually. Around here your lucky if they prep the track at all. Most the time big tires or small traction is a coin toss. BUT as a general rule of thumb the more of a footprint ( tire contact ) with the tarmac, the better the traction/launch.

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steve'66
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posted 12-14-2002 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Matt,

We're doing it with the '66, but you'll never be as consistant as a ladder bar/tubbed car. Clamp the rear springs, and run a stiff rear shock. Good luck,

SteveW

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Maverick Mike
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posted 12-14-2002 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maverick Mike   Click Here to Email Maverick Mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
IF YOUR GONNA TRY AND GET POWER TO THE GROUND AT COLES COUNTY....GOOD LUCK. LIKE KV SAID, YOU BETTER GET A BIG OL' TIRE AND HOPE FOR THE BEST. MY MUSTANG IS A 351W MINI TUB CAR WITH 10.5 TIRES AND WILL 60FT. 1.52-1.55 ALL DAY AT GATEWAY, CORDOVA AND HAVANA. BUT, AT COLES IT WAS LUCKY TO GO 1.60-63. TRACK PREP WAS TERRIBLE. ROCKS EVERYWHERE. NO GLUE.

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MattN
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posted 12-14-2002 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MattN   Click Here to Email MattN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They got some new people in that are supposed to do a better job with the track. We will have to see what happens. Talking to a lot of the racers with fast cars they always said the tower side seemed to have an edge. Ironically enough, the people that used to prep the track alway took that lane also. Not having nice paved roads in the pits and lots of rocks in the staging lanes doesn't help either. I went to St. Louis to watch the Mustang races last year and was amazed at how fast the 10" tire guys were running. I know that I have definately limited what can be done by staying away from exotic rear suspensions, but I think running fast, and hopefully consistant, on a 10" tire is very cool. Besides, if it doesn't work like I hope, I can always change it.

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