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68F100
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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
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posted 02-23-2003 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone race their pickup trucks? I know KV and KK take the lightning out every once in awhile. I'm just wondering what kind of tricks to do to a pickup other than put a ton of weight in the bed.

Not really interested in a full on drag truck setup yet, just thinking ahead and want to be able to go to a track once in awhile.

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steve'66
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posted 02-24-2003 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All the regular tricks work with trucks too. It's just that you have a even worse F/B weight ratio. So yeah a little ballast won't hurt.

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TomP
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posted 02-26-2003 02:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I race my Ranger.
It is definately faster with all weight out...even though that is "ballast" ... losing the tailgate and spare tire picks it up AND improves the 60fts. It's almost a tenth faster that way.

It has awful weight distribution , 2890 total and only 1000lbs on the rear wheels.

It still will pull the front tires a few inches and doesn't spin on dead 8" slicks.

There is nothing trick with the front suspension, it's even got original shocks and 4 banger springs. In the back it has KYB gas shocks , homemade "underride" style traction bars which act as a 4 link using the leaf spring as the upper link. The front leaf perch was moved upwards to lower the truck. This spaces the links apart to get as much of a hit as it can. It works great at the track but leaves a bit to be desired on the road, as i accelerate the rear suspension binds up and just spins the tires on any rough surface. Still carries 1000 lb loads though, not complaining.

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fordfan
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From: Walla Walla, Wa, USA
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posted 02-26-2003 02:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So would a truck do better with Leaf, or coil-over rear suspension?. Plus, would a truck with the coil suspension be better off with the stock progressive rate springs, or something else (like transplanted car springs?, something softer.).

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Moneymaker
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posted 02-26-2003 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68F100:
Anyone race their pickup trucks? I know KV and KK take the lightning out every once in awhile. I'm just wondering what kind of tricks to do to a pickup other than put a ton of weight in the bed.

Not really interested in a full on drag truck setup yet, just thinking ahead and want to be able to go to a track once in awhile.


If you can afford them a set of Rancho shocks would do wonders. You can soften them up for the track with a turn of a knob, then restore them to normal for street driving.

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TomP
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posted 02-26-2003 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by fordfan:
So would a truck do better with Leaf, or coil-over rear suspension?. Plus, would a truck with the coil suspension be better off with the stock progressive rate springs, or something else (like transplanted car springs?, something softer.).

Coils would be better if load carrying wasn't an issue. You won't find any coils that will be ideal for loads and racing where leaf springs can do both.

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fordfan
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posted 02-26-2003 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Loads are not going to be an issue.

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68F100
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posted 02-28-2003 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the pointers Maybe when I get this beast back on the road I'll let you know how it works. Don't hold your breath though, because this project is going VERY slow.

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fordfan
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posted 03-01-2003 02:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I need to make my truck hook up. The Cracked rear rim on my truck is proof....

Rain SUCKS!. (Hit a slight bump on a curve in the rain, lost traction, did a 180, slammed into and over a curb..... ).


I had a WONDERFUL day

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 03-01-2003 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'l be watching this post, too. I'll be drag racing 66KIXX (my '66 F-100 w/ 351C-auto) this summer and I've thought about building a set of slapper bars. I bult a set for my '69 Cyclone 428CJ back in '87 and they worked great.

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svt522
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posted 03-01-2003 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for svt522   Click Here to Email svt522     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My truck used to wheel hop bad when I dumped the clutch! I took an old set of slapper bars that came off one of my Mach1s and modified it to fit my F100. I added 3" to the rear bracket. The bars were long enough that they hit right under the front spring eyes. I made some shims to put between the front bracket and the leaf spring to adjust the snubber air gap. Solved my wheel hop problem.

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