Hey, Circle Track! Four cylinder STOCK front/rear wheel drive dirt track racing has become BIG in this part of the country.PLEASE feel free to run some articles & tech info to help these guys along. Most don't have a clue how to setup these cars & Steve Smith Autosports still hasn't written any books on the subject. (No, they are not MINI STOCKS) Any plans to research this subject, please feel free to contact me, i'd be glad to introduce you to most of the local drivers; or just contact our track owner, Kenny Schrader (I-55 Raceway, Pevely, Mo.) I'm sure you got his #. Thanx
I just got a 1990 Maxima V6. Any tips on getting the car ready for the dirt track?
TO SUM IT UP. START WITH A POWERFUL STOCK CAR,SATURN,NEON,PRELUDE,EVEN A CONTOUR WORKS WELL. THEN GET IT AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE AND AS MUCH WEIGHT ON LEFT FRONT. 300 LBS MORE ON LF THAN RF AND 100 LBS LR VS RR WORKS WELL AT OSP,SCREVEN,GOLDEN ISLES,AND HARDEEVILLE. ANYWHERE I GO ACTUALLY.
We've never gotten scientific with our setups, but it sounds like you're on the right track. We are limited to "stock" parts w/no added weight.I'd estimate about 60/40 front to rear weight is about right, and more to the left. Couple things that have helped alot is adjusting the suspension to cure the push, then locking the diff. & using Left/Right stagger. Any way you can find to add 1-3DEG. camber to all 4 wheels,pos.right, neg. left, that's huge. By the way, we've run (AND WON RACES WITH) a ford tempo for the last 4 seasons, not exactly one of your better choices I guess, but there are a lot of "stock" parts available in the salvage yards if you do your homework to improve what ya got. And they're CHEAP! Whatever you decide, put safety FIRST!
We run figure 8 with a 95 cavalier would locking the dif help me
Hi No, my choice is also is ford .for the last one year I am using this. I like your suggestion .I also like, whatever you decide, put safety first. --------------------------------------------Adam DianaNew Cars
we run mini mods we run fords 2.3 tube frames stock steering stock rears and 13 in tires and win all time stock trans also they are fast and work good
its a rear wheel drive car
I RUN A 89 ESCORT GT WON 4 OR 5 FEATURES LAST YEAR AND WAS THE POINTS CHAMP IN MY CLASS. ANY QUESTIONS I WOULD LOVE TO HELP.
Blacktop or dirt? all stock or mod? I'm running dirt all "stock" 92 Accord 2.2 top 10 most of time just cant get setup good enough for any feature wins going into 3rd season.
Adjusting suspension - as in how? not sure how to lock diff in front wheel drive? legal?
hmmm....looks like a class I could afford to participate in ....hmmmm find a totaled little commuter car and go for it lol
I run a 1988 ford escort gt on a banked 3/8 dirt track. I have a bad push in the turns and am spinning coming off how can I help this out? Any tips on this and any other help would be greatly appreciated as I'm new to this .
well i rase a v6 z24 chevy beretta front wheel drrive,and what i did was stiffin up the right front,and put a bigger tire so its staggerd.it seemed to work fore me.
HeyDoes anyone know if they run these on the West Coast? California?I would recommend Steve Smith's dirt track books even for front wheel drive cars.From what i read thus far in this blog it seems like there is a need for serious tech info for FWD cars. One of the gys said to run positive camber on the right and negative on the left. Was that a misprint?