: Sway bar removal for better launch?
Mar 31st, 00, 05:17 PM
So, what do you think? If I remove my sway bar, will I improve my launches and get
better traction. I have air shocks, standard
from Auto Zone, with Southside Machine traction bars. My biggest thing to weigh on: is loosing the driveability worth the extra gain on better launches?
Mar 31st, 00, 06:17 PM
I would get rid of the air shocks before I removed the sway bar. Actually I would do both. If you leave your airshocks on at least use separate lines to each.
Mar 31st, 00, 07:40 PM
Before you go to the strip loosen (but don't remove) the frt. sway bar end links (very loose). Then you will get better weight transfer. When your day at the track is done tighten then back up, and no drivability will be lost. You could also install 50/50 drag shocks in the rear, but I would deffenatly loose the air shocks.
Apr 4th, 00, 11:01 AM
put 5 guys in the trunk..
park your car on a hill...
reduce your air in your tires to about 15 pounds in the rear...
take your engine to redline and pop that baby into gear. http://www.camaros.net/forum/eek.gif
you will see your car do things you never thought it could do! http://www.camaros.net/forum/rolleyes.gif
Just kidding. http://www.camaros.net/forum/biggrin.gif http://www.camaros.net/forum/biggrin.gif
Use a set of nice slicks and a pair of 90/10 drag shocks and you will have all the trasfer you need.
Tie the frame together too and a roll cage if you want to go that far. You want the car to lift , not twist. They dont call 1st gens. fex flyers for nothing. http://www.camaros.net/forum/biggrin.gif
[This message has been edited by Toby T. (edited 04-05-2000).]
Apr 5th, 00, 09:49 AM
One more suggestion, loose the air shocks for a pair of quality/performance shocks.
Edelbrock seems to have a nice concept.
They have a great web site, check it out.
Dec 16th, 00, 08:08 AM
Are you just racing it or are you driving it on the street and racing it.If you are just racing, slap some 90\10 drag shocks on it and you could take off the sway bar also this would make you hook a lot better.But if you drive it on the street I wouldn't because you will lose a lot of driveability.When my dad had my nova he took the sway bar off and put on some 90\10 shocks and it pulled the front tires about 5 inches off the ground.If that gives any idea on how much it helped.
Dec 16th, 00, 12:36 PM
AIR SHOCKS http://www.camaros.net/forum/eek.gif Did someone say air shocks http://www.camaros.net/forum/eek.gifIf you are concerned with good gas mileage I would leav the air shocks on.As we all know cars equiped with air shocks are going down hill all the time http://www.camaros.net/forum/biggrin.gif
Seriously though,loose the air shocks and get yourself a set of gas shocks for the rear.If your budget can take it get yourself a good set like Koni's or Bilstiens.It may be suggested to you that you get a set of KYB's,well they seem to be a good shock,but they are a little too stiff.
If your a budget streight line racer you might consider a set of Monro Gas Matics for the rear and a set of new oil filled standard duty's for the front.Personally,I think that running 90/10's on the street is not a good idea.They are a little too weak in my opinion.
[This message has been edited by mutant 68 (edited 12-16-2000).]
Dec 17th, 00, 11:48 AM
The air shcoks are preventing weight transfer. HAL makes a nice set of front and rear shocks that are ajustable with the turn of a knob. They have a 12 position ajustable knob. When adj. all the way "soft" the rod is easily pushed in and out. When adjusted all the way "hard" I can not move the rod in or out even with my wieght pushing down on the shock. As far as the sway bar, you should take at least the driver side bolt out if not both, when you race. (You might also consider getting the hotchkis bar-its tubular and weighs in at a wopping 6 pounds.) If you just loosen the bar, it will still prevent weight transfer.
Mark W. Winning
Dec 18th, 00, 03:31 AM
LOL mutant 68!
1992 Firebird 355/Six Speed (Soon to be LT1)
1991 RS 350 / 700-R4
1987 Toyota Pickup 383 / 500 + HP 10.963 @ 119.95 Slicks / 11.997 @ 114.23 Radials
"Speed KILLS, so drive a FORD and live forever!"
Dec 18th, 00, 10:20 PM
If your worried about space for your tires, loose the air shocks. And get a pair of lift bars, I get traction plus it preloaded my rear end and lifted it a bit. I am running 295/50/15s now, and have plenty of room for them. Plus get the drag shocks
Dec 19th, 00, 10:00 AM
Thanks for the help guys!! BUT, I posted this
question in March! Since then I have installed a 468 BB with southside machine
swaybars with 50/50 shocks and a 10 bolt with 3.73 GEARS. The rearend still will
need to be reworked for traction. I burn up the street so hard in first, and still spankin'em around town. Got a love them BBs.
Anyways for a little humor, anyone have a 12 bolt. Because, that 10 bolt got tourqed like a b**ch one night when I had little to much fun racing my brother's mustang.
That's the only reason why I have not come out to some of the get togethers in DFW with you guys. I have to bring my camaro!
Anyways, thanks for the help on the old question. But its past.