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Drag race suspension....

What have you done to loosen up the front-end ?
Bushings ?
Torque settings ?
Already have 90/10's, no trick springs,Teflon-lubed everything...

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Re: Drag race suspension....

An easy one is to loosen the control arm bolts/nuts, both lower & upper.
Install uca bushings without the serrations on the steel bushings.
Reduce the height of the uca bumper by half.
Remove sway bar.
Fab/install alum radiator support.
Move battery to trunk.
Remove accesssories not used.
Install alum radiator.
Install solid subframe bushings - helps stiffen the car.
Install lightweight front wheels with small tires, ie, 185/65-15.
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Re: Drag race suspension....

I did the swaybar deal and had bad bodyroll so it went back on. Have the aluminum rad and electric fan. I guess I could try to loosen things up ? Will look at the rest

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Re: Drag race suspension....

Original control arm nuts are locknuts, and should not need any external help.
You can install an extra nut and double nut it against the original nut if you desire.

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Re: Drag race suspension....

Doug,

You can also try some 'tall' ball joints as they will let the front end rise higher and quicker than the factory stuff. I think Global West makes some but there may be others that are more effective.
Not sure how these parts work on the street. They work good on the track.

Also, since you are foot braking the car I wouldn't get up on the converter to much when you are staging the car.

You could also experiment with your rear suspension....adjust the cal tracs so you get a better initial hit .

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I did the swaybar deal and had bad bodyroll so it went back on. Have the aluminum rad and electric fan. I guess I could try to loosen things up ? Will look at the rest

i take my sway bar end links out at the track. then i reinstall them before i leave.
i heard they make quick release ones but i havent seen them.
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Also, since you are foot braking the car I wouldn't get up on the converter to much when you are staging the car.

You could also experiment with your rear suspension....adjust the cal tracs so you get a better initial hit .
Yes, I found that out anything over 1500 blows the tires off
I also have (homemade)Caltracs and the Rancho 5 ways.
I have everything to move the battery (just been lazy)
I also tried different shift points 7000 to 6000 and inbetween with no gain or loss...I want to try 5500 and 5800 then also short shifting the 1-2 and see what happens

I have a few weeks so I guess I should get jumpin'

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