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Suspension help for newbie

I originally started building my car for the twisties, but I've now realized that I just plain want to hook up and still be able to go on cruises with the car. I get no traction as she sits. The car is by no means a race car. I haven't hit a dyno yet to get some numbers.

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Full weight '95 SN
CHP 347 on pump gas
Built AODE with PI lockup 2800 stall
4:10 gears
26" rear tires
MM SFC's
J&M rear lowers with spherical and poly ball ends.
New factory uppers
New rubber bushings in diff
Mach 1 coils F&R
Bilstein HD front and rear.
Nitto 555 Extremes 315/35Zr17 rears

I realize that I need tires, different front coils, shocks and struts.
4 cyl Fox front coils? Stiffer sidewall drag radials?

I'm an old fart but like to hook up and feel the torque once in a while.
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I'm in the same boat as you. I have a vortech aod car that the best 60' ft was 1.93. I'm also running a nitto drag radial. For rear suspension I have mega bite jrs lowers and boxed uppers, everything else wis stock. My buddy who build some awesome street cars told me to either get baseline re located uppers with adjustable lowers or team z equivalent which would be the street beast combo with anti roll bar. He swears that would make a huge difference. Just thought I would pass along the info to someone who is in the same boat

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shocks and struts would be one of the things I would change out. just a good set of drag radials.

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shocks and struts would be one of the things I would change out. just a good set of drag radials.
There lies the catch. I don't want a drag setup on the street. I put Nitto NT555r drag radicals on yesterday and traction is excellent. It's easy to get heat in them in the AZ streets.
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few guys have the 10 way strange and when driving they stiffen them up and then when at the strip they just change the settings. Well I guess then your all set, tires will greatly help.

93 Coupe, Reef Blue, a/c, 3:55's, 10 holes,
1/8 6.56 @ 103.23 mph, 1/4 10.37 @ 128.49 mph 1.43 6/06/15
1/8 Nos 6.06 @ 114.71 mph 1.38 12/16/15
1/4 Nos 9.879 @ 135.29 mph 1.39 12/19/15
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you can build a good strip car and be a good daily with no problems. I have a/c, 355's and can drive 60 miles to the drag strip and go single digits and then drive home. I just readjust my shocks and struts when I want. Lot of guys think they have to be full loose to just go drag racing but mine is set up pretty firm. I leave off of idle.

93 Coupe, Reef Blue, a/c, 3:55's, 10 holes,
1/8 6.56 @ 103.23 mph, 1/4 10.37 @ 128.49 mph 1.43 6/06/15
1/8 Nos 6.06 @ 114.71 mph 1.38 12/16/15
1/4 Nos 9.879 @ 135.29 mph 1.39 12/19/15
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few guys have the 10 way strange and when driving they stiffen them up and then when at the strip they just change the settings. Well I guess then your all set, tires will greatly help.
You know; I have considered Strange adjustables. I'm not an autocross guy but I can't help but notice that none of the autocross guys run the Strange units. I just feel they aren't built for the back road twisties. Just thinking out loud here...
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You know; I have considered Strange adjustables. I'm not an autocross guy but I can't help but notice that none of the autocross guys run the Strange units. I just feel they aren't built for the back road twisties. Just thinking out loud here...
Well share man! Don't make me beg. Lol! Care to share your setup?
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I don't think the strange would be good autocross but if your trying to build a street strip car that can see some curved roads it's not bad. My suspension now is setup more like a x275 car now. Tires can be the biggest bandaid even on a bad setup. sounds like your on the right track. As hp starts to increase a lot more factors will show up.

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Worse tire I ever tried was a Nitto. No question. 1.8 sixty or worse

On the street/strip, best tire I tried was an M&H drag radial. 1.4 sixty, better on good track

On the strip but class legal, best drag radial was a MT PRO radial. High 1.2 sixty on good track with basically stock rear stuff. Solid bushings, single adj strange shocks. All stock arm locations.



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Worse tire I ever tried was a Nitto. No question. 1.8 sixty or worse

On the street/strip, best tire I tried was an M&H drag radial. 1.4 sixty, better on good track

On the strip but class legal, best drag radial was a MT PRO radial. High 1.2 sixty on good track with basically stock rear stuff. Solid bushings, single adj strange shocks. All stock arm locations.
Tom; what temperature were you running across the tire when you staged? Air pressure?

I'm not planning on drag racing so it's less crucial for me. I'm just attempting to improve on Ford's design and get this boat to grab the road and handle.

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Another thing to consider to is maximum motorsports extreme duty lower control arms. They have solid spherical bearings on both ends.they helped my car hook up a lot better.
And I have stock front suspension.
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