I don't want rush out there without prepairing the car a little. I am thinking that early next summer might be the right time. I have to get some stuff done around the house before I start spending extra time on the car for road racing and then going to the track on the weekend. If not, the wife might sell the car when I am not home!
I want to get the Hawk pads and flush the fluid and put some good stuff in. What does everyone recommend for brake fluid? On the way to the drag strip yesterday, I got on it pretty hard around the corners and the tires were not as stable as I would like. The bald Nittos in cold weather felt much stiffer than the new ones in the 90 degree heat we had yesterday. I only had 30 psi in them so I could bump that up a little to stiffen them up, but I would rather get some street tires. The Nittos were spinning so bad yesterday that I really want to get some better drag tires for my extra set of rims. Maybe I'll have to pick up another pair of Pony's so I can have my drag radials, street tires, and bial ply drag tires. That will piss off the wife to have another set! I also did a quick run to 100mph with a buddy in the car a couple days ago and hit the brakes fairly hard down to 50mph. I could really smell the brakes after that and I would have to hit them at least that hard on the road course. I think I want my offroad H-pipe back on it as well. It is just too quiet with the cats on it. I am waiting to upgrade the synchro blocker rings in the TKO that is on my bench and then I'll go back to the offroad when I put the TKO in to replace my 3550. I think I want to upgrade my front sway bar bushings too. I took it off for one race to see if it would help the launch and the car just doesn't feel as tight with it back on as it did before. I think the rubber got loose from uninstalling and reinstalling the bar.
I have thought about Thunderhill but it is a long way to drive the car, race it, and drive it home. Infineon is only 40 minutes from my house, so it is a lot more convenient. I think I would want to trailer the car to Thunderhill. I know Thunderhill has longer straights, so do you end up using your brakes more there, or are the turns faster coming off of the straights? I wouldn't go into 5th, so no matter how long the straight is, the fastest I would go is 120mph and then I would just let off and start slowing down.
Does anyone make bigger 4-lug rotors and matching caliper mounts or better calipers that fit in the 16" Pony's? My other problem is my c-clip elims on the back. I think it will be hard to find discs that will clear and not cost a fortune. I don't have the money to upgrade to 5-lug and 17's and get new tires, wheels, brakes, axles, etc... Some time in the distant future, I will do the upgrade. In the back I will ditch the c-clip elims and have 9" ends welded onto the 8.8 so I will have better axle retention and then get discs for the 9". I will also have to order custom strange SS axles to replace the ones that are currently in there. It won't be cheap. So, for now the 4-lug will have to do.
Thanks for all the advice.
1993 LX HB, Dart big bore 347, Ported Cobra Intake, 70mm TB, Edlelbrock 6037s, FTI custom emission friendly blower cam, 60lb inj, Bullet MAF, Vortech SQ Trim, TKO500, JBA Shorties, 3.55's, and Tweecer R/T
10.84 @ 128.5mph