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I know the significant differences in the road racing vs drag racing suspension setups and the two are not the same. BUT has anyone taken their car to the drag strip to see what it will do?

I recently bought a car that is nearly completely setup for the road courses and was thinking it would probably do pretty well at the strip and will be verifying this when I get home and check it out. Has anyone just put on the slicks or sticky tires and tried it? If so, what did it do?

Right now my current car has a California friendly exhaust (this is definitely being taken off), has Koni yellows all around with the pan hard, torque arm and subframes. Been kicking around the idea of upgrading the axles to some Moser 33 spline, an Eaton Detroit True Track for 33 spline axles, 9 inch ends, and some AFCO adjustable struts and shocks but not sure these would work on the road courses as well as the strip so not sure on this one as the Koni yellows may stay for the primary purpose of the car.....road courses.
 

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MM&FF did a build a while back using a MM configuration with TA and adjustable Koni SAs as I recall and the car did pretty well on both road course and strip with a change in wheels/tires and shock settings. CO springs on the front were I believe in the 250 range which is soft for a road race car but about as stiff as any conventional spring that people use on road courses. pretty descent all purpose car as I recall.
 

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Nice, I will try and find it. Not up to changing the springs. As much as I know that will help, I will probably just opt for the AFCO shock and strut setup if I find out it will work well for both.
 

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I took mine to a couple of different drag strips "back in the day", when it was essentially stock. It ran either 14.2 or 14.4, I can't remember, and something in the mid-90s. This would've been late '90s, so the numbers aren't exactly fresh. :p The last time I had it at a drag strip would've been in the '05 time frame, by which time it was pretty much in the condition it's in now (Griggs/MM suspension, 357W, etc). The 357 was horribly tuned at that point (not much better now, really... :rolleyes:) and I seem to recall running low 13s @ 104 or 106? Again, it's been a long time. I think I only got a single run in that night.

I've always figured it should be an easy 12-second car. It ran low 14s with a stock engine (just shorty headers), and the 357 has dyno'd ~390whp, so roughly 200hp more than it had "back in the day". Drag racing is pretty fun, I just haven't lived near a 1/4mi strip in a long time, and I don't find it fun enough that I'll drive a couple hours to get to a strip.
 

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I hear you Patrick. I got into it heavy when I was stationed out at West Point and really haven't looked back. I found this car I currently own and thought I would try my hand at road racing and maybe throw some drag racing in there as well. I see you are Navy....very cool. Retired Army here.
 

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When you were drag racing at West Point were you going up to Lebanon Valley Dragway, by chance? That's one of the strips I've been to, way back in 1996 when I was at nuclear prototype training up in Ballston Spa.

USNA '95 - Go Navy, Beat Army (again)! :D
 

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Yeah, I was stationed there from 95 to 98 and used to run at Lebanon Valley, Island Dragway and Englishtown. Remember the 96 season? Army won the Commanders Cup....lol. I think it was the last time they won it. That was the last good season they have had.

I was up to Lebanon a lot back then. I was running a white 92 LX coupe then.
 

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Shock & Spring Rates certainly a key difference

Might be reasonably quick (400rwhp and 2900lbs) but challenged to get out of the hole consistently or effectively. Online ET calculators based on power to weight ratios suggest that it'd be a 11 second car but I'd doubt that'd be reality.

As mentioned road race cars are more heavily sprung and struts/shocks set more firmly to maintain more even distribution of weight across all 4 tires. My RR fox runs coilovers with 475lbs front & 275-300lbs rear. That's a lot more that what you'd want for the drag racing weight transfer focused on planting the rear.

By contrast there threads in the drag race forum suggests a good coilover spring rates would for a 3000lb would be a 12''-150lbs max.
 

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Yes, I recognize the shocks, struts and springs are the largest limiting factors. I would use some MT of some kind and just see what kind of 60's I could get. If it 60ft in the 1.60 range, I would be surprised.

I am in this car for the road racing. If that doesn't do it for me, I will use it in the 1/4. I have never road raced but think it is going to be pretty cool.
 

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I did a 13.2 in the quarter mile with sumitomo HRT which suck and missed second gear with out the modify TKO. Your probably a better drag race then I Ed. It didn't help that I was surrounded by bow tie boys. One of the old timers there said if I could shift better and stick should do 11s.
 

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11's will be my goal, Jeff. After I change the exhaust, I am pretty sure she will do it.
If you mostly going to on the track. I was told some lower rear gears like 373 for road races Griggs told me.

Must be nice not to worry about smog laws. Its going to be loud. I tried it with no cats and got a ticket in two weeks. I remember the police officer asked what kind of muffler they were, as I replied loud.

Can't to see the pictures Ed
 

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Yeah, I thought about those 3.55's in the rear after I posted the 11 second thoughts and now realize it will not do it with those. It would take 4.10's and probably 7,000 rpm shift points with a nice sticky tire to make 11's at the current weight of 3450lbs (my fat ass weighs 220lbs....lol). I am not going to do that. I want it for the road racing but will still take it to the track and see what it will do.

I will send you more pictures of the car when my painter gets them to me. He should have, or soon will be, spraying the blue on it soon. Once he does that and sends me pictures, I will send them to you.
 

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I'd be happy if mine runs [email protected] on ####ty street tires, 12.7 on some old radial slicks, and 12.5 on my bias hoosier slicks. I haven't been to a track in forever. Last time I went, I could only manage [email protected] but the car should be faster than that now (better rear suspension, possibly less weight, etc.). Also, I could have sworn that I had a 8th mile time slip from the 90s which extrapolated out to a [email protected] but I can't find it anywhere. It may have just been that I pulled someone during a roll on who normally ran 12.8s, I forget. Anyhow, my goal is low 12s, high 11s to get it more CP competitive. Still over 250 pounds heavy for the class.
 

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Yeah, I thought about those 3.55's in the rear after I posted the 11 second thoughts and now realize it will not do it with those. It would take 4.10's and probably 7,000 rpm shift points with a nice sticky tire to make 11's at the current weight of 3450lbs (my fat ass weighs 220lbs....lol). I am not going to do that. I want it for the road racing but will still take it to the track and see what it will do.

I will send you more pictures of the car when my painter gets them to me. He should have, or soon will be, spraying the blue on it soon. Once he does that and sends me pictures, I will send them to you.
When I weight it with me in it is was 3240 lbs that's with a full tank of gas and me 250lbs
 

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If you end up going to Byron, give me a shout out. I'm not too proud to look like the fool with the big hood that can't get out of the hole LOL!

BTW, you got some sticky meats I could borrow if we were to go?

Jay
 

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When I weight it with me in it is was 3240 lbs that's with a full tank of gas and me 250lbs
Wow, cool. Now I am thinking I might make 11's or at least get close. I was thinking the 3240 lbs was without you. I was adding my weight but now I can actually subtract 30lbs and plan for 3210 lbs.
 

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If you end up going to Byron, give me a shout out. I'm not too proud to look like the fool with the big hood that can't get out of the hole LOL!

BTW, you got some sticky meats I could borrow if we were to go?

Jay
I will let you know Jay. I have some 15 inch Pro Stars with slicks but not sure they will fit on the car with the Baer brakes on it. If they work, those are the ones I will be using and yes, you could use them as well.

I think the stock 28 spline axles are still in the back with the stock traction lock. Not sure how long those will last with some aggressive launches on sticky tires. I might have to get the Eaton Detroit Locker and 33 spline axles in before I do anything.
 
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