My son's 89gt 347 stroker supercharged car will not hook up. It is a 5 speed with 3.73 gears. He has to launch in second gear or it spins out of control. What are some things he can do? Thanks in advance.
What is your son's car equipped with now? The guys are correct when they say sticky tires. You also want to make sure your car is transfering weight so don't forget proper shocks, struts and springs. Possibly removing your front swaybar.
Most go either a 10 or 10.5 tire on a 15 inch wheel. For height people seem to go either 26 or 28. Height depends on what its doing down track. If you need more gear (say you have 373’s and wish you had 410’s) then go with the smaller tire, but if you are winding out and hit the redline before the end of the track, go with a larger tire. I’d also suggest a full slick, rather than a drag radial or any other “half-way” tire. Yes, people go fast on them, but they could always go faster on a slick.
How fast a car is this? For mild applications like mine I went with 90/10s and 4-cyl springs up front and 8 cyl springs in back (I run high 11s on motor and high 10s on spray). I also have a weird LCA setup with brackets that lower the mounting point and change the geometry. If its nuts, then obviously you need crazy stuff. What kind of MPH in the 1/4 or 1/8?
Pick up some 15x8 Weld wheels, 26x10 Hoosier Slicks, and screw in valve stems. Launch at 4000 at 15 psi of tire pressure. Does the car have a stock 28 spline posi unit and axles? This would be a good time to upgrade to 31 spline internals if he plans on drag racing the car more than a couple times a year. The slicks will help the car hook, but like anything else, you need supporting parts to make a combination work.
I would suggest adjustable upper and lower control arms, removing the front sway bar, full length subframe connectors, and Strange 10-way shocks & struts for suspension tuning. As mentioned before, it is very important that the car weight transfers correctly.
Simply put, I think the car is overpowering the DR. What pressure was he running in them? Around 15 psi would be a good starting point.
Not to bad for first time I didn’t think.
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SVO A351 high port Torker intake
Hooker long tubes
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35 degrees total timing
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