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Old 03-04-2003, 02:47 PM
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i tried searching for any information on handling for a chevelle but couldnt find any. have any of you expierenced a good handling chevelle? if you have then please tell me what the person had done to it. i know i would have to get a bigger front sway bar and actually install a rear one. i have one that i got from Hotchkis that i think is an 1 5/8 or somewhere around there. i forgot. but what else would be good to get for my chevelle to handle really good? say if i were to go to SCCA events type of handling. did i pick the wrong car to probably start with or is this one good? im open to any and all replies on if this is a good/bad idea. thanks in advance. later

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Yup, you'd be the laughing stock of the SCCA bunch. A chevelle is just too big to really pull G's.

But here are a few ideas: Change all your suspension bushing to a good quality teflon style bushing so that what you have is well controlled. A lower center of gravity is also a good idea, lower is better. Put bigger meat on the ground, typically lower sidewall aspect ratio squirms less in turns. Go with soft rubber tires that are meant for cornering and get softer as the tire heats up. Adjustable front and rear sway bars are absolutely required. Look into stiffer shocks to limit roll. Adjustable shocks are best so that you can tune with your sway bars and tire pressure changes. A solid rear axle is really a killer because they want to lift the inside wheel. If you were to change to an IRS rear end, this would be very good.

A chevelle is not going to be good at SCCA Solo II work because it will always oversteer because of the heavy front weight bias. If you really want to stick to the road, a light mid engine car is best. If you want to race SCCA, a hopped up Porsche 914 can be a really good car. Not the best Porsche, but really good in Autocross.
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hahahaha thanks a lot for the reply. ill just keep my NHRA membership and drag race instead. :p
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For a period of about 10 years, my daughter and I raced SCCA and Porsche Club Solo II. I drove a modified 911S and my daughter a modified 914. She actually one a western regional championship (we did not go to the nationals). She was 19 at the time and was a really aggressive, but sensitive driver. The 911 is not as good for SoloII because it also has a heavy rear weight bias and tends to oversteer (spin from the rear) which is hard to control is wet wet surfaces. The 914 was more like a skate board and would just slide from side to side.

SCCA Solo II is fun. If you have never tried it, try to get a ride in a car with someone who has had some practice. It is a really interesting sensation of speed and things happen really quickly. It is a fact that many successful circuit drivers start in Carts, work up to Solo II then Solo I and on up the ladder. I contend that if you can solo II, you can save your life in a real world driving emergency. The sport is also more complex from a technical perspective because the car needs to handle very well and be able to stop and accelerate, not like drag racing which is a single dimension.
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i have been in a 65 or 66 (forgot) mustang that handled awesome with about 570HP at a local track. damn it was fun <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[drool]" /> thats what i wanted to do hahaha.thanks for the reply though
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Hey you have got to go see http://www.globalwest.net/ they have what you need
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