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Old 10-13-2007, 08:26 PM
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new drag car does not drive straight after launch

it is a new c/m tube car,4 link,strut,2350 lbs.,roadster vette,2005,505 ci, launches straits on wheel bars.when it gets down (after 60+ft)it wants to go to right under power.if i lift it goes straight.when i get on it again it drives to right.the builder is NOT HELPING ME TO MUCH .i think the problem is in the scaling of the original set up.i followed his the "T" but i think he may have screwed up,by mistake.all settings are OKOK.ft end align is good,toe is good.4link is ok,rear is square in car,pinion is 1.5 dwn,bars are ok length,everthing is checked over/over!!.initial scaling--rear wts--are left rr-630lbs/rt rr-581lbs--top rt bar ft-648lbs/rt ft 497lbs..the final settings he wanted were 21 more lbs on rt rear by shortening top rt link.i did this,car drives rt.added more preload,it still went rt(not on launch)the whlbrs are steering it.i think i need to set it up on scales initially whith the rear wts the same,by raising lt frt sprg to add wt to rt rr.the rear lt/rt wts same//top rt bar neatral/THAN add my 21lbs. preload to rt side.anybodys thoughts on this?i cant be dragging it to the track to make one run!!!!HELP.

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Old 10-13-2007, 10:05 PM
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Post this in the suspension forum if you have not already.I wish I knew a little more about tube chassis set ups,as that is the route I will be taking soon.
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moving it there..............
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Not seeing the car it's a hard call. How close are your wheelie bars to the track and how long are they? What kind of 60 ft. times are you getting?

Could be a number of things going on but I'd look at the basics first, the wheelie bars. It could be hitting the bars too hard and unloading the rear tires. The other thing is plain ole driver error. Not to be insulting or anything but it's a new car and I know that if you put a hundred right handed drivers in something that stands up 99 of them, if they let the wheel move at all while it's in the air, will turn it to the right. Lefties come down and find themselves going left! lol

Mark dead straight on your wheel with tape, like the pro stock boys do, and when she lifts make double sure that the wheel is dead on before she settles back down.

If neither of these things solves the problem THEN I'd start looking at tires and preload.

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First thought:

Are YOU in the car when scaling? Or the same weight in the seat. If not, your scale #s are worthless.

Assuming you are in the car, With 50# more on the left rear, its providing more traction on the tire. I would preload the right rear more. MORE PRELOAD WILL CHANGE YOUR WHEELIE BAR HEIGHT. Be sure to readjust accordingly.

Tire pressure?

Out of the groove? (Real easy to do)

How is the front when its coming up? Is it level? Or is it left side high?

Shock adjustments make a HUGE difference side to side. You COULD have one click too stiff on the right rear side.

You really need a video of the car to tell more.
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Originally Posted by adamcorvette1236
i cant be dragging it to the track to make one run!!!!
No, and you don't have to! You can measure rear wheel loads and make adjustments in your shop without even starting the engine. Before you ever load it up to go to the strip, you can know that your rear tires will be equally loaded on launch and that the car will not veer to the right...or left.

See Pages 4, 5, and 6 of my site:
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adamcorvette1236car does not drive straight

thanks for your are all right.i think the chassis builder left out one step on my setting up on the scales. here is my plan to re scale set up. car on scales,race ready,driver in,loaded fuel,water,etc.etc..(just like we did it before).buttt! now i will make the rear wheel weights left to right BEFORE i add the 21lbs rt/top bar preload the the same.... you all can see the origanal set up on the site.this will be the NEW set up now..all done on the scales-race ready,drvr in.----left +right rear weights equal.ride heights all set.than i will add the preload to right top bar plus 21 lbs(as per builders specs.)this should be 1.5 flats on rt/top bar.anti roll bar neautral are 102 " both circ,lt/rt will run 5lbs lbs. lt/rt.,shocks set --lt 3 bot.frm loose/rt 2 set 7 in middle on ext.. .wheel bars height to bolt center left 5.25/right 5.0.(these are the heights he wanted).the car did leave straight and ok untill it settled down to go,then it drove to right. ..will put tape on steer wheel (just never did now,always did before).if you guys have any more thoughts please reply,i think it will be ok now???ha ha .will go to maple grove on 10/27--etown on 10/28.i will let you know how i make out on 10/29 monday.thanks for your help.boy i love this web site!! ADAM
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