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Old 07-24-2009, 11:54 PM
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HI, I'm trying to figure out what type of suspension to used on my 76 nova. I built the the car for street racing not race track. I have a 437 18 degree engine with bowtie aluminum heads,2.0 jessel rockers,2.150 titanium valves,4-7 swap cam ,950 carb, not sure the lift on the cam its high. 400 trans worked all the way with a 58 hundred 8" convertor and rear has 4-10 gears. I still have the stock suspension on it with 10.5 e.t drags. When I race it I have to fight the car to stay on the street. WHAT SHOULD I GO WITH 4LINK OR LADDERS BARS AND ANTI SWAY BAR.

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Go with CalTracs (www.calvertracing.com) or Competition Egineering's Slide-a-Link, Smith Racecraft also makes something similar (MaxTrax, I believe). Bolt-on, and they can make a big difference without the need to cut the car up. There are CalTrac-equipped cars running 8 second 1/4 miles.
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Take it to a race track.You might find the suspension is fine it is the surface you trying to race on.
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What is your current traction aid?? Or none??
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my current traction aid is posi rear and traction bars with 4-10 gears
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Right Gear

I Would Like To Know If 4-10 Gears Is A Good 1/4 Gear For What Type Of Motor I Have And The Weight Of A 76nova. I Cut Some Weight Out Of It.
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I Would Like To Know If 4-10 Gears Is A Good 1/4 Gear For What Type Of Motor I Have And The Weight Of A 76nova. I Cut Some Weight Out Of It.
Depends on how much power you are making and what the rear tire diameter is, and what is the maximum rpm you are looking to cross the finish line at??

What does the car actually weigh now?? What rear axle is in it now??

If by traction bars you mean slapper bars, they ain't gonna cut it. Not even on the same planet with CalTracs or similar types. A good adjustable shock (Single action or Double action) really helps too.

You may also find that once you get it hooked, that the posi unit will "hunt", sending more power to one tire then the other, trying to decide which tire has the most traction. The result is a car that wanders around badly under power. You are in spool or locker territory. Also hope you have better than just stock axles and posi unit with the kind of power your engine can make.

I know you don't want to hear it, but street racing is stupid and punk and could get somebody hurt. Take it to a track and do it right, it is easier to get things adjusted right when the surface is prepared and you have a timeslip to tell you where the car is weak or strong in the 1/4 mile. You can always do it on a No Time night, or request on a regular T-n-T night that your time doesn't get displayed or announced (N T in big shoe polish letters)
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I Have 28-10.5 Et Drags. My Axles Are Probadly The Stock Ones. I Run It One The Street Because I Dont Want A Roll Cage In It. If I Put On Track Without That I Will Ruin The Body
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