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engine buildingTitle: "Stock Chassis Drag Tips"
Guest: John Calvert
Length: 62 min.
Show # 026
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About the Guest: John Calvert is the creator of the Cal-Tracs Traction System - I'd say one of the most significant products to every come to stock suspension drag cars. John is also a three time NHRA national event winner. If you want some advice on winning with these type of cars, especially leaf spring cars, you don't want to miss this interview.
www.calvertracing.com

About the Show:

I’d like to go through the suspension components one by one and get your thoughts.

Front Suspension:
Springs
Shocks
Other (Bushings, Limiters, etc)

Rear Suspension:
Configuration (Leaf, coil, four link, etc)
Springs (Style, clamps, # of leafs, etc)
Shocks
Preload
Add-Ons (Slapper bars, cal tracs, ladder bars, air bags, etc)
Pinion angle

Frame:
Stiffness
Motor plates
Roll bar

Tires:
Size
Compound
Pressure
Tubes
Rim width

Weight:
Explain the difference between sprung and unsprung.
What about weight distribution?

Ride Height:
Is there a perfect ride height for a car? (Front, back)

Launch Height:
Are wheel stands bad from a performance standpoint?
How do you know how far to let the front end go?

Track Tuning:
Give some tips on fine tuning your car at the track
What’s the proper way to find the perfect shock setting?
In what order should items be tested?
What about using a video camera to study the car on the starting line?

Tools: (Your thoughts)
Tire Pressure Gauge
Temp Gauge
Scales

Driving:
What can I do as the driver to help? (burnout, staging, etc)

Recommend a setup for common suspension types: (Springs, shocks, add-ons, etc)
Coil
Leaf
Other?

Any other Tips on Traction?

Biggest Mistakes you see People Make?

 

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