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Discussion in 'Circle Tracks' started by saleen49, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. saleen49

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    I run an 89 EGT on an almost flat 1/4 mile paved short track and want to know how using the factory rear sway bar vs removing it would affect cornering, I have heard light weight cars don't need a rear bar such as the A/C Cobra as they don't have much body roll concerns,
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    personally, I would run the sway bar. On my last race car, I tried with and with out. The car was way too loose without it. Too much body roll occured. Only thing you can do is try it and find out what it does.
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    running the rear sway bar will lossen the car reducing understeer, which fwd cars need alot of since they are know greatly for pushing. Try running smaller front bar and the biggest rear bar u can find. The more body roll you have(to a certain point) will plant the wheel on that side. So when using a bigger rear bar u are increasing the slip angles and decreasing body roll.
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    Not to be argumenative, but don't RWD cars have over steer and FWD cars have understeer? Over steer as in dukes of hazard and understeer as if your under estimated a turn? I'm confused now, but from my experiences in hillclimb, the bigger the sway bar, the better front or rear. Hairpin turns scare the piss out of you with excessive body roll and you loose traction. Go with the bar man!!
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    i thought understeer was steering without getting as much feed back as you need... or going too fast for the tires to grip at the angle of which your wheel was rotated.... which i guess goes hand in hand with underestimating a turn because you didn't brake hard enough... but i thought sway bars just helped with suspension and not making your car look as if it was going to turn over....as my car does when i take a sharp turn... well i guess your car not "swaying" would help with traction a little bit... but what do i know, i'm still a noob
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    Understeer: The car does not respond to your
    imput and trys to go wider than you intended.
    Also known as Tight or Pushin'.

    Oversteer: The car over-responds to your imput
    and the rear tires slide out, making you either spin
    out or scrub off speed by being sideways to some extent.
    Also know as Loose or Wide.

    Does that help?
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    We run a 88 EGT on a 2/5 mile paved track, rear sway bar is twisted to put the maximum preasure on the right rear. We are installing a second rear sway bar to see if additional preasure helps. We have to run stock parts but it does not say we only can have one. :twisted:
    The front sway bar broke two seasons ago and it was welded back together with a grade 8 bolt on top of the bar instead on the center like stock. The idea is to load the left front more while cornering, but still tuning this concept.
    The front end is toed out 3/4 in to reduce understeer and we run a mix of tempo rims ( 1/2 in wider than Escort rims) and Escort rims with olds outers welded onto them. The tempo rims are 6 1/2 wide olds rims are 7 wide ans this can give a little extra stagger

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