• * Describing a track corner as a clock face entering the corner at 3:00 and exiting at 9:00

    + Increasing LR Trailing Arm angle increases drive which tightens the chassis but also adds dynamic LR lead which will have counter effects. Balance with overall Lead/Trail adjustments when changed significantly.

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  • Springs, Shocks, and Ride Heights

    • LF- 1000lb 9.5" Spring, 300R/130C Shock, 8" Height
    • RF- 950lb 9.5" Spring With 2.5" Drop & Bearing, 500R/130C Shock W/BV, 7 3/4" Height
    • LR- 125lb 16" Spring, 75/550 Shock W/SRT&BV, 11" Height, 10 degree Trailing Arm
    • RR- 230/250lb 13" with 2.5" Drop Cup, 40R/110C W/STR&BV, 10.25" Height, 3 degree Trailing Arm
  • Scales and Details

    • Left Side= 53.9%
    • Rear= 54.4%
    • Cross= 48.1%
    • LR Bite= 60lbs
    • Total Weight= 3034lb
    • Camber: LF +4.0, RF -6.0
    • Caster: LF +3.0, RF +5.0
    • Anti/Pro Dive: LF@3 Pro, RF@0
    • LR Lead @ Ride height is 1/2"
    • 3" Wheel Offset: LF, RF, & LR
    • 4" Wheel Offset: RR

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CENTER LINK DIMENSIONS, WHICH ONE DO YOU NEED?

Every build is different and there is no guarantee that what works on one car will be right for another. Its important to set your steering sector arm and idle arm exactly parallel with a center link that matches that requirement.

BLUE PRINT, CHEVELLE, 1970

BLUE PRINT, LARGE METRIC, 1981

BLUE PRINT, SMALL METRIC, 1980

BLUE PRINT, SAGINAW 3 SPEED

SPARK PLUG HEAT RANGING

I have had good success with the NGK spark plugs running my builds that use vortec heads. Here's what I have learned about finding the ideal heat range. The crate 602 likes the #8 due to it's limited compression. In a 10 to1 compression build the #9 was perfect and when I have run more than 11 to 1 compression, the #10 plug worked well. Remember, for NGK plugs ranging is higher number = cooler plug!

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