i run a 95 cavalier 2.2 auto trans, only modification is the head is shaved .025, run on a 3/8 mile high banked track, rules are single over head cam 8 valve engines, have average of 25 to 30 cars, best can finish is 12th, gettin killed on restarts and through the corners, still have stock suspension, no aftermarket suspension parts allowed any help would be appreciated
More information would be helpful. Dirt or asphalt? What tires are you running / allowed etc.
Kenny "Poppop" Brown
dirt 3/8 mile high bank, we have to run stock tires and wheels. I run 1/8th inch toe out 2 degrees neg camber in right front 1 degree positive camber in left front no mods done to the rear
215/60/14 on left side 20psi left front 30psi left rear
195/70/14 on right front 25 psi
205/70/14 on right rear 40 psi
i removed the bushings from the swaybar on the left side for adjustment (read about doing that on a previous post)
Our rules state the engines are suppose to be stock but i doubt that is the case with some of the front runners, At the end of a 15 lap feature the leader crosses the flag stand and i am usually just started into turn 3. I have no problems getting up to the 12th position, but that is about it.
Our tech guys are more like tire kickers, so i am looking for the most bang for the buck as well as some handling ideas
The auto trans is killing you. Especially if you have the 3spd. I ran a 93 2.2 3spd auto my best finish was 3rd. All the 5spds are faster, way better gear ratios in the 5spd. If you have a 4 speed you might look into a shift kit for it, but a manual swap would be your best option. Depending upon your budget a camshaft would probably be your best bang for the buck and still appear stock. Most tech guys have no clue unless its a v8, but it would suck to spend money and get disqualified. Just search the forums for the basic bolt ons. We have some hondas where I race that im pretty sure have swapped the engines. We've been running Saturns the last couple of years but we blew 3 engines this year, so im looking for another j-body
Also have you tried different size tires on the front?
For the best money try the KYB GR2 Struts on the front and KYB GR2 shocks on the rear.If u trust your engine try running the automatic in second gear.Tire rack is where u can find the shocks and struts
I know this sound simple but I will just mention it. do you make sure it downshifts on restart? Like pull it manually down to first and upshift as needed. just little thing but helps.