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Everything posted by clarkspeed

  1. Yep, put R compound tires on any car and it suddenly becomes a race car. Other than that, poly bushings all around, decent street shocks, and all fresh brake components with a track friendly pad/shoes. Good alignment. That would get you started.
  2. As long as the tight side stays tight, no problem.
  3. All good advice here. On the race car I had a combination of about 1/8" adjustment slot on the cross member, the big 1"+ TTT strut spacers, stock LCA, modified tie rods with 5/8" rod ends, and I reamed out the steering knuckle to fit a Pinto style 5/8" bumpsteer adjustment bolt. The tapers are cheap from Speedway Motors and ;you can get the pin and shim kits from any circle track store. The pin was a little long for my 16" 4.5" backspace wheels, but a little grinding did the trick. I made the tie rods out of tubing, 5/8 threaded tube end, and cutting the inner few inches off a stock tie r
  4. Jon, that is not fair. You beat me to the post with a better drawing!
  5. Please send the royalty payments to my paypal account. The answer to the camber question is it depends. If you are running a high roll center then technically it would pull out some camber that might be noticed. If your control arms are closer to parallel, then not so much. A 1/4" is not so much movement and most (all?) people who would attempt this already have some form of camber adjustment device to compensate. If you slant the slot to raise inner pivot and increase camber, you will end up with a nice roll center location, increased camber, and very poor bump steer curve. Every
  6. If you want to minimize bump steer and are not bound by rules, a small 1/4" vertical slot, not slanted, in the cross member (combined with strut spacer if you have lowered the car) is usually all you need. Quick and easy adjustments. And it doesn't take a $150 gauge to get in the ball park. I use what amounts to 2 square pieces of wood connected with a piano hinge. I place weights on it to keep it from moving on the floor. The free side leans against a wheel with what amounts to 2 nails resting on the wheel outer shell about center height. Adjust it until you get both nails touching equa
  7. Hey, I only said a "little" different. Point being you can get parts from China manufactured to any quality level you desire. But a crank manufactured to the standards of Sichuan Andes may not meet your expectations and shipped in a box packed full of risks. I have not experienced any bait and hook tactics with my suppliers. But again my products have detailed specifications. It is also a long path to qualification so suppliers that invest into that dont want to lose out due to quality problems.
  8. Oh and the original subject, if Scat or Callies, or other reputable supplier put their name on it and stand behind the quality, then made in China is no big deal, maybe even better. But I don't think I would buy anything off Ali Baba with unknown quality standards.
  9. I would say my observations are a little different. All of the OEM gas turbine manufacturers have significant Chinese content. Things have changed drastically there in the last 10 years. For the most part, materials, processes, and quality are on par with anyone else in the world, but you have to commit considerable resources to get it. Well defined specs are necessary. And companies like GE assign their engineers to stay there and work the technical problems. Like anywhere, there are good companies and bad ones, and definetly more risk of IP and trade secret loss. The suppliers I manage there
  10. "Made in China" is in no way a label for crap. You would be amazed at what OEM manufacturers export from China whith the highest grades of alloys and precision manufacturing capability. It's all in the specifications and what quality you desire. On the other hand, if the part was not designed by a reputable company with robust quality control, then you may well be buying crap no matter what the country of origin is. And yes, you usually get what you pay for.
  11. Little tip. I installed a pair of tie down rings in the outer nutplates just behind the seats. You can easily reach under the car blind and hook on tie down straps in the trailer and allows the rear straps to run parallel.
  12. Curious why you would be selling those.
  13. Tragic indeed. Did not know John personally, but I can attest he was one of the few truly knowledgeable, helpful, and insightful contributors to this forum. Not many people "get it", but John did. A great great loss for the Hybrid community. I took for granted that his response was always there, with just a few hours delay, for so many years.
  14. Wish they would do some 3.3, 3.1, and 4.3 R&P sets
  15. I tried to lower the best I could on the car I am building now. I used a different steering rack mounted slightly lower and dropped the engine until there was less than 1/4 inch clearance to oil pan. I dont think I gained much. I also moved the engine about 1" to passenger side for weight distribution.
  16. That is interesting. Have any pictures of your pan?
  17. I finally got around to dragging it down. It may have less clearance than a stock pan! The "sump" is a 4"wide tray that runs the length of the pan on the drivers side. It measures about 3" from block to lowest point.
  18. Derek, I definetly see a Bill Coffey garage party award in your future.
  19. I have an ARE pan on the shelf. I could take some measurements if you want.
  20. Bilsteins are bulletproof. I can't blow them, and even if I did Bilstein will rebuild for $80 and valve any way I want.
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