How To Hook And Launch: Traction Mods For Street And Strip by Dick MillerHow To Hook And Launch: Traction Mods For Street And Strip by Dick Miller

How To Hook And Launch: Traction Mods For Street And Strip

byDick Miller

Paperback | April 10, 2012

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While building big horsepower has become easier, putting that power down to the pavement is still quite a challenge. Getting great "bite" involves a lot more than sticky tires and a smoky burnout. The suspension system is being put to work in a way it was never designed to operate. A better understanding of exactly what is happening to the suspension when the car launches from a standing start will assist you in maximizing your car's effectiveness on the street or at the track.

InHow to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for the Street & Strip, author Dick Miller explains the physics behind what gets a car moving from a standing start, and how to best harness the various powers at work. Getting the rear tires to really bite and gain maximum traction is divided into several small steps, and Miller walks you through each phase of the launch.

Today's enthusiasts face a wide range of potential traction improvements, from softer tires and basic bolt-ons to complete or partial chassis replacements. Most opt for something in-between, where some well-engineered components are chosen to replace the factory equipment and offer a greater capability and range of adjustment. It is this range of upgrades where Miller spends most of his time, explaining what the parts and pieces do, and how to use them to their highest potential.

Author Dick Miller of Hernando, Mississippi, has been drag racing competitively for 40 years. The overwhelming majority of his experience has been with modified street cars (versus purpose-built racing cars). This wealth of experience has served to educate him on the needs facing others who choose to drag race their own street machines...
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Title:How To Hook And Launch: Traction Mods For Street And StripFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:April 10, 2012Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1934709352

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 


About the Author 


Introduction


Chapter 1: Suspension Basics and Drag Racing Dynamics 
For Every Action There is a Reaction 
Shock Absorbers 


Chapter 2: Rear Suspension: Leaf Springs 
Pinion Angle 
Preload and Spring Wrap 
Rise or Squat 
The Neutral Line 
Ladder Bars 
Subframe Connectors 
Calvert Leaves 


Chapter 3: Rear Suspension: Coil Springs and Three-Link 
The Neutral Line 
Preload 
Pinion Angle 
Bushings 
Lower Control Arms 
Scale Procedure 


Chapter 4: Rear Suspension: Coil Springs and Four-Link 
Basic Design 
Bushing Replacement 
Control Arm Upgrades 
No-Hop Bars 
Track Locators
Control Arm Adjustments 
Setting Preload 
Adjusting Preload 


Chapter 5: Front Suspension: Straight Axles 
The Basics 
Gasser Era 
Steering Styles 
Bump Steer 
Front Tires 


Chapter 6: Front Suspension: Double A-Arm 
Alignment 
Sway bars 
Sway Bars versus Anti-Roll Bars 
Shocks 
Spring Selection 


Chapter 7: Front Suspension: Single A-Arm 
Alignment 
Sway Bars 
Aftermarket Struts 
Bracing 
Coil-Overs, Struts, Springs, K-Members 


Chapter 8: Front Suspension: Torsion Bars 
Basic Design 
Performance Upgrades 
Drag Tuning 
Shock Absorbers 
Weight Loss 
Subframe Connectors 
Bars and Cages 
Bushings 
Tubular Arms 


Chapter 9: Tires 
Offset Axle Housings 
Rubber Compounds 
Wheel Screws 
Tire Care 
Mounting Advice 
Street Tire Comparison 
Drag Radial Advice 
Tire Storage 
Pressure and Wear
Sample Applications 


Chapter 10: Fine-Tuning Suspension for Maximum Traction 
Shooting Video 
Having the Right Torque Converter 
Adjusting Pinion Angle
Adjusting Chassis Preload with Rear Coil Springs 
Adjusting Chassis Preload with Rear Leaf Springs 
Adjusting Rear Rise or Squat 
Adjusting Anti-Roll Bars 
Adjusting Front and Rear Tire Pressure and Diameter 
Scaling a Car 


Chapter 11: Making a Pass 
The Burnout 
Street Tires 
Reaction Time 
Mechanical Snafus 
The First 60 Feet 
Starting-Line Ratio 
Dissecting The Run 
Comparing Runs 


Chapter 12: Suggestions for a More Consistent and Winning Car 
Tall Tires 
Power Saving 
Shifter Style 
Transmission Brake 
Weather Stations 
2-Speed vs. 3-Speed 
Data Records 
Ignition System and RPM Limiters

 
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