Before my last race weekend, I installed a new pair of Calvert 90/10 drag shocks on the front of my S10. I'd never run drag shocks before, "thinking" I didn't need them.
The shocks that I had been running for several seasons were some Nitro units made I think for a lowered front end, though my rig hasn't been lowered. The previous owner put them on, and they seemed to be really stiff.
No wonder my truck's suspension never moved at all upon launching.
The front end now is really springy, but I didn't do anything yet to loosen the control arms.
Before I installed them, I held them vertically and worked them up and down several times, but they still seemed to feel the same going up and down. Calvert Racing said to not be alarmed; the trapped air would work its way out.
It's fun to feel a little front-end rise now upon launch, and it seems that my 60' times have tightened up a lot, even with a pair of half-baked drag radials I used.
I'm anxious to see what it will be like next weekend when I've got my new bia-ply slicks on there.
Going down the track the first couple of passes kindof scared me, as the ride felt a little mushy and unstable.
A couple of my buddies swear that they're seeing a little air under my front-runners now, but I don't know; I'm not throwing that much HP at it.
I am planning to finally relocate my battery to the rear of the box soon. I'm wondering now if I should do something to limit the suspension travel up front.
The rear shocks are similar to the front ones and perhaps part of a set. I'd wager that they're just as stiff, perhaps to keep a slammed truck from bottoming out on bumps or something.
I want to install a pair of adjustable shocks in the rear too, probably something double-adjustable. Maybe QA1's?
Stay well, guys
IMO, I would not limit your front suspension. I would like to hear how much travel you have up front?
Double adjustable shocks are good on all 4 corners. This is my experience & I used to run QA1 double adjustable on all 4 corners. I forgot what pair I changed out first, front or back. Anyway, I put a set of AFCO double adjustable's on. I was so impressed, I bought another set for the other end of the car. That's my 2 cents worth.
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We need some video of your truck OP. ^^^ Save this video, this is as good as it gets. 60ft clinic. 1.28 n/a 23 sbc 10 x 28 M/T bias
Bounce the frt. and then let it settle, with 90/10's it will take some time so leave it overnight. Pick a spot like the wheelwell and or a spot on the frame and measure both sides. Then jack the truck at the frt. crossmember and allow the wkeels to drop and just before the tires leave the floor stop and remeasure at the same spots. Subtract the first measurement from the secon and you'll know your travel/
You can loosen the control arm shaft nuts and loosen the frt. stiction. If you want you can double nut them if you worry about a nut falling off, they are locknuts.
On a budget the 3 way adjustable Competition Engineering shocks work.
What traction control/aid are you using on the rear?
Thank you, guys for all your thoughtful answers; I'll get back to you soon with a measurement of my front suspension travel.
AFCO shocks? I'll consider those as well.
Sometimes a good set of stock HD gas shocks work great on the rear.
We have a low HP 02 S-10 that we put the Calverts on last year and noticed that you could feel it slightly porposing at the top end of the track(1/4 mile).
This is a 11:80 truck at 113 with a 4 link.
We scaled it and with no weight in the back, just the fuel cell and battery it was 57% on the front and 43% on the back. Left to right with the driver it was good.
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