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DRR Sportsman
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Tossing around the idea of building new dragster and looking for input on what everyone thinks or likes now a days for must haves. Don't need recommendations for a chassis builder as I already know what direction that is going. Thanks in advance.
 
Posts: 199 | Location: Corunna, Ontario, Canada | Registered: September 30, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Front suspension
Air compressor
Dual calipers/hand brake
Interior power shut off (pretty sure they are standard on most cars now)


Denis LeBlanc

 
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The hand brake is one of handiest [no pun intended] things we installed. It is very nice for unloading in an easily controlled manor and other controlling when pushing the car.


Larry Woodfin



 
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I just had a new car built by American. We put some pretty neat stuff on it.

1. Hand brake
2. dual brakes
3. air compressor
4. float with light in the fuel cell
5. telescoping steering wheel. Helps get in and out of the car as well for other drivers.
6. dual and single chute brackets
7. Headlights (LED)
8. Driver interior panels
9. Interior LED lights
10. Starter bump buttons in the back trans panels
11. Belly pan
 
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I just had a new car built by American. We put some pretty neat stuff on it.

11. Belly pan


Is this belly pan to take the place of a diaper?
 
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You can use it instead of the diaper. I still put the diaper on as well.
 
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I just had a new car built by American. We put some pretty neat stuff on it.

11. Belly pan


Is this belly pan to take the place of a diaper?

You are required to have either or. Carbon belly pan on a dragster is a no brainer IMO
 
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I have all eleven on my new one. I would also add pull out handles! Makes it much easier for us older gentlemen to get out. lol
Sorry correction only ten. I don't have telescoping steering.


Jason Compton
 
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Light inside fuel tank

Roller wheels on chassis at low spots

Remote bump switches or remote click in trigger with long cable so you can lay under and bump the starter for the convertor bolts

Clip on front nose, not dzus

Dual brakes with hand brake

If you can stomach the cost, go ahead and put a floater rear on it

ISP padding tabs

Transmission and engine pans

Get out handles

Adjustable steering

Air compressor

Wing tabs

Tabs for swing arm and 4 link in case you ever change your mind about which you prefer

Bull horns in front of firewall

If you are concerned about weight, ignore most of this lol
 
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I did forget the ISP padding. It takes a time to get used to it.
 
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And hold onto your wallet. Everything is 30% higher or more than it was 3 years ago
 
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Originally posted by racerdude2054:
If you are concerned about weight, ignore ALL of this lol

Quoted for the truth with editing.

Bottom line is you either build to run quick & fast or you build for ease and comfort. That’s why there are dragsters today that weigh over 2000 lbs. with driver and others that weigh less than 1800 lbs. with driver yet they appear to look the same.
 
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My 2006 M&M has most of these features and a bunch of chrome. With an iron block it weighs right at 1700# ready to go, without driver. I only go about 160# myself.

The one thing I don't have is dual brakes/handbrake, but it was built at the time when NHRA was confiscating handles in tech. I wish I had that now.


Tony Leonard
 
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weigh less than 1800 lbs.


Roll Eyes

Best thing I did was add "bull horns" you wouldn't believe how clean the car stays!
 
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Yes less than 1800 lbs. I personally know of several.
 
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The one thing I don't have is dual brakes/handbrake, but it was built at the time when NHRA was confiscating handles in tech. I wish I had that now.


That never made any sense, dual brakes and separate master cylinder is much safer in my opinion.


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Originally posted by racerdude2054:
If you are concerned about weight, ignore ALL of this lol

Quoted for the truth with editing.

Bottom line is you either build to run quick & fast or you build for ease and comfort. That’s why there are dragsters today that weigh over 2000 lbs. with driver and others that weigh less than 1800 lbs. with driver yet they appear to look the same.


Millers Dragster weighed 1560LBS with him in it and that was a 252 wheel base. He never won a race with it, gave up racing because he sucks so bad at it.





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Miller was never a bracket racer, he was a wannabe go fast guy and his former comp car was never a bracket racer.
 
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My new car is at paint now. I had this same question so they sent me the Ultra deluxe package and said delete what you don't want. I never knew all of the Shyt that I "needed". It all comes at a cost in dollars and weight though.

I bracket race so I want comfort although the one thing I see listed here repeatedly is air tank. I opted to go all electric and use the grid as SLE.

I had air tank on my Mullis and never used it for the tires so I went without it.
 
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Have self contained ****pit with AC. The tractors in the fields have them,
 
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