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How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip

How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip

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How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
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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.

In How 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.



TABLE OF CONTENTS:


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
Specifications
Publisher: CarTech, SA Design
Softcover: Approx. 126 pages
Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
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