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355 VS Ute going to red centre nats

Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by 355vscommy, Jan 10, 2019.

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    Hi guys I’m taking my 500hp+ vs 355 manual Ute to red centre nats this year plan on doing the burnout comp and drags aswell as the usual cruising ect
    I’m looking at getting some drag radials for it what should I be looking for and what size fits I have 245/40r19s on atm and they fit fine not sure if I will fit a 15” over my brakes tho something I need to check

    Was thinking 255/60r15

    It’s running 3.9 diff lsd (thinking about putting spool in)(has never single wheeled tho)
    Has boxed top upper control arms and adjustable coil overs all round
    Anything I should think about doing to help at the strip? On street traction is pritty much non existent 1st and 2nd and that’s detuned to run on pump98

    Hoping to have new E85 efi setup before I go
     
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    Stock 5l manual utes struggled for traction from factory. Good luck.
     
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    What rear brakes do you have?
    I have M/T 255 on a 16" rim. Brakes are 315mm VE with a little shaving for clearance to 16's (a different rim may fit better)
     
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    Also, you should start a build thread on your ute
     
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    Yeh I’ve been meaning to just getting time to site down and do it maybe this arvo it has the ve twin piston fronts with 330s I think and rears are be 315s ve’s
    I have rolled the guards front and rear
    I’d love to fit 275s but don’t know if they will fit and yeh wasn’t sure if I could run 16” or 17” rims running 19x8.5” atm
     
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    Sounds like same rear brakes as me. As said, I am running VS SS rims with Mickey Thompson tyres. But had to shave calipers a bit for clearance. Hunt around and you may find a 16 the works (un-shaved).

    Raced a BA ute at the drags once (and beat him of course) and he always had a ballast weight in the tray for traction. Reckoned he was faster overall that way. And he had hundreds of runs under his belt (I think he won nightspeed series that year)
     
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    Yeh mates with both they tyre shops in town so might have to get a few options and do some trialing of rims
    Thought about putting some ballast in the back might be a option to try while at the track
    The 255/60/16 fit good? Is there much room left?
    Was also tossing up the idea of tubing to get enuff room for 275s wouldn’t be to hard being a Ute I have access to a tig
     
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    What section should I do the build thread
     
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    255/50-16 I think.
    Shoot for 25.7" or 26" tall I reckon
     
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    I'm running vf ssv redline 19x10 inch wrapped in 275/30 with a 10mm spacer rolled guards too and everything just fits.
     
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    Setup is ordinary at best if wanting strip work.

    smaller brakes
    15x7 chaser with 255/60/15 slick...radial works better for auto cars unless driving to track/home then borrow or buy radials
    adjustable top arms to correct pinion angle
    set shocks on softer settings & get a mate to film how it launches & adjust accordingly.

    Probably have to ride clutch to balance wheelspin/traction.

    If just cbf'd just fit 16x7 chaser with tall tyres & hope for the best on drag strip then smash tyres off in burnout comp.
     
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    yeh I thought about getting some smaller rear brakes just a pain to swop them the car is getting trailered to Alice springs so can trailer it around but will have multiple sets of tyres the 19s for cruising set or 2 for burnouts and 1 set for drags being able to put 15"s on would make it easier.
    there is nothing where I live either have to travel 800km to Darwin or 1700km to Alice to race at the drags so not going to happen alot wanna make it worth while.
    its not a drag car I just want it best I can get it
    and yeh was planning on softening the shocks up should I be softer in the front? the shocks are only adjustable rebound and compression together
     
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    What should the pinion angle be at?
     
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    2 deg down generally although bit more involved with gearbox & centre bearing angles if want to do it properly....just soften rear a few turns as long as it doesn't tramp & use clutch best you can.

    Last vs ute I set up rear was whiteline adjustable arms,pedders comfort gas shocks,6cyl wagon springs minus a coil,adjustable panhard & stock bushes.
    Front was stocker 6cyl struts,15x7 rim 235/60 slicks...shaved heads,cammed ls1/t56/4.11

    Ran 11's,always broke something in rear end at track with slicks yet hilarious on street tyres
     
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    Yeh right not keen on running full slicks for that reason of braking stuff

    Ordered adjustable pan hard bar and upper arms last night aswell as weld in strengthening plates for the lower arms

    Was talking to my boss today about me diff he suggested making a 2nd diff up with 4.11 gears and mini spool with standard brakes
    Then I can keep my lsd and then I have a spare diff aswell
    We have another T5 v8 gearbox laying around so I will have a spare diff and gearbox to take to Alice with me
    Just need to find another wagon or ute diff
     
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    Twisted lower control arms at spring seat or would tear teeth off 3.9-4.11 b/w crownwheels...pro9 arms & crewman diff would've fixed it but owner was over it by then.

    3rd gear on T5 had a habit of exiting gearbox on mates Brocks...toploader conversion got popular in 90's lol
     
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    Yeh I’ve heard bout 3rd gear that’s why I’m planing on taking a spare haha just see what happens I spose
    As long as I get in the 11’s I’ll be a happy camper
     
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    Full spool or mini spool? I’m leaning towards full spool with a new set of 4.11 gears
     
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    mini spool + spare set of stock axles..cheap & cheerful,gears will be weak link with traction

    full spool or truetrac if narrow diff or decide 31 spline axles down the track or better yet crewman diff
     

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