SPEED NEWS June 2016

Speed News Magazine - The Official Magazine of the National Auto Sport Association

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BUDGET BUILD: HONDA CHALLENGE PART 3 A fter we found our Honda Challenge project car for $500 at a tow yard, and then had Autopower put a roll cage in it, we were ready to start improving the car's performance. We decided to begin with the suspension, because the guys at TEM Machine Shop were still building our B18A1 engine, so we had nothing better to do than start playing with the chassis. TESTING As we were trying to decide on the best bang for our bucks as we built our budget Honda Challenge car, there was a lot of debate about which direction to go. Talking with a bunch of Honda Challenge racers, we found out that everybody has a lot of opinions about car setup, and about springs and shocks. We wanted to test a few theories with brake and suspension choices just to be sure we get the best performance possible from our project car. While we were waiting for our cage and engine to be completed, we slapped some stickers on a very stock Acura Integra and went out to see how competitive the car would be and to test some different components. Our testing resulted in some pretty obvious answers. SUSPENSION AND BRAKES STORY AND PHOTOS BY ROB KRIDER 1 To make these front-wheel- drive machines rotate, a nice stiff rear end keeps the car loose. The numbers on the spring "0800.250.1000" indicate the spring is 8 inches tall, with a 2.5 inch inner diameter and a 1,000-pound spring rate. 1 38

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