The IMPORTANCE OF SUSPENSION ON DRAG CARS, by Jeanne Linke The IMPORTANCE OF SUSPENSION ON DRAG CARS, by Jeanne Linke Chevy Camaro Firebird Chassis, Roll bars, Cages, Suspensions, shocks, brakes, wheelie bars

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014 Categories: Jeanne Linke's Blog



Whether a drag car is looking to run 14 seconds in the quarter-mile, or 7 seconds, suspension is vital to any competitor’s success.  No matter how much time a racer spends using an engine dyno, he or she can’t truly win without an optimally set up vehicle.  How your drag car leaves the starting line of the drag strip determines your overall elapsed time. 


In Stock Eliminator, there are rules we must follow regarding how far we can really push our engines.  To compensate for the few extra horsepower that your opponent may have over you in a heads-up scenario there are ways to still give you that winning edge.


S&W/CamaroGuys installed their feature 3rd & 4th gen. product, their Anti Roll Bar Kit, underneath my Camaro.  The new makeover also included a modified Adjustable Torque Arm, New Bolt-on Lower Control Arms and a Bolt-on Adjustable Panhard Bar. In addition, their polyurethane bushings are now used throughout the entire rear suspension to eliminate uncontrolled movement.


The main objective for was to free my car up.  "When you take the bind out of the rear and front suspension, the car will leave better and the overall 60 foot elapsed times on the drag strip will be quicker,” said S&W Performance Groups own Scott Weney.


My main challenge was my constant battle with the car’s preload.


We have used an airbag for the last 8 years that I’ve been running the car.  I’m really impressed with my new Anti Roll Bar Kit.  The first pass I made with the new set-up I was able to feel the difference in how even the car left the starting line.


The new upgrades made it simple for my team, Linke Racing, to change the pinion angle on Linke’s 12-bolt rear, through the S&W modified Adjustable Torque Arm as well. 

We found that the car leaves harder with modified torque arm bar, which improved our 60 foot times.  Overall, we improved our elapsed times which is a great achievement.



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