I finally took my car to the track this weekend and had a blast. I didn't really push it real hard as I'm a rookie at best. Just mainly wanted to see what its all about. I'd like to do it again. I was wondering what are some of the known weak points in this car that would tend to break drag racing? 97 GTS Headers/exhaust and Roe Tune.
I suspected it might be somewhere in the drive train area. Where do you order these half shafts from? As in when they break. I'd like to really beef up any weakness of the car. I doubt I"ll ever get into drag racing big time, however I'd like to have a car that I can take to the track at random and drive it home afterwards without worry about too much breaking during the fun. Even if the parts are overkill. If I have a parts list/price listing I can justify it more. "I'm going out today knowing that the (insert part here) Half shafts are the most likely to break today, this will cost me X". This way I know what I'm getting into before the heartache happens.
If u run stock tires, not drag radials, u will have no problem with half shafts. Unless u have severe wheel hop.
Agreed, just bolt ons, and street tires, stay with stock. You can get Unitrax halfshafts for about $800-$900. Or I can sell you a set of stockers you can use to replace a broken one for $150 each. A spare Diff might be nice, but if you go that route, might as well stick in 3.55 gears and keep your stock rearend as a backup. You will have a lot more fun driving around with the 3.55s.
One thing that contributes to the wheel hop is worn/old engine/trans mounts. They are cheap and fun to replace.
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Thanks guys, I may be putting the wagon before the horse here. It was literally my first time at the drag strip this weekend. Just bolt ons and street tires. I didnt run any good times at all, but had a ton of fun. Which got me thinking, I want to do it more, however have to take a step back and ask the question of what's going to break first as dragging the car puts more stress on those weak points than normal cruising. I'm not opposed to going overboard and spending the money on the Unitrax shafts. I have a spare set of wheels I thought about going a drag tire on. Perhaps the half shafts would be a good idea before the tires.
Think of your driveline as a unit, with the weakest link becomes the fuse. If the tires' traction is the weak link, all that happens is they spin. If you put on sticky tires, then other parts of the driveline become the fuse, and they cost money. You are better to get quicker on stock tires.
Your 97' model also has the smaller 3/8 ring gear bolts which have been known to sheer off. Mopar went with bigger 7/16 ring gear bolts to cure this on later models. Stay away from the drag radials/slicks and don't let the wheel hop get carried away and everything might live a long time. Then again it might not. Racing breaks shit, always has and always will.
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