Somehow, we’re all gear heads. We all know what does what, and what makes a car fast… right? The fact is that despite all the theory we can read in books, or find in the FAQ on, half the time we don’t even know our cars well enough to properly diagnose the problem. Not only that, the other half of the time theory proves itself to be just that, and then, if you are like me, you will begin to question the very nature of science and resort to various voodoo’s and nonsensical rituals.

My point is that, I have tried and failed many times. Name a book on suspension theory and vehicle dynamics and I’ve probably read it. (I’ve never been much of a drivetrain guy.) I have a degree in mathematics, and I’ve spent many hours trying to figure out what does what, and how. I think about this stuff a lot, and as a result I feel like I have made HUGE advances since I first bolted on springs and shocks and set my car to specs I found on club4ag. Not that this means you should wait on my every word. I made this section just because, such things have been a big part of my car life. I’m not intending for you to agree with me, and I haven’t created this as a reference for anyone.

The writings below are often based on, or a follow up of writings on my previous webpage.  If you are so keen, check them out.

Supposedly the ultimate step in suspension tuning and set up, it is my belief that corner weighting is often quite misunderstood and the actual act of doing it, very over rated. Here is why… Corner weighting doesn’t change (or at least not in any meaningful way), front to back weight distribution, or improve left side versus right side balance. You […]

Balancing Scales

Strength versus weight…. the common belief is that you can drill holes in practically anything to make it lighter, without compromising strength. We drill holes in everything, and seldom worry about the strength of what is left behind. A lot of the time it doesn’t matter. Sometimes strength and stiffness is critical however. In that case, is it true that […]

You Already Know This

Last year, I had a brief love affair with aluminum. I bought a spool gun for my old Lincoln 180, a canister of argon, and went about learning how to weld and work with aluminum. It went so well in the beginning, that I imagined making everything out of aluminum. Nevermind intercooler piping and catch tanks, I was thinking struts, […]

Worth Even A Stack of Dimes?

Drivetrain mods are for max winning IMO. Nothing you can do to your car is more under rated in it’s impact on performance and drivability… particularly differential set up. AE86 was a very simple lesson in this. A stock [Canadian] AE86 with an open diff is basically no fun at all. Tall and soft, it teases you often by playing […]

No Humping. Straight Porking.

Having first read about this two years ago… there is no breaking news here. At the time of first reading though, the concept of shock valving was only vaguely meaningful to me, and I didn’t fully understand what I was reading. Car design is often about compromise. Want a great camber curve? Jack that roll center up. Want negative lift […]

Regressive Revolution

All the technology of the US military… and good old fashioned wood comes out on top. WTF eh? The last splitter I constructed laid fiberglass over a balsa wood core. It was supposed to be far superior to the solid birch splitters I had used in the past. The FRP/Balsa splitter cost me about $200 and 8 hours of time […]

Mother Nature is Boss

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6 thoughts on “Mother Nature is Boss

  • Q

    I don’t want a Morgan… or at least, I don’t want to pay for one. Make one maybe… I’ve been talking for three years about making the girls a kart. I should probably use birch… the thought of paying for steel, or eating steel dust always deters me when I get out to the shop.

  • Paul

    Steel dust or saw dust?
    Welding is superior to screws/glue
    But I would say wood splitter all the way, especially without the facilities to do dry carbon vacuum bagged and oven cured.
    Cost is always considered, my duckbill spoiler is metal, because it’s super low to the ground, and I jump my car lots. A fibre glass spoiler would explode, the metal one just bends, and I bend it back.
    Didn’t old f1 cars use 2×4’s that basically sat on the ground at full downforce to keep the actual carbon tub off the ground?
    Good enough for f1 good enough for me