Tips for buying a junior dragster

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Tips for buying a junior dragster

Postby Honey » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:06 pm

Purchasing your junior dragster
Purchasing your junior dragster
These are some helpful hints that we wish we knew about when we started drag racing.

Things to look for when buying a new car.

When you are in the market for a new car, it is hard to give you a list of things to look for. You are really doing more of comparing features, location and price.
Do you need a shock car? This dilemma is debatable from both sides. We could go on and on, but make an informed decision before you buy.

Body: Do you want fiberglass or metal? How many pieces do you want the body to be in?

Engine Area: Is there enough room for the engine and clutch? Do you want your engine angled?

Growing Room: Is there room for child to grow? Can you move the petals, if so how much?

Things to look for when buying a used car.

The condition of the seat belts: Make sure they are strong enough and are not worn. If they are and that is the only thing wrong with the car, don't worry you can buy new ones for about $60 and up, and they are easy to intall.

Wear and condition of the tires: You want to check the groove marks and make sure they are not dryrotted from sitting in the garage to long.

Quailily and condition of welds in frame : Make sure there are not incomplete or cracked welds or a just a poor quality weld in general.

Brakes: If the brake pads or rotor is worn, take in to consideration the cost of replacing. Steel brake lines I believe are mandatory for NHRA and may be for IHRA. (we try to keep the cars to NHRA specifications, since they are usually more strict). So if the car does not have them add this to your price tag.

Steering: Avoid go cart steering it makes it difficult to turn these long cars at some tracks. Adding rack and pinon steering does not always make the car steer better. We added this to Travis'and we still had to get the front end redone.

Growing room: Can the pedal be moved? If so how far?
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