Hey Dave the layout was the same but when we run again on the 7th they will have a nice new layout for the new 06 season. Yeah the ball ends being cut out some was a great help. I used the rear ones once and didn't pop the balls off so you gotta like that as adjustments are a breeze. I will take pics for those who never seen this done.
I had some steering issues but it was 95% a ball end that fit relly tight and was binding up everything and then the other part was a tight steering knuckle but when I went thru and tightened them up good that problem was solved.
The steering rack has some slop but has no binding to my car tracks well. I thought about order a aluminum steering rack for it but I didn't get that far yet. Still thinking about it but I might go ahead and do that. My steering racks having slop has never been an issue for me as a little slop is fine and I shim them if needed so no biggie. Very minor issue but easily solved.
Here is something I thought was a little funny. I ran 32's tires the 1st heat and then felt brave and ran RP 36's for the next run and went 3 seconds faster. Car pushed but traction was good front and rear. For the 3rd heat to get a little more steering I went to the blue Associated spring (Had the gold on the front) to soften it a tad to get a little more steeering overall. Damn if it didn't seem to push more.
Nothing bad but it was worse. For the main I used a little more front compound and it was a tad better. I don't compound the whole front but I think next time I run I will work on making my car work when compounding the whole front tire. More consistant since I don't need to worry if I used to little or too much on the front.