Ok got back from some racing with the 'cuda. Used the time to mostly get a feel of the car and for fine tuning before a club meet next meet.
The speed of the car is right up there with my Evo3.
With a Monster Stock geared at 6.4 the car had plenty of speed on a large track.
The PAL drive system seems to have no negative impact on the car's peformance. I didn't really notice any improvements to the acceleration or top speed as a result of the upgrade so the jury is still out on the benefits of the PAL drive system. But it does look good on the car
I went with 1.5 x 5.25 springs all around and it did seem to make the car more responsive to my input but it did feel very twitchy. The rear end had too much grip which resulted in some understeer. I was also using 50wt oil all around. May need to try some sway bars on the rear.
I was using some square rear alloy hubs which seem to have no toe at all. I measured the rear toe on the setup station to be about -1 degree.
There was some bad luck at the end of the day when a bearing in the front gear box gave way causing some really weird sounds.
Haven't had much luck with bearing in either of my cars. I stuck with the stock bearings and it looks like I may need to try some better quality bearings.
Oh well will see what happens next week I suppose.