Popping a Wheelie

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by Malum Prohibitum, May 2, 2007.

  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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  2. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Romans 1:16

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    Oh MP! But I did have someone in high school that had a car that could do that. It was a Maverick Grabber. He worked at Riverside Ford in Macon after school and the mechanics helped him work on it. It had two four-barrell carbs that I remember. I can't remember the size of the engine. But it had a lot of racing extra's that the mechanics installed on it.
    The problem was that he use to pop the wheelies in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot. He always had a glove box full of speeding tickets.

    This was in 1972- 73 somewhere in there. :D
     

  3. tj2000

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    True!! But as an engineer I bet the engine is in the trunk area of the car. The reason I say this is the axle and drive train would have to with stand a great amount of torque, If the engine where in the trunk area he would have a direct drive to the engine and could quite easily flip the car if he wasn't careful.
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  4. Malum Prohibitum

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    Tj2000, there are lots and lots of cars that can do that with their engines in the front, where they belong, you just don't ususally see it on a public street (for lack of traction).

    Pay your entry fee at any public dragstrip and you are likely to see several cars that can do it. Yes, their rearend and axles are aftermarket pieces.
     
  5. slabertooch

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    Yep I used to run drags when I lived in SC. Wasn't unusual for a guy to come clean off the ground, usually though after a couple of runs, something would break halfway down the track.

    I never ran muscle cars, but I did have a 85 RX7 with a 350 in it, as well as a 87 RX7 Turbo II that I ran on weekends, for craps and giggles. Lots of fun, and no worries about getting the vehicle impounded.
     
  6. viper32cm

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    Can't say that I had a car in HS that could do that either. '87 Monte Carlo with a low compression 305 and the secondaries didn't function. It wasn't exactly "exciting."

    Looks like an illegal road race to me. Hopefully the guy got arrested and put in jail with some extra "friendly" cell mates. I have 0 sympathy for people who engage in such activities, more dangerous IMO than most mall ninjas.

    And yes it isn't too terribly difficult to get a properly setup drag car to do this. There are special shock kits that gives the front axle a lot of lift upon on set of dynamic weight transfer, it helps with the launch, redcues 60' times, etc.
     
  7. Adam5

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    As a former street racer, I'll agree with Viper on the shocks. Having true drag shocks helps. The are designed so that the front shocks extend easily and quickly, but are hard to compress. The rears do the opposite, the compress very easily, but are hard to extend. The idea is to get as much weight as possible on the rear axle as fast as possible, so that your traction increases. Even with the right shock setup, and enough power (which can be less than you think) it's hard to do on the street. The issue is traction. If you are running DOT legal slicks and are on concrete, it's possible, but more than likely non-DOT slicks would have to be used to get a wheelie like that one, especially if the street is asphalt as most are. When I used to race, we used an industrial park, since the roads were wide, concrete instead of asphalt, and deserted late at night.
     
  8. Boy Racer

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    That's also an 1/8-mile car, so you know he's sporting at least 4.88s or more likely 5.30s in the rear end. Cool trick none the less. 8)
     
  9. Malum Prohibitum

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    I don't know how long it has been since you have been into this, but that is not the current thinking on the rear shock technology for the best launch.
     
  10. Adam5

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    I've been out of it since about '90 or so. I blew my engine then totalled the car about 1/2 second later. I decided that I didn't the money to rebuild and had too much sense to anyway. :D
     
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