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How to Make Your Car Handle Paperback – January 1, 1987
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The book has two major flaws.
First, it's horribly outdated. The copyright date is 1981, and the I have the 32nd printing; but it seems like the book was never revised since its publication. I began amusing myself by guessing which companies and suppliers mentioned in the book were no longer in business, and finding which products were no longer manufactured.
The book mentions some specific measurements and values, but discusses no car newer than 1979 or 1980. Some tables (such as the list of wheel bolt patterns) don't mention a car newer than 1975! While the hard statistics and tables which discuss specific models might be interesting to someone doing restorations or who is a vintage racer, they're of no use to anyone who's racing modern cars. Even if an older model of your car is listed, it's probably been redesigned enough to make dimensions (if not the advice itself) obsolete.
There are some innovations that the book doesn't even mention. For example, the section on tires doesn't discuss metric tire sizes (where the section width and aspect ratio are explicitly given, like 255-50R15) and instead includes tables that show the depricated tire size codes (where the section width is designated by a letter, as B50-15).
The book includes between zero and little advice on modern suspension tuning techniques. There's no mention of corner-balancing and cross-weighting in the book. The section on pyrometer use for diagnosing a car's handling is less than half a page long and includes a couple of flaws.Read more ›
Then he gets into explaining how to tweak your car and modify the chassis. It's best to read the "whys" in chapter two before attempting to read the "hows" in the later chapters. Otherwise, you won't have a good understanding of why he's recommending changes or if you *should* make the change.
The book is a little old, but is still applicable to any modern car.
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I had this book years ago and it has a lot of good information on the basics of how to make a car handle and maneuver well.Published 9 months ago by R.E. Klaus
Actually purchased this book at my brother's request [he lost his copy years ago] and flipping thru it was very impressed by the content: I'll be reading this before I pass it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by L.A. Biker
I have been using this book for 25 years of my racing career. I believe it is at least partially responsible for my winning 5 SCCA Championships in the Central Florida Reason. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan Liddy