Tuning On Dirt With Rear Steer
We should learn to read the conditions of the track and tune the amount of rear steer. We need much less, maybe none, for tacky and wet conditions and then we can add some RS as the track gets slicker. On extreme dry slick conditions, many teams use a lot of RS to the right. This is accomplished by causing the RR wheel to move back and the LR wheel to move forward as the car rolls and hikes up on the left side. Soft springs, a high center of gravity, a left chassis-mounted track bar running at a high angle, and easy up shocks on the left side all promote the body roll that produces rear steer to the right.

What we need to think about is, do we need a lot of rear steer? In my observations, and this has been fortified by comments I've received from some of the top drivers in Dirt Late Models, a flatter and more straight ahead running car will do very well in 85 to 90 percent of the conditions teams encounter as they travel the circuit. There are times when changes must be made in small amounts for drier conditions and times when the tracks are so dry and slick the teams must go to extremes.

For most events and for most of the race day, minimal rear steer will produce a more consistent lap. Some tracks will yield only so much speed in the turns no matter what you do, but at the end of the day, most will agree that the driver who makes the least mistakes usually has the best chance of winning. So, consistency counts for a lot, just ask Mr. Moyer. When racing on dirt, watch the conditions and be prepared to make changes accordingly, not just to the setup, but also related to rear steer. That way, the car will stay as fast and balanced as it can be throughout all of the changing conditions.