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Title: Help needed...
Post by: Jack Gifford on November 09, 2012, 01:14:25 AM
What is 'Gearsplit'?
Where is 'Gearsplit'?
I read all the posts of all the threads in this forum, without finding the answers. None of the links worked.


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: Stainless1 on November 12, 2012, 12:14:44 AM
Jack, I think it is a program to help you find speeds at RPMs for various tranny and rear end ratios.  We have our own so I have never used it or checked the links


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: kiwi belly tank on December 30, 2012, 07:22:19 PM
Try this website, theres a turbo calculator & off to the right in the side bar is the gearing calculator.
http://www.squirrelpf.com/turbocalc/
  Sid.


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 07, 2018, 08:26:02 AM
Too bad GearSplit is no longer in favor. I loaded it on an old XP machine recently and reacquainted myself with its features. For the first time, I have engine dyno and wind tunnel data (Cd) to accurately arrive at correct gearing for power available. You can guess at Cd or back calculate past runs for a Cd but having the actual number makes for more reliable results. Regardless, what GearSplit did is graph time/distance in feet it took to reach max mph in each gear. Having this feature allowed me to see which gears worked best over a given distance. If I have just three miles of track, I can select gears that give me the most mph for that distance. If I have five miles, the graph tells me if I need to make gear changes. Another great feature is the gear graph itself. Torque values from the dyno are represented by a line and show you if there is sufficient torque to pull gears selected over a given distance. Once the gear line crosses torque line, game over. There is no more mph to be had.

So, if you look at the gear chart along with the time/distance chart, you have a good chance of arriving at correct gears for whatever distance you choose to run. I guess the only problems are; having an old XP machine to run the software and getting Dave Dahlgren to sell you a copy.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: fordboy628 on March 07, 2018, 11:05:39 AM
Performance Trends sells their Transmission Gear Calculator, which does pretty much the same thing.   Plenty of analysis and graphing capability in the Plus version which is what I use.   Runs on current Windows software, so no need for a "frankenputer".

http://performancetrends.com/tg.htm

Std Version $49.95

Plus Version $99.95

 :cheers:
Databoy


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 07, 2018, 11:30:09 AM
Fordboy (Mark?), the Performance Trends software does look similar to GearSplit and by now, would have expected someone to come up with something. Although it may be buried in another part of the software, I did not see a field for entering Cd. Does Performance Trends calculate Cd and does it graph time/distance to reach mph? I only saw a mph/rpm graph. Cd as part of the calculation and a time/distance graph are very important features for we LSR types.

My XP computer is old but still works fine for GearSplit. This may be a good thing because computers running XP are nearly giveaway. No need for an expensive computer to run GS.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: Rex Schimmer on March 07, 2018, 01:56:10 PM
John,
So what is the Cd of your lakester? Did you get it via speed vs. hp calculations or did you run at a wind tunnel?

Rex


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 07, 2018, 02:17:29 PM
Rex, I bit the bullet and took the lakester to Darko in Ogden, UT. It was only 30 miles from I-80 heading home to Wichita so I didn't want to miss the opportunity. Besides, the tunnel came with Tom Burkland who was a very big asset! Cd was .27 but easily improved to .25 with a few additions mocked up in cardboard. There may be more gain yet but time and money prevent this short term. Found a couple of handling improvements too. One was a big handling improvement that gets done first, over all else.

It may not exist but would be helpful if there was an averaged % factor for Cd of rolling wheels that could be applied to wind tunnel data. Not too many rolling ground plane wind tunnels close by and likely well beyond my anemic budget anyway. Woody is the guy who could help out here.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: Lemming Motors on March 09, 2018, 07:48:38 AM
John

I am assuming that Cd (0.25 after improvements) is with the axles and wheels out in the breeze so that is all in tested in a full size wind tunnel. Would you share the 0.02 improvement?

I am a complete novice here but 0.25 seems very (very) good?
I was assuming a body Cd around the 0.2 - 0.25 mark and then add drag from all the 'Lakester' bits (i.e. wheels and axles).

Are you able to comment on your frontal area (fuselage / body only?).

John - dreaming G/GL glory but expecting the fate of Lemmings


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: Sumner on March 09, 2018, 10:18:08 AM
.It may not exist but would be helpful if there was an averaged % factor for Cd of rolling wheels that could be applied to wind tunnel data....

Thanks for the input on your car  :-).

I've looked over the years for the CD you mentioned without much luck.  You can find a number of different numbers but I'll bet that ....

(http://1fatgmc.com/car/misc-pics-1/F1-1.jpg)

F1 and some of the other open-wheel cars know.  Look at all that is going on ahead of the open wheel above.  None legal of course for a lakester but there might be similar things that can be done inside the inner plane of the wheel/tire.  Of course a lot of their aero has more to do with downforce vs. the aero we are looking for.

One might want to look at some of the spreadsheets that I have here ....

http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/bvillecar/bville-spreadsheet-index.html

... that don't have the time/distance aspect but where you can input different CD's for the body and the wheels.  Also you can plot gear changes and see the rpm at any speed amd see if your torque/HP curve is good enough to pull the car at that speed,

Sumner


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 09, 2018, 11:11:46 AM

Are you able to comment on your frontal area (fuselage / body only?).

.25 Cd is the complete car, with all its warts, in a full scale wind tunnel. Most of the improvement came from a three foot addition to the rear. My car is larger than most G/GL and G/FL competitors because I am old and fat. My engine package allows for a much lower profile car, like yours and Bockscar but I simply don't fit in those cars.  

Frontal area is 9 sq. ft. but this includes wheels, suspension and everything else hanging out in the air. One thing about frontal area; it is good to have the lowest FA possible but if by reducing this value, you greatly disturb aero, there could be a net increase in Cd.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 09, 2018, 11:24:41 AM

http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/bvillecar/bville-spreadsheet-index.html

... that don't have the time/distance aspect but where you can input different CD's for the body and the wheels.  Also you can plot gear changes and see the rpm at any speed amd see if your torque/HP curve is good enough to pull the car at that speed,

Sumner


Hi Sum:

I have used your calculator (thanks Hooley) and Stainless' too. Both were very good and worked well. Both came close to old GearSplit numbers before I knew what my Cd was for certain. Prior to this, I think we used .4 as the Cd when calculating for gears. Pretty standard for an open wheel race car. The time/distance feature was singularly most important. I was able to put together several possible gear combinations that worked. All but one placed maximum mph well past the five mile so those were no good. Only one set put us half way through mile five at max mph and that is the gear package going in the car.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: fordboy628 on March 09, 2018, 11:53:11 AM
Fordboy (Mark?), the Performance Trends software does look similar to GearSplit and by now, would have expected someone to come up with something. Although it may be buried in another part of the software, I did not see a field for entering Cd. Does Performance Trends calculate Cd and does it graph time/distance to reach mph? I only saw a mph/rpm graph. Cd as part of the calculation and a time/distance graph are very important features for we LSR types.

My XP computer is old but still works fine for GearSplit. This may be a good thing because computers running XP are nearly giveaway. No need for an expensive computer to run GS.

John

Hi John,

Well, I am unfamiliar with the "GearSplit" software.    My disclaimer is that I own and use a lot of Performance Trends Software, and have a good relationship with the folks at the company.

They also offer:   Drag Race Analyzer Pro Ver. 2.0,   specifically for Land Speed Racers.

http://performancetrends.com/Bonneville-land-speed-record-computer-simulation.htm

It is being used for simulation work on the "Carbonite" streamliner, and Rob is very positive about how well it is working.    It adds cd, etc and other drag variables into the calculations.



Also available is:   Bonneville Pro from Quarterjr Software.   I have this and use it.   It also has inputs for cd, cda, etc

There are also many members of the board that use it, including Woody.     It is currently available on SpeedTalk in a $99.00 "bulk buy" deal, that SpeedTalk offers about once a year.

http://speedtalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=52417


There are 12 apps included and one has 52 specialized racing calculators for incredible value.     There are 158 of 200 presold and only 4 days left to reach the 200 minimum.
Most of these apps are $59 to $79 each so . . . . . . . .


Of course, if you are happy with GearSplit, there is no reason to change if it does what you need.    And you don't have to learn any new systems/software/etc, PLUS, there is no cost.

I use data all the time to make decisions.    There are other folks who do not.     Ya pays yo money, and makes your choice . . . . . . .

 :cheers:
Mark


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 09, 2018, 12:12:20 PM
Mark, who told you I am a sucker for a deal? Loose lips, sink ships and in my case, have been torpedoing the old bank account with this car. So, 99 bucks for Bonneville Pro, you say? The cycle never ends.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: jacksoni on March 09, 2018, 02:48:09 PM
Mark, who told you I am a sucker for a deal? Loose lips, sink ships and in my case, have been torpedoing the old bank account with this car. So, 99 bucks for Bonneville Pro, you say? The cycle never ends.

John
It is $99 for Bonneville Pro but a whole lot of other stuff as well. Look at the line up, impressive savings if you can use. Includes PipeMax!


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: fordboy628 on March 09, 2018, 02:59:17 PM
It is $99 for Bonneville Pro but a whole lot of other stuff as well. Look at the line up, impressive savings if you can use. Includes PipeMax!

x2!

Like I said: 12 apps total.    Probably $1200/$1500 if purchased separately . . . . . .

 :cheers:
Fordboy


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: fordboy628 on March 09, 2018, 02:59:52 PM
John,

I'm still running most of my apps under Windows 7 on "older" (4/5 years) laptops & desktops.    Used laptops of this vintage are very affordable, sometimes they can be give away types.     With a purchase of say, Windows 7 Ultimate, ($? ?)   and a solid state hard drive  < $70 for 240GB, your total cost could be < $200 if you are able to change the drive and configure the laptop yourself.

OR, you can just buy a new laptop at BestBuy, WalMart, whatever, for ~ $350 to $400 for a NEW Thinkpad, Notebook, or whatever.

Less features = lower price;  more features = higher price;  go figure . . . . .

Now that I am "mostly retired", cost is a consideration for me as well.   My big expense is: printer ink!   As expensive as liquid plutonium . . . . . . . .    I now buy ink in bulk and refill my own cartridges.   Somehow I've turned into my grandfather, or: Mr. Wilson!

 :cheers:
Prettytechnoboy


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 09, 2018, 08:58:36 PM
OK, I did my part. I am #163 but looks doubtful they reach 200 by 3/13. One can hope.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: fordboy628 on March 09, 2018, 10:41:09 PM

OK, I did my part. I am #163 but looks doubtful they reach 200 by 3/13. One can hope.

John


Not to worry.    I've seen these "Bulk Buys" 2/3 times now, and there is always a rush to buy at the last minute, say the last 6/12 hours.

 :cheers:
F/b


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: wobblywalrus on March 10, 2018, 01:21:29 AM
The programs have value, for sure.  It is possible to calculate the needed gearing to a gnat's butt of accuracy on the computer and be totally off during race week.  The reason is that we race in varying and unpredictable track conditions.  A method that sorta works is to get the gearing in the ballpark using the programs and to concentrate on having the ability to make quick ratio changes while on the salt.   


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 10, 2018, 07:59:26 AM
The programs have value, for sure.  It is possible to calculate the needed gearing to a gnat's butt of accuracy on the computer and be totally off during race week.  The reason is that we race in varying and unpredictable track conditions.  A method that sorta works is to get the gearing in the ballpark using the programs and to concentrate on having the ability to make quick ratio changes while on the salt.   

I agree fully, WW. Getting close on correct gear ratios can sometimes be problomatic. Kind of like sighting in a rifle for the first time. I remember my first pass at Bonneville. I used the same Hewland Mk9 gearbox I have today and thought gear spread was close. Well, never got out of first gear for the entire pass. But we did not have gear calculators specifically for Bonneville back then (1993).

Strong points of that little Hewland are number of gear choices and can be swapped out in around 30 minutes.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: fordboy628 on March 10, 2018, 10:35:26 AM

OK, I did my part. I am #163 but looks doubtful they reach 200 by 3/13. One can hope.

John


Not to worry.    I've seen these "Bulk Buys" 2/3 times now, and there is always a rush to buy at the last minute, say the last 6/12 hours.

 :cheers:
F/b

Up to 177 of 200 already this morning.     There will probably be several sold over the weekend.

 :cheers:  :cheers:  :cheers:
F/b


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: fordboy628 on March 10, 2018, 10:40:21 AM
The programs have value, for sure.  It is possible to calculate the needed gearing to a gnat's butt of accuracy on the computer and be totally off during race week.  The reason is that we race in varying and unpredictable track conditions.  A method that sorta works is to get the gearing in the ballpark using the programs and to concentrate on having the ability to make quick ratio changes while on the salt.   

I agree fully, WW. Getting close on correct gear ratios can sometimes be problomatic. Kind of like sighting in a rifle for the first time. I remember my first pass at Bonneville. I used the same Hewland Mk9 gearbox I have today and thought gear spread was close. Well, never got out of first gear for the entire pass. But we did not have gear calculators specifically for Bonneville back then (1993).

Strong points of that little Hewland are number of gear choices and can be swapped out in around 30 minutes.

John

The need to be able to quickly change gear ratios was what drove the development of the "Hewland" style, changable ratio gear box.     And there is always that need.    Probably the only thing faster is a "Halibrand" style "quick change", but that only changes the diff/overall ratio.

 :cheers:
F/b


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 10, 2018, 05:42:48 PM
The need to be able to quickly change gear ratios was what drove the development of the "Hewland" style, changable ratio gear box.     And there is always that need.    Probably the only thing faster is a "Halibrand" style "quick change", but that only changes the diff/overall ratio.

 :cheers:
F/b

Weismann transaxles loaded gears from the side, eliminating the need to take all internals out through the back. But Hewland is still pretty easy.

John


Title: Re: Help needed...
Post by: ggl205 on March 12, 2018, 11:50:14 AM
That group buy for Engine Pro suite of racing calculator apps just hit the 200 threshold. Looks like I will have something new to play with.

John