Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
September 21, 2016

As the Plant Manager, and Director of Engineering and Manufacturing at Steeda Autosports in Valdosta, Georgia, Scott Boda knows a thing or two about suspension. He’s been with Steeda for over 17 years, beginning with the company’s Pompano Beach, Florida location. When the company opened its second location in Valdosta, Scott relocated from South Florida to help get it up and running.

Speaking of being up and running, he recently had to get his 1990 LX back in running condition. “I tore it down as I had some bad rings in the engine from a popped head gasket,” Scott says. Basically, Scott performed a fresh rebuild, upgrading much of the valvetrain, as well. The 438-inch Windsor sports a “fairly large solid-roller Bennett Racing custom cam,” as Scott puts it, and he says valvetrain technology has come a long way. Therefore, he added oversize pushrods and adjustable guide plates, which Scott says should help the RPM of the engine, as well as, overall efficiency.

“It's a Dart-based, 438-inch small block,” Scott says. “I run old school Trick Flow High Port heads done by Bennett Racing, and it's made 702hp on an engine dyno on motor alone,” he adds. Up until this last rebuild, Scott had been using a Nitrous Express single stage 200 horsepower shot, but he’ll be trying his hand at a two-stage system this time around. He’s hoping to greatly improve on his current 8.74 at 156 mph best.

Scott has been a huge proponent of nitrous with the car, but he’s switching it up a tad by adding a Nitrous Express two-stage plate system this time around. Up until this switch, he’s had a single-stage 200 horsepower shot. Behind the big Windsor is a Performance Automatic Super Comp C4 with a PTC converter.

For suspension, Steeda is most known for its street car and road racing prowess, but the manufacturer also has a wide array of drag racing components, as well. Scott’s car is proof they work. “I run Steeda adjustable uppers with rod ends and spherical bearings,” Scott says. “The lowers are our billet weight jackers. I still think these are the best lowers out there for the strength, bushing combos, and ability to raise or lower the rear of the car like a coilover,” he adds. Scott also utilizes Steeda’s Street Anti-Roll Bar, which allows the use of a 3-inch exhaust and tailpipes. To finish off the rear, Scott runs Steeda’s drag springs with Strange Engineering 10-way adjustable shocks.

Scott has owned the car for over 20 years now. He bought the car over a Christmas break while attending Florida State (Go ‘Noles). As you can see, Scott still relies on what can now be classified as old school Weld Draglites, but his tire of choice is the latest Mickey Thompson 275/60 ET Street Radial Pro.

Up front, Scott uses a QA1 tubular K-member, which Steeda offers, along with Tokico drag struts; and Steeda coilovers, caster/camber plates, and bumpsteer kit. Even with all the lightweight stuff on the car, Scott’s LX still boasts a full interior, which doesn’t help the car’s waistline. “It weighs in at 3,350 pounds, but I enjoy driving my car, so it’s not a gutted race car, even though I know it would be quicker,” he says.

With the car’s new combo, Scott’s hoping to improve on his previous best, which is an 8.74 at 156 mph. “That was only on the 200 shot, so I am hoping for much more once I get both stages dialed in.”