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Old 04-02-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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Is it possible to drift an automatic?

I have a 2000 v6 mustang automatic transmission. Is it possible to drift it? If so, how?
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it all depends on the tires if they allow traction to be broke or not, you wont really have that much power so not 100% sure how it will work


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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

it could be done with an auto, but you'll never have the torque to do it with a V6
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

Not to mention the open diff will not help your drifting out at all...
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

another good point.




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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

You could drift with an automatic transmission but you'd have a lot less control than you could with a manual.
What if half way around a corner it decides to shift? Using an auto not only eliminates many techniques used to initiate a drift, but puts you at the mercy of the transmission. It doesn't know the difference between going up a steep hill and sliding around a turn.
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

He was stalking me again yesterday searching for my posts specifically...so I figured I would at least say hi.
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how did you find out this info
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

technically right before started it you could shift it into a gear and that way its locked in that one gear, but hitting that gear perfect would be hard in an auto imo.
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

lock first gear.. get up to 4000 rpm while going in wide circles, release gas pedal for a sec or two, and then push it to the floor and turn wheel to the opposite direction.. it requires you to feel the right moment and steer it just right, but its very possible. i driftet my transmission to death tho. (i drifted an auto v6 un locked) dont ever try it on public roads. 1.) you dont know how and you will 100% crush into something (i hope it wont be people if you do try it in town.)/
2.) even while training in a lot or something make sure you have ALOT of room for error. i drifted of course like 7 times when i just started learning how.

drifting can be very fun. it makes you a better driver and improves your driving reflexes such as looking at the place you want to get to instead of the place the car wants to. but its dangerous, it ruins your car, and is quite costly overall.

to make it abit easier to drift, fill tires up to 50-60 psi and loose all the weight you can of the car. even the spare wheel.
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

Ohh its possible....just wait for it to rain....lol
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

or you could also try this trick:

hehe.. i got a buddy who did this.. and hes drifting a Daihatsu shermant 40hp.. its allways raining for him
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

well drifting a auto v6 stang is possable and i have seen it before at the last drift event. ebrake and lots of gas.
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

i didnt use no e brake.. i dont think you even should.. just weight transfer ,throttle control and steering just right.
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i didnt use no e brake.. i dont think you even should.. just weight transfer ,throttle control and steering just right.
ok well then ill just forget what the drifting people taught me and everyone else then . While at higher speed usually the e brake is good to break the rear loose in a controlled manner. i dont mean leave the damn thing on but it is good to use to start the drift especially in a car that is prone to understeer.
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

e braking causes more of a powerslide than a drift... you dont need 10000 hp to drift, you just need to get a good feeling of the car and know the moment she's gonna brake loose. and gentle steering. in 8 out of 10 of my first times drifting i either didnt slide at all or i would spin around my self.. i'm being tutoured by one of the best if not the best drifter around here, and he pointed out the things i did wrong.
a.I didnt give it enough revs entering the drift. result: no drift, just noise.
b.I hammered the gas to late. result: wee bit tail slide and then i understeered till i was in the sand. the tip he gave me: look at where you want to be, not at where the car is going.
c. same thing as earlier but this time i looked at where i wanted to end up and i did end up there instead of in the sand.
d.this time i gave it all, 4000++ rpm when i enter, leave the gas completly, weight shifts to the right, hammer the gas, the car throws its tail out, i start steering to the right the car got grip again, i end up in the sand... this time he told me i steered to fast to the right.. i should be gentler..
e. next try same result
f. this time i made half a turn drifting but i let go of the gas pedal resulting in grip and the end of a short drift..
g. same thing
h. i do half the turn + some..
and so on till i got it..
you gotta get a feel of your car and its limits.. i do full roundabouts atm and started learning how to shift directions...
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e braking causes more of a powerslide than a drift...
While i agree with most of your statement i dissagree with above. if you pull the ebrake it doesnt introduce a "powerslide". you use the ebrake to start the drift only then use throttle modulation and wheel control afterward. a "powerslide" would be the rear coming out due to too much throttle, and usually when the car is in some form of turning.
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Re: Is it possible to drift an automatic?

i use the ebrake to "drift" my vw golf fwd.. if you watch the drift bible he also states its the easiest way, and that he learned how to drift starting with the e brake but then again he never uses it today except on u turns and such..
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i use the ebrake to "drift" my vw golf fwd.. if you watch the drift bible he also states its the easiest way, and that he learned how to drift starting with the e brake but then again he never uses it today except on u turns and such..
FWD ebrake drifts are fun arnt they i didnt need the ebrake on my gti to get sideways cause i had the damn thing so stiff.
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im trying so hard to get use to this whole drifting craze. where im from loss of grip is generaly a bad thing...lol. so do you have to get special drift tires for this stuff or do you throw on a set of junk tires and make the car do twisties?
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im trying so hard to get use to this whole drifting craze. where im from loss of grip is generaly a bad thing...lol. so do you have to get special drift tires for this stuff or do you throw on a set of junk tires and make the car do twisties?

The only drift I am interested in is the period when i release the gas after the 1/4 mile mark... I just drift on into the exit lanes.
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The only drift I am interested in is the period when i release the gas after the 1/4 mile mark... I just drift on into the exit lanes.
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The only drift I am interested in is the period when i release the gas after the 1/4 mile mark... I just drift on into the exit lanes.
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im trying so hard to get use to this whole drifting craze. where im from loss of grip is generaly a bad thing...lol. so do you have to get special drift tires for this stuff or do you throw on a set of junk tires and make the car do twisties?
they do make tires for specificly drifting but realisticl all you need are some ok rear tires and good fronts and your on.
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More to life than going straight.
i agree, but my car is set-up to hook, not to mention i dont have the tire budget. but i can appreciate the sport and the skill associated with it. im not a hater... just old school i guesse.
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i agree, but my car is set-up to hook, not to mention i dont have the tire budget. but i can appreciate the sport and the skill associated with it. im not a hater... just old school i guesse.
well i dont drift much either. i do mostly road racing and autox with the stang
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i hear the term drift and all i can see in my mind are crushed quarter panels...lol
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i hear the term drift and all i can see in my mind are crushed quarter panels...lol
i here the term drift and i see mismatched body panels and tie straps
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well i'm no expert but i have some fuzion tires on my stang and they are the best i have ever had. they will hook decent goin straight, they will hold the road real nice on corners, and they are awesome for drifting. they are extremely predictable and they dont lose too much rubber either. but i got mine used all 4 for only 175. bout 80% tread. totally affordable.
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well i'm no expert but i have some fuzion tires on my stang and they are the best i have ever had. they will hook decent goin straight, they will hold the road real nice on corners, and they are awesome for drifting. they are extremely predictable and they dont lose too much rubber either. but i got mine used all 4 for only 175. bout 80% tread. totally affordable.
Fuzion ZRis are the loudest ROAD NOISE tires I have ever driven on in a Mustang.
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Fusions are a good budget tire that's about it.
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why must you play with me standard is better in competition on any level i have a shift kit on my 83chevy caprice 700r4 my v6mustang kicks that chevy's *** all day stock manual not to mention every thing on the car is edelbrock and a mallory ignition system and cd ignition box seriosly your gonna need a lot of bondo on your mustang like crushed quarter panel guy! stick to the off ramp and out of my way
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You could drift with an automatic transmission but you'd have a lot less control than you could with a manual.
What if half way around a corner it decides to shift? Using an auto not only eliminates many techniques used to initiate a drift, but puts you at the mercy of the transmission. It doesn't know the difference between going up a steep hill and sliding around a turn.
yeah well ulike your quote looks like your legalizing those mexicans and not your marijuana although they come with it and sell it to you
in any case that trans needs a shift kit get one after you rebiuld it for better performance its like what 2 onces of pot
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thats harsh words coming from someone who just joined. im not being a dick, but u may want to keep personal opinions to yourself if u dont want negative feedback from others.
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