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Old 05-28-2011, 05:57 AM   #1
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Raced my car at the track lastnight!

So I took my car out for it's first run ever last night, and well it didn't go as well as I thought, apparently my third gear is a mile away and never wants to go into gear so I ran high 8s low 9s on the 1/8, what can I get to make my shifts shorter I have a hurst short throw shifter or atleast I thought it was a short lol seems pretty long to me lol and with drag radials on my car it tries to pull a wheelie in between 1st and 2nd when it grips lol next bad thing I found out is I believe my alternator is too week for my car because my car died on me three times last night. But when driving it normal the battery is fine and I can drive it all day but when racing it, the battery dies down faster for some reason. So I need two things I believe. 1 a different shifter or something to make my shifts shorter and 2 a alternator that keeps that battery charged. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:43 PM   #2
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200 amp alternator
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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If u don't want your gears to last forever, then get lower gears 4.10s or even 3.73s. And if you have a 93 then just ditch the 75amp alternator and get a bigger one, late model restoration has 90amp ones that are a direct fit. If you good with a wrench just get a stock 94-95 alternator from auto zone. They are like 130 amp and pretty cheap. They are not a bolt and go kinda thing but a popular replacement in the stang world
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:35 AM   #4
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My bad I kinda worded that wrong it's not that I'm staying to long in a gear but that the gears are too far apart. Meaning I need a better short throw shifter. Whats a good short throw shifter?
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Go with a steeda tri ax or a pro 50 I had them both and love them I got an 89 lx wit 373s and the launch is freaking amazing
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Re: Raced my car at the track lastnight!

+1 on the Pro 5.0 shifter.

What all do you have on your car that is drawing power?
Unless you have several add on electrical components such as an electric fan, water pump, or ignition you should not be using more power than the capacity of the stock alternator.
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I'm running the 130 amp alternator out of a newer stang and my headlights dint even dim when I crank up the ac and radio. It is definitely a worthy upgrade. Gotta notch the alternator mount in most cases and run a new power wire for it.
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Yeah I'm running electric fan, spray kit and ignition, and had a amp but it's never been a stubble for my 130
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Yeah I'm running electric fan, spray kit and ignition, and had a amp but it's never been a stubble for my 130
A 130 Amp alternator will handle those ok, but 93stang306 may have a stock 75 Amp alternator on his car and it may not supply enough power under harsh conditions.

My car has an electric fan, electric water pump & ignition. I will be adding an external booster fuel pump too, so to keep everything supplied with enough power I'll be using a 200 Amp alternator. It is a bit of overkill, but it will allow me to add other electrical components later without worrying about the power supply.
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Yeah stock 75s are really weak
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I had the same problem with my 1990 coupe and what you need to do is go to your local parts store (auto zone) and buy a alternator for a 1994-1995 mustang 5.0 since they came w a 130amp stock! You will need to slightly modify the alternator bracket with a dremel then get you a wiring harness out of a same year mustang from junkyard and your charging problem is solved. It worked for me and I run electric fan, fuel pump, and other accessories like headlights w no problem!
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Just ran my foxbody for the first time at the track since I swapped motors went from a 302 juiced to carbed 408 went from running mid 12s to a 11.03 at 112 on 93 pump gas and street tires I think that this was one of my better ideas
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Just ran my foxbody for the first time at the track since I swapped motors went from a 302 juiced to carbed 408 went from running mid 12s to a 11.03 at 112 on 93 pump gas and street tires I think that this was one of my better ideas
Indeed! Congrats on your upgrade success.
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