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Old 02-29-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Any Tips for a Rookie?

Ok. I'm planning on going to the drag strip for the first time this year. Do y'all have any pointers for me. Its an automatic. Is it better to go manually from 1st, 2nd, then D? Or is it better just to floor it when it goes green? I'm sorry if it all sounds stupid. But as stated above I'm new to this and do not want to make a fool of myself. Any and all advice is appreciated!
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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I did my first race last year. My tip is to keep the engine as cool as possible in the pit and warm up your tires on the burnout or just squeal them if you dont wanna burn it, you have to have a clean tire. Be readu because the lights drop fast!!! Have it in drive and left foot on brale right on throttle and rev it to about 3k or a little higher and try and launch at the last light before the green because you'll be amazed on how slow your first reaction time will be. Floor it and notice how much fun your having!! And keep going all the way through the finish. Donr brake early. Enjoy it! Its a blast!!!!!!!
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:41 PM   #3
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Yeah bro Manuel shift through the gears and like he said stall it to 3k for better launch.
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My friend has that + and - auto shifting thing on his car and he had a better time woth using drive instead of the manually shifting.

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And youll get a better consistent time
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:47 PM   #5
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Put it in drive it will shift just fine. That takes a possible error on your part out of the equation.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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Put it in drive it will shift just fine. That takes a possible error on your part out of the equation.
That's true, also u can use a tuner to make ur shifts more firm. Don't max out the firmness though or u will break ur tires free in first, second, and chirp in third. Also its hard on the tranni without the hydraulic mod (allows better fluid flow) making shift points a little firmer will make ur shifts complete quicker and won't harm the tranni. You can play with shift points a little bit if u want but usually the tune already has it nailed.
Auto tranni is great for beginners because there is no error.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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Let the car do the shifting for you!.. It's better that way!.. For your first couple of runs just line it up and watch the tree!.. Don't worry about doing burnouts just yet!.. And remember that it is a ton of fun and you will get addicted to it!!... Lol
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Do not do long burn outs, it's easy to over heat a street tire, and when you do over heat them it releases oils from the tire and they will spin really easy. Also remove anything you don't need to make your run, like spare tire, passenger seat etc etc……
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Do not do long burn outs, it's easy to over heat a street tire, and when you do over heat them it releases oils from the tire and they will spin really easy. Also remove anything you don't need to make your run, like spare tire, passenger seat etc etc……
I don't think he is going for a land speed record!.. Lol. Removing the passenger seat might be a bit of over kill at this point!.. Lol
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:59 PM   #10
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B&M makes a great shift kit for these cars, if u wanna get the mist out of your auto go with a shift kit b&m mega shifter and 4.10, had this set up in my 96 along with some supporting mods and ran a 13.57. Not bad for a non pi car
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:40 PM   #11
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I'll keep all of this in mind guys! Thanks!! A lot! And believe me I'm gonna have plenty fun! Lol. Anybody have an estimate of what my time may be? Just a guess? I have LTs, Pypes Violators, no cats, and a police interceptor chip. Idk. Just thought id ask.
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Ru running radials or slicks, low 14s high 13s with slicks
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Low to mid 14's
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:31 AM   #14
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Cool.. Cool.. And I'm running radials.
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Re: Any Tips for a Rookie?

Best bet is to keep the engine as cool as possible in the pits, doing a decent burnout in the box, keep her in drive, left foot on the brake, right on the pedal, rev to about 2800, and when that last light changes, drop the left foot and hit the pedal. From then on, it's all practice.
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Best bet is to keep the engine as cool as possible in the pits, doing a decent burnout in the box, keep her in drive, left foot on the brake, right on the pedal, rev to about 2800, and when that last light changes, drop the left foot and hit the pedal. From then on, it's all practice.
Agree, engine cool but not cold. U want the cylinder rings to be fully expanded giving u full compression. Also when the oil is warm its a little thinner allowing ur engine to move more freely.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #17
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I'm so pumped about getting to run her this year. Lol.
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Its a big adrenaline rush. Makes you want more and more!
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Have fun man! I'm going to try to go to my first strip this spring
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Re: Any Tips for a Rookie?

This was an Excellant thread/article/read guys, lots of gooodd information. Thanks very much for that.
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Its a big adrenaline rush. Makes you want more and more!
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Re: Any Tips for a Rookie?

Turn T/C off, Go AROUND THE WATER!!! Do a quick burnout, use the 1,2,D and power break to about 2 (more or less depending on track condition) If you spin let out tell you hook up then floor it. I had to slowly go on to my pedal to keep traction.
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Re: Any Tips for a Rookie?

I would keep motor cool, do a tiny burn just to get tires clean, rev to converter stall and bam go fast! I have auto with heavy duty converter and shift kit.. all i can say is wow. O ya a fact most dont know for all auto owners...when buying mods..especially cams you need a different torque converter with higher stall to make use of torque in high rpms.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:05 PM   #24
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Lol my first ever run I spun about 40 ft before hooking up and i hit the rev limiter bit I still got a low 16. At the end of the day my best run was a 14.88 at 94. It takes a lot of pratice to get your cars full potental out.
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:09 AM   #25
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Don't use 1,2 then d and don't rev it especially on street tires if you wanna get your best time, any spinning kills your time so try and limit it and the best way is to leave with your foot on the brake and a little pressure on the throttle but don't rev it to where you launch and all you do is spin. Find your comfort zone and what works for you and have fun!!!!
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