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Old 08-28-2012, 11:44 AM   #1
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Advice for first time at drag strip.

Hey guys next month I'm 90% sure that I might be going to the drag strip with my brother and some friends. This would bet first time so I want some advice please, it's a 02 gt auto mods are front Griggs racing coilovers, koni yellow rear coilovers, bbk CAI, bassani x pipe and borla catback, mm k member n plates, sway bars, and 305 Hoosier DR's. Thnks for any advice
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Leave from idle and floor it when you feel it hook
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Leave from idle and floor it when you feel it hook
Ok and what about traction control? On or off? Keep it in D or go 1,2 and D?
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Ok and what about traction control? On or off? Keep it in D or go 1,2 and D?
You'll get much better traction out on the strip. You can try both on and off, but eventially, you'll do better with it off when you get a feel for your car.

This may not apply to using drag radials, but checkout the pic...
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You'll get much better traction out on the strip. You can try both on and off, but eventially, you'll do better with it off when you get a feel for your car.

This may not apply to using drag radials, but checkout the pic...
So avoid the water traps then?
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Hey guys next month I'm 90% sure that I might be going to the drag strip with my brother and some friends. This would bet first time so I want some advice please, it's a 02 gt auto mods are front Griggs racing coilovers, koni yellow rear coilovers, bbk CAI, bassani x pipe and borla catback, mm k member n plates, sway bars, and 305 Hoosier DR's. Thnks for any advice
Go through water box
Do a good burnout
Footbrake it to 2500
And floor it .. You should get a 14.6-14.8
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So avoid the water traps then?
We should find out from others if you need to do a burn out to warm up drag radials. If you do, it will just be easier to go through the water box.

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...cause I've never used DR's. Street tires should avoid the water box because they'll retain water and drag it on the strip.
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Go through water box
Do a good burnout
Footbrake it to 2500
And floor it .. You should get a 14.6-14.8
Kool thnks

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We should find out from others if you need to do a burn out to warm up drag radials. If you do, it will just be easier to go through the water box.

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...cause I've never used DR's. Street tires should avoid the water box because they'll retain water and drag it on the strip.
Ok thnks for the advice. Hopefully I can get my 4.10 installed by then
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Ok thnks for the advice. Hopefully I can get my 4.10 installed by then
Oh yes, that will help your 1/4 big time. You'll really feel your power too.

Oh and don't worry about your reaction time. This is the seconds it takes you to react to seeing the green light on the tree. It does nothing for your 1/4 time. It's just for racing against others in the other lane. The 1/4 time is only started once the car itself moves. Good luck and your gonna have a ***** load of fun.
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If you get a 3500 Stall and 410s with DR or slicks. Man you will be beast
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Oh yes, that will help your 1/4 big time. You'll really feel your power too.

Oh and don't worry about your reaction time. This is the seconds it takes you to react to seeing the green light on the tree. It does nothing for your 1/4 time. It's just for racing against others in the other lane. The 1/4 time is only started once the car itself moves. Good luck and your gonna have a ***** load of fun.
Oh ok so just launch till I'm ready then.

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If you get a 3500 Stall and 410s with DR or slicks. Man you will be beast
What's a stall?
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Oh ok so just launch till I'm ready then.
Yup, when the light is green then launch. Don't try to launch at the same time the light turns green.
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Go through water box
Do a good burnout
Footbrake it to 2500
And floor it .. You should get a 14.6-14.8
I always got better 60' times leaving from idle.
Leave the car in drive and turn traction control off. I would pull around the water box and turn the tires over to clean them off. If you spin then do more burnout. No need to burn all your tread off if it hooks without it.
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I always got better 60' times leaving from idle.
Leave the car in drive and turn traction control off. I would pull around the water box and turn the tires over to clean them off. If you spin then do more burnout. No need to burn all your tread off if it hooks without it.
Solid thnks for the advice, I will try both methods
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I always got better 60' times leaving from idle.
Leave the car in drive and turn traction control off. I would pull around the water box and turn the tires over to clean them off. If you spin then do more burnout. No need to burn all your tread off if it hooks without it.
I ran a 14.6 basiclly stock with a 5 speed and I'd say hit the water and do a burn out my tires were still sticky the day after I was at the track and I have street tires
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I ran a 14.6 basiclly stock with a 5 speed and I'd say hit the water and do a burn out my tires were still sticky the day after I was at the track and I have street tires
The main reason most don't burn out with street tires is cause some brands get more greasy than sticky when they get hot. Sounds like yours don't get that way.
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I'd pull up and back up to where the pavement is just barely wet not where there is standing water and just let the tires turn over 1ce or 2 times, then pull up about 15 to 20 ft in front of the water box or hole put power brake it with it in 1st (traction control off) and let it rev to about 3500 to 4000, hold it till you see a decent cloud of smoke let off the brake and let it roll forward while spinning then go straight to the line, foot brake it to about 1500 or 2000 rpm and as soon as you see the last yellow like let off the brake let it start to roll the full throttle
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What's the best rpm to launch on a 5 speed without ruining the clutch on the dump?
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:15 PM   #19
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My factory clutch held up on many 6000 grand dumps on dr but I really wouldn't suggest spin that unless you have a built rearend, 3000 to 3500 was the sweet spot on my car when it was all factory on dR, if your on street tires I'd say just take off like you would at a stoplight or sign if you was in a hurry
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I'd pull up and back up to where the pavement is just barely wet not where there is standing water and just let the tires turn over 1ce or 2 times, then pull up about 15 to 20 ft in front of the water box or hole put power brake it with it in 1st (traction control off) and let it rev to about 3500 to 4000, hold it till you see a decent cloud of smoke let off the brake and let it roll forward while spinning then go straight to the line, foot brake it to about 1500 or 2000 rpm and as soon as you see the last yellow like let off the brake let it start to roll the full throttle
Alright I'll try this as well. I wonder how many runs they allow you to do
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The tracks around where I live let you hot lap as many times as you want during time trials and sometimes they open the gates a lil early for test&tune.... I figure you should get to run quite a few times though
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The tracks around where I live let you hot lap as many times as you want during time trials and sometimes they open the gates a lil early for test&tune.... I figure you should get to run quite a few times though
I will probably call them and ask how many times you can go. I'm just hoping I can get my 4.10 installed and run under 14
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Why 4:10's? Just curious
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Why 4:10's? Just curious
4.10 are best for autos
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Power brake till she won't hold no more then watch for the third yellow light...when ya see it come on nail it. Stay in drive until ya get a feel for it. It should run plenty hard in drive. Personally I would do a good burnout to warm the tires up and not use traction control account it could cut your power with even the littlest slip of the tires. Most importantly be safe try and relax and for goodness sakes have a hell of a time. Good luck.
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I will probably call them and ask how many times you can go. I'm just hoping I can get my 4.10 installed and run under 14
Most tracks let you go as many time as you can get in line again. Just remember though the more runs you do eventually your times will get slower. Your engine gets hotter and performs worse. Getting under 14s in and automatic is harder to do but 4.10s and a good reaction time, and hooking up at the line is the key. Do you have a tuner? Also look into getting a performance valve body for your tranny. My buddies does 13.8 with bolt on's and DR tires. It helped him a lot.
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They are great gears but for a car that's gonna be drove everyday on the street at cruise speed gonna be turnin alot more rpms, plus the car will lose top end speed. IMO 3:73s or 3:55s are the best gears if you want a mix between bein able to go fast and drive normal while still keepin good gas mileage
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Most tracks let you go as many time as you can get in line again. Just remember though the more runs you do eventually your times will get slower. Your engine gets hotter and performs worse. Getting under 14s in and automatic is harder to do but 4.10s and a good reaction time, and hooking up at the line is the key. Do you have a tuner? Also look into getting a performance valve body for your tranny. My buddies does 13.8 with bolt on's and DR tires. It helped him a lot.
No I don't have a tuner, my plan is to get all the bolt ons possible and then get it dynoed tuned at a mustang shop because I heard tht they can squeeze more hp than a handheld thts based on previous similar mods

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Why 4:10's? Just curious
Everyone says their the best for an auto

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Power brake till she won't hold no more then watch for the third yellow light...when ya see it come on nail it. Stay in drive until ya get a feel for it. It should run plenty hard in drive. Personally I would do a good burnout to warm the tires up and not use traction control account it could cut your power with even the littlest slip of the tires. Most importantly be safe try and relax and for goodness sakes have a hell of a time. Good luck.
Thnks I knw everyone sais to do a burnout, hopefully I can hook good with the hooseirs
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