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Old 12-26-2013, 02:03 AM   #1
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Going to the local drag races tomorrow...any tips?

I'm taking my 2011 GT to the strip for the first time tomorrow, here at the Yas Circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE). I'll be running on Toyo R888's R-compound 305-35-18's, which hopefully will give me somewhat decent traction, with my mods. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for what stiffness I should dial in for my Ford Racing adj suspension, tire pressure, and optimal launch rpms...? Any tips are appreciated!

My mechanical setup is a 2011 GT manual trans, 3.73 gears, ARH longtubes with catted x-pipe, Borla over axle pipes with 2013 GT500 mufflers, BMR relo brackets, Ford Racing adj shocks/struts with the P-springs, Eibach sways, Steeda panhard with upper and lower control arms, DSS aluminum driveshaft, Boss 302 intake, 90mm throttlebody, JLT CF intake, Boss oil cooler, MGW shifter...as listed in my signature, haha!

The temps here have been fairly mild for the region, mid to upper 70's in the day, dropping to 60's in the evening...our track time is from 3-7 PM. I'm thinking of launching about 3500 rpm, shifting around 7300 (my tune has my rev limiter set to 7600), and starting at around 32 psi and lowering. I don't know if I'll be able to avoid the burnout box, but will try to, since these are really road race tires, and not drag radials.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:32 AM   #2
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Drop ur psi to 17 or so lol

Launch at 3500-4000 and shift at 7500 since u got that boss mani and if u wanna bounce off the redline upgrade to billet oil pump gears

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Old 12-26-2013, 04:55 AM   #3
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You don't want to run a drag radial anyways with a manual transmission or bad things can happen. You want to be on a slick. Good luck.
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Drop ur psi to 17 or so lol

Launch at 3500-4000 and shift at 7500 since u got that boss mani and if u wanna bounce off the redline upgrade to billet oil pump gears

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Yes, don't feel like tearing into my motor yet though, lol! Most of the forums I've read have said to keep R888's at higher pressure though...have you used them at that pressure?

If I wind up going into the motor, it will get some forged pistons and boost tossed onto it...
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:20 AM   #5
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Ohhhh I didnt see that nvm keep it at manufacturer recommend.

U wont need the pump gears unless u bounce off redline besides that they are fine at shifting at 7500

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I don't think those road race tires will hold a 4k launch with 3.73s. Start at about 2500-3000 and drive it out.

I find the optimum launch rpm on a 28" slick drag tire is a mere 4500 rpm. The cars like to drive out of 1st a bit.
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Well, it was an interesting night...I made 11 passes, along with about 40-50 other cars, mostly Mustangs, there was an Audi R8, and Evo 10, a G37S (LOL!), and a CTS-V that were running too. The fastest cars were well-prepped GT500's...traction was not anyone's friend, as temps dipped down to the 60's and it was difficult to keep your tires warm. This was my first time down the strip since 1996, so I expected a bit of a learning curve...

The good:
I was definitely one of the fastest 5.0's out there, once I got a launch technique sorted (more on that below). My best time was 12.4 @ 184kmh (114.3 mph), and I was able to get consistent 12.5's several passes. It was awesome kicking the Evo down each time we ran each other (I though those things had great traction?), 2012 GT500, and even a Roush Stage 3 (625 hp) twice, that couldn't hook, or catch up...

The Bad:
Launching was next to impossible. No matter how I adjusted my tire pressure and launch rpm (even as low as 1500) I could NOT launch without smoking the tires from the start, even feathering, or blowing them off the top of first gear. My best technique was an off-idle launch, which really hurt getting a better time...but no matter what I did, I just couldn't hook otherwise. My best launches were with a quick 3 second burnout to heat up, reverse and a quick burnout scrub to shed any water that might be on the tires, and launching with no rpm, just an off idle launch...

Lessons learned:
I received a phone call telling me to leave NOW to register early, due to an anticipated large showing...right as I was prepping my car. I went completely in street trim, tools, spare, floor jack, suspension not properly adjusted, etc. I had planned to remove all seats except the driver seat, remove anything else possible, and adjust my shocks to full loose front, 3/4 stiff rear, and ensure my BMR lower brackets were properly set for drag racing...except I didn't get a chance to do ANY of those things!

I even forgot my allen key adjuster for my shocks, so I was SOL on that....I believe that if I'm going to make a habit of this, I'll be investing in big & littles with slicks, quick disconnect for my front swaybar, rear swaybar relocate, and making the proper adjustments to my suspension setup. I'm sure that 12 flats and possibly even breaking into the 11's might be possible if I do that. In short, the R888 tire is great for street and road course, but absolutely worthless to me at the drag strip.
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I had the same experience with the r888. Love them on the street but couldn't hook even leaving in 2nd.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:50 PM   #9
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Very good for your first time bro.
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