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Old 07-30-2014, 02:12 AM   #1
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Shifting tips for '05 GT

So recently I went to a drag strip for my very first time, and I had a blast, but there was some things I was having issues with and was wondering if I could get some advice. First, I was wondering what RPM to shift at while going down the strip for a bone stock 05 Mustang GT. Also shifting itself, on the road I can shift fine, but while I'm going down the strip, my car resists shifting, it gets like stuck, is there a technique I can do to avoid that resistance? Thanks!


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It should not get stuck and should shift smoother the higher you spin it. Shift at around 5800. Having a stock shifter or running a bad fluid or too much fluid can also cause issues. Correct fill should be 3.2 quarts and you should be running Syncrhomesh. If you've never done the manual trans fluid, now would be a good time.
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It should not get stuck and should shift smoother the higher you spin it. Shift at around 5800. Having a stock shifter or running a bad fluid or too much fluid can also cause issues. Correct fill should be 3.2 quarts and you should be running Syncrhomesh. If you've never done the manual trans fluid, now would be a good time.

I have a Hurst Competition Plus shifter, but I have never done trans fluids before, I will definitely look into that this up coming weekend. My car shifts perfectly fine while doing pulls on the street, but the track it's hard, people said it's cause all the traction on the strip is what's causing it. But I'll look into tranny fluids. Thanks!!


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Those ppl sound like they are internet racers who have never been to a track. You shift when you shift. If you are having problems at the track, sit back a minute and think if you are trying to shift faster than you normally do on the street or if there are any other factors. I have a 3650 and I can nail a 6k shift no problem.
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If you can shift fine on the street but can't at the track, the likely culprit is the driver.
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If you are good you never let off the gas, tap the clutch as fast as you can, and hit it in gear as fast as you can while not letting it over rev 200rpms is a good shifter.

Practice and learn to rebuild your tranny and keep teaching yourself till you never miss a shift like I did. I always have people tell me to teach them how to drive a car. I always tell them the best way is to sit in the car and figure it out yourself it is the best learning experience.

Also I might recommend practice launching the car, it will help your times more than shifting depending how slow you shift.


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If you are good you never let off the gas, tap the clutch as fast as you can, and hit it in gear as fast as you can while not letting it over rev 200rpms is a good shifter.

Practice and learn to rebuild your tranny and keep teaching yourself till you never miss a shift like I did. I always have people tell me to teach them how to drive a car. I always tell them the best way is to sit in the car and figure it out yourself it is the best learning experience.

Also I might recommend practice launching the car, it will help your times more than shifting depending how slow you shift.


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Whoa back from the dead! All depends on the setup too and how new/well built his transmission is. A lot of ppl get a WOT box to keep from over-revving. However if you are serious about your 1/4 times you'll just go auto and be done with it.
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