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Old 01-20-2015, 08:25 PM   #1
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Best way to accelerate with an auto?

If i were to race someone from a dig in a drag race, what would be the best way to go with an automatic transmission? would it be best to floor it immediately? hold brake and add a little gas then release? or kinda put down the throttle a little slower? usually when i just floor it i can feel it skip a gear and its really laggy. suggestions pls.
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I am interested in the input on this as well. I feel like my 2005 V6 had more power from a dead start with less HP than my 2014.
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Hold the brake and feather the gas enough to get the rpms up a bit. When you you go lift your foot off the brake and mash the gas.


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I am interested in the input on this as well. I feel like my 2005 V6 had more power from a dead start with less HP than my 2014.

Not more power. It just has more traction because of the lack of power.


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Hold the brake and feather the gas enough to get the rpms up a bit. When you you go lift your foot off the brake and mash the gas.


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I'm sure everyone knows exactly what I was talking about.


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Telling us what year car you have and what engine would be a big help.
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I'm sure everyone knows exactly what I was talking about.


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Mashing the gas will cause you to spin for days if you have any decent power.


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Not in my 2014 3.7 automatic.
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I was just at the track with my 3.7 auto last weekend and can give advice for different configurations. It depends on what you have. If you have 2.73s, no tune, traction control on, you will not spin even when mashing it. Even with TC off you'll probably still be ok. With a tune (I run steeda 93) with TC on you will want to feather the pedal in pretty fast but not mash it. TC off you will definitely have traction issues but with practice you will learn the touch. If this is your first time at the track, don't race someone on your first run. Just take it very easy on your first run to learn how to launch. No one will laugh at you for that. They'll only laugh if you spin out and drive into the wall.

If you have 3.31s or shorter, then I don't know. My advice is for 2.73 auto based on my experience.

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All I do is turn the traction control off. Slam the gas pedal down to the floor while lifting up on the brake. Away we go. I don't have traction issues assuming its not 30 degrees outside.
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All I do is turn the traction control off. Slam the gas pedal down to the floor while lifting up on the brake. Away we go. I don't have traction issues assuming its not 30 degrees outside.
That's surprising, with your level of bolt-ons, and I believe you have 3.73s. What kind of tires? They sound like factory-freaks.
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That's surprising, with your level of bolt-ons, and I believe you have 3.73s. What kind of tires? They sound like factory-freaks.
Yes sir! I do have 3:73's and the factory Michelin 17 inch tires. I did add aftermarket LCA's
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I personally get on the brake and get it to 2000-2500 rpm, and slam it at 3rd yellow.
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I also have a 2014 v6 the best way I found was to put it in sport mode and hold the brake and the gas at the same time and it will only let you get up to 2,000 rpm (without a tune) and when it gets there just let go of the brake and let the sport shift do its thing and accelerate (ify no need to press the buttons it will shift on its own if you don't press them at all). Hope it helps
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Not in my 2014 3.7 automatic.
Mine either. My 08, 4 banger Mazda6 auto has more oomph just off idle, out of the hole. Hence why I no longer have a 6 banger stang.
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The annoying part (at least on my 14 GT) is the throttle lag. You'd never notice it on the street but when trying to cut a light you do. Reaction time is half of the race. And I do have an automatic.
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The annoying part (at least on my 14 GT) is the throttle lag. You'd never notice it on the street but when trying to cut a light you do. Reaction time is half of the race. And I do have an automatic.
A lot of things about that 6 speed auto I don't like. Would love a tune just to fix shifting, but I want my warrantee more. Pathetic that my 70's ford trucks with C4/C6's shift so much better and timely than the new computer controlled stuff.
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A lot of things about that 6 speed auto I don't like. Would love a tune just to fix shifting, but I want my warrantee more. Pathetic that my 70's ford trucks with C4/C6's shift so much better and timely than the new computer controlled stuff.
Then just wait till your warranty is up to tune. You got to pay to play and if keeping 100% guaranteed warranty is more important to you, don't tune.

My 2011 automatic was tuned right around 5k miles and with 45k miles I love every mile with it. The factory tune and shift points on the automatic are a joke and pathetic compared to having a performance tune.

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Then just wait till your warranty is up to tune. You got to pay to play and if keeping 100% guaranteed warranty is more important to you, don't tune.

My 2011 automatic was tuned right around 5k miles and with 45k miles I love every mile with it. The factory tune and shift points on the automatic are a joke and pathetic compared to having a performance tune.

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Warantee won't be up for over 6 years from now. Plan on getting extended warantee as I have a whole bunch of other vehicles as play toys to mod and like to have one vehicle that I can just drop off if it craps out.

This in no way excuses ford on how bad the stock auto shifts, IMO.
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Damn, 10 years ago the go to response was gear it, stall it and buy a tlok...not sure if that advice is valid anymore...
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Warantee won't be up for over 6 years from now. Plan on getting extended warantee as I have a whole bunch of other vehicles as play toys to mod and like to have one vehicle that I can just drop off if it craps out.

This in no way excuses ford on how bad the stock auto shifts, IMO.
Even if you tune the mustang and it craps out, cant you just drop off and get fixed? How many play vehicles do you actually have and what are they?

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Even if you tune the mustang and it craps out, cant you just drop off and get fixed? How many play vehicles do you actually have and what are they?

A mustang is one of the worlds best play toy cars too have.

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At the risk of jacking this thread even further. For me it was not worth spending 30 grand, just to possibly have to fix it myself, or pay to have it fixed, when I have enough other vehicles and parts to keep me busy for close to the next 10 years.
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At the risk of jacking this thread even further. For me it was not worth spending 30 grand, just to possibly have to fix it myself, or pay to have it fixed, when I have enough other vehicles and parts to keep me busy for close to the next 10 years.

I'm with you. I have two other fun cars, and then my wife's car and my truck. The Mustang is the only car with a warranty. Hate to lose that one also. Would love to have 3.55s and a tune but just can't bring myself to doing it quite yet. Probably will do it in 2019 when my 7/100 expires.


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I'm with you. I have two other fun cars, and then my wife's car and my truck. The Mustang is the only car with a warranty. Hate to lose that one also. Would love to have 3.55s and a tune but just can't bring myself to doing it quite yet. Probably will do it in 2019 when my 7/100 expires.


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Having a mustang and it not being ones fun car is like having a wife with big jugs and her always wearing huge baggy shirts hiding the fun bags.

Pointless. Ha ha ha ha. No better fun car to have and do some mods too than a mustang.

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Having a mustang and it not being ones fun car is like having a wife with big jugs and her always wearing huge baggy shirts hiding the fun bags.

Pointless. Ha ha ha ha. No better fun car to have and do some mods too than a mustang.

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I still consider it one of my fun cars, I said I have two others, not just two. It is still fun the way it is.


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Having a mustang and it not being ones fun car is like having a wife with big jugs and her always wearing huge baggy shirts hiding the fun bags.

Pointless. Ha ha ha ha. No better fun car to have and do some mods too than a mustang.

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That's what my Capri is for. And there are some things mustangs can't do, no matter how many mods you throw at them..........

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And speaking of mods, some mods you only want to do to a $800 beater...............

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Apologies for yet again jacking, I am done............
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I still consider it one of my fun cars, I said I have two others, not just two. It is still fun the way it is.


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I hear ya on that but to not performance modify a mustang in some way. Oh heck no, regardless of how many other fun cars one has. Its a mustang. 😎

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I hear ya on that but to not performance modify a mustang in some way. Oh heck no, regardless of how many other fun cars one has. Its a mustang. 😎

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Then just wait till your warranty is up to tune. You got to pay to play and if keeping 100% guaranteed warranty is more important to you, don't tune.

My 2011 automatic was tuned right around 5k miles and with 45k miles I love every mile with it. The factory tune and shift points on the automatic are a joke and pathetic compared to having a performance tune.

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Whose tune did you use. No issues with tune in 40,000 miles?
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Whose tune did you use. No issues with tune in 40,000 miles?
Bama for for the first 25,000 miles give or take and around 15k miles with MPT. Never a days issue with either tune

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One thing to keep in mind, if you are drag racing with a .500 tree, a perfect reaction time will be achieved when leaving at the last set of yellow lights...

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