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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:09 am 
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Hey all,

I will soon be running my EL XR6 (see signature below for details) down the drags for the 1st time.

As you can see from my signature, ...I have a pretty mean N/A I6 beast, and the previous owner did a PB of 14.3 @ 97mph at Calder Park, ...so she's capable of at least mid-14's!

Plus, I will soon be fitting her with a Steeda T5 quickshifter that will at least guarantee no missed 3rd changes, and will likely get some slicks for extra traction.

The drag run will probably be with my other WA-based club 'Perth E-series' ...and the current N/A title holder is a Fairmont 6 with NOS (14.67 ET).

I'm quietly confident I can spank that time ...but I need some step-by-step tips as follows:

1. Tyre pressures on the night
2. Any tips on gaining some traction before the run (the pre-burnout etc.)
3. What the light sequence means, and...
4. ...how to get a good launch (point at which to drop the clutch & at what rpm, etc)
5. rpm's at which to change up through the run, and what gear to hit the line in etc.

As you can see, I'm a complete drag virgin ...and I just need some helpful tips from dudes that have done this all before!

I'm aiming to at least hit 14.5, ...and hand the NOS Fairy his a**, Hehe 8-)

Tip away, guys! :wink:

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:13 am 
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every car is diff mark
my small advice
drop your tyres pressure to 16-18psi

do a nice burnout to get the tyres sticky and to show off :)

line up so both sets of stage lights are lit

watch the lights go down and LAUNCE as soon as u see the LAST yellow go out
do not wait for the green will be too late

as for what rpm no idea u might need around 2000rpm and slip the clutch a bit

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:39 am 
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That's spot on, ...cheers Frank! :D

Anyone else who has tips to add ...fire away! :wink:

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:22 am 
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foot flat...

wel it works at the lights

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:39 pm 
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Don't worry about reaction time if you are going for good times.
It doesnt count towards it.

I've never had a manual at the strip, so I can't offer advice there, but I hear the way to get a good launch is to slip the clutch out, don't just dump it.
Especially in your case, with a bit of power behind ya!
Practice makes perfect, don't f**k around, get as many runs in as you can.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:46 pm 
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Disco Frank wrote:
every car is diff mark
my small advice
drop your tyres pressure to 16-18psi

do a nice burnout to get the tyres sticky and to show off :)

line up so both sets of stage lights are lit

watch the lights go down and LAUNCE as soon as u see the LAST yellow go out
do not wait for the green will be too late

as for what rpm no idea u might need around 2000rpm and slip the clutch a bit


just wandering, what is the delay b4 he last yellow going out and the green coming on?

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:31 pm 
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yeh dont dump it, 1st will be useless to ya if you do...

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:35 pm 
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jsut a thoguth maybe try takeoff in 2nd?? or that not work

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:04 pm 
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I only drop my tyre pressures if im getting way to much wheel spin but i usally just dump it and back of the gas a little then back to the floor...

I cant wait till i can run my extra 50 HP shot

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:08 pm 
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SIM wrote:
I only drop my tyre pressures if im getting way to much wheel spin but i usally just dump it and back of the gas a little then back to the floor


Ah, ...the man to beat!

Was sort of expecting you to tell me something like 'dump it at 5000rpm in 1st and don't change up' Haha :P

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:10 pm 
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hahaha i only maxed out 2nd once for the record while on the nitrous.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:43 pm 
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I find for my car I get a good launch at 3000rpm and just slip the clutch a fraction as I stomp it. Most XR6's would change at 5000-5100rpm per gear but with the amount of work done to your engine it may go higher and your launch revs are lower. So you might need to do a few runs to find it's sweet spot to shift up a gear.

practice practice and practice is all can advice.
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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:33 pm 
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I believe the delay from amber to green is .4 of a second. ie the best reaction time possible is .4 of a second (I believe!)

 

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just a random off the topic comment mark.

how are you finding the manual? prefer it to drive over the old auto? (even if ya dicount the power difference)

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:48 pm 
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Gaz wrote:
just a random off the topic comment mark.

how are you finding the manual? prefer it to drive over the old auto? (even if ya dicount the power difference)

u thinking of going manual...? hehe i did.....heaps more fun!

 

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