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Old 12-15-2002, 10:48 PM   #1
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Ya, it'* illegal, but it does happen often. I know when the race starts, you want as little wheelspin as possible. But I don't understand it fully. I give it gas, just enough so there is no spin, but I don't get going very fast.

Can anyone explain the best way to get the most out of your car during a race?
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Freak out and slam on the gas laughing histarically because you know your facing death straight in the eyes and don't care. You laugh at the devil and claim that you shall fulfill this moment of your life and die with a smile on your face. You are not scared of death, you simply run from it more and more with every race always praying that it will never catch up to you....

At least, thats what I do.
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Hmm, maybe one more opinion would help.
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Never underestimate the poer of good sticky tires. That'* what made the difference for me. Openned up a whole new class of potential kills.
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Step 1: Put the car into Drive. I found it helps on my '92 especially since it doesn't then shift into OD on the top end.

Step 2: at the line you have two options in order to get a better launch...
a. The (N) Drop. Hold the engine at the RPM you wish, while the tranny is in neutral. Pull it into OD/D when the light changes. This is not my recommendation ... it'* particularly hard on the tranny.
b. "Power Braking" -- Hell even my mom knows how to do this. put your letft foot down on the brakes just enough to hold the car still while your right foot is on the gas. You won't be too hard on the gas otherwise you'll just be working the car harder than neccessary. At the line, let off the brake, and stomp the gas (or "egg shell" it if you know how to do that...)

3. Just practice. Every car is just a little different one what they like and when. You just have to find the right balance between wheel spin, and launch quality. Sometimes you do need to let it spin more than you'd think just so that it hooks at the right RPM for the engine.

Have fun Grasshopper ... fight the good fight.

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Drag Racing Tips:

> Move your passenger seat all the way forward & lock it into position.
> Buy or make a fan switch that will allow you to run your fans on low to cool the car down between runs.
> Clean your air filter box before going to the track.
> Race gas W/ 1/8th tank max or highest premium you can find if 3.4 or smaller pulley.
> Remove floor mats, spare tire & holder, extra items out of glove box, loose change in car.
> Remove driver’* side headlight assembly.
> Turn on heater w/temp @90 deg to help cool the engine.
> Turn off radio.
> Air tires down in front 26-28 lbs for street tires, 18 for drag radials, 13-16 for slicks.
> Set rear tires to max PSI rating.
> Turn off traction control.
> Move seat a couple inches forward from normal driving.
> If you have a stock PCM launch in 2nd, hold 2nd til 5900 rpm then shift to 3rd.
> Raise hood and ice down SC between runs.
> Keep your hood up while waiting in the staging lanes.
> Trickle charge your battery overnight before going to race.
> Make sure you stage your car pointing exactly straight. Any movement on the steering wheel will cost you 1/100’* on your ET.
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My car never had a problem with wheelspin on dry pavement. I always assumed the SEs used a less aggressive transmission setup (gearing and stall speed). Am I right, or was my tranny screwed up?
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My car never had a problem with wheelspin on dry pavement. I always assumed the SEs used a less aggressive transmission setup (gearing and stall speed). Am I right, or was my tranny screwed up?
yeah, my brother'* 92 SE cannot spin the tires on dry pavement either going straight ahead. (neither can my Buick.) But then again, his Bonny is just over 10 seconds 0-60.. is that about right for a 92 SE?
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Sounds about right. The 92 NA are 170hp, but there shouldn't be a difference in Transaxles between the SE and SSE. The i'* got the HD. Alot depends on the drive ratio, but other than that, same-same.
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come on death-------spare change???? thaaaaaaaats crrrrrraaaaazzzzyyyy
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