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post #1 of 18 Old 10-01-2012, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Need a better 60 ft time/reaction

Well I hit the drag strip for the first time. Need help to figure out how to get better launch times. Tire pressure: 28. Temp of day: 72 and dry. 2SS M6.

So I rev up to 3500, when the last amber lights I go to 5k and pull foot back. Seems I spin for about 50 feet. This is with tapping twice on the "button".

Highest speed: 111

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-01-2012, 02:09 PM
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I don't own a 5th Gen Camaro, so anyone that has one, please correct me if you feel I'm wrong.... But here are my two cents:

With a manual and street tires, dumping the clutch at 5,000 RPM's will not do you any good. That's part of your problem right there. I can't tell you what RPM to launch at, but 5,000 is a lot. IMO- 2500 RPM's is a really good launch range, because that's where your cam is starting to make its power and you also have torque.

When you pull into the staging lanes, do not drive through the water box unless you're running full slicks. You cannot heat up street tires. The compound is completely different and will do you no good. All you'll be doing is wasting good street rubber. If you are running a DOT slick, once again, do not drive through the water box. Instead, drive around it and back into the water box. Why? You're front tires will pick the water up as well. When you're doing your burn out, your front tires are laying water down right where you're going to try and launch.

Also, you can over burn your slicks or DOT's if the burn out is too long. There is a point where you do more harm than good when you're doing a burn out. Get those tires too hot, and they become slick and ineffective.

Lastly, for reaction time, try leaving as soon as the 2nd amber light goes out and just before the third amber light comes on. If you wait till you see the last light, you waited too long.

Hope that helps!!!
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What he said.

Then vary your launch RPM til you find the sweet spot between the car not bogging off the line and wheel spin.... Don't be afraid to drop your air pressure further. Depending on the tire I had at the time, I have run as low as 22psi to get max traction out of them. And remember to adjust for "back-to-back" runs if you're getting a lot of runs in....

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Monster energy drink and a chocolate bar.

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Monster energy drink and a chocolate bar.
I've been racing for 19 years and I've never tried that... Next time I'm at the track, I'll give that a try.
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Cool, so it comes down to lower RPMs on launch and finding the sweet spot.

Monster was the drink for the day lol.
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Monster energy drink and a chocolate bar.
I have better results from a 5-Hour Energy personally... Though I dig me some dark chocolate anytime!!

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Invest in a line lock. Buy some drag radials. 5k launch is to high. With good tires 3k is a good rpm. And lots of seat time!

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I have better results from a 5-Hour Energy personally... Though I dig me some dark chocolate anytime!!
...it was a joke. Those energy drinks are hell on your body. I'd never use one.

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Invest in a line lock. Buy some drag radials. 5k launch is to high. With good tires 3k is a good rpm. And lots of seat time!
A Manual Transmission with a Line Lock?!?! Please educate me....
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