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Old 07-02-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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The water box....

so im currently waiting for my set of Drag radials to arrive but once they do im going to need the do's and dont's of the water box. as of now i just drive around it. i was told to stay away if you are running regular street tires.

sooooo do you guys drive straight through it or do you drive around it and then back into it? i would think going through it would be counter intuitive since the front tires will pick up all that water and drag it out of the box and youre in the same situation as if someone went through it with regular street tires.

anyone care to shed some insight?
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #2
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I always go around it. The water on your front tires will still track onto the staging area, affecting your rear tires.
Back up into the water box, do a good burnout to get your tires nice and sticky, and your ready!
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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I always go around it. The water on your front tires will still track onto the staging area, affecting your rear tires.
Back up into the water box, do a good burnout to get your tires nice and sticky, and your ready!
thats what i was thinking. but i always see people drive through it and always thought it was counter productive since they're tracking water in
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It depends upon how far the water box is from the starting line. If there is a long distance, I drive straight through. If it is tight distance, I try to go around and back into the box. The workers sometimes give you the "stink eye" for the back in technique but who cares.
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Always go around unless you have skinnies up front. Otherwise your front tires will be wet and that's not good for you and the people behind you.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:01 AM   #6
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Do you guys heat them in the box or get em wet and then pull out and heat them up outside?
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I will usually let the guy back me in, though once in a while I'll just pop my door open and do it myself, old habit.

I tend to put the tires in the front edge of the water box to do it, and stay in one spot and then burn out of the box a little. For Nitto 555R's I've run them between 20 and 25 psi cold, and my first burnout is my longest one.
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I will usually let the guy back me in, though once in a while I'll just pop my door open and do it myself, old habit.

I tend to put the tires in the front edge of the water box to do it, and stay in one spot and then burn out of the box a little. For Nitto 555R's I've run them between 20 and 25 psi cold, and my first burnout is my longest one.
Awesome. Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:30 AM   #9
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You don't need the waterbox at all for a DR. Just back up to the point where the pavement is wet and heat them up and roll out to the line.
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Wet water box same thing buddy .
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Wet water box same thing buddy .
It's a water "patch" now John? Didn't you get the memo??

definition (water patch):.. The small section of H2O that used to be called a box, but is now a patch! (In my Stewie from Family Guy voice)
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Water box...water patch. Sounds like semantics. Lol
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Water box...water patch. Sounds like semantics. Lol
Just messin with him!! Lol
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #14
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I figured as much. Thanks again for the info guys.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:44 PM   #15
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I always drive around and back in... You can adjust the driver's side mirror down far enough to see the tire and where it's at while you're backing up.
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I drive through, but I have skinnies so it doesn't matter. Most of the guys at my track back in or don't do it at all.
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Alright well backing in sounds like the plan. Thanks again.
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I use my backup camera to back into the water box!!! lol
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I always drive around and back in... You can adjust the driver's side mirror down far enough to see the tire and where it's at while you're backing up.
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I've seen a few guys actually do their burn outs in the standing water area... Avoid this at all costs... It will sling water up into your wheel wells, and it will drip down on your tires and on the track... If you drive around and back in, back in far enough to wet most of the tire diameter, then pull back forward just out of the wet area... Light em up.... If you drive through, try to pull through to just out of the wet area as well... Your tires will be wet enough at that point...
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I always do my burnout in the front section of the water box. I like it a little damp because it's easier to break both tires loose and in the long run it's nicer on the diff.
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Awesome. Thanks guys.
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I've seen a few guys actually do their burn outs in the standing water area... Avoid this at all costs... It will sling water up into your wheel wells, and it will drip down on your tires and on the track... If you drive around and back in, back in far enough to wet most of the tire diameter, then pull back forward just out of the wet area... Light em up.... If you drive through, try to pull through to just out of the wet area as well... Your tires will be wet enough at that point...
Good point, roll back into the box and pull up a bit to do your burnout.
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Yep, go around, back in, then do just enough of a spin to give the tires a full rotation and get the whole tire wet all the way around. Then pull forward a bit and fire them up!

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