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Old 09-30-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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First time on the 1/8th

So my friends suckered me into running my car at the 1/8th last night and man what a horrible time I had.

Best time was 9.079 at 82.73mph

Decent I guess being my first time ever but boy did people know it was my first time. One, I blew thru the tree so I had to do the embarassing back up. Then I was so neverous about stalling it so I just dumped the clutch and roasted them and then finally I accidently ran through the water box . Anyway, finally got it down packed and did that time above. That time I even missed 2nd gear and spun thru first.


My question is, how much do you think my alignment affected my times? I have -2 camber in front and toe OUT .5 so I guess im basically plowing down the track.
My suspension and alignment is set up for roadcourse since I have an event this weekend. I also didnt have time to adjust the tire pressure so my rears were at 32 when I checked.

Anyway, I was expecting .5 tenths better but was hoping that I had an excuse cause of my alignment, suspension and tire pressure being wrong.

All in all, it was a fun experience and I have a new found respect for you drag racers. Its harder than I thought!
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:10 AM   #2
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Congrats on your first time out to the track. I wouldn't worry, everybody was the green horn at some point
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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Thanks Stieger!
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:42 AM   #4
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Working on your alignment is an excellent first start. Many people ignore it and spend hundreds trying to fix a problem fixable by an alignment. Search on JusticePete on this forum from Pedders. He offers good advice. He will tell you that you want the rear at almost positive camber.

Personally, I've been playing with suspension and alignment because when I added lowering springs and sways, my launch was made more difficult and I didn't improve my 60-foot.

Keep at it, and keep doing it how you're doing it: smart.

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Old 09-30-2011, 12:33 PM   #5
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