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Old 08-17-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Drag racing a manual

Is it possible to be consistent with a stick. Any tips to do so. I can't even get a decent light. I have plenty of racing experience but I had an auto with a transbrake.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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Is it possible to be consistent with a stick. Any tips to do so. I can't even get a decent light. I have plenty of racing experience but I had an auto with a transbrake.
I don't know enough to give advise but I know for a fact it is possible to run consistent with a stick. There was a guy at C5F, who is a member on here that had all his runs within .05 seconds of each other with his stick. Takes a lot of practice but it is possible.
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I'm still learning, but, I became more consistent when I installed a dual mode shift light. It has launch rpm then goes to shift rpm once headed down the track.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:15 PM   #5
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Tornado what shift light did you install?
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #6
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Tornado what shift light did you install?
Raptor dual mode shift light. Got it from Apex Speed.
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Raptor dual mode shift light. Got it from Apex Speed.
Nice... I've been using the shift lights in the ZL1 HUD unsuccessfully...
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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there is a reason 999 of 1000 drag cars are auto.

horses for courses......
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:57 PM   #9
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there is a reason 999 of 1000 drag cars are auto.

horses for courses......
I just enjoy being pissed at myself trying to get down the track consistently with a manual tranny! Lol! Makes me push myself harder to keep getting better.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:27 PM   #10
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You will never be as cosistent with a manual as you were with an auto with a transbrake.But,Practice will help to some extent.If someone is running a manual
and all their runs are within .o5 of each other...They have electronics to help and they are very lucky.
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Would a two step box help dramatically? I am thinking it would.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:23 PM   #12
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Would a two step box help dramatically? I am thinking it would.
The problem with the 2 step is you have to dump the clutch or it will rpm flash if you slip it out. When I bracket raced my stick mustang I would stage at like 2500 rpm and just slip the clutch almost like leaving a traffic light. I was pretty consistent in the 14.60's and .70's. For the light try staging deeper till you can get it where you can leave as the bottom bulb turns on and cut a light.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:12 AM   #13
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The problem with the 2 step is you have to dump the clutch or it will rpm flash if you slip it out. When I bracket raced my stick mustang I would stage at like 2500 rpm and just slip the clutch almost like leaving a traffic light. I was pretty consistent in the 14.60's and .70's. For the light try staging deeper till you can get it where you can leave as the bottom bulb turns on and cut a light.
So when do you floor the pedal. After the clutch is fully released.
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So when do you floor the pedal. After the clutch is fully released.
Yes. Let all the slack out of the peddle where its right on the verge of creeping. Then slide the clutch out like you're leaving a traffic light and work into the gas at the same time. Once the clutch is all the way out mash the gas. Also instead of doing a burnout (i was always on street tires) I went around the water box and would do a practice launch (dry hop) to the line.

The problem with dumping the clutch (without a centrifugal lock up clutch) is you're always going to either spin or bog. Slipping the peddle IMHO is the closest way to leaving like an auto does
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:07 PM   #15
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Also tornado's advice on a shift light would be a big help too.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #16
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If I was gonna try to be successfull at drag racing my M6 Camaro, I would get a Hurst roll control along with this device from LPE. The roll control will help get a consistent staging depth. two-step will provide a consistent launch RPM and timing retard will allow consistent launch traction in 1st gear. Then maybe with lots of practice you have a chance against the automatics.
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If I was gonna try to be successfull at drag racing my M6 Camaro, I would get a Hurst roll control along with this device from LPE. The roll control will help get a consistent staging depth. two-step will provide a consistent launch RPM and timing retard will allow consistent launch traction in 1st gear. Then maybe with lots of practice you have a chance against the automatics.
This is a nice piece of the puzzle, I will be adding this to my nitrous setup next year, mainly for the timing retard function, but all of the other features will be handy as well!
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