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Old 09-16-2009, 12:02 PM   #26
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to the op... i'm down for the competition. Will be getting better tires in a few weeks. Actually thinking about going to the LSX shootout. Things are going to get interesting for my camaro very soon.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:51 PM   #27
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Before you go to the track tonight, practice some power shifting....its scary at first. Once your on the gas, dont let off for shifting. But if you are going to do that be sure to practice a few times on the street so you dont mess up at the track. My guess is that you are shifting pretty slow. You really shouldnt feel the car lug during shifts.


Also I would drop a few psi out of the rear tires to hook up a little better. Its not going to affect the run down the track.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:52 PM   #28
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leaving in about ten minutes, I'll let you guys know how it goes.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:59 PM   #29
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Good luck bro.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:17 PM   #30
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Well I did a couple practice runs power shifting before I got to the track. I must admit I had some pretty tight cheeks.

I dump the clutch for burnout before the first run and my pedal sticks to the floor. After lifting it with my foot I stage and take off. Didn't want to shift into 2nd and when I tried 3rd pedal was on the floor again. I was so pissed I just stayed on it. Clutch smoked all the way down the track.Awesome smell by the way.

Let it cool down for about 45 mins, then ran by best time yet. 12.40@114.82 My clutch wasn't happy with me after my next 2 runs. Corvette guys kept telling me to slip the clutch off the line, I told them I wanted to get home. It's time for a upgrade - and more fun at the track. I'll break into 11's yet.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:24 PM   #31
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Not bad times but the corvette guys are right...slip that clutch off the line and make sure you change out that fluid when you get home...i bet it's pretty dark after that.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:35 PM   #32
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:57 PM   #33
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:42 AM   #34
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Nice runs TC!! I just got back from the track and I definately need some drag radials for next year. My 60' was always over 2 and traction is definately an issue. I was going to try and slip the clutch off the line but never really did it. I ended up with a 12.45 @ 117.5 mph with the stock tires. It was a test and tune tonight, so no track prep either. First run, someone about lost it and got close to hitting the guard rail. Time for some drag radials!!!
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:36 AM   #35
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We've exchanged PM's on Tech, so you know I'm working on mine. I'm not disclosing too much about my car at this time because I have some races coming up, but don't worry, I'll be putting up some time slips before the Shootout and I'm sure I'll see you there. I'm also still waiting on my 18" wheels with 315 DR's to show up so I can do better than the 20's with 305 Nitto's on them. I gotta get the gear ratio down, so I'm going with 26.6" tires. Hopefully our cars will be pretty evenly matched by the time the Shootout rolls around. LMR's Procharged 427 LSx blocked car should be an evil one. I'll just be satisfied to make the Quick 8 5th gens from the Street Shoutout.
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:44 PM   #36
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Well, I can't get my car to hook for anything, I need to practice more (I have been)...my one trip to the track, I had bad 60' times, like 2.2 or 2.1, best run was 12.3 @116 mph....I am now working with my tire set up and some suspension work to make it right. I went on a Wednesday (9/2/09) for a test and tune and the track was not in good shape either.

I purchased this car and dropped additional $$$ into it not just to claim hp numbers, but to take it to the track as many times as I can. I will be going to the lsx shootout, so I'll be happy to see everyone there with their 5th gens.

EDIT: Any advise or help with the tire setup would be appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:30 PM   #37
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It warms my heart to hear guys are taking their modded cars to the track.

I have a set of bushings for the rear cradle and diff center section. Way too much squish and movement in my opinion.

The Mickeys on the 18" wheels really helped the effective gear ratio.

I have a set of 6 cylinder springs ordered and hope to get them in my hands for some testing. If Afco would make some trick shocks like they make for the GTO I think it would also help.

I have run as fast as 125.33 in the quarter. That was at 4050 pounds. I can't get the think to not spin through the first 3 gears.

Looking forward to meeting everyone at the LSX shootout.

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Old 09-19-2009, 08:39 PM   #38
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On a slower pass prior to the 10.96 I went 129.XX, I only had a 1.80 60ft vs the 1.6X on the 10 second pass. I hope to run 134/136 now.
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:40 PM   #39
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On a slower pass prior to the 10.96 I went 129.XX, I only had a 1.80 60ft vs the 1.6X on the 10 second pass. I hope to run 134/136 now.
Haha, yep further proof that we can make some big power but getting it to the ground is going to be interesting.

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Old 09-20-2009, 10:31 PM   #40
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I can't find the info on the LSX shootout now. Can someone show me that link thats on the forums? I'm planning on competing but need to get more info. Time is getting short.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:36 PM   #41
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Fran:

http://www.nmcadigital.com/lsx/

We are staying here:
http://www.admiraltyinns.com/Admiralty/index.php

Rooms were cheap ($215 for 3 nights with 2 queen beds) and it is 1 mile from the host hotel where the crazy LSX party is Thursday night.

We will be leaving Early Thursday morning from PGH and were looking for more cars to cruise down with...
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:41 PM   #42
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so i have to be there to tech in before 5pm...damnit. hopefully i dont have any tests that morning.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:46 PM   #43
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I don't think you HAVE to be there Thursday... it is just for those that want to get teched in early... we are leaving PGH around 4 or 5 am Thursday to make it for the crazy LSX Party at the host hotel @ 6pm... free food & drink and over $5,000 in prize giveaways
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:26 AM   #44
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Robin,

Did you change you front wheels out for smaller ones to match the rears. What kind of gains do you think you got from the wheel swap. Still going back and forth on getting smaller wheels. If I could see a significant gain it would be worth it. Whats the latest with your rear end, any luck yet?
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Did you change you front wheels out for smaller ones to match the rears. What kind of gains do you think you got from the wheel swap. Still going back and forth on getting smaller wheels. If I could see a significant gain it would be worth it. Whats the latest with your rear end, any luck yet?
I did not change the brakes or the wheels in the front. IMO that crosses the line in regards to looks. I know there is some savings there but the rear looks bad with the short tires.

The Mickeys helped in both effective ration as well as compound. It was hit or miss with the Nittos the last several times I was running. With the extra power it would spin. I have worn through 2 clutches slipping them off the line. I now have a clutch that I can slip without killing the heat treat in the diaphram LOL.

Nothing on the rear end yet. It looks like we may go to an automatic to get the advantage of a torque converter.
Of course that is at a cost with the losses through the automatic. But then again if you can't get the traction or 60' then your dead anyway.

Should be interesting.

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I am getting ready to replace my clutch right now. Still looking at a few different manufactures. By buddy that is a serious racer said the same thing about swapping out my trans for a auto. He also wants me to put a solid rear axle in. Both are way to extreme for me. I'm not going to make this a full racer, just want to upgrade what I've got.
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I am fiending to get to the strip. Went on Saturday but there was bracket racing going on. This Friday though there's a test and tune and then midnight madness on Saturday, so I'll finally be able to run. It'll be my first time and I'm bone stock (other than sways and trailing arms) so I'm not expecting anything big.
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Fran:

http://www.nmcadigital.com/lsx/

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http://www.admiraltyinns.com/Admiralty/index.php

Rooms were cheap ($215 for 3 nights with 2 queen beds) and it is 1 mile from the host hotel where the crazy LSX party is Thursday night.

We will be leaving Early Thursday morning from PGH and were looking for more cars to cruise down with...
I'm staying @ the same place be om the lookout for a CGM SS with 305 20 nittos on the back, or in race form it'll have song black chrome C6 wheels with 315 toyo DR's on it, it'll be the one the sounds like it's got a bad miss to it'
. We'll also have an 08 Tahoe hauling a 4th gen camaro with 325's on drag stars & an aweful miss . It'll be the one eith 2 jugs in the back
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:06 PM   #49
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No worries, I just picked up my car yesterday and once I break it in I'll have my boyfriend run it at the track. Should see some decent times at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ this fall. So keep waiting for it to break in.
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I'm staying @ the same place be om the lookout for a CGM SS with 305 20 nittos on the back, or in race form it'll have song black chrome C6 wheels with 315 toyo DR's on it, it'll be the one the sounds like it's got a bad miss to it'
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Awesome... are you going to be there Thursday for the Early bird party at the Quality Inn?

I will be riding down with a friend in his 416ci LS3 stroker powered black 04 GTO, look for the sleeper GTO with 4 dudes in it haha.
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