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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015 Thread Starter
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First time down the track!

I have a showroom stock '01 GT, minus the chambered mufflers. Otherwise 100% stock. Never ran down a drag race track in my life. Decided to see what the old girl would do.

Temperature was 40. Humidity was 85%. 640 ft elevation. My first pass I pulled a 14.4 and I ran again with traction control off and ran 14.3. What do you guys think about my reaction time? I was left lane on bottom slip and right lane on top slip.

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Your reaction time leaves a lot to be desired. This is not a put down, but a learning experience. It takes lots of practice to get it right. When are you leaving? You have to go when you see the last amber light go on. remember, the lights are 0.500 apart, so if you go when the last amber goes on, you should leave just when the green goes on. Just keep practicing, and you will see that 0.015 reaction time.

By the way, your 1/4 mile time for a stock 2001 GT is actually pretty good. Enjoy yourself and be safe.


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OK thanks. Since it was my first time at the track, my fear was red-lighting. So on my first pass I waited until I knew the green was dropping. On my second pass I "brake torqued" the car and on the third yellow I let off and went. I watched my video on my second pass a few times (had a SJCAM 4000 in the car) and I think I may have let off the throttle right before I hit the end of the quarter. So it's possible I could have actually run in the 14.0 to 14.2 range.

Anyhow, my goal is 13s. Hey, you gotta' start somewhere! So what what you guys recommend as far as inexpensive mods to get me another .3 seconds faster? I'll work on that this winter.

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You are learning AND having fun doing it! Not bad for your first time!

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The most important thing is suspension. If you can't hook up, all the power in the world is not going to move you any faster. I had a 15 second car when I started, and now run mid 12's. Not the fastest car, as a mater of fact all my friends run 11's and 10's, but I am having fun. That is all that matters to me. Check out my garage to get an idea of what suspension mods I made.

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Traction. Yeah that makes sense. Looks like my 60' time could get a little better too. I need practice. Too bad winter is coming.

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Great time for your first run. My first time I ran a 15.00, and a 15.07.

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Like I said in your thread, Alloy, I started at like 14.7 or something with my GT and got it down to 13.7 with just gears and practice all under a 100mph trap speed.

Being an auto, you really should get a higher stall, gears, tune, and some Drag Radials...you will be well into the 13s with stock power. Add a 100shot and 12s are no problem
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I would be very happy with that ET for a first outing. Well done

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This was my 1st real "season" of racing. I attended 3 test and tunes and 3 bracket events. Started out at 13.9's , added CAI , tune and dropped to 13.7's. Added gears (3.73 FR) and LCA's and I am in 13.4's.

Ran this weekend at Edgewater and I ran a 13.404 @102.61 with a 2.013 60ft. Then I ran a 13.440 @102.7 with a 2.015 60ft but I cut a .127 tree . Very happy with my progress so far. Here are the planned winter mods:

1. Drag wheels and tires - staggered set. Looking at M/T Drag Radials
2. Adjustable shocks in the rear
3. Panhard Bar - Non adjustable
4. Aluminum 1 piece Driveshaft
5. Axle back delete Exhaust

Still deciding on going F/I or sticking with NA and doing FR intake and TB upgrade with cam's. I like staying the NA route and seeing how far I can push the car into the 12's like that.
Hoping to get into the 12's with the upgrades from above.
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14.3 ain't bad for a stock auto. With tune, catted x pipe, catback exhaust and cold air intake along with UD Pulleys I went 13.6 when I had my Auto. It was VERY cold that night. In the heat of summer with those mods it was 13.9-14.0. On the nitrous ran 12.7 not spraying out the hole
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That sounds about right for a stock motor
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Was there something stopping the gas pedal from hitting the floor? Car looked like it was only going 50 mph!
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Like I said in your thread, Alloy, I started at like 14.7 or something with my GT and got it down to 13.7 with just gears and practice all under a 100mph trap speed.

Being an auto, you really should get a higher stall, gears, tune, and some Drag Radials...you will be well into the 13s with stock power. Add a 100shot and 12s are no problem
3000 stall is still fine for cruising around. I just put a 3K TCI in my car (and 4.10s). Think the converter was 500.00. Like stated above, gears and tune, MT drag radials, and I would for sure do some type of boxed lower control arm and relocation brackets. I have Strange sing adj. Nice shock for the money. Haven't been to the track yet with my setup.

Great job! Having fun!!! Also, I would just peg it off idle rather than braking it to try to get the rpms up for launch.


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