could you run 12s with less? i just ordered tokico 5 way adjustanbe shocks ans struts and am getting lower controle arms. say i got a set of slicks...could i run like a 13.0?
Depending on your elevation, you could get into the 12's with slicks, the inductions items (TB, CAI, Plenum), gears, and a really good driver. The suspension will help a ton on the 60 ft's, but slicks will stick the stock to mild bolt on HP pretty easily. The shocks/struts & rear control arms will make a huge difference in the launch making for consistant runs and 60 fts. Look at the times on this one and you can see how this would be a killer bracket car. It runs the number every pass!
The cams are worth an easy 35 rwhp and most we tested usually make more hence the low to mid 12's in the vid for this one. This was also run at Atco (MMFF test track in NJ)and in Baytown (Houston, TX), so there wouldn't be much better air or track conditions as both are as close to sea level as it gets with great surfaces.
All in all to answer your question, shed as much dead weight as you can (ie: spare, jack, rear seat, passenger seat, stereo boxes, etc and witha slick and a few bolt ons you could hit the 12's. If you practice and pay attention to what you do that works, like shift points for instance or tire pressures, you can widdle the clocks down and get your timeslip.
Here are a couple more FREE mods you can do to get the most from your combo:
1) Air the front tires up, especially skinnies (just a bit over max pressure and don't forget to drop them for the ride home!)
2) Pull the passenger front headlight (2 clips and unplug the lights)
3) On slicks or sticky tires, do your burn out in 2nd after you roll through the water and keep the RPM's up around 5500. Then after they smoke, roll out and stage. NO DRY HOPS or clutch dumps before you launch. This will only take the bite out of the tires and heat up your clutch. This is the most common mistake you will see at the track where inexperienced drivers try to test the "stick" of the track. BAD IDEA, just do the burn out, stage the car, then do your thing!
4) Shed some weight, dump the spare, jack, iron, stereo boxes, back seats, and passenger seat. You can take this stuff out for the track,then stick it back in for the ride home. Less weight means quicker ET with the SAME HP.
5) Monitor your shift points and try different RPM's to see what your combo likes the best. Just because the redline is 6k, it doesn't mean that's were you shift. (I had a coupe that would vary from 12.20's 11.80's if I shifted it at different RPM's. It had a weak set of heads and small cam so it was done at 5500 and ran the best times shifting early. If I ran it to 6k on the shifts it would lose 3-4 tenths and a few MPH.)
6) Check your air filter and make sure it's clean.
There are probably a ton more items I could list, but this is the basics to make sure you get the most out of your track sessions. Good Luck
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