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Old 01-20-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default 98 mustang 0-60 w/ 3.8 auto

i have a friend that wont shutup about his little japanes 4 bangger, talks about how fast it is stock and how he will smoke my mustang. i have a 1998 3.8 automatic mustang. it has been in my family since 98, all the regular services and tune ups on time. runs nice never had a problem. he keeps asking me when we're going to do a drag or somthing and i just say i dont know.does anybody know of the 0-60 time or the 1/4 time for the car? thanks
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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like 17.? Pretty slow Whats his car?
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
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he has a stock 1986 MR2 (non turbo or supercharger version)
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:00 AM   #4
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well after doing some research for you, a mr2 has somewhere from 110 - 200 hp, the 200 is turboed/ (supercharger ( there were a few of these made )) dont know weights but i think thats a fairly light *** car, maybe compareable to a del sol. if it is that light then 130 + you may have a problem. the reason, the thing is so light it will fly. okay the 86 has 112 hp. not alot. put a friend in your car and someone in his, videotape it, it will probally be close because his car is so light. maybe 1 car most for the winner. try to get a heavier person in the other guys car thou.
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:51 AM   #5
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An 86 MR2 runs 8.4 0-60 and 16.5 1/4 mile.
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2350lbs is the number i got. I think you could take him. Either way he has nothing to brag about....
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:22 AM   #7
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2350lbs is the number i got. I think you could take him. Either way he has nothing to brag about....
and his mustang is about 800 pounds heavier with 150 hp. his car isnt anything special...no where near the kind of car that has **** talking rights by any means, but he may take you. 112hp 2300lb car vs. 150hp 3200lb car.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:22 AM   #8
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he will run you but not by much.

your stang is slow. no offense but that's facts. mine was slow as hell stock too.

your looking at 9.0 0-60 and 17 sec quarter mile times.

you can however mod your stang far more than he can ever do. and nobody will be searching junkyard 30 years from now for an MR2
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:53 PM   #9
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he'll never shut up if he beats me
even if its by very little.
but his is a manual trans and he is horible at shifting and working the clutch
he went through 2 clutches in 1 summer then blew the motor over reving it
he got his new motor from a junk yard a little while ago.
u guys think it would be possible to beat him if i get a better start
uno .6 and .5 sec difference not that much
i cant stand those 4 banggers with those stupid exhausts uno
so its top priority to beat him.
i dont want to completely over haul the car for racing just enough to put those 4 banggers in there place.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:09 PM   #10
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You will win, your 200+ tq will get you the win off the line and down the stretch.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:31 PM   #11
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150 HP @ 4,000 rpm and 215 ft lb @ 2,750 rpm
(according to motortrend)
and i no that MR2 cant do a half way decent burnout
we tried to and he would wind it up to 6,000 and go
but it would iether die or fall to 1 or 2 then not pull hard until 4 grand
not even a sqeak from the tires
i tried to do it in mine and it broke them( or 1)loose @ 2,000 held it for a sec then took off.
ill get a buddy to help ne out with timming and figure out how to get the best launch.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:08 PM   #12
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If you had a 5 speed I would say you will take him. If he's that bad at a clutch then you still will probably get em. I dunno tho', I hate automatic fords, I will never own an auto, I flat out hate em. That's just me tho', some folks like auto's. 150hp is exactly right and I have a 1995 v6 5 speed and I win auto's all the time. Even the new ones. Well, not the newest ones with over 200 hp but I'm a great driver and usually win because of that. I'll tell you from experience, I romp auto's or converts all the time. Especially convert autos, I'll flat out walk away from them and that's with a 12" MTX sub box in the rear! With the 5 speed, i don't know about the auto's, I wouldn't shift it passed 4k. I have shifted it at 4500 but the torque falls flat on it's a$$ after 4k. Keep them rpm's up and shift at 4k with his lame double clutching, you'll WIN! If he pops another clutch, you definitely win. LoL. Enjoy!
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:15 PM   #13
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i feel that u are gonna be developing the mod bug
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:21 PM   #14
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my automatic shifts at red line when u get on the gas hard
redline @ 4,700

whats that double clutching?


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Old 01-21-2008, 09:25 PM   #15
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my automatic shifts at red line when u get on the gas hard
redline @ 4,700

whats that double clutching?


doesn't apply to you.

however you can do the D-2 shift.
floor it in drive off the line and just before the auto shifts into second from first, manually pull the shifter back into second from drive and run it to 5000 rpm's then pop it back into D.

this is a built in " shift kit" from ford. the ECU has a program in it to shift the 4R70W faster and firmer on the 1-2 shift if you hammer it in drive off the line and pull it back into 2nd from D right before it's ready to shift itself. it takes alittle practice to get it right but try it. you will see the difference and should knock .1 off your time
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:39 PM   #16
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that is cool. ill spend the next week or so practicing this stuff and then we will have our drag
ill post back with a video of the race( during the day so u can accually see whats going on)

i no double clutching doesnt apply tome, but id still like to no what it is and is spose to do
half the crap on the net isnt true, so thot u guys would no?

thanks all u guys for the help
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Hope U win man, GO FORD! Ok, enough of being a cheerleader, practice your launch which will be the most important. I take it your going for the arm drop approach? Watch the shoulders, you will have a slight advantage if you get off the line well and manually shift the auto. If you hit second gear right with a good launch, it's a done deal! Enjoy!
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Hey, just get a few upgrades and you got him! Then Slap on one of my stickers just to rub it in his face!!

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if you lose by just alittle bet him that if he adds 1000 lbs to his car it will be aot different.

run what you brung is soooo played out

ask him if he wants a fair weighed race??

your stang goes 3300lbs with you in it. his MR2 probably 2500lbs. not really an even race.

kinda like a DC 9 vs an F18. no comparison weight wise
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Launch is most important. Practice loading up the converter (this is done by putting it in drive and holding the brake pedal down and flooring it, without spinning the wheels as that costs you speed). Double clutching is the act of shifting by leaving the throttle mostly open, and then "double clutching", hit the clutch and pull it out of gear, release the clutch in neutral, then hit the clutch again to allow it to slip into gear seamlessly, this is done by many transport truck drivers due to the transmission design in big rigs. The other way to race shift a manual trans, is to hold the engine wide open and hit the clutch and slam it into the next gear, works great until one misses his gear[:@]. This does not work in Toyota's, I know, I blew 2 trans' practicing in high school. Practice manually shifting your mustang. Practice this, to feel for the best spots to shift. Higher rpm's aren't always the best answer as horsepower and torque are curves and do drop off at higher rpms. Practice safely, race safely, and live to tell the story. If there is a local drag track, look into open race night. This is where street cars are brought in to race in a controlled manner, and the cops can't say anything about it!! We all want to hear you won the race (being the one in the ford and all), but don't want to read an obituary. Good Luck and have fun!!!
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