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Old 02-26-2004, 02:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Drag Racing with Manual Transmission?

How much harder is it to Drag Race with a Manual Transmission over an Automatic? Which of the two overall is best suited for drag racing?

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Old 02-26-2004, 07:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You tryin' to start a fight? Autos are TYPICALLY more consistant. Don't tell Ronnie Sox I said that. It's all up to the driver. If you're good with a stick, run it. There's not many. 99% of the cars at our strip are slush boxes. AFAIK, zero stick cars have landed in the winners circle.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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With an auto your shifts are constant and you never miss a shift. it does take a little more power to run one over a manuel.
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...and you never miss a shift...
Oh, I wouldn't say that...
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Old 02-26-2004, 09:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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HI CKELLY

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...and you never miss a shift...
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Oh, I wouldn't say that...

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OOOOHHHH MMMMM Sounds like the voice of experance

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Old 02-26-2004, 05:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Maybe not a shift but a gear a time or too. Cam requirements are different to for the two trans.
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Old 02-26-2004, 06:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I love my stick drivers wheel up in 3rd BOOYAA~!! I had liberty go through it and since it's never missed a gear once. Thats 25 passes without a single missed gear. Last Friday I made 2 T&T passes, 10.761 and 10.750. Sticks are always faster too, look it up in NHRA's S & SS classes.

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Old 02-26-2004, 06:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm an auto guy for sure, but I'd love the chance to yank on a Lenco. You can get consistant with those. "My stall speed is UNLIMITED!"
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Old 02-26-2004, 06:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Depends what type of class you want to run.If your running a bracket class where consistancy wins then the automatic is tough to beat.If your looking for heads up or low ets the manual trans is usually quicker(if you can shift it).I love launching and banging the gears on my 4 speed down the strip but then again I've lost my fair share of races by missing a gearIf I was a serious racer I would get a Jerico.
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Automatics are easier to drive, are easier on parts, and are easier to get consistently good 60ft times with.

Sticks are entirely too much fun... when you aren't breaking parts or spinning the tires.

REAL hotrods have three pedals! You gotta' EARN it with a stick car!
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Top loaders and T5's are supposed to be smooth shifting. Tremec's are known for being a bit notchy. My buddy has a TKO in a big-block Charger and he can't get a straight shot from 2nd to 3rd.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I never ran the drags with an automatic, but its been a while scince I did run dragstrip, last time was with a 69 chevy nova 327 and muncie I did 12.26 consistant at 105, I could dump the clutch at 6500 and pull the wheels up about 3 feet and pull them again into 2nd.After each day at the races I'd pull the clutch out and sand blast the flywheel and pressure plate with black beauty, try this for a no slip clutch off the line but you better have a bullitproof drive line
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've recently switched from a 4 speed to an automatic. Boring...but the car is much happier because it takes less punishment during the shifting process but the launch w/ a hi-stall converter still stresses my unibody...and my bank account. Yeah... I can still break parts!!!
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Automatics are freakin' BORING! B-O-R-I-N-G.Boring to drive!I know all arguments about consistency,easier to drive,etc.I think it's all a bunch of crap,unless your bracket racing for a living or something bizarre like that.Learning to drive a 4-speed,and then learning to shift it WELL are a rite of passage into manhood!Every car guy has to go through it.Automatics just don't have that Manly-Man aura surrounding them.I know I'm gonna get a bunch of bench racers jumping down my throat on this one,but ,ummmm.........who cares?A manual transmission is NEVER the wrong thing to do!Why do you think guys put aftermarket shifters in their auto-eqipped cars?It's because it makes it feel more like driving a stick,that's why!
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Stick cars are parts breakers...I ran one for half a season..you gotta make everything bullit proof practically. I switched to auto and never break anything anymore. More fun to drive cause you're not under the car spending time and money fixing all the breakage.I run mid 11's with 28 spline axles and it performs flawlessly. Just freshen the auto C4 every 2 seasons and that it .
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