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This is a discussion on Launching Tips within the Motorsports Talk forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; title explains. I need to learn how to launch my car. 2005 WRX. Anything will help! Thanks guys!...

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    title explains. I need to learn how to launch my car. 2005 WRX.
    Anything will help! Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by suba-roo View Post
    title explains. I need to learn how to launch my car. 2005 WRX.
    Anything will help! Thanks guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pactin View Post
    stock tranny?
    yes sir. thats what im concerned about. i read that if i just rev it up and dump the clutch that have a valve in the transmission that prevents you from spinning. i might juust be going crazy. but yes. stock transmission.

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    Lot of mixed reviews between dumping and "slipping" the clutch.

    Obviously dumping will take its toll a lot faster than slipping, but some people swear by it.

    If you don't plan on replacing your tranny, I suggest you stay away from clutch dumps.

    What I've been told is to:
    -place into 1st
    -let clutch out just above grab point
    -tap throttle then steady on your rpm (most do 3k-4k)
    -slip clutch out while adding gas when youre ready to take off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pactin View Post
    Lot of mixed reviews between dumping and "slipping" the clutch.

    Obviously dumping will take its toll a lot faster than slipping, but some people swear by it.

    If you don't plan on replacing your tranny, I suggest you stay away from clutch dumps.

    What I've been told is to:
    -place into 1st
    -let clutch out just above grab point
    -tap throttle then steady on your rpm (most do 3k-4k)
    -slip clutch out while adding gas when youre ready to take off.
    and after doing this be ready to smell your clutch
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    thats not true if you do it properly. press the throttle about halfway until the clutch is fully engaged

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajtoce View Post
    thats not true if you do it properly. press the throttle about halfway until the clutch is fully engaged
    Whenever i rev my car above 2K you can smell the burnt clutch

    I don't know if it is because i have an exedy stage 1, but that clutch does not let you rev high at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx0131 View Post
    and after doing this be ready to smell your clutch
    that energys gotta go somewhere, and its technically better the clutch than the gears. besids if your so worried about the clutch then you shouldnt b launching...
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    which is why i dont.
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    Avoid launching. Your car isn't made for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pactin View Post

    What I've been told is to:
    -place into 1st
    -let clutch out just above grab point
    -tap throttle then steady on your rpm (most do 3k-4k)
    -slip clutch out while adding gas when youre ready to take off.
    Quote Originally Posted by wrx0131 View Post
    and after doing this be ready to smell your clutch
    i do that all the time and never burn the clutch. works real well actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wunderboy987 View Post
    i do that all the time and never burn the clutch. works real well actually.
    That's impossible. Maybe you don't smell it, but you are still burning it.

    Revving to 4k and holding the clutch where it grabs is definitely burning the clutch.

    It definitely works well though. What i did to launch was rev up to about 4k, look at my boost gauge, and right before take off i would hold it at 4k, quickly slip the clutch and bam.......FAST take off, no tire chirping (yes hard to believe, but true). Also, smelled my clutch right after take off.

    Dumping the clutch and not alot of power does not work well with AWD. You have four tires fighting for traction. You are going to bog.
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    always with a swift clutch slip

    When I launch on the street or at the local auto-x, which isn't too often, I usually shoot out quickly, without making the clutch stink, sometimes with a chirp (depending on weather and surface and tire). But at the strip, where I have even less experience, I've made massive clutch stink (not often), I've bogged (often), and I've spun very badly (often). Perhaps launching a WRX is trickiest at the strip.

    IMO: How to launch a WRX well depends on several factors and takes practice. But remember: clutches are cheaper than gears.
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