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    1st time dragger

    I am planning on taking my '05 STi to the track this Wed, but now, after reading some posts, I am hella scared about messing up my clutch, or even worse, my tranny. Should I stop being a female dog and just smash it or stay conservative as this is my only car?

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    for the record, the STI tranny has been known to be able to take alot of abuse. not so for the WRX transmission. Unless you're running like 400+ whp, i think it will be fine.
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    The best advice I can give anyone starting to drag race, (or really any type of racing);
    There is plenty of time to go fast. Start out conservative then work up from there. No need to try and go set the world on fire first hit. You are training a driver right now. When you can get your launches hard but safe, and your shifts quick but smooth, then impress us with numbers. Right now, impress us with wisdom and not doing something stupid like wrecking your car or really hurting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wannabe View Post
    The best advice I can give anyone starting to drag race, (or really any type of racing);
    There is plenty of time to go fast. Start out conservative then work up from there. No need to try and go set the world on fire first hit. You are training a driver right now. When you can get your launches hard but safe, and your shifts quick but smooth, then impress us with numbers. Right now, impress us with wisdom and not doing something stupid like wrecking your car or really hurting it.
    Awesome advice.

    Short version...get some time in as a beginner. Keep updating us with steadily improving stats as you gain experience. Stay away from hard launches initially, but you shouldn't have to many concerns regarding breaking the STi. Read the stickies on launching the STi also and follow them. Most notably....raise your tire pressure. Can't stress this enough.
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    id say launch it and bang the gears as hard as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wannabe View Post
    The best advice I can give anyone starting to drag race, (or really any type of racing);
    There is plenty of time to go fast. Start out conservative then work up from there. No need to try and go set the world on fire first hit. You are training a driver right now. When you can get your launches hard but safe, and your shifts quick but smooth, then impress us with numbers. Right now, impress us with wisdom and not doing something stupid like wrecking your car or really hurting it.
    I hate people who hand out information as if they were pros on the internet. From your post one would almost think that you drove some crazy 700+ hp funny car. What a wannabe.






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    Quote Originally Posted by 302@12psi View Post
    I hate people who hand out information as if they were pros on the internet. From your post one would almost think that you drove some crazy 700+ hp funny car. What a wannabe.






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    Quote Originally Posted by YBNormal07 View Post
    lol i thought it was good advise

    i thought the drove at 1280hp funny car??! lol

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    I was going to say ?-?-?
    700 hp with three rods hanging out the bottom of the engine.

    I hate them friggin' wannabes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wannabe View Post
    I was going to say ?-?-?
    700 hp with three rods hanging out the bottom of the engine.

    I hate them friggin' wannabes
    I was going off your pump gas numbers.
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    I thought you were going off of dyno numbers at 4650 rpm.

    I took this picture just to show off. I have never posted it until now.
    Spot the engine that will make 700 and you win a lolipop.

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    I went!! Remember, my car is BONE STOCK and this was my 1st time at a track. My low of the night was a 13.452 @102. I consistently hit 13.4s and kept trapping @ 1.9. I couldn't seem to get lower than that on either of those. My car ran better than I thought but I am hella unsatisfied with my driving.

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    For a first time out, that is fairly nice. I am guessing that by trapping 1.9, you mean 1.9 60 footers. That can be worked up to a nice and low 1.8 and still be safe. But the nice thing is, the car is still in tact and you have lots of time to work on training that driver. Just the driver could knock about a second off of that ET.

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