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Unread 2011-08-12, 10:51 AM   #1
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So next week I am going to take my celica to the strip for the first time. I have never been into drag but some friends are going and they talked me into it. I have an '02 gt with SRI, a fairly new stage 2 FI brand clutch, and a muffler, but it's pretty much stock. I will probaly lower the front tire pressures to 25psi as well. I am not trying to set any records and I am not expecting blazing fast times, but I also do not want to go and look like a complete noob. (which I am) I know the best mod for any kind of performance driving is driver mod so I want to practice and get better. I can drive, I can shift, what I can't do is launch. I read other forums where people are launching anywhere between 3500 and 4000 RPM. I fist tried 4000 and the clutch wouln't grab so I slowed it down to 3500 and it bogs out. I can't seem to find a happy medium. So my question is where do you guys launch? Any tips would help. I have a week to get this down. Thanks.
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are you serious?

Dude, you aren't going to run anything halfway impressive, and will look like any other ricer out there with a fart can. Run your 15 sec quarter and be happy with it. Its not like you need to worry about tire pressure with a stock celica.
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Lol I would be very happy/ impressed with 15 sec. I would be satisfied with mid 16's.
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are you serious?

Dude, you aren't going to run anything halfway impressive, and will look like any other ricer out there with a fart can. Run your 15 sec quarter and be happy with it. Its not like you need to worry about tire pressure with a stock celica.
Ya I wasn't sure if lowering tire pressure would help all that much because 1.) my car is slow and 2.) its on all season street tires. I just did some googling yesterday and saw what people were doing on their fwd cars. I am not going to expect anything crazy. Like I said mid to low 16's would please me.
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1. Pull out your engine
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LS?!? I am gonna go with true rice and go 2JZ beotch.... No, no I'm not.



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....maybe...
buy a probe and put a 2jz into it. You don't need to lower the tire pressure if your on street tires unless you are running 45 psi... I guess take the car out and have fun that's what its all about.
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buy a probe and put a 2jz into it. You don't need to lower the tire pressure if your on street tires unless you are running 45 psi... I guess take the car out and have fun that's what its all about.
Ok. Thank you. Even if I go out and suck it up I will still enjoy it.
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My only real question is why? If you just feel like bringing it to the track and blasting off a mid 16, then just save the $10 or whatever it costs nowadays and accept the fact you drive a very unimpressive, not fast car. That isn't meant as a demeaning statement, it's just the truth. Now, if you have serious plans on doing some real power enhancers and have intentions on making the car much much quicker,than by all means go down and get yourself some baseline runs in. Those are always nice to have so down the road, after a set of decent mods, you have them to show where the car began and where it is now. But, if you have no real intentions of ever really wanting to go fast with the car, my advice would be just keep it away from the track. Unfortunately, some people will either laugh or just snicker watching a mid 16 pass. A car like that though, can do SERIOUS damage in bracket racing. Slow, but VERY repeatable. Watched a bracket race once come down to a Cobra kit car (stupid fast) against a Crown Victoria. Yup, the Vic one.
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My only real question is why? If you just feel like bringing it to the track and blasting off a mid 16, then just save the $10 or whatever it costs nowadays and accept the fact you drive a very unimpressive, not fast car. That isn't meant as a demeaning statement, it's just the truth. Now, if you have serious plans on doing some real power enhancers and have intentions on making the car much much quicker,than by all means go down and get yourself some baseline runs in. Those are always nice to have so down the road, after a set of decent mods, you have them to show where the car began and where it is now. But, if you have no real intentions of ever really wanting to go fast with the car, my advice would be just keep it away from the track. Unfortunately, some people will either laugh or just snicker watching a mid 16 pass. A car like that though, can do SERIOUS damage in bracket racing. Slow, but VERY repeatable. Watched a bracket race once come down to a Cobra kit car (stupid fast) against a Crown Victoria. Yup, the Vic one.
Meh, I see what you're saying. However, I see no harm if someone has a curiosity to see what a car will run at a real timed event. I don't think that OP is thinking he's going to run with a big dog like a LSX swapped Ferrari 308 or anything, but wants to see what it could do. I say go for it.
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Leave your tire pressure at 30 or 32 whatever the tire say's, dropping the pressure isn't gonna help a stiff walled tire. Go AROUND the burn out box and don't do a burn out, it will only make your street tires slicker. Launch someone soft and go from there, upping your revs every time you make a pass. Practice makes perfect, everyone starts somewhere. Hope I helped
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