I'm sure my car weighed more then 200lbs less than theirs. I don't have the slip in front of me since i'm overseas but running 12.60s at 3500 is not that impressive to me. Especially with a 1.80 60 foot. It doesn't take that much when you have a lightened car and built motor. I find it ironic you bust my balls in every 1/4 mile thread but whatever.
I did get the power steering bypass to work. Pretty simple actually. It's really not to bad as a track only mod if you have skinnies in the front. With an aluminum block and a little weight reduction, I didn't mind at all.
For those wondering, Here are some tips to run faster.
Aluminum front skinnies Or mustang ultralight wheels
Bypass power steering (worth a tenth in 1/8th)
Electric water pump and no belt (worth two to three tenths easily)
Run 4.30 gears minimum.
Datalog shift points. Your tuner won't do it....Guaranteed unless you ask and pay them to.
I never claimed to have the most streetable vehicle but there are plenty of ways to make one faster if you don't mind losing certain creature comforts.
As for my combo,
12.5 to 1 compression pi headed motor with comp 270's. JL ran 4 tenths faster with 500 more pounds, two points less compression and same cams along with all accessories....Doesn't make my 12.60 seem so unattainable huh
Thanks to GM, Kdanner, and JL for sharing some secrets along the way. I asked all of them lots of questions.
1. I know for a fact that both Justins car and Ricks car run much better than 1.80's in the 60 ft.
2. One is a TFS headed car with cams, 1 is a stage II Ported PI with Cams as much or more than yours.
3. Lightened, What did you do to lighten it. Less than 3400 lbs without driver?
4. You were running a PI intake is that not correct?
5. What fuel were you running?
6. 26" Drag slicks on lightweight rims correct?
7. You are running 3800 stall, the others are running at least 4200 If I'm not mistaken and they are running at least 4:30 gears. You had 3.73's you stated.
7. So you are saying at 3500 ft you can outrun both of those above mentioned cars with just a little more compression and run 12.60's. Right!
Yeah, I'm not saying JL and some of those didn't didn't help you along the way. And those guys do know what they are doing. So do I. Far more years than you. A time or two if I recall I did help you out too (IM). But, you're not feeding those numbers to me unless it was on spray. Either of the two mentioned above cars, both that I know, would clean your clock same day same track and I'd be willing to bet mine would too NA!! Unless there is some secret you build you have not disclosed.
And as far as all the things you have mentioned to do about going fast, I've covered that list many, many years ago and the current cars in question are too.
Just a fact, plain and simple.