Originally Posted by dirtyd0g
The biggest problem is that the track and the street are completely different. I can get my car hooking up great on the street, put it on the track and I get my avatar. I have some slicks for spring just need to get them on some rims.
I find it truely amazing that a car can hook up on the street better than on the drag strip, which is *supposedly* a prepped surface.
I can smoke my tires for at least 75 feet off the line if i leave at 1500 rpms...but if I leave from a dead idle, it will hook up alot better. Of course, it is a full-street car...street tires, and still a 3.08-peg leg rear!
The problem I have with running slicks on a street car is, typically, the tires are the "breaking point". They will usually break loose before anything else does. I have seen too many "street cars" shed axles when slicks are applied. Of course, if you want to hook up... your options are limited. Install stronger parts, that can handle the torque-hit, and you will be running numbers far better than you would with stock/street parts.
alot of people dont even realize, even when you think you are hooking up, there is still some slippage happening. if a car gets 100% traction, then the drivetrain takes the full brnt of the "hit".
I dont understand the air filter question, in relation to "slowing you down". Is it protruding from the body of the car? Or are you just curious if it is effecting power output. The question sounds like you are asking if it is creating drag... but I assume it is still in the fender well. if you are drawing cool, fresh air...most likely it is helping, not hurting. But if it is drawing hot engine air...then it isnt doing squat...the benefits of a CAI are only that is it is drawing COLD air(C in CAI). Otherwise, its a HAI.(Hot air induction) Hot air is bad for making power(unless it is boost-fed via a turbo, in which case it shoudl pass through an inter-cooler to cool it before induction, but thats another topic!