West Virginia Chapter Director /
MA Drag Race Team Coordinator
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Hedgesville, WV
In conjunction with GM>
1. Gear= Minimum of 4.10's
2. Converter- 3800
3. Fan blades and 26" drag tires
Take time tweaking the tune at the track. Power is power, torque is torque Etc, Etc.
The bang for the buck is the first 60 ft. The above mentioned parts will get you that. You need to get the car out of the hole, hooking and accelerating. That my friend sets up the whole run. The 2.22 60 ft on that pass is not good considering the gear and the mods. Yeah, you probably are spinning, so you need tires and more converter with the aftermarket cam. You should easily be down in the high 1.9's- 2.0's and that is what you need to work on to get those 1/8's and 1/4 mile times down. After you get there with the 60's, you need to be working on tweaking the tune for optimum acceleration at the track either with a tuner or someone there that can do it for you. Shift points, converter lock up and a multitude of things make the ET. Its a combination of everything not just HP and torque. I've seen as much as 2-3 tenths in the 1/4 with just minor tweaking on shift points. Same with the 60 ft. That mid 1.9 in comparable conditions will get you around 7/10ths in the 1/4 all things being equal. Huge differences.
Remember also, track elevation and conditions determine the whole runs as well. For example, if you are running at 2000 ft elevation and 80 degrees, its not going to run like a sea level track in 45 degree air either in the 60, 1/8th or 1/4 mile. Just that simple.
Baseline the car again in decent weather, do the modification as soon as you can afterwards and try to get numbers in similar conditions. That's the only way you'll know or be able to see the improvements. Also, run the car often and learn the car. The DRIVER mod makes a huge difference too. I often hear from people over many years "How hard is it to drag race and automatic". I then laugh cause I know they are idiots. It boils down to the water box, heating tires, staging, launching, etc, etc. Practice, consistency and tuning make a lot of difference.
I've driven enough MN12 & other cars at the strip over the past 30+ years, (Not mine) and outrun owners numbers with their own cars to prove the point.
Just use this as knowledge and advice to get you where you want to go.
1996 Cougar XR7 Special Edition (Street & Strip)
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Cougar ET-Stock 4.6 shortblock/Stock PI headswap Bullitt NA 12.94 @ 105+
Nitrous 11.75 @ 114 MPH
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Last edited by 1MTNCAT; 01-23-2014 at 07:53 AM.