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This is a discussion on The Forgiving F-Body within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Today I had a close call with the T/A. Getting on the freeway ramp and tried to speed up a ...

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    The Forgiving F-Body

    Today I had a close call with the T/A. Getting on the freeway ramp and tried to speed up a bit to get around another slowass.

    Hit the gas a bit too hard and the TCS was off....lol.

    I had entered 2 complete sideways opposing motions before I straightened it out.

    Had to still give it gas upon straightening out in each direction to keep from getting hit from behind and I nearly shit my pants.

    Fortunately, I am in an autocross club which I take my T/A to from time to time on a timed course which helps my reaction to the vehicle movements and learn the limitations of the vehicle.

    This along with the very forgiving nature of the F-body averted disaster.

    It is a little different in an "Oh Shit" maneuver though. You're not ready for it as you would be in an autocross/drifting situation.

    Even just having fun and fish tailing, you're still prepared for it or should be.

    What a scare......lol. A woman that was behind me passed me up on the highway and was glaring at me. All I could do was laugh while looking back at her.

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    Sounds like an eventful morning

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    I'll admit I'd be checking my pants after something like that!! Was it raining or something though because I would think it would be pretty hard to mistakenly do that during dry weather.

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    Cold weather does funny things to pavement. Cool you didnt wreck.

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    ah i didn't think about the cold...

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    Was it raining? Been raining all day here. I leave my TC on if i have to drive in rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirenformula350 View Post
    I'll admit I'd be checking my pants after something like that!! Was it raining or something though because I would think it would be pretty hard to mistakenly do that during dry weather.
    yeah, the road was dry but, had been raining earlier so, perhaps it was still damp but, didn't look like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96Firebirdformula View Post
    Was it raining? Been raining all day here. I leave my TC on if i have to drive in rain.
    yeah, thanks for the tip. I used to forget to turn it off for competion and now I forget to leave it on for inclimate weather. I looked to see if my TCS was on or off after I got out of the frightful maneuver and to my surprise, I was in race mode. Need to think about that one for future reference since there will be one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirenformula350 View Post
    I'll admit I'd be checking my pants after something like that!! Was it raining or something though because I would think it would be pretty hard to mistakenly do that during dry weather.
    I checked my pants but, then had a good stiff drink after I got home.....lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG GUNS View Post
    Today I had a close call with the T/A. Getting on the freeway ramp and tried to speed up a bit to get around another slowass.
    You had to go around Mr. Luos? lol

    jk

    Stuff like that is scary, glad to see you and your ta is ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    Sounds like an eventful morning
    It was an eventful afternoon I should say. Check out this F-body compliation.

    The black big bird that totally looses control is exactly what mine did on the on ramp. All except for turning around 180 degrees. The only difference between the two is that the big bird was still WOT. I regulated the gas and the brake in balance until it became totally straight with no more fish tailing action.

    I will say that this vehicle is very forgiving after that.

    http://www.tritin-multimedia.com/vid5.wmv

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    Nice, good thing youve had practice!

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    try never having Traction Control even if the road is damp im all over the place!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwoodDavid View Post
    You had to go around Mr. Luos? lol

    jk

    Stuff like that is scary, glad to see you and your ta is ok
    LMFAO!!! didn't think about the fact that he calls his car slowass.......lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1998 T/A View Post
    try never having Traction Control even if the road is damp im all over the place!!
    Yeah but, you're used to it getting out of control on wet pavement. I've never been in that type of situation before with it. I usually leave the TCS engaged when it is questionable for wetness.

    This time was a fluke. Didn't even look damp but, was very apparent that this was no ordinary exhibition of speed like I do from time to time and control it. My hats off to you if you experience that on a regular basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TempleU_WS6 View Post
    Nice, good thing youve had practice!
    yeah, the autocross driving tactics definitely helped out. I originally joined the autocross specifically for this type of situation. I enjoy doing autocross but, in the back of my mind I knew that it was teaching me the limitations of the vehicle and what to do to get myself out of such a situation.

    It was instinctive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1998 T/A View Post
    try never having Traction Control even if the road is damp im all over the place!!
    Yeah, no TC here either! I wouldnt have it any other way. My right foot is my TC

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    Slick pavement + no TCS + wide open parking lot = fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG GUNS View Post
    It was an eventful afternoon I should say. Check out this F-body compliation.

    The black big bird that totally looses control is exactly what mine did on the on ramp. All except for turning around 180 degrees. The only difference between the two is that the big bird was still WOT. I regulated the gas and the brake in balance until it became totally straight with no more fish tailing action.

    I will say that this vehicle is very forgiving after that.

    http://www.tritin-multimedia.com/vid5.wmv

    @minute marker 02:33
    Intermission...A Mustang Crashing

    Well, now that it's all said and done... It will be one of your fondest memories

    That was a good one! Did you find it on youtube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    Intermission...A Mustang Crashing

    Well, now that it's all said and done... It will be one of your fondest memories

    That was a good one! Did you find it on youtube?

    No Kahana,
    found all of the ones I watch on F-body central in the F-body Wild Videos section

    http://www.fbodycentral.com/video.html

    Enjoy,

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