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This is a discussion on advice on freeway racing within the Kill Stories forums, part of the Racing Forums category; This may sound like a dumb question, but needed some simple advice. I have a Camaro SS m6 with a ...

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    advice on freeway racing

    This may sound like a dumb question, but needed some simple advice. I have a Camaro SS m6 with a fairly stock LS1. When you're driving about 70 mph or so on the highway, what gear do you guys suggest dropping down to, to maximize take off without jacking up the engine. I'm not really into racing, I've just been getting a lot of bozo's lately tailing me, then running along me looking to race. Mostly just trucks, crappy old mustangs, and some bikes. Know I can beat them, just wondering what gear would be the best to embarass them from that speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoll5150 View Post
    This may sound like a dumb question, but needed some simple advice. I have a Camaro SS m6 with a fairly stock LS1. When you're driving about 70 mph or so on the highway, what gear do you guys suggest dropping down to, to maximize take off without jacking up the engine. I'm not really into racing, I've just been getting a lot of bozo's lately tailing me, then running along me looking to race. Mostly just trucks, crappy old mustangs, and some bikes. Know I can beat them, just wondering what gear would be the best to embarass them from that speed.
    Wel with stock gears I would still say 3rd...go from 55-60 in second (you'll have to shift fairly quickly but you'll get the jump) , that's where I feel the power is most utilized in my car.

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    you can take off in 4th or 5th if youre doing 50-70. The T56 is a hell of a tranny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurraquio View Post
    you can take off in 4th or 5th if youre doing 50-70. The T56 is a hell of a tranny.
    3rd would be better

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    3rd is great at that speed

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    Doesnt 3rd get us to about 100? I never tryed it but been told that people take it 100+ in 3rd...Thinken about it, seems a lil too high, But i think the highest i been in 2nd is 60...

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    2nd. Hell of a time. hit my governer at 6800 pretty quick. Don't try it if your even close to stock though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big hammer View Post
    3rd is great at that speed
    Quote Originally Posted by JwMonE99 View Post
    3rd would be better
    Not on the highway. say that hes crusing at 70mph engine is around 4k in 5th and Under 2K in 6th well if he suddenly downshifts to 3rd hes going to break loose and slide off the road, or spin out.


    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwoodDavid View Post
    Doesnt 3rd get us to about 100? I never tryed it but been told that people take it 100+ in 3rd...Thinken about it, seems a lil too high, But i think the highest i been in 2nd is 60...
    Yes Third gear can get you to 100+ actually some actually do their quarter in three gears. Depending on setup of course.

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    3rd for stock gearing like mentioned above, if you have 4.10 you will need 4th. good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurraquio View Post
    Not on the highway. say that hes crusing at 70mph engine is around 4k in 5th and Under 2K in 6th well if he suddenly downshifts to 3rd hes going to break loose and slide off the road, or spin out.




    Yes Third gear can get you to 100+ actually some actually do their quarter in three gears. Depending on setup of course.
    Ok maybe I should of meant on stock gears.
    I downshift from 70 into 3rd all the time just fine

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    Thanks for all the input, you guys are great.
    3rd gear sounds like the way to go...just one last question...if I'm In 6th gear at the time...go to 6 to 3
    or go 6-4-3 or what? Sorry to be nitpicking, just don't wan't to mess up my car. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoll5150 View Post
    Thanks for all the input, you guys are great.
    3rd gear sounds like the way to go...just one last question...if I'm In 6th gear at the time...go to 6 to 3
    or go 6-4-3 or what? Sorry to be nitpicking, just don't wan't to mess up my car. Thanks.
    6-4-3rd is what i do...

    But they mostly get scared by the time i downshift to 4th lol;ory&cut-out

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoll5150 View Post
    This may sound like a dumb question, but needed some simple advice. I have a Camaro SS m6 with a fairly stock LS1. When you're driving about 70 mph or so on the highway, what gear do you guys suggest dropping down to, to maximize take off without jacking up the engine. I'm not really into racing, I've just been getting a lot of bozo's lately tailing me, then running along me looking to race. Mostly just trucks, crappy old mustangs, and some bikes. Know I can beat them, just wondering what gear would be the best to embarass them from that speed.
    First or nothing! Your not going to be beating bikes with a stock or mildly modded ss just fyi. But as stated I would say third and get yourself some gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurraquio View Post
    Not on the highway. say that hes crusing at 70mph engine is around 4k in 5th and Under 2K in 6th well if he suddenly downshifts to 3rd hes going to break loose and slide off the road, or spin out.




    Yes Third gear can get you to 100+ actually some actually do their quarter in three gears. Depending on setup of course.
    With a Stock ls1 it's not gonna break free at 70...I would downshift to 3rd and punch it. Those tailgaters will crap their pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoll5150 View Post
    Thanks for all the input, you guys are great.
    3rd gear sounds like the way to go...just one last question...if I'm In 6th gear at the time...go to 6 to 3
    or go 6-4-3 or what? Sorry to be nitpicking, just don't wan't to mess up my car. Thanks.
    Go from 6th-3rd, just tap the throttle a couple times before you get to third to get the rpms up. If you have exhaust it sounds amazing when you do that.

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    i go from 6th to 4th to 3rd. you dont want to accidentally go into 5th or even 1st

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    Going into 1st would sux, if possible...idk

    I am not as worried as missing 3rd as i am of missing 4th. Be very carfull not going into 2nd. Its happened to a few of us and it suxs. Especally if you have a stock shifter and you dont know your car that well.

    happen to me 3wks after i got my car...3 badly bent pushrods, i got off easy could of been worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwoodDavid View Post
    Going into 1st would sux, if possible...idk

    I am not as worried as missing 3rd as i am of missing 4th. Be very carfull not going into 2nd. Its happened to a few of us and it suxs. Especally if you have a stock shifter and you dont know your car that well.

    happen to me 3wks after i got my car...3 badly bent pushrods, i got off easy could of been worst.
    It IS possible to go back into 1st...I've done it!!! Had the car for about 2-3 weeks and stuffed her back in 1st on a 2-3 shift while racing an SRT-8 Magnum. Not cool lol.

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    From my experiences it goes like this

    0-45 1st
    45-75 2nd
    75-105 3rd
    105-135 4th

    Dont know anything else though.

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    Not with my car, but a while ago my friend got a nissan sentra SE-R.
    I was crusing in his car and I dropped it into 1st.
    That was fun lol
    he ended up having to get a new car

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