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    Lauching help

    Haven't really figured out how to launch a 6 speed yet, I have always owned automatics when I went to the strip. how do you guys launch you M6's? here are the specs in my car.. also anyone know the RWHP it may be putting out with those mods? using street tires at the moment don't have enough to get some slicks yet.

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    -moser 12 bolt with 4:11 gears

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    you got the right mods. Launching with street tires is different then DR's and slicks. Wheel spin & street tires are hand in hand. Each car is different just like road conditions. Best thing I can say practice at different rpms.

    I found any higher then 2000 and I spin. My tires are Nittos 555R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    you got the right mods. Launching with street tires is different then DR's and slicks. Wheel spin & street tires are hand in hand. Each car is different just like road conditions. Best thing I can say practice at different rpms.

    I found any higher then 2000 and I spin. My tires are Nittos 555R.
    Do you just dump the clutch? or ease off it

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    What kind of 60' times are you seeing?

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    What tires are you using? I run Nitto's 555R's all year, you living in Miami you'll have no issues running a summer tire all year like me.

    I still haven't perfected it. I've tried dumping and easing in to it. On street tires I found you need to ease into it but start out at 2000-2500 rpm in first otherwise you bog down and any higher wheel spin. Stock cams the power band starts at 3000 and goes to about 5500 rpm before it drops off.

    Now since you have a built rear I recommend getting Drag Radials or slicks. Both heat up the tires and you can do 4000 rpm launches DEPENDING on the clutch you have.

    One of my buddies has a Moser 9" w/Wavetrac Diff, cam and uses 100 shot of N20 and can throw me (I'm not a small guy) in the t top storage when he launches.

    It may be you have a worn or weak clutch. Stock = most defiantly weak. LS7 = better but not going to last with hard launches, need a Monster stage II or III depending on how much torque output.
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    You have a 12 bolt, what's the problem? Get some stickies, put the pedal down, pop the clutch and go

    If you are still racing on stock rubber, you can employ some tricks we use in pure stock racing but if it's not the way you plan to keep racing the car I wouldn't bother.

    Running other stick cars over the years, I've experimented with slipping the clutch but it's hard on clutches, shortens life, creates hot spots on the flywheel which then in turn gives you clutch chatter, etc...
    On stock rubber I prefer to pick an RPM that works depending on track prep, pop the clutch or let it out very quickly, control any wheel spin that there might be with the throttle, and go... And just save the clutch that way. Tires are cheaper and easier to replace than clutches

    Get some stickies and have some real fun

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    It looks like you have a good setup so I would get a good set of 10" slicks, a Hurst line lock setup, start at 18 to 20 psi in the slicks, do a good burnout, stage and rev to 3500 rpm. When that last yellow light comes on mash the gas and side step the clutch. Hang on and have fun. You should be in the low 12's with your combo.
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    If your serious you need a bias ply slick and gears, I launch mine at 6k I release the clutch and go 1.4 60 ft also a good shock is needed.

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    My best time to date using Nitto 555R drag radials in my 2002 Camaro SS M6 was holding the RPM at 4500 and popping the clutch out.

    Bottom line is, you cannot expect to get a good 60' time with just drag radials. You need slicks.

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