With the money you dumped in it I sure hope you get better than 3 tenths....
My guess with sticky tires you're looking at a potential 13 flat...High
12....but there is no better way to know than to go at the track!
Let us know how you do.
I would say 13.6's. 13.99 is with a pro driver that has driven the 1/4
mile thousands of times, so knock that time up about 2 tenths for a
first timer. As far as response time, it does not figure in with the
e/t. The e/t time starts when the car breaks the plane. You can have
a 5 second reaction time and still run a 13 (although you would lose
Your times will vary from track to track and driver to driver. A
great driver at Bandimere will get slower times than a fair driver at
Houston. Where are you going to run it?
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1998 GT Coupe 5-spd. Bright Atlantic Blue
K&N FIPK, Tri-Ax, 3.73's, FRPP Coated Shorties, SpeedCal,
P&P 2K Heads, 2K Intake, Bassani X-Pipe and Cat-Back,
Subframe Connectors, JMS Chip, Eagle Alloy Wheels
I'm a relatively novice drag racer... I've only run about 30 passes or so.
I know how to drive a car fairly hard and shift pretty hard... but... I'm
obviously not a professional. This is my knowledge of your car (and those
I have a -bone- stock 1997 Cobra. Well, now it has a shifter, but at the
time of the crime, it didn't even have that. The only "mod" to this car was
a set of Nitto Drag radials, 16" mounted on 16" GT wheels. I'm talking the
factory stock spark plugs from 1997 (car had 28,000 miles on it at the
time), factory stock wires, and a replacement factory paper air filter and
fuel filter. This car was as stock as they come. It still is, save for the
new wheels and a Tri-ax.
I propelled my car to a 13.87 @ 100.7 with a miserable grab-then-bog 2.3
second 60' time. With a real launch (hitting the throttle at the right
time), that should be down to 13.5. I was also lifting the throttle at each
6800 RPM shift. I left the line at 4800 RPM but didn't get into the
throttle fast enough. The car would lurch forward and then bog badly. The
tires held the initial shock however.
With the mods done to your car, you will *never* hook on those tires. The
KDWs are reputable for getting around a turn relatively fast (not nearly as
nice as the KDs, but hey, they cost a ton). They're not sticky enough to
keep you going forward on a heavy launch. I had Kuhmo Ecstas on the back at
one point and I made a go at it... I couldn't even pull out like I was at a
stoplight and trying to get a little jump on the guy next to me to take his
lane. 1500 RPM, slip the clutch, and go immediately sideways. Finally get
the car under control, *roll* into the throttle and light 'em up again. Get
it back, get to redline, hit 2nd the same as I'd done all the time on the
street, and I almost took out the guardrail. There was no traction to be
found. Will you experience the same issues? Maybe not to that extent, but
some stickies on the back will help your cause greatly. The 4.10's will
amplify the traction issues though. I have stock 3.27's.
I'd say... with a good set of tires on the back end, hit all the gears on
time, and run a very low 13, perhaps 13 flat. If you hook. You won't with
those tires. If you're lucky, you'll grab a little and get it down the
track fairly straight, but the soft launch required to do that is gonna kill
any hopes for a 13.0.
Run the first few passes cautiously like you're expecting the car to do
something stupid, because if you go out with those tires, run it up to 3000
RPM and drop the clutch, you'll be doing something stupid. You won't move
at all, except that the back end will walk to your left.
Don't do any burnout in the water box. Drive around it (if possible) and do
a quick dry-hop to kick the stones and residual water off. From what I've
learned in here, doing a wet burnout on street tires just makes the surface
hard and turns the rubber that peels off into little marbles of hard rubber.
Just the thing you *don't* need when trying to get the car to accelerate.
Good luck and post your times. I'm interested to see what your car will do
because most of the mods you've made are mods I'm planning for in the
Exactly. Not with those tires. I think with some drag-oriented tires (BFGs
or Nittos even) he could push the car to damn near 13.0 with a hard launch
and hitting all the gears right. If my stock one can go 13.8 with a 2.3 60'
(meaning if I knew how to drive, it should have been an easy 13.5), his 4.10
+ exhuast car should be able to be in the 13.0-13.2 range. Exhuast is a big
killer on those cars, and just opening it up helps a lot. There are guys
with 4.30's, long tube headers, and complete exhaust work, nothing more,
running 12.9. He should be close to that.
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