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Old 10-13-2004, 02:11 PM   #1
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Hey, I am pretty much a newbie with shifting...I have had my svt for about 4 months now and that was my first manual. When racing, and you want a quick start, what is the best way to do it...like to get the most traction and speed. I've raced a few people and they blow me off the line everytime...luckily they werent anything much and my focus caught up to them. But I'd love to burn them right off the line...thanks.


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I usually rev it to about 2500-2800 RPM and then nail to to 7000RPM once I have forward motion. You will feel the tires on the edge of adhesion through 1st and stick as soon as you are into 2nd if you do it right.
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You're probably gonna wanna start a little higher than 2500rpm....if you're feathering the clutch you'll wanna rev up to at least 3500rpm...with the kill switch, i found just above 4k works well...but that depends on the road and traction etc...you don't wanna drop it from much higher than that...the other day i dropped her from about 4500 and i spun like a mofugger....fuuuunnnnn stuff!!
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yea just learn what rpms your car feels good at and feather the clutch.
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yeah, i say rev it up to about 3000 rpms, then feather the clutch(if you have traction control), DON'T DUMP THE CLUTCH WITH TRACTION CONTROL
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my SVT has a disable button already installed for the traction control. i usually dump about 3000, better grip and less spinage. also, if you are doing it at a drag strip, start to dump at the light before the green light.
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the disable button for your traction control actually doesn't fully disable it. it only disables it above 20 mph so it doesn't help your launch very much, if you want a good launch your gonna need to pull the fuse or install a kill switch like frush said
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the disable button for your traction control actually doesn't fully disable it. it only disables it above 20 mph so it doesn't help your launch very much, if you want a good launch your gonna need to pull the fuse or install a kill switch like frush said
This is true, to fully disable the TC you must pull the fuse, or as already stated install a kill switch.

The SVTF is a low end torque car, you cannot dump the clutch off the line and expect great results, it's not going to happen. Trust me! All the power is in the high rpm's, and in order to maintain that power you must remain in the higher rpm range. Feather the clutch off the line is a must, just becareful, I still don't trust the stock clutch in the SVTF all that well and I would not be fazed in the least to hear the 04's having premature clutch failure. *Yes I'm aware it's been updated, but with Ford you never know.*
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About that launch issue it's not tractin control that's making it sluggish or feel like it almost stalls. I Drive an 04 SVT 5-door. The 04 SVT has a 66mm throtle body. That's larger than most aftermarket throtle bodies for stock Foci. I race an 87 CRX with a big weber too and learned that using a bigger throtle body is like trying to start air flow by sucking on a really wide straw. Try blowing through a toilet paper tube vs. a small straw and you'll see that the smaller opening allows flow to develop quick with more force. At high end the bigger throtle body is the best but at low end you sacrifice a lot of grunt. Lauch with the TC off at about 3-4k and you're flying.
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I know that someone will probaly laugh at me for asking this, but what do you mean by feathering your clutch?
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