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Old 03-07-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default stock 06 wrx 1/8th and 60ft advice please

Hey everyone. I just picked up an 06 wrx about 2 months ago. Ive been the 1/8th drag strip twice. I ran the car and here are my results

My best time of the night

Reaction - .9564
60ft - 2.1028
330ft - 6.2049
1/8 ET - 9.6150
1/8MPH - 72.71

2nd best

Reaction - .4033
60ft - 2.1480
330ft - 6.3845
1/8 ET - 9.8744
1/8MPH - 71.76


Ive had 5 runs in the past 2 times that I have gone to the track. The best I could do was 2.1 60ft, and I was launching the car at 5500rpm.

I read posts about people getting 1.8 60ft. on stock wrxs How can I improve mine? I also Just went stage 1 and I ran 0-60 in 6.6seconds was the best I could do. I feel like im pushing the car really hard. Thats nowhere near the 5.5 seconds thats advertised so I dont know if somethings wrong with my car. or If I need more practice,.. I weigh 170 so idk if that makes a difference.

Ive done some searching and Ive found a few tips on what to do when racing. Im just curious how others do in 1/8th with their stock cars. Or if my times are horrible and I should be doing better? Or if they arent too bad. I'm just looking for some advice

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Old 03-07-2009, 07:04 PM   #2
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Ouch, yeah man you gotta work a little on that 60ft :P

Launching an AWD turbo car can be a little tricky. You gotta create boost while on the line and slip the clutch in a manner where you dont burn it up (to slow) or cause the car to bog down (too fast).

Generally this is how I do it and get 1.7's and 1.8's all night long-
-Pull up to line and get the first staging light to turn on
-Slowly creep up until 2nd light turns on and immediatly being tapping the throttle at around 4500rpms. This will get your turbo spooling and give you the needed boost to leave the line.
-Now here is where the tricky part comes into play. You want to fight the temptation to just side step your clutch. Instead lift your foot up at a moderate pace until you feel the clutch start to fully grab and the car goes in motion. At that moment you want keep the throttle to the floor and totally lift your foot off the clutch and BE READY FOR 2ND GEAR. It comes up quick!

If you do it right you wont get any clutch smell and the car will take off like a bat out of hell. Also you wont get it your first time out, no one does so dont feel bad. Because you are just starting off I'd recommend finding some wet pavement so the wheels can break loose and you wont totally shock the transmission. On that note, if you're not already aware the 5 speed in these cars is the weak link of the drivetrain and it is not meant to be 'launched'. If you follow my advice you are doing so at your own risk

Also, a little tip on saving some shock from hitting your gears...I generally get the clutch to the point it's about to grab before I start tapping the gas but then push down about an inch. Bascially you want your clutch right at the point of grabbing, but you dont want to sit there tapping the gas and burning it up. That way there is much less distance to travel when you do go to slip the clutch and could possibly save your tranny.

Good luck and be safe.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot man thats great info!

I did drop the clutch in my last run in desperation to beat my buddy that had a turbo g35 sedan lol. But for the most part I do let off the clutch in a smooth motion. But I guess the pressure gets to me and i dont focus. I'm gonna find some lonely roads and practice on my 60ft with my accessport. My only fear is I end up burning the clutch or break something in the drivetrain while trying to practice.

On my last run when I dropped the clutch, I heard a loud pop sound in the back tires... I was like "oh ****. I just broke something" when I took off. After the race I got out to check and the car still was running fine. Anyone have an idea as to what It could of been? It sounded like it came from the back passenger tire as soon as I launched the car. everything seems fine now, but I almost crapped myself when I felt the shock and a loud popping noise, I thought the differential broke. Im never launching again. Ill take your advice and practice on sliding the clutch out.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:43 PM   #4
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is the rear differential taking a beating
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:45 PM   #5
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be careful.

06-07 WRX's have the weakest transmission IMO
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:46 PM   #6
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be careful.

06-07 WRX's have the weakest transmission IMO
your opinion fails IMO
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:48 PM   #7
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your opinion fails IMO
k. have fun when you grenade your transmission.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:52 PM   #8
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is the rear differential taking a beating
Do you think the differential is ok though? Or do you think I might of broken something? Would it still function normally even though something might be wrong? and break later down the road?

Sorry for all the questions. I just wanna make sure im safe, because its my only car right now lol
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:07 PM   #9
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k. have fun when you grenade your transmission.
if it blows it blows, we mod to play and play to pay .
My car has 37k miles, I been stage to since 5k miles . Than a Vf39 for 25k miles, now I have the same VF39 on E85 at 20psi getting turn up to 25psi very soon . Oh and I have 18x9.5 wheels

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Do you think the differential is ok though? Or do you think I might of broken something? Would it still function normally even though something might be wrong? and break later down the road?

Sorry for all the questions. I just wanna make sure im safe, because its my only car right now lol
My car is my only car right now. I think, thinking about being careful and being worry about the tranny only leads to mistakes. And mistakes is what blows trannies more often than any other factor IMO. I drive my car like if it had PPGs in the box , when I used to worry I made a lot of mistakes, I shift from 3rd to 2nd at 6500rpms, twice . Oh and my clutch die at 36k miles .

Your differential should be fine, our car have a tendency to make that noise when we let the clutch out to fast.

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Old 03-07-2009, 10:10 PM   #10
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be careful.

06-07 WRX's have the weakest transmission IMO
you definitely FAIL!!
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:27 PM   #11
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Bring your 60ft times down and your times will come down considerably...

I like to ice my intercooler down between runs - helps a bit..

Just for a reference (don't have my piece of paper with me) but in my 02 WRX using launch control -

60ft - 1.81
1/8th ET - 8.49
1/8th mph -83mph

If I remember correct that was my best on a weak sauce stage 2 tune on 93..

I had a couple of 2.1 and 2.2 60ft times but was still running 8.8 and 8.7 second 1/8ths...

But I am by no means easy on my 5mt either.

Get your 60ft times down and use launch control if you can (I had mine set at 4000 rpms and burnt the piss out of my clutch)

Bone stock you should be able to see 8.6x-8.8x depending on elevation!!!

Keeping your car cool with help considerably I noticed your in Houston and from previous experience its no were near cool there....

You'll get it down awd dragging sucks until you get the hang of it.

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Old 03-07-2009, 10:37 PM   #12
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when i had a stage 2 06 wrx i did what steve.804 did to a t. but i found airing down the crappy re92 tires to around 25psi(didnt try less becasuse i had to drive home) i could get my best 60ft.
1.81 60ft
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:40 PM   #13
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oh yeah and dont worry about your tranny at stage 1 levels. i went with an fpgreen and mine never broke 7.99 1/8th.

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Old 03-07-2009, 10:49 PM   #14
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:51 AM   #15
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Thanks a lot for everyones imput! I really appreciate it. I will return to the track next weekend. I hope I can improve.


I used to drive a honda civic with maybe 20hp and I loved dropping the clutch lol. I guess I got too used to that :-\ But I will adjust and hopefully I can drive my wrx to its full potentials.

One more question though, as which rpms do you guys normally shift at on stock wrx? I notice once im in the 6k range i dont really go any faster. It feels like im wasting time staying in gear when I should shift. I think I went faster shifting at around 5500-6000 than 6000-6500.
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Old 03-08-2009, 07:16 AM   #16
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Yeah, the td04 really falls on its face in the higher revs.
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Well people will tell you to shift early - but they obviously don't have a concept of mechanical advantage - Even if you only make 200 Crank HP at 7k that 200 crank hp will translate to much more whp in a lower gear...

I always shifted around 7k.. It puts you back into the sweet spot...

Make sure all your tires are very even psi as well...

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Old 05-15-2009, 11:36 PM   #18
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Just an updater for everyone, I went to the same track again with my new BC Racing coilovers and my Cobb stage 2 package with OTS map.

Results:

Best of the night

Reaction - .3760
60ft - 1.8780
300ft - 5.6671
1/8th ET - 8.8687
1/8 MPH - 78.82

I used the tips learned here from you guys, I ran another 8.9 but I slipped the clutch TOO much and it smelled like crap for a while, I couldnt break into the 8s after that :-\ I guess its time for a new clutch.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:50 PM   #19
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My car is my only car right now. I think, thinking about being careful and being worry about the tranny only leads to mistakes. And mistakes is what blows trannies more often than any other factor IMO. I drive my car like if it had PPGs in the box ,



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I think the 06/7 have the weakest transmissions also. Not solely because of the tranny, but because it's a 2.5 with a small turbo tied to the 5 speed. Practice man, that's about all anyone can tell you. If a 2.0 60 foot feels like you're really beating on your car and you don't want to push it further, then that's all good. It's all up to you.
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Learning how to drive via reading is nearly impossible, you just gotta get out there and do it. Its all a feel IMO, I never watch my tach when I launch but I launch nearly the same everytime. As the clutch comes out you can feel if it needs more gas or more clutch and off you go (mind you this is all in a blink of an eye)
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Learning how to drive via reading is nearly impossible, you just gotta get out there and do it. Its all a feel IMO, I never watch my tach when I launch but I launch nearly the same everytime. As the clutch comes out you can feel if it needs more gas or more clutch and off you go (mind you this is all in a blink of an eye)
I never said I learned how to launch just by reading, of course its impossible.

What I did do was take the tips I READ, and APPLIED them which helped me to get my launches down the best that I could.

You are right about it being all a feel though, reading can give you a good generalization of what you should do and a good base to work off of, but you gotta get that "feel" for it yourself and improve on it however you can.
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^absolutely dude. My frist time at the track resulted in the same 2.0-2.2 60fts you were pulling. A few years later I'm very consistant in the 1.8's and get my fair share of 1.7's. Have yet to hit the 1.6 but I'll get there soon enough! Might take better tires.

And it is impossible to learn how to drive by reading however it is very possible to pick up a tip or two that you didnt take in consideration which can result in a better time.

Glad to see your lower 60ft Ivan
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^absolutely dude. My frist time at the track resulted in the same 2.0-2.2 60fts you were pulling. A few years later I'm very consistant in the 1.8's and get my fair share of 1.7's. Have yet to hit the 1.6 but I'll get there soon enough! Might take better tires.

And it is impossible to learn how to drive by reading however it is very possible to pick up a tip or two that you didnt take in consideration which can result in a better time.

Glad to see your lower 60ft Ivan
Thanks man!

I was pretty excited when I got my first 1.8 60ft, a small milestone for me lol. I just have to practice some more so I can be consistent with my launches.
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It sounds like you are launching pretty hard off the line, what about your shift from 1st to 2nd? I always thought the shift from 1st to 2nd was kinda awkward and maybe this shift could be a place to work on.
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