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Old 09-23-2002, 04:08 PM   #1
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Talking How far have you driven drift in your impreza?

I was in central Philly this weekend and I took a turn way too fast because I was showing off to my brother who was standing in front of the Four Seasons hotel. I drifted the car sideways for about 6 feet, fishtailed a bit, then got it under control. It was quite a rush. I was just wondering how far you guys have drifted.
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:12 PM   #2
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I live my life a quarter mile at a time. No time for drifting.
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:14 PM   #3
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Last year when it snowed, I went out and found an empty parking lot to play around in. I probably drove 75-80 ft completely sideways down a straight, drifted around a lightpole (giving myself LOTS of room) and straightened up. Quite fun!

Wait.. wait... I mean... YOU SHOULD TAKE IT TO THE TRACK! You damn streetracers are what make my insurance go up!!!!!
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:16 PM   #4
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I live my life a quarter mile at a time. No time for drifting.
Nice Johnny Nice. by the way, hows the girl and her box doing??

And empty parking lot, and a lot of rain makes for tire saving, impreza drifting fun.
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:27 PM   #5
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big open areas don't count, i have held it sideways for a long time in those areas. on a road though i was on a wide dirt road (about 20-24 feet wide) and there was this long gradual turn and i just went into it a little fast and held on the gas, held it sideways for about 200 feet. it was really cool and a lot of fun
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:33 PM   #6
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Man I wish I had those kind of roads around here. Man I hate the central valley of california. grrrrrrr


oh right, this is the part where I go. HEY! you were on a used public road, oh great I bet my insurance just went up. Damn you racers.
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:35 PM   #7
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I'd like to learn how to drift safely around turns like a pro. Right now, whenever I do it I feel like I'm on the edge of crashing my car. Actually I did drift into a curb a year ago and I broke my rim.

Does anybody have any tips? And no lectures on street racing cuz I only do it when I'm a safe distance away from other cars or people.
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:38 PM   #8
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I came out of a car wash a while back, and it had started to rain while I was washing my car..hard rain. I had been 'off road' and didn't care about the rain as I just wanted to get the mud/dirt off the REX....
I turned left out of the driveway, onto the road. It is a 2x2 lane divided road, and as I came to the apex I punched it and grabbed 2nd gear and was all crossed up for quite a way...100 or so feet...It fishtailed a bit, I caught it in the righthand lane, grabbed 3rd...shortshifted a quick 4th, and looked in my rear view mirror to see a Florida State Trooper RIGHT behind me....BLARG!!!
He changed lanes, came up beside me, and gave the 'thumbs up', and did a U-turn at the next intersection...Gone...
I was lucky to be within just a few blocks of my house, as I needed to 'relax', quick.....LOL
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:44 PM   #9
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mine was at an autocross, actually...

flying through a slalom at 10mph faster than I should have, lost it one way, lost it another, then noticed I had a 90 deg. left coming up... swung the car's ass to the right, mashed on the gas, steered to where I wanted to go.

Probably went about 30 feet or so, on dry pavement... one of the biggest rushes I've ever had at an AutoX
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Old 09-23-2002, 04:52 PM   #10
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damn you guys are getting me all ready to go. Thats it, i'm taking a parking lot drifting break from work. Here comes a new set of tires baby.

That is the coolest state trooper i've ever heard of. He was probably just stoked to see someone actually recover from a slide. He was probably expecting to wipe you off of a light pole or something.
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Old 09-23-2002, 05:30 PM   #11
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On dirt I've gotten some 30+ foot drifts going...one time I lifted throttle a bit much and almost lost it (no big deal, it was far enough out to not be a worry, close enough where I could get to a house or have cell reception) On tarmac I've had a few nice 20+ footers. Something I do on my old tires before I go and replace them.

So how hard is a 30 foot tarmac or gravel drift on the diffs?

I still want to see a video of "Simon de Sideways" breaking the world record drift in a new age wrx.

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Old 09-23-2002, 05:34 PM   #12
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Back when I worked at Circuit City about 5 years ago, it was a GIANT parking lot, because there used to be a Home Quarters that shared that parking lot... and had closed down. So... naturally... all of the car guys that worked there used to go play around. Most of them had Mustangs and Camaros... but I had a little 1989 Honda Prelude They would go out and do burnouts all the time... every day when they left. Obviously, my little AT Prelude couldn't do that... but it DID have a bit of oversteer when late braking. THAT's when I learned about "drifting"... although I never knew what it was called at the time. I just knew it was damn fun to jab the brakes and get that little Honda sliding, sling the back end on around, and keep going. Not drifting in the purest sense, but it was damn fun!
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Old 09-23-2002, 05:39 PM   #13
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I love to watch those camero/rustang/firebird fools sit there and do their donuts. I'll come flying around the corner sideways and when they try to follow me they always endup making circles. the guys where I live have no idea how to drive. Still need to make it out to Castle for the auto-x though, I'm always out of town on the weekends.
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Old 09-23-2002, 06:00 PM   #14
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On tarmac, here's some pointers for the best "options" style drifting we can do as taught to me by the instructors at a Drift Day event I went to.

1.) Have crappy tires!
2.) Take a corner fast ~50mph, blip the brakes sufficient enuf to transfer weight to the front tires.
3.) At the same time, turn the wheel hard in the direction you want to go, hit the clutch and hit the gas to bring rev's up to like 6k, pull e-brake handle to induce rear slide, then release clutch with gas now floored and countersteer out of the drift.

(for our differentials, it is very important when lifting the ebrake to push the clutch in)
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Old 09-23-2002, 06:11 PM   #15
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The most impressive drift I have been privy to was unfortunately not in a WRX, but in a miata with all the suspension toys. On much of the Texas freeway systems they have these one lane U-turn lanes that go under the freeway underpasses. My buddy comes off the freeway doing 90, starts an inertia drift about 10' before the turn doing about 60 and drifts this one lane turnabout the distance of 8 freeway lanes of traffic using a power over technique to keep the rear end sliding. Do the math, this was one sick drift. This has inspired me to learn drifting techniques, but I am not crazy enough to try this one yet.
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Old 09-23-2002, 06:48 PM   #16
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there was this one time just after it sprinkled a bit i was picking up my neice (niece?) from school. they have this round a bout deally for picking kids up. all of the kids were standing out and there were NO cars or busses so i decided to give them a show. i spun it around the loop and they were all so excited. i felt like i opened up there lives to something greater in the world: drifting.

my neice got in the car and buckled into her safety seat (shes only in preschool) and asked me to do it again! i laughed and told her "i don't take requests" and did a 4 wheel burnout from a 7k clutch drop and took her home.
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Old 09-23-2002, 07:55 PM   #17
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Old 09-23-2002, 08:02 PM   #18
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i was at buttonwillow raceway park last friday, driving the course counterclockwise with another i-club guy and on the long sweeper section of the course, you can drift the whole way if you are going fast enough and have the right tires. everytime we took that turn we drifted the whole way at about 80-85mph...at least 200 feet or more. 4 wheel drift. kind of scary the first time, but once you know you won't spin out, it's really fun!

in my opinion, there is nothing like a real race track for testing your cars abilities.
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Old 09-23-2002, 08:30 PM   #19
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Old 09-23-2002, 10:40 PM   #20
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Mine was at an autocross too. Coming downhill into a 180 degree tight lefthand sweeper. I was still on the RE92s and had, just before the run, bumped the rear sway up to 20mm. Came in a little too hot, the car swapped ends and I pretty much backed into the turn, but I kept the gas planted and clawed my way through it. Probably 50-60 feet. My front driver's side tire didn't like the maneuver one bit.

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Old 09-24-2002, 01:10 AM   #21
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one time, i was going up to my friends house. he lives at this place called The Point (up on a hill) well i was heading up there, and went around a turn too fast, and it was covered in gravel (i couldn't tell cuz it was over a crest.) and i 'drifted' right into this old lady's flower bed. destroyed the flowerbed as well as my rocker panel. it's sorta fixed, but i need RS sideskirts to cover the carnage now.

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Old 09-24-2002, 01:15 AM   #22
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How about turbo diesel f350's? My Dad got one of these a while ago and I have driven it quit alot. In idaho we have lots of nice smooth gravel roads. This thing is so long, (its a 4 door long bed) that you can have the front driverside tire and rear passside tire on opposite sides of the road. Which is rather fun/hair raising at the same time. ~3500 redline ~550 torque FORD POWER!
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Old 09-24-2002, 01:18 AM   #23
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During a big snowstorm I "drifted" from my girlfriend's house to the highway on the way to work. It was about 6 blocks. It was pretty much just an extended fishtail. A "real" drift....like powering through a gravel turn... maybe 150 yards? I had some crazy cajones that day.
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Old 09-24-2002, 02:17 AM   #24
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Probably went about 30 feet or so, on dry pavement... one of the biggest rushes I've ever had at an AutoX
I did mine at an auto-x too... Not very long, just going into the corner like a proper drift should be It was a big left hand sweeper with plenty of room, and my car had too much understeer... I decided to see what I could do, put the car into the corner hot and turned the wheel early and just kept my foot at the same point on the gas and kept the wheel facing the same direction the whole time ala Takumi

It was sooooo nice I was surprized it worked too, but I guess all that practice in Colin McRae 2.0 payed off! They key to a proper drift is to come out of the corner facing exactly where you need to go instead of coming out sideways, thats just a funky powerslide. I think the courseworkers on that corner were aplauding when I did the drift too
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Old 09-24-2002, 02:29 AM   #25
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on an on-ramp onto the NJ turnpike while it was raining...unintentional but exhilarating nonetheless...

haven't experienced...nor attempted drifting since
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