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Old 08-03-2000, 10:50 AM   #1
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Question How to drift?

I need to practice my driving skills and need to practice especially with drift. How do I drift? What other things are there I can practice and how do I do them?
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Old 08-03-2000, 10:56 AM   #2
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go here for tips...
http://www.drivingtechniques.co.uk/

drifting takes a bit of practice to maintain control... you have to know when to gas and when not to... you can learn tho - but be sure to do so in a safe, controlled environment like a rallyx - or a closed off logging road or something like that...

good luck.

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Old 08-03-2000, 11:17 AM   #3
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Best way to learn is to try it yourself in a big empty lot that is either rain-soaked or snowed-over. This will allow you to learn in low-speed situations with less risk to yourself and the car. You have to keep in mind that the faster you go, the more the car could react harshly, so if you're planning a 90mph drift on a highway offramp (well first of all you'd be insane to try), be extremely careful.
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:19 AM   #4
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Thanks a bunch. Richard Burns, here I come.
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Old 08-03-2000, 11:07 PM   #5
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Also I would reccomend leagal council on hand at all times.

Drifting may be fine on a race track other than the fact most tracks will throw you off if you do it more than a couple of times.

Drifting is
A. Illegal
B. Stupid
C. Dangerous
D. $$ eater
E. Illegal
F. Stupid

Any questions??
Oh and my old Topaz would do "drifts" that woudl make ANYONE bow in awe. It also nearly killed me a couple of times as it was hanging the rear end into oncomming traffic SUDDENLY and without warning. Skill required to handle this massive "drift" 0.
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Old 08-04-2000, 05:38 AM   #6
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What are you talking about, XT6 wagon?
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Old 08-04-2000, 08:27 AM   #7
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xt6wagon If you back end was hanging out that is not a true drift a real drift which is short for four wheel drift involves breaking all four tires loose and slipping to the outside of the turn if your car is set-up right it should be fairly easy to recover by feathering the gas that is why it is better than under or oversteer. BTW why the hell was a topaz handling like that!?
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Old 08-04-2000, 09:20 AM   #8
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rear toe-out would be my first guess, the second would be it's a POS.

drifting by and large has no place on the streets. go to an autocross if you want to drift-- it's not the fastest way around most corners but it's fun. plus an autocross is a very safe place to learn how to slide and control your car.

you should be able to break any speed limit without ever drifting on the streets. that means if you're drifting you are probably going way too fast.
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Old 08-04-2000, 09:48 AM   #9
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anyone from the stanwood meet that remember the huge dent in the door on my silver 2000 rs?

that happened from drifting on a backroad and sliding the car into a lightpole exactly 1 week before the meet

sometimes a drift feels just right, others just plain sloppy, i havent been able to perfect it. but open roads are NOT the place to try it unless you want to keep paying your body shop $$.
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anyone from the stanwood meet that remember the huge dent in the door on my silver 2000 rs?

that happened from drifting on a backroad and sliding the car into a lightpole exactly 1 week before the meet

sometimes a drift feels just right, others just plain sloppy, i havent been able to perfect it. but open roads are NOT the place to try it unless you want to keep paying your body shop $$.
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Old 08-04-2000, 11:44 AM   #11
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Speaking of POS, I managed to fishtail in my Dodge Spirit (yes, it is front wheel drive) while driving TFFTC (too fast for the conditions) in about 4-6 inches of snow several years ago.

Scared the crap outta me as well as the Ford Ranger pickup who was coming towards me in the opposite lane.

Luckily, I managed to recover without hitting anything, and (needless to say) I slowed down.
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Old 08-04-2000, 10:36 PM   #12
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Well "drifting" is a japanese "sport" of going around a corner with the tail out.
Drifiting to the outside of a corner is different.

The Topaz loved to go sideways because the rear end was MUCH stiffer due to AWD hardware. The added wieght low and far to the back didn't make it any better.

It WAS controlable, just that going from normal cornering to literaly perpendicular to the direction of travel leaves somethink to be desired. Also it would only do this when going much faster than the speedlimit, so I am Sure Ford never knew about it.
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