So Del, what's the thinking behind using a glide? Was wondering if that would be an option for my Stang build, but it appears they are more costly.
I'm glad you asked. Most people think my car is going to slow down but I don't. You know me, I love trying to do things against the grain.
Last year the only reason my car wouldn't launch for **** was because:
1. I was still learning how to tune and obviously couldn't get the launch part of it figured out.
2. I was never able to build boost due to a couple reasons.
a. I have the original back drum brakes and pads, so basically no back brakes. It seems as though to really build boost you need to be able to use the brakes to build it and get it going and then the transbrake once you get some boost already built.
b. I had tons of leaks on my hotside, none of my hotside was wrapped and sealed (which doesn't allow it to hold heat and build boost)
c. I had too steep of a gear so though I was getting a mechanical advantage and reducing the load on the engine, it is exactly that load that I need to help build boost. I now have 3.42 gears.
So my thinking is with the 3.42's, new rear disc's (going on next week) and my tuning has greatly improved (I hope) I think I can build 10-12lbs of boost which will get the car moving pretty good. I always felt as though first gear was such a waste anyways with my twins. When the thing finally took off it hit the rev limiter so fast that the gear seemed worthless.
Finally, some of the fastest turbo cars are using a glide. I would like to think that I will get my car consistently in the 5's this year.
Some other items that will help.
I pulled the amp and sub woofers out. I still have the stereo and all speakers but the amp and box was worth over 60lbs. I am personally 45lbs lighter this year due to training for an Ironman race in Texas. I also removed my inner fender wells. I could never get them to look good. I dented them so bad and cut them up. When I pulled them that was 38lbs off the front. I replaced my front seats that were heavy as hell with some Kirkey seats. **** that saved damn near a 100lbs. I always raced on a full tank. This year I will race on a half a tank. That is another 56lbs. So I did take off a couple hundred lbs from last year. I am hoping that will allow the glide to survive. I haven't weighed the car yet but hoping that it is under 3600lbs with me in it.
Oh yeah, I also pulled the meth injection kit and sold it. It was 18lbs and my IAT's were plenty low in my opinion without the meth.
The track opens next week. I hope I can have her ready. Waiting on my drive shaft. I plan to run it at 10lbs and try to work on my launch primarily. Nothing else matters if I can't get it to launch.