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Finally Made It To The Dragstrip
Well it only took me ten months but I finally have some (pre tune/converter) baseline numbers.
The details go something like this. I made the 25 mile trek out to Norwalk Raceway Park (elevation 850') expecting good things considering the 75-77F ambient air--though at this time I had no idea what the DA was. I was already somewhat preturbed because I didn't have time to install my phenolic spacers, which definitely would have come in handy today. Shortly after arrival I found myself in line at the gate, where I would wait for just over 50 minutes idling with the A/C on. Simply put, I've never seen this track that crowded before, it was a veritable circus. I would later learn that there was a pro mod (7.00 to 7.50 quarter mile cars, trapping 195-200+) showdown going on, which turned out to be a real PITA.
Ironically, shortly after making it through the gates I found absolutely no one in the staging lanes. I figured what the hell, as crowded as it was already (6:20pm) it was probably only going to get worse, so I made three passes in 15 minutes.
The details: Ambient temp was between 75-77F, humidity was 40%, coolant temp was 192-195F, oil temp ranged from 195-208F, and there was a constant 5-10mph direct headwind. DA ended up being +2100' (verified by a hand held weather station at the track, and after I got home using a few websites). I made the first run in full auto, the others in auto stick (let the computer shift for me), it hit the 1-2 between 5500-5700rpm every time--which needless to say, was highly irritating. All runs with T/C off, and I did not pull the ABS fuse. Basically, these passes were made in 100% street trim with a hot as **** motor, just as you would find me on the street any given day of the week. Basically, I wouldn't call it optimal track form.
The full list of mods on my Jeep includes a full Stainless Works exhaust, snorkel mod, DUB AIR CAI, PCV catch can, and a 176* T-stat.
My runs went like this:
1) 60': 1.878 1/8th: email@example.com 1/4: firstname.lastname@example.org No Brake Stall
2) 60': 1.849 1/8th: email@example.com 1/4: firstname.lastname@example.org 1500rpm Brake Stall
3) 60': 1.888 1/8th: email@example.com 1/4: firstname.lastname@example.org 2000rpm Brake Stall
Due to breakage and the amount of other vehicles at the track these were the only runs I was able to make. Even more depressing was that after these passes I parked/cooled for 2.5hrs with ice on the intake, pulled the ABS fuse, and ambient temp dropped to 61F!!! There were literally so many vehicles, that when combined with the Pro Mod class shootout and all the oil dropping mid '80s Camaros, that I didn't get to make another pass before leaving at ~10:00pm.
Until I got home and did the math I was rather pissed off. I thought for sure I had the slowest Jeep ever built, lol. Anyway, using the NHRA correction page for DA listed in the Official ET/MPH Thread (originally posted by generalconfusion) my email@example.com run corrects to firstname.lastname@example.org and the email@example.com translates into a firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, the fun part. If I correct that same run (email@example.com) to -2800ft DA (the air Inferno/Tony had when he ran his best of firstname.lastname@example.org) I end up with email@example.com, talk about neck and neck! Damn you East Coast track whores!!! Just to clarify, I'm not in any way knocking Tony, actually commending him. He's put his time in and earned what he's accomplished. As he has the fastest stock longblock N/A Jeep on the list, he becomes the measuring stick we all go up against in the race to 11s.
The next time I run at the strip I'll have the phenolics on, and will either have a Diablo or B&G tune (the spare PCM is sitting in my garage waiting for me to make up my mind). I'll probably wait until Sept/Oct. and see what she does with better air, that or I'll have to make a trip out to E-town to run with the big dogs.
Last edited by GotStroke?; 06-23-2007 at 01:22 PM.