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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Jun-18-2004, 05:25:04 AM   #1
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Angry 1st time at track PLEASE HELP!!!

Hey guys, first post here! Today I ran at Kil-Kare Raceway Drag Strip in Xenia OH. Weather was about 81 deg. and pretty humid. I made three runs and want advice on why i ran so bad. I have a 95 M3 that is stock and still had spare in the back. I wanted at least a 14.7 for the first runs and hoping for a 14.2 at the second or third but that didnt happen.

Here are the times please tell me what im doing wrong. Now the first two is where i F**Ked Up

1st Run

Tire PSI in rear about 40

Reaction = 1.017 (on this run i missed third and put it in 5th for)
60ft = 2.283 (about a second and then hit third, and hit)
330ft = 6.331 (Limiter before the quarter.)
594ft = 9.203
1/8 et = 9.854
1/8mph = 69.12
1/4 et = 15.301
1/4mph = 90.50


2nd run

tire psi in rear about 30

1st Run

Tire PSI in rear about 40

Reaction = .450
60ft = 2.229 (grinded second and third)
330ft = 6.684
594ft = 9.666
1/8 et = 10.327
1/8mph = 68.08
1/4 et = 15.857
1/4mph = 88.73

third run

1st Run

Tire PSI in rear about 30

Reaction = .709
60ft = 2.338 (i shifted about 6K everytime afraid i)
330ft = 6.525 ( miss shift or grind)
594ft = 9.308
1/8 et = 9.920
1/8mph = 73.55
1/4 et = 15.226
1/4mph = 92.93

Any advise. I have a 95 M3 100% stock. Now i have heard of stock95 M's running a 14.1 and higher. Some in the high high 13's????? I was pretty mad as i didnt hit a 14.xxx
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Well I just ran my stock 95 M3 at the track the other day and ran a 14.3@97mph as my best.

You pretty much answered your own question on this one....dont miss shifts, dont grind shifts, dont only shift at 6k....your MPH seems very low. I was running about the same 60ft's when I ran my 14.3...If I could cut that down to like a 2.1 or something I'd most likely be at a high 13. Invest in some driving lessons.
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Old Fri, Jun-18-2004, 08:58:53 AM   #3
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I think you need to invest in some high performance driving lessons. that should solve most of your problems.

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Old Fri, Jun-18-2004, 01:57:32 PM   #4
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DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!! thats my area.. i go to UD.. ill help ya out some time.. im in cbus for the summer but will be living in oakwood during the school year.. looking at that, if ur putting the clutch all the way in, u might have a synchro going out... thats usually where u get the grind if ur doing everything right.. also.. if ur spinning the wheels u need to work on slipping the clutch.. honestly.. looking at the speeds.. something isn't right.. u should be able to hit 95-97.. maybe even higher withouta problem.. even with 2 grinds ur speed should be much higher.. even with spins ur speed should be high.. hmmm.. ill be back up there soon.. probably this weekend actually.. working on the new house.. lemme know if ur around.. u can hop on over if ur not far..
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oh yeah.. and saving everyone the troubles.. please.. pics of ur car.. hehe
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first of all, keep the tire pressure under 40psi. 30 is good, but I would recommend mayb 26-28psi. You might be able to lower your 60' time that way. Also, if you decide to do any competition dragging, you may want to work on your reaction time. What kind of tires are you running anyway? Like mpowr95 said, you answered your own question, grinding and misshifting will slow you down. But you also said you had your spare in the car, so I am assuming you had your tools and stuff in the trunk too. Take that all out, the wieght will slow you down. If you want to go for a quicker e.t., you can also deep stage, but your trap speed will lower. And from the look of it, it isn't too high to begin with. I would, like the others recommend a driving school. If you know how to drive your car, you have a leg up on 80% of your competition. Not to mention, it is a good time.
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Well i deep staged each time, The grind came from me getting nervous and pulling the clutch before i was in gear. Purple M3, hit me up on a PM, might get together some time when your down. I also go up to columbus a lot. Me and my friend both have m3's and would love to meet up, maybe hit the track same day? It was pretty humid outside and it was about 81 deg. i think elevation is around 1000 + sea level. I should be running about 14.5 or lower in stock format right? Anyway it was fun! 1 more question. My o2 sensor is out, so is runnnig super rich effecting me??? Thanks for all the input
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Well at that elevation, it might slow you down a bit. And since you deep staged, your trap speed is going to be lower, and from what I am looking at, it seems about right. Also, running rich can slow you down.
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even though i deep staged should i be in the 96+mph ? or is the 92.xx i ran right because of short shifting
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Taking out the spare and tools wont do much...removing 100lbs is about -.1 in the 1/4. Taking out the spare and tools will only drop about 50lbs max, probably not even that.
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