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      04-06-2013, 11:03 PM   #1
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Ok my fellow xi owners out there... Im heading to the track for the first time in my 09 xi auto and I was wondering which gear I should launch the car in? Ive heard 2nd gear is the way to go but is that due to a lack of traction or is it because 1st gear is short? Traction is not a problem for me so is 1st the way to go? I made a custom kick-down block so a 2nd gear launch wouldnt be a problem either. My mods are JB4, Meth, DCI, Borla mids. Thanks!
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      04-07-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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Ok my fellow xi owners out there... Im heading to the track for the first time in my 09 xi auto and I was wondering which gear I should launch the car in? Ive heard 2nd gear is the way to go but is that due to a lack of traction or is it because 1st gear is short? Traction is not a problem for me so is 1st the way to go? I made a custom kick-down block so a 2nd gear launch wouldnt be a problem either. My mods are JB4, Meth, DCI, Borla mids. Thanks!
I believe that for people who aren't traction limited first gear makes the most sense.
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Thanks.. First gear is what Im going with then.
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Ok my fellow xi owners out there... Im heading to the track for the first time in my 09 xi auto and I was wondering which gear I should launch the car in? Ive heard 2nd gear is the way to go but is that due to a lack of traction or is it because 1st gear is short? Traction is not a problem for me so is 1st the way to go? I made a custom kick-down block so a 2nd gear launch wouldnt be a problem either. My mods are JB4, Meth, DCI, Borla mids. Thanks!
2nd gear launches will burn through your clutch packs, not recommended and it's only .1 to .15 faster over the 1/4 mile anyway.
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Due to the current problem I'm having with my xdrives front TC actuator I can hear the front wheel drive part of my car engaging at around 10mph.It stays engaged TIL I cut the car off and it sets for just over 30 seconds(powers down) You might wanna check into this mainly because under a hard launch that crappy plastic gear in the actuator may strip . I guess just get up to 10mph before you launch to engage the front wheels and don't cut the car off TIL you run it
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