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Drag racing my powder special - do I stand a chance???

Postby Catterman » March 11th, 2004, 1:47 pm

Hey everyone, there is a race this weekend with $700 prize money for drag races. I currently have my powder special set up all stock, but with the 136"x1" track on it. There is no cat dealer in my area and all the sleds that will be entered in my size are going to be newer Polaris's, with maybe a Doo or two. Does my 98 have a chance? What could I do to make it faster, i.e. have my 120lb wife drive it, take off the windshield, use splitfire plugs, octaine booster... It is going to be in packed snow conditions, and nobody has studs out here. Thanks for your help.
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Postby White Lighting » March 11th, 2004, 1:57 pm

I would think you would have an advantage in short distance because of your longer track if you are racing on hard pack given the other sleds arent long tracked.
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Postby 2k2mxz » March 11th, 2004, 2:00 pm

oh g'z, i dont think you honestly have a chance at all.... who knows though, let us know the outcome
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Postby ArcticEd » March 11th, 2004, 2:04 pm

Save your money when it comes to hokey sparkplugs and octane booster. Loosen your track as much as you can, and try to lower your sled as much as possible. Have fun.
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Postby Burky » March 11th, 2004, 2:28 pm

Run the fuel down to a gallon or two at most. I'm always amazed at the radar runs how many sleds show up with full tanks. Drop 10 gallons, drop 60 lbs.
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Postby ArcticEd » March 11th, 2004, 2:50 pm

Better make it at least 3 gallons....EFIs have a HUGE friggin' pick-up in the bottom of the tank (actually 2 of them if memory serves me correctly), and a gallon wont keep it pulling when the gas rushes to the back of the tank when you leave.
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Postby kawicat » March 11th, 2004, 4:17 pm

GEAR IT DOWN!!! this is going to make you the fastest in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of money. you shouldn't have a problem spinning off the line with the track you have, 19/40 is somewhere to start. you might be able to go 18/40 if you don't get the track spinning on the line AND the track is no longer than 500 feet. could try a 51 degree helix as well, stock should be 49 degree. i don't know what's in a powder special for gearing stock, you night have that already. not sure.

i think you would do alright even with the stock motor. we played with the gearing in my 99 zl 600 and 19/40 gearing made it an absolute rocket to 90 mph, had to go back to stock because gas mileage really sucked geared that low for trail use though. drag racing is another story.

whatever you do, do not spin off the line or you will be beat 99% of the time. i would leave the windshield on, just tuck down behind it.
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Postby ArcticEd » March 11th, 2004, 4:21 pm

I don't think he wants to get all that involved for just an afternoon of fun, Aaron, but hey, you have a point... Also, letting the windshield be is a good thing... I see guys all the time with short little windshields in the interest of speed, and I've never really understood it.... The windshield is a hellofalot more aerodynamic than your upper torso is, isn't it ?????
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Postby Bert33 » March 11th, 2004, 4:32 pm

Hey Ed, the low windshields do help aerodynamics.......they don't punch as big of a whole in the air and have you ever noticed when people race with them they are tucked under like an AMA sportbike racer.....duhhhhh!!! so dont try to tell me that a low windshield does not help...
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Postby ArcticEd » March 11th, 2004, 4:37 pm

I guess that may be true if you're really small enough to get all the way behind one, unfortunately , I haven't been that small since I'm like 12........
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