My car was built to go to the strip, but not built for the stripâ€¦if that makes sense...so I try to get it out a few times a year for some fun. Last fall, after getting my new motor together and tuned, I ran it in True Street during Civil Wars at Rockingham Dragway(NC) and ran a best of 12.589 @ 116.56mph. However, that day I was fighting the factory tensioner that couldnâ€™t keep the 6-rib belt from flipping out of alignment during shifts and eventually shredding itself just before the stripe. Then shortly after that race I discovered my meth nozzles were partially clogged.
Civil Wars run Sept '11(soft roll-out on 18â€ť hoops with Nitto Invoâ€™s):
Mystichrome & Red Kenne Bell Vert 2.MOD - YouTube
Over the winter I put on a Gates HD tensioner, replaced the nozzles(and cleaned the old ones for spares) and removed the NGK R5671A-7â€™s for Autolite 3923â€™s. The belt was staying put during highway blasts so I felt confident to head back to the track and try it again. I also bought a set of 17â€ť Alumastars with M/T Drag Radials.
This past Saturday my Fox Body club had a Drag Meet during a test-n-tune day at zMAX Dragway. I made four runs with the quickest being 11.631 @ 124.45mph, followed up with a slower 11.914 @ 125.73â€¦but that mph was encouraging.
Pics and vids from this past Saturday:
Yes, this is my car â€śdiggingâ€ť inâ€¦lolâ€¦Maximum Motorsports suspension isnâ€™t very 60â€™ friendly!
GoPro on the windshield:
1992Vert running T&T @Zmax - YouTube
GoPro on my buddy's S-trim GT, killing me thru the first two gears making me play catch up the whole time!
5.SLO vs 1992Vert @ ZMax T&T - YouTube
Meth Injection nozzles require periodic cleaning. Residual solution in the nozzles will dry out and crystallize, over time it builds up and begins to hurt flow. Snowâ€™s nozzles can be taken apart and serviced and I would suggest you do this 1-2 times a year depending on driving(meaning if you drive a lot, perhaps not as often because youâ€™re constantly running fluid thru them, whereas my car can sit for a few weeks straight sometimes).
A little more than a year ago I was told to run the NGKs. I re-gapped them at about the 6 month mark and theyâ€™ve run fine in my car the entire time. Recently I stumbled on the fact that the NGKâ€™s have a 5/8â€ť reach where AFR recommends a plug with a 3/4â€ť reach for my heads. I decided to try the proper length 3923â€™s and guess what, they run fine too. I donâ€™t put a lot of stock in spark plugs, as long as the car pulls clean with no hiccups or misfires...run â€™em!
Lastly, the question often comes up about how long a tank of water/meth will last. Of course that depends on how much youâ€™re injecting and how often youâ€™re in boost. I run 2-625ml/min nozzles pre-blower and my controller injects A LOT to keep the KB cool. Hereâ€™s a pic of my 3qt reservoir after four 1/4mi blasts.(about half empty)
Itâ€™s another fun weekend ahead as I ordered some 26â€ť ET Streets thatâ€™ll be here tomorrow so back to zMAX on Saturday in search of lower ETs. Then putting on my 17x9s shod with Hoosier A6s and hitting a local SCCA Auto-x on Sundayâ€¦then that MM suspension will be more in its element!