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unclenick
12-31-2004, 09:02 PM
Would you use the 5spd or auto for the track? I bought an auto car for parts but, now am thinking of turning it into a drag car instead of my 89 5speed. Whatta think?

Flip
12-31-2004, 09:07 PM
auto... But I like the 5-speed better.

tim
12-31-2004, 11:13 PM
Use an auto with all the lentech parts you can afford. Use enough stall for a good hard launch. I am going from a 2000 to a 2800 stall.

89Superbird5spd
01-02-2005, 03:45 PM
i think stick is more of a rush...but auto has more potential to get you down the quarter faster

Mustangshane
01-02-2005, 08:56 PM
An auto is definatly the fastest in drag racing. For road racing a manual trans is preferred.

scbilly
01-04-2005, 01:24 AM
I'm lucky to own one of each of these beauties, but I can tell you the only way the AOD would ever beat the 5speed in any race is if you missed a shift or two with the standard trans. The 5speeds are rarer and are a blast to drive, but the AOD is mighty nice too, I still haven't decided which one I like the best, that's probably why I can't bring myself to sell either one. Auto or 5speed these are one fine, fun car....

Bill

cowtown
01-04-2005, 01:59 PM
If you're bracket racing it's very hard to beat an automatic since they are typically so consistent.

5 Speeds are certainly more fun if you know how and are willing to power shift them.

I personally voted Auto though, only because of the above reason and the fact that as my car that I drive around elsewhere in this trafficy city I like the ease of driving.

scbilly
01-04-2005, 02:14 PM
I probably should have qualified my comments by adding that you really have to shift the 5spd carefully...they are a very notchy tranny. With minimal mods to each car the 5spd seems to have much more torque. Anyone else notice such a difference ?

bluebird
01-06-2005, 02:17 PM
I voted Auto, I hate not having a 5spd for normal driving but an Auto takes the human factor out of the drag race. Much more consistent times.

Envious
02-27-2005, 06:44 AM
I voted auto also, but I am having a very hard time deciding which one I want to pick up. When I had my auto before my rebuild was 973.00 for stock parts.

Darkside
02-27-2005, 11:33 AM
I voted auto also, but I am having a very hard time deciding which one I want to pick up. When I had my auto before my rebuild was 973.00 for stock parts.
Get a 5-speed, if not you will regret it. :D

baer198
08-25-2009, 11:51 AM
I voted auto as well, but i do own a five speed, and love them. The only reason why i voted for the auto, i be leave you will get a better launch + auto's last longer at the track then our five speeds. I would like to here this feed back my self as I'm curious about which is acutely better for drag only. I never dragged raced before some my opinion, and vote should not really count , but I'm thinking the auto would be better ....

baer198
08-25-2009, 11:54 AM
I voted Auto, I hate not having a 5spd for normal driving but an Auto takes the human factor out of the drag race. Much more consistent times.

That's what i was thinking, but a few on here with auto's use 1st, and 2nd Manuel shifting before hitting it into drive, so their is still a little human factor for shifting at the proper RPM'S.....

sinhumane
08-25-2009, 06:33 PM
my 5 speed is faster than the auto i have, but the auto is much more consistent. i'm sure the install of the WOT BOX and no lift shift feature will make it a bigger difference. :)

Roadhawg
08-25-2009, 06:48 PM
I enjoy driving a 5spd over an Auto, but for consistency on the Drag strip I prefer an Auto.

baer198
08-26-2009, 01:33 AM
my 5 speed is faster than the auto i have, but the auto is much more consistent. i'm sure the install of the WOT BOX and no lift shift feature will make it a bigger difference. :)

I was thinking the same thing....

winky
08-26-2009, 01:26 PM
auto
is what i run

gsp393
08-27-2009, 10:48 AM
Mine is a 5 speed, any car I have is and always has been a standard for the street. But, for drag race only it has to be a solid race built automatic.

garsc
08-27-2009, 04:10 PM
Auto definatly. Better to change to a C-4 with a higher stall converter ,shift kit,extra clutches and a trans brake if you can afford it.The C4 is much more reliable than the AOD and far less fragile. It also is cheaper to mod and you dont really need the overdrive.My C4 just barely saw 3rd gear with 4:56 gears on the quarter.

David Neibert
08-28-2009, 12:13 AM
Lentech AOD will handle 1000+ HP and allow you to cruise down the highway in OD.

David

CMac89
09-01-2009, 12:09 PM
Manual transmissions are the fastest transmissions in racing. Like the autos, you have to set everything up properly for the fastest time and not many people know how to set either drivetrain up properly.

VicRattlehead
12-16-2009, 01:22 PM
There are reasons you see C4's or glides in race cars.

tbirdtess
12-16-2009, 05:55 PM
Hi

Alittle off But I run an AUTO on the 1/2 mile oval. Mostly due to race rules.
Ran: FMX, C-4- Current AOD, Swapping in a 4R70W for next season.

I would run an 3 Speed if I had a choice.

:cool:

CougarXR/7
07-05-2015, 07:24 PM
5 Speed.........nothing less

FrankenBird
07-06-2015, 07:33 PM
5 speed if its a pre 94 but if it has the 4r70 trans, ille take that over the 5 speed anyday..
i love manual but it gets tiresome and with these cars we all know how they handle in weather,so yaaaaa..aod though,yuk...

ganuolfthegrey
07-06-2015, 09:00 PM
I have lost to very few 5 spd cars. most people cant drive for ~~~~. second a built aod will toast a 5spd car. for example my buddy had a built aod and motor. 4400 pound car with me and him in his sc. with all the crap he carries. raced my buddys blown convertible fox body 5spd with 4 10s and nto5 drag radials. we where fender to fender the whole time. plus if you want nitrous go auto

FrankenBird
07-18-2015, 03:20 PM
the only thing manual has is to be able to build boost off the line and ride the rpm's abit for a better launch but so then can a trans brake. I don't care who you are or what you say, you cant out shift an auto unless its some old sloshy pissed out trans.plus id rather replace an auto trans like an aod or 4r70(which ive done in under 2 days alone wih minimal tools) instead of replacing and setting up a clutch.

XR7 Dave
12-03-2015, 09:52 AM
Depends what you are doing. I've drag raced a 5spd for years and always beat similarly powered auto's for the first 60 ft. Granted, we are talking about M5R2's vs. AOD/4R70W's, not trans braked racing autos vs. a production Mazda transmission. In the case of the SC specific transmission, the auto generally seems to make ground on the 1-2 shift and shortly thereafter, taking advantage of torque multiplication. After that, it makes no real difference auto or 5spd. This opinion is from many door to door races with similarly equipped SC's, your results will vary of course.

On a road course where braking and power application under conditions of changing traction, etc., an automatic is completely out of place as any and all road racers will testify. Shifting using a clutch and lever is a pleasure often missed by our more domesticated friends but we don't hold that against them. ;) Fine wines aren't for everyone.

And then as for the "auto will always be faster in the 1/4" statement" - eh, not so much. Give me a properly set up chassis and a true racing transmission and I'll gladly take that challenge. :D

jludorf
12-06-2015, 12:08 AM
I prefer a manual but you just can't beat the consistency of an automatic in the 1/4 mile.

Ira R.
12-06-2015, 12:21 AM
I prefer a manual but you just can't beat the consistency of an automatic in the 1/4 mile.

I too prefer a manual but you can't beat the consistency of braking stuff pretty regularly!