View Poll Results: Would you use a 5speed or auto for drag use only?

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Thread: 5spd or auto for track?

  1. #1
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    5spd or auto for track?

    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?

  2. #2
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    auto... But I like the 5-speed better.

  3. #3
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    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.

  4. #4
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    i think stick is more of a rush...but auto has more potential to get you down the quarter faster

  5. #5
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    An auto is definatly the fastest in drag racing. For road racing a manual trans is preferred.

  6. #6
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    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

  7. #7
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    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.

  8. #8
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    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 ?

  9. #9
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    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.

  10. #10
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    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.

  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envious
    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.

  12. #12
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    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 ....

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebird View Post
    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.....

  14. #14
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    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.

  15. #15
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    I enjoy driving a 5spd over an Auto, but for consistency on the Drag strip I prefer an Auto.

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