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'10 Challenger R/T - burned by a soccer mom

I'm a Challenger newbie, traded in the ol' 4x4 for a 2010 R/T. I was burned by a late model Mustang 5.0 at the light the other day, very humiliating. Been a Jeep guy all of my life, this is my first muscle car. I can get a 4x4 Wrangler out of a 5ft mud hole, but God forbid I have to race a soccer mom in her Mustang. Horrible at launching, shift timing is way off. Any tips would be appreciated on how to really get off the line in a hurry.
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Get good tires, stock sucks... get CAI, good exhaust, Diablo 91 gas tune it... this is a good start...
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Get good tires, stock sucks... get CAI, good exhaust, Diablo 91 gas tune it... this is a good start...
Thanks Devnull, next paycheck I'm on it. But I was referring more to technique. Is there an optimal RPM I should be at before letting my foot off the clutch? Shifting from 1st to 2nd to 3rd...is so darn slow. By the time I'm shifting to 2nd, they're long gone. There has to be a method for really taking off quickly?

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I prefer 2k rpms, dump the clutch and once it's in, WOT. The new 5.0 is going to hurt your feelings repeatedly though. Do you have emissions testing in your state? If not, delete the cats and put some long tubes on it. Then you will notice an awesome difference but it will be LOUD.
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First thing you should do is not race on the street it belongs on the track you kill sombody and you will be in jail and then you will not be driveing your challenger be safe first my two cents HEMIB5BLUE
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First thing you should do is not race on the street it belongs on the track you kill sombody and you will be in jail and then you will not be driveing your challenger be safe first my two cents HEMIB5BLUE

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that and most R/Ts will not hang with a 5.0. Stock to stock. whether its a soccor mom or not. my 12 r/t hung untill with a 5.0 to about 60 then he smoked me!
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An R/T won't hang with a 5.0 Mustang GT even if a professional racer was driving it.

Don't race on the street. Take it to the track.
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Thanks Devnull, next paycheck I'm on it. But I was referring more to technique. Is there an optimal RPM I should be at before letting my foot off the clutch? Shifting from 1st to 2nd to 3rd...is so darn slow. By the time I'm shifting to 2nd, they're long gone. There has to be a method for really taking off quickly?
Fwiw, the 6-spd Mustang has one whopper of a 1st gear ratio for a car with that much power...assuming the driver has mastered keeping the tires hooked under generous engine power. The only chance a Challenger (or nearly any other car, for that matter) would even still be neck and neck coming out of 1st gear is because the Mustang driver is specifically not taking off at full power to ensure the tires don't go up in smoke.

What I'm trying to say is that 1st gear in the Mustang essentially allows take-offs at the traction limits of whatever tires are installed at the rear. That said, it could be anywhere from you coming out of the gate similarly if the Mustang has stock-size, all-season tires in the rear or you getting creamed mercilessly if the Mustang has upgraded maximum-performance tires in the rear. Another wildcard is the cooler weather in the winter months could play havoc with those tires, too.
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