2000 is a bit much for an 8 speed...try even like 1500 RPM, roll into it slow, then STOMP once you know you won't spin
I understand the money thing completely, so if you haven't tried it I would leave the traction control on for your next series of runs. Before I got drag radials my best runs (I had an R/T at the time though not an SRT) was to leave the traction control on and launch at basically idle, then roll into the throttle, moderating the gas pedal if I felt traction giving. It takes some passes but eventually you should get a feel for how hard you can get on the throttle without the tires breaking loose.Don't have the money to get rid of the Nitto's I just bought, but I should be able to get better launches than the 245 sized Nexens that came on the car when I got it even if the Nittos aren't that great.
Thanks. The tracks does some prep, but not that great. My best passes where with the tires at about 18psi so I think that is probably the place to jeep it while I figure everything else out. I'll try me next runs with traction control on and just get a feel for how that does. I wish I could find a spot close to the house just to practice launching and 0 to 60 without having to wait for the track to be open and jockeying for spot in the staging lanes.I understand the money thing completely, so if you haven't tried it I would leave the traction control on for your next series of runs. Before I got drag radials my best runs (I had an R/T at the time though not an SRT) was to leave the traction control on and launch at basically idle, then roll into the throttle, moderating the gas pedal if I felt traction giving. It takes some passes but eventually you should get a feel for how hard you can get on the throttle without the tires breaking loose.
That said I looked your tires up on Summit and they state the following:
Nitto NT05R tires are DOT-compliant competition drag radials designed for serious drag race enthusiasts. They feature dual-purpose sidewall construction and an all-new specialized race compound to enhance traction during launch and deliver stability on the top end of the race track. This results in improved consistency and controllability from the tires.
So if these are serious drag radials than they certainly should hook up at the power levels that we are talking. I've used three or four brands of drag radials over the years and basically what I did worked for all of them. That is air the tires down to 18-20 psi, traction control off, heat them up (this varied a bit by brand as to how much works best) generally when I start to see the some smoke coming around the car I roll out of my burnout. Then I would think you should be able to foot brake to about 1,800 rpms for the launch. Perhaps the tires need to break in a bit, but usually with most tires after a good burn out or two to take off any initial glaze they are good to go.
As I said before I'd suggest trying some runs with the traction control on, rolling into the throttle if that seems to work get more aggressive as you go to see what works best. How much traction compound the track puts down can also affect things but if others making more power are hooking up that's probably not a factor. Good luck next time out.
You're car is pretty much stock power so I think you'll be ok on a slick but don't take my word for it. You can also try something like the M/T Street SS. It's comparable to the NT05r but a little better on the strip and sacrifices a little streetability.Would it be a bad idea after these Nitto's wear out to maybe go with a full slick tire? I have different rims for the drag radials already. Thought about slicks to begone with but was worried they might hook hard enough to cause breakage in my diff or drive shaft. Looking st Hoosier 28x10x18 since my rims are 18's.
How was it hooking? Think it could've launched a little harder like 1500 maybe? Nice job thoWell, I dropped the tire pressure to 16psi, unhooked the front sway bar, and ran her down to less than a quarter of a tank. Launched at 1200 rpm instead of 2000. Ran a 12.56 at 113mph with a 1.9 60foot. Cut my 60 by 2 tenths and quarter by 3 tenths!