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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-13-2006, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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first time pulling, any pointers?

ill be pulling for the first time this saturday at clermont county fairgrounds and just wasnt sure what exactly i should do. i know i should be in low. automatic with 3.55's 33" tires...should i put her in second or first? i was thinking second just so i could get enough momentum toward the end of the track. no ladder bars, airbags, blocks or anything like that. just going to be pulling from my ranchhand bumper with a clevis. also dotn have a weight bar for the front. we'll see how it goes, just hoping i dont break anything...except maybe my tranny cuz then ill just have an excuse to get a new one.

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with an auto you can shift. dont go higher than 4th. i know my brother got into 3rd last time he pulled. and i know on manuals if its a 5 speed most pull in 4 low 3rd gear. but you can start in low on a manual and shift up, dependin on rpms. just rememeber to downshift at the end of the track to get wheel spped back up.

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with an auto you can shift. dont go higher than 4th. i know my brother got into 3rd last time he pulled. and i know on manuals if its a 5 speed most pull in 4 low 3rd gear. but you can start in low on a manual and shift up, dependin on rpms. just rememeber to downshift at the end of the track to get wheel spped back up.
No way, manually shift it from 1st to second. 4th gear?? wow. thats overdrive.... It will redline in second for a second or so but when the weight comes on you will be glad you kept it there with those 3.55 gears and 33`s.

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actually the ford im talkin about was 5 spd auto. and there were 3 shifts. all by hand. if you dont want to shift on yor own just go in D and when it bogs downshift. that works too.

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There is a huge difference between the tq shift and the e4od. With no traction devices I would not let it shift itself. The downshift will cause carnage when the suspension unloads and the torque is reapplied. (you will be picking up your driveshaft when you twist the pinion off) Also the older fords only have 1350 u joints as opposed to the 1410 series in the superdutys which are about 70percent stronger. No pun intended but go with me on this one.

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I agree with BogginF350, hang it in a gear. And one lower than you think you can get away with because at the end, when the weight comes on, you need to be able to still spin the tires over or you will break chit. Take a quick glance at the tach near the end and if the rpm's are falling fast, ease off the throttle. A quick unloading of the susp. will get expensive.

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BS(im not sober so take this with a grain of salt.) i pulled my bros 97 and i shifted it. dont go higher than 3rd. it if bogs shift down at that pooint.start in low and shift up to 3rd then back down. i took 4th my first pull with that truck. so good luck. sorry if this is a bad post yall.

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Not a bad post. Just giving some pointers, seen a lot of broken trucks from first-timers. Some have no problem with shifting issues, but if he is strong and not prepared for it, he will more than likely break something. All input is welcome.

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That thing would need a HX55, 400cc injectors, Nitrous and the grace of god to pull a heavy sled in 3rd gear with a e40d. I dont even think bunting can hit 3rd in a pull.

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Agreed, I've never heard one shift more than once. Just hang it in a gear and leave it there. If it's not strong enough, back down a gear. If track speed is slow, try something else. Let your first few pulls teach you, don't run thinking you're going to win. See what your truck will do. When you get more comfortable, pound the hell out of it. Just some advice.

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