JPC racing line lock, a necessity for the novice manual driver at the dragstip.
January 19, 2013
I'm very new in driving a manual at the strip, and even though I don't need to heat up the stock tires like I would drag radials, I stll want to heat them up a bit. As one who's made many trips down the quarter in an auto, this manual is a whole other world.
I don't think many of us at the local strip want to look bad in front of one or two people, however Royal Purple Raceway (near Houston, Texas) tends to always have a large crowd on Friday nights and it's plum embarrassing not to be able to at least clean off the tires a bit.
Enter American Muscle and the JPC line lock. I bought it and had the guys at G-Force near Pearland, Texas do the install. The mechanic there gave me a quick 10 minute lesson about how to use the line lock.
I've made one trip to the track since the install and it made a world of difference. If I wanted to, I could do John Force burnouts all night long, or until the clutch melted.
I've used drag radials on both a 2005 GTO and a 2009 G8 GXP, and I could make smoke shows all night long, but even on a rare cold Texas night, I've always thought the way to best utilize drag radials was a smoke show. I still feel that way, and with my new Mustang 5.0, what good would it to do to even consider buying drag radials if I couldn't heat them up properly? For the first time, I can now comfortably go shopping for some drag radials, when before I really couldn't feel comfortable buying them.
Even though this mod won't show up on the dyno, it sure shows up on the strip. A lot of guys have driven manuals for a long time and can heat up the tires, but for novices like myself, this is one mod that I would consider a 'must have'.
Thanks to JPC and American Muscle, my days of embarrassing myself at the track by not at least cleaning off the tires are over.