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Old 07-26-2014, 11:52 PM
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I want to take my sig truck to a local sled pull and compete in the stock class. Should I put it in 4hi or 4 lo (has 3.55 gears BTW so I'm thinking 4L)? Should I manually shift it or put it in drive? Do I put it in gear, hold the brake, rev it about half throttle, and slowly let off the brake while increasing on throttle or what? I basically need to know a good procedure for the launch and how to keep a good momentum to avoid embarrassing myself. I've been to a hundred of these truck and tractor pulls but this is my first time competing in one.
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Hook up to your buddies trucks and try various techniques until you break a u-joint or axle. Fix it, then use a little less throttle in the competition
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Should I put it in 4hi or 4 lo (has 3.55 gears BTW)?
Use 4L

Should I manually shift it or put it in drive?
Manual shift

Do I put it in gear, hold the brake, rev it about half throttle, and slowly let off the brake while increasing on throttle or what?
Don't launch it, just ease into it and let the gearing do the work.

Now my tips above are ASSuming that this pull is like our local tractor pulls, where you're judged based on how far you can drag the sled. If you're being timed, then you'll want 4H instead. I'd still recommend manual shifting and that you not launch it.
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If the truck in your sig is your DD, I would seriously reconsider using it as a pulling truck. If you cause a catastrophic failure, what are you going to fall back on? And how are you going to get your truck home if you blow it up?

My suggestion, save yourself the heartache and stay off the track with your truck. Buy a truck and purpose build it to compete.

If you're still dead set on pulling, 4 low, manual shift. Use 2nd or 3rd gear and stay there. Ease into it, get some speed going and pull the sled home. If it starts hopping, let off and don't let the sled rear end you.
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This might be a little harsh, but with all the issues you seem to have with your truck mechanically, I would not put any undue stress on it, especially sled pulling... Last thing you need is to break something else...
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it will be fine, if you don't want to be embarrassed 4 low first or second depending on traction don't shift it, roll on gently and then give it the tators if you start to spin let off or hit the brakes. if you break it in stock class it wasn't too many miles away anyway, this is coming from 1000's of pulls of experience. your 460 wont have the ***** to go very fast so stay in first or second
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4Lo, 2nd gear. Leave it there.

But I would also second guess using your DD for this...
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Having grown up with 4wd trucks, take my advice; don't do it!

You will break your truck, sooner or later. Do you have a spare vehicle to use while you fix your truck? How about $$$ to purchase parts?

I wouldn't do it, if it were me.

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if you start to spin let off or hit the brakes.this is coming from 1000's of pulls of experience.
Hit the brakes....with a sled behind you....1000s of pulls...you've never been outside have you?
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Hit the brakes....with a sled behind you....1000s of pulls...you've never been outside have you?
Agreed. A CHILD with no useful info

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I agree with the others. DO NOT PULL IT.
It is your daily driver and with its track record, you will be walking home
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The next pull you go see, go talk to the sled guys and ask them if they have a "Play Day" coming up soon. It usually costs like $10 a hook, as many hooks as you want. Have him set the sled REAL LIGHT and ease down the track and see how it feels. You can try a few times increasing the resistance some each time untill it is straining too much. That way it's all just a trial run, not competing against anyone and no hurry or worry about performance. The other pullers there will be more than happy to give you pointers and help you get started. Oh yea, take a buddy along just in case of a component failure!
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Hit the brakes....with a sled behind you....1000s of pulls...you've never been outside have you?
That cracked me up!

OP, I don't recommend you do it either but originally I wasn't even gonna bother telling you not to since you'll probably try anyway.

I would seriously consider what everyone is telling you here. When I was slightly older than you, maybe 17, I burnt up my transmission doing stupid sh** like that. It royally SUCKED being stuck at home and not able to meet my buddies or go on dates for several weeks. Just something to think about.

And if you decide to do it anyway, just remember she's an old girl... try not to blow it up.
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Hit the brakes....with a sled behind you....1000s of pulls...you've never been outside have you?
yeah you see, its quite simple, since the sled is DRAGGING on the ground when you hit the brakes the sled stops before it hits you, its not on wheels or else there would be no resistance. ever been to a pull where something goes wrong and they push in the clutch? stops just as fast as it would if you hit the brakes and the sled doesn't slam into them. I suppose if you were running 25 mph and locked the brakes up then it could slide into the truck but would probably just glide into it and not cause much damage, even more 99 percent of the sleds have stakes that dig into the ground at a pre set footage, so in other words, for all you grand stand know it alls there is a very VERY good chance the sled will come no where close to hitting you, and if the stakes are in the ground there is a ZERO percent chance of it hitting you. it would be more likely the sled would stop before you would and you would rebound backwards slightly but that chances of that are slim.


also since people think they know it all they would know if you start to spin you LIGHTLY hit the brakes to reduce power to the ground and increase traction to gain a little bit more footage not slam on the brakes and throw yourself threw the windshield
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