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post #1 of 17 Old February 23rd, 2010, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Traction Control

I was talking with a kid that sits next to me in class. Hes got an 02 GT with basic bolt ons and drag radials on the rear. We were bullshitting and he started talking about traction control and how he never turns it off and such, even when hes at the track or racing or whatever. I just kinda stared at him and tried to explain about traction control, especially in our cars. He didn't get it.

What are all of your views on it? I know personally whenever I get in my car I put my seatbelt on and turn the traction control off.

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I thought the traction control only kicks in when it senses the rear tires losing traction? If so then I don't see a reason to turn it off at the track except for when you do the burnout. I'm no expert at this stuff though so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

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The trac control kicks in when it senses the rear wheels spinning. If you break the tires loose and it kicks in, it drops timing and closes the throttle with the computer.We have throttle by wire. After the trac kicks in it slowly brings the timing back and slowly opens the throttle back up. Its not a quick recovery.

Also if your power shifting and you chirp 2nd and maybe 3rd ( If your car has enough balls ) then the traction control will kick in again and do the same thing as above.

Also if your used to driving a rear wheel car, especially a V8, traction control can mess up what you expect your car to do if your rear slips in tight situations, and even in normal traffic.

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I leave my traction control. No sense in turning it off IMO unless I am racing. I don't know about you, but I have a throttle cable, not a throttle wire.


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Traction control leans out the motor. It is actually dangerous for blown cars. I would turn it off MP if you are running decent boost hehe.

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Traction control leans out the motor. It is actually dangerous for blown cars. I would turn it off MP if you are running decent boost hehe.
Smartass. I haz no boost.


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The trac control kicks in when it senses the rear wheels spinning. If you break the tires loose and it kicks in, it drops timing and closes the throttle with the computer.We have throttle by wire. After the trac kicks in it slowly brings the timing back and slowly opens the throttle back up. Its not a quick recovery.
That's not what it does at all. These cars are not throttle by wire. Turn on your cruise control and start going up and down hills w/ it on. Rest your foot on the gas pedal (but don't push it). Notice that the pedal moves by itself.....not throttle by wire.

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Bosch traction control system works at all speeds: Whenever wheelspin is detected, the system retards ignition timing, cuts fuel flow, and activates the brakes at one or both drive wheels, in that order. The driver can turn the system off with a console switch.
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Rowoman, our cars are not fly by wire. they are ran by a throttle cable. My traction control has be shut off with my tuner for the past 3 years. I have no need for it. If i remember right, the trac control cuts fuel off going to the cylinders giving it less power


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You sir are correct. I was thinking of the s197's. They have throttle by wire. So now that I look like a complete ass, continue with the thread

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It is impossible to race with the traction control on. When you launch it basically kills the motor. The harder you launch the harder it kills the motor. Mine has been permenantly turned off for two years.

I didn't find it useful in the snow either. Having driven rear wheel drive cars my entire life I could actually react faster than the traction control. Besides, there nothing wrong with turning the corner in the snow with your back wheels. Actually, its kind of fun.

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Once i forgot to turn trac control off in the snow... all it did is keep killing the power and i stalled in the middle of a steep hill... and was an 3 lane each direction intersection. Now that was fun!!

Ie... trac control is for lightly modded stangs in the rain! :p

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Turn it off, I had mine on for about the first two months I owned the car

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i turned mine off with a tune. it's off all the time...

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