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Old 06-16-2005, 07:33 AM
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delay box???

OK guys here is a dumb question... what is a delay box, what does it do?? (apart from delaying stuff) how does it hook up? and why does it help go faster/win races... i assume it does this anyway.... who needs it??

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A delay box is connected to your transbrake. It releases the transbrake a set time, that YOU determine, after the button is released.

A couple ways to use it.

Everyone has varying reaction times. From .16 to .25 seconds. Each vehicle also has its own reaction time. P/S bikes average around .22 seconds. Add a good R/T to it, and you can redlight a .400 Pro tree. Some super comp cars can do this as well. You can set up your delay box to adjust for that. You can release at the flash, and not redlight. T/F and F/C do it with clutch solenoid engagement

You can also leave off your opponents light. Its felt, by some, that if you leave of the first flash of the tree, its more consistent. If he has a 2 second handicap, you release on HIS bulb, sit ther for 2 seconds, and then you launch. ERIE FEELING. Kind of startles you.

There are also boxes that you hit TWICE. Once on HIS light, and once on YOURS. The box will determine which "hit" to go from, and take the faster reaction time, so long as its not LESS than the time you dialed in. If you would have "redlit" HIS , you will end up with the redlight.
They are alot more confusing when the ETs are real close together.

You don't go faster.
You don't automatically win, because you adjust it to your times. Its a tool, not a miracle cure. A foot braker can do JUST AS WELL.
It HELPS the guy that can not concentrate on HIS side of the tree, or if he need help adjusting to the lights.

The "new" diode lights NHRA started using 2 years ago, are much "faster" than the old incandecent bulbs. Tough to get used to. You USED to be able to see the lights glow before the go on. (Seriously!) Now its just a flash and its instantly on. Took about .05 off the r/t of most P/S drivers. Warren Johnson REALLY struggled with redlights.
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Old 06-16-2005, 09:40 AM
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A Delay Box is used in bracket racing where Electronics are allowed. The way a delay box functions is you put in a certain amount of time into the box - The amount of time you need to put in is determined by a few things like roll out, car responce and human factor - When both cars are staged and the lights start to come down then you release the button and mat the gas and the box starts to count down the time you entered and when time is up the car will launch whether you are ready or not. If you have it set right then it will launch the split second the green comes on...if you go red then simply add more time in the delay box until you get it right. DISCLAIMER: I have never used a delay box and there are other variables involved but this is the general idea. It doesn't make your car any faster but it will help you with the tree.
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