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sand drags and launching my predator.

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i picked up an 05' predator 500 last oct. haven't really gotten used to it, yet. tried some drag racing on the sand this past weekend. all I can do is wheelie out of the hole. anyone got any pointers. i have been riding bikes and atv's about 35 yrs. not really drag racing, though. this thing makes some serious power. i know it would do good if i could keep the front end down.

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sand stars. and have set of maxxis razor 2's. the sand stars are the wheelie set. if i can just figure out how to ride em out of the hole. have tried different approaches, no success. i weigh 195# and it just stands straight up. thinking longer swingarm.

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ya sand stars defently not a drag tire . the only way to use them would be with a longer swinger +3 or +4 even then still not the best tire .

you may be surprised at what a set of skats 6 paddles would do for you , you may even get a secand gear start out of them ,i did .

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I've never done any drags in the dunes with mine but I have done several drags and a couple in a sand riverbed without paddles. I just sit forward when I launch and hold it at about 1/3 throttle. Move back as you get moving. Depending on the terrain I will feather the clutch a little and change the RPM's at the launch. Try launches with less throttle and work your way up.

I have it down now where I can get the front tires to hover around 5 inches off the ground and tap down when I shift to 2nd and 3rd and finally set down for good near the end of 3rd gear.

I've tried launching in 2nd gear but I stopped because it's hard on the clutch. I didn't notice much of an advantage in doing it anyway and I would only do it if you have some decent mods, making 1st gear useless.

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yes its very hard on the clutch if ya have to much tire, surprising how many people run paddle and its because so many other people run 8 paddles!

i know wheelies are fun but it also means your not in control, especially in a drag race , 4-6 inches is perfict, +'ed swingarm is the anwser but they are expencive ,but after having one thers no way your ever going to give it up . cheeper fix is 6 paddle tires , you can still get a wheelie, but when you want it.

it also depends so what type of sand/dirt your riding ,my sand is always wet i 'm using a +4 swinger and this year i'll be using 10 paddles ,''maybe'' i can get a little bit of wheel lift.

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Sounds like a 2nd gear start is in order. And, and extended swingarm if you want to turn it into an exclusive sand machine, and give up trail riding.

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that was my second question. i really dont want to give up the trail riding. so it looks like i need more practice and modifying my riding skills for the sand drags. and maybe set of scat 6's.

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