Novice Drift Tuning Guide

I thought I’d make this post to try to help anyone who may be learning to drift and needed some help. To me, this setup is a pretty easy to use drift tuning, especially compared to my normally more high powered drift cars. Hopefully this guide will either give you a car you can drift or help you make your own.

Feel free to add anything you think I missed or something that may be helpful and I will edit it in.

VEHICLE

2005 BMW M3

UPGRADES

  • Engine -
    • Race Camshaft(s) and Valves
    • Race Flywheel

  • Platform and Handling -
    • Race Brakes
    • Race Springs and Dampers
    • Race Front Anti-Roll Bars
    • Race Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Race Chassis Reinforcement / Roll Cage
    • Race Weight Reduction

  • Drivetrain -
    • Race Clutch
    • Race Transmission
    • Race Driveline
    • Race Differential

  • Tires and Rims -
    • Sport Tire Compound
    • Stock Front Tire Width (225/35)
    • Upgraded Rear Tire Width (275/30)
    • Hamann Edition Race
    • Upgraded Front Rim Size (R20)
    • Upgraded Rear Rim Size (R20)
  • Tires and rims options can be altered to suit the driver.

  • Aero and Appearance -
  • This section can be whatever you want.

  • Conversion -
    • Single Turbo

TUNING SETUP

  • Tires -
    Front Tire Pressure
    30.5 PSI
  • Probably better to use 27 PSI but this is what I use.
    Rear Tire Pressure
    24.5 PSI

  • Gearing -
    Final Drive
    3.17
    First Gear
    2.89
    Second Gear
    1.77
    Third Gear
    1.51
    Fourth Gear
    1.30
    Fifth Gear
    1.15
    Sixth Gear
    1.08

  • Alignment -
    Front Camber
  • 3.3°
    Rear Camber
  • 0.7°

Front Toe
0.8°
Rear Toe
-0.6°

  • Toe options can also both be set to -0.1°.

Front Caster Angle
7.0°


  • Anti-Roll Bars -
    Front
    ~23.22
    Rear
    ~19.26

  • Springs -
    Front Springs
    ~401.3
    Rear Springs
    ~321.3

Front Ride Height
6.9"
Rear Ride Height
6.8"


  • Damping -
    Front Rebound Stiffness
    6.9
    Rear Rebound Stiffness
    4.1

Front Bump Stiffness
6.1
Rear Bump Stiffness
3.6

  • Start with this and change these options if needed.

  • Aero -
    N/A

  • Brake -
    Braking Force Balance
    70%

Braking Force Pressure
130%


  • Differential -
    Rear Acceleration
    100%
    Rear Deceleration
    100%

Why use Race Camshaft(s) and Valves?

The reason for using Race Camshafts is pretty simple and it helps quite a bit while drifting. It increases your RPM range so you can hold power while drifting.

To show you what I mean, here is a quick comparison with this BMW Drift Tune.

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It’s great that you posted that. Hopefully this helps someone like your advice helped me.

I don’t know how you tune your roll bars and springs, but if you’re using the old FM4 formula, it may be beneficial to add that in there - even if you don’t, gives people a starting point.

Keep up the good work!

Thanks! And I actually I tuned it just off of how the car felt, I completely forgot about the formula! I’ll edit that in whenever I get a chance to.

Edit: It’s good to know it helped you!

tank you it’s help me alot.

Thank you so much

No problem! Good to know its helping. And if anyone wants a specific drift car built, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Thanks man for this post. I appreciate it very much. I will definitely try your setup for M3. I like to drift from time to time but I am not good at tuning. I would appreciate the tuning setup of SL 65 AMG Black Series if possible. It’s not urgent so whenever you can do it would be great.

No problem and I will see what I can do! I’ll get it done within the week and send you a message when I get it done.

I’ve had tremendous success using the FM5 tuning calc, which should now be free for iPhone and such. I’ll start with the car I want, build it up to the HP I’m looking for (typically 600-1000hp). I’ll build around that HP with a full race chassis and tires initially. This gives a better series of times when calculating top speed, 0-100mph times and the like. The FM5 tuning app allows for a calculated BASE RACING tune generally optimized for grip. ( I tune for 4 gears on both race and drift builds, the race will reach the theoretical top speed, but the drift will range from 160mph to 175mph depending on HP) I’ll save this tune. Then with my own process and “style” of drifting I make changes. From this grip race base I’ll remove my race tires for sport, knock the camber out of alignment (starting with -3.0 or lower on the front and -.5 on rear). With the toe I will typically leave it grip optimized for the particular car which typically is 0 on the front and -.1 or -.2 on rear. Roll bars stay the same as the race tune, as does damping for the springs. Springs will be softened by roughly 200lbs on both front and rear relative to their race tune. Ride height will start at 4 clicks above min. I’ll take the rear to the nearest whole number always rounding up, then take the front 3-5 clicks higher than rear. I’ll typically run 47% F/R split and 95% pressure for brakes. All 700 and under HP cars get a grip optimized diff ( 60/10) 800-1000 hp get 100/100.
TL||DR
Everyone has their own style it’s all about finding it.

Thank you, this helped me a lot :smile: