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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 5:56 pm    Post subject: best street tires Reply with quote

i was wondering what type of street tires hookup best for drag racing i need them in a 15'' rim
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That depends on how "street" you need. The ET streets are D.O.T. approved and work very well at the track, but I wouldn't trust them on a damp road. The BFG drag radials are on the other end, and work pretty good on a street car like a mildly modified Mustang or Camaro or more if you have good suspension tuning and a combination suited to a soft launch. I know there are dozens more tires out there, these are the only two I have had experience with. Clay
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they have to be actual street tires. we have a drag race and you can only use street tires no soft compound race tires
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

taylor foster wrote:
they have to be actual street tires. we have a drag race and you can only use street tires no soft compound race tires

ET streets are a legal street tire, DOT approved. It's basically a slick with treads.

BFG Drag Radials are more of a street tire and will hook up much better than a conventional radial tire. I've also heard bad stories about these tires in rain.

The next up the food chain is Nitto 555R drag radials. They hook almost as good as the BFG's but give much better traction on wet roads.

I would check with the people who set the rules for your race. If they let you run ET streets then get a pair.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you cant use any tires made for racing i should have cleared that up 2 begin with sorry
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

205/50/15 Falken Azenis Sports. Pure street tire, hooked damn near as good as my Mickey Thompson Hot 'n Stickies
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might be able to get away with Nitto's. If not I've had some BFG comp T/A's that hooked very well for a street tire.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a pure street tire, I agree with Smoke, the Comp T/A's are hard to beat especially for the price. Mine did seem to work much better when new though. Clay
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clay wrote:
For a pure street tire, I agree with Smoke, the Comp T/A's are hard to beat especially for the price. Mine did seem to work much better when new though. Clay

I agree. The traction fell off fast as they got older.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With Comp t/a's I was getting a 1.96 60ft time. Not bad for a radial.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Running a true street tire some ballast in the trunk will probably help. This is something not a lot of people like to do and it does sound backwards, adding weight to go faster. The Factory Appearing Drags cars use cool tricks like water in the spare tire. Experiment with weight, but you will reach a point of diminishing return. 120 lbs. will add about 0.1 to the eighth in my car, so if you can't make up more than that in 60' it isn't worth it. Be sure to run them on the correct width rim, because it makes a big difference with slicks (and probably with street tires too) as I recently found out. Don't get too low with tire pressure because the tire could bow up in the middle and not touch the track, you'll have to experiment with this of course. Quick spin to clean them off, avoid any water, very little burnout or they will get greasy. Let us know how it hooks. Good luck. Clay
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firestone Firehawk ss20's were AMAZINGLY grippy tires. Much better than any of the BFG's I ever owned.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the race is one week from today and im still not sure about the tires im thinking about some mickey thompson sportsman's but im not sure yet
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am really surprised cause I needed some rears. I bought a cheap set of Generals. They were the XP2000 A4's. They grip better then the BFG drag radials. Very impressed.
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