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Old 03-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Drag Radial size

Looking at getting some drag radials and just 2 rims for the rear to switch out at the track. What is the biggest/widest tire/rim size I could put on a 2013 GT? Or can someone recommend the best size for the most traction? I've drag raced a few times but could never do well on the stock Pirrelis. (yes even launching around 1500-1800) Thanks for any help.
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I have 15"x10", they require sway bar relocation brackets tho. The 15" rims will give you more sidewall flex.
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Looking at getting some drag radials and just 2 rims for the rear to switch out at the track. What is the biggest/widest tire/rim size I could put on a 2013 GT? Or can someone recommend the best size for the most traction? I've drag raced a few times but could never do well on the stock Pirrelis. (yes even launching around 1500-1800) Thanks for any help.
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Wider doesn't mean better. a 15x10 wheel with a 28" tire works well. Is this for the track or the street? Are you a manual or an auto? What are your goals? You need to provide more information.
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This is the tire size.

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Manual. Im gona put steeda chromoly LCAs on the rear and not looking at doing any other suspension mods. Thanks.
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Gear matters too. hard to recommend when you don't provide complete info.

However, with a manual, don't waste your time with drag radials. Get a real bias slick. Height needed is dependent on rear gear and intentions. Width is as much as you can stuff on the rims without mishaping the tire. 8" is max without mods to swaybar mounts so, that limits you to a 10-ish inch tread width max.

I've used both DRs (BFG) and Bias ETs. Bias is way easier to heat up and get to hook on a stick car. DRs require a heavy burnout to heat up and if you break traction, they don't come back.

I'm going full drag slick this time. Hoosier b/c it's the widest tire I can shove on my 8" rim and comes in my weird 16" size.
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Does anybody have an idea how the MT drag radials handle on wet streets?
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I've been doing the same research I just want enough to pull a 1.6-1.7
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Does anybody have an idea how the MT drag radials handle on wet streets?
Not well at all...
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Does anybody have an idea how the MT drag radials handle on wet streets?
Real bad...My friend's 5.0 got turned into a banana when he got T-boned by a bread truck coming home from the track on DRs. Sudden shower, sudden tendency to loop on the freeway, ka-boom!
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Real bad...My friend's 5.0 got turned into a banana when he got T-boned by a bread truck coming home from the track on DRs. Sudden shower, sudden tendency to loop on the freeway, ka-boom!
He got Tboned bcause he started to spin and got hit?

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How about the nittos nt05? Any bettet on wet pavement?
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I got stuck driving home 2 hours on the highway in the rain with mt et streets and had no problem what so ever.
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He got Tboned bcause he started to spin and got hit?

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How about the nittos nt05? Any bettet on wet pavement?
He hydro'd on the water, spun around, ended up crossways in the lanes and ka-pow, got hit by the truck. Road tires? Never would have happened. This is why I transport my drag tires/wheels to the track and install them there. 20 minutes well spent.
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Wow. Some say they are fine in wet pavement. Some say no. Im leaning towards your Tbone story. Other than medium rare, its not worth the risk.
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You can try M&H cheater slicks if your running 15's, they do ok wet but not for shooting out in front of ppl. They heat up nice and a real sticky grip down the track and are legal in most states on street
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I want a DR that I can use all the time. Wet and dry. I live in the tropics so no winter season.

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But the only acceptable 15" to go around the street are the weld racing since they have front wheels other than skinnies over 17". They are expensive though.
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I want a DR that I can use all the time. Wet and dry. I live in the tropics so no winter season.

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But the only acceptable 15" to go around the street are the weld racing since they have front wheels other than skinnies over 17". They are expensive though.
Its not recommended to run any drag radial in daily conditions. Along with wet driving dangers you'll be lucky to get 2k miles out of a set.
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Ive heard the nittos 555r give about 6k. Is that right?
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I ran 555r 305/35r18 last year and got about 7000 miles with alot of track passes with lots of burn outs but I ran them bald almost. Did great in the rain. I'm buying another set for the street and buying slicks for the track. The nittos got me to an 8 flat in the eighth mile while other 5.0's with the same mods couldn't go lower than 8.6.
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I have a piggy back question I'm interested is drag radials as well. If I get a 15x10 rim for rear what do I run up front? Sorry for thread jack
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Wow. Some say they are fine in wet pavement. Some say no. Im leaning towards your Tbone story. Other than medium rare, its not worth the risk.
we get ALOT of frickin' rain where I am...hence lots of experience with wet-weather running.

You just can't mix DR grip with rain performance, plus DRs typically don't work unless heated up with a good healthy burnout so, you're better off with a sticky road tire, on the road.
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M&H 275/45/18 fits stock 18" wheel. i have been running it for a few months. Hooks incredible and I have 640 rwhp
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I have a piggy back question I'm interested is drag radials as well. If I get a 15x10 rim for rear what do I run up front? Sorry for thread jack
I would run a 17" skinny up front. You could use a 15" but that requires some brake work. I'm going to run a 17x4 up front and a 15x10 in the rear. Remember a 15" wheel out back requires you to run the sway bar relocation brackets.
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Thank you could I just keep my stock 17s up front and run the radials on back ?
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Thank you could I just keep my stock 17s up front and run the radials on back ?
Yes that wouldn't be a problem.
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I went the following setup on my 2012 5.0...I'll use them for the first time this April.

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I have been looking into a drag radial setup and every where I have looked most people recommend a 15 inch wheel in back, it has to do with rotating mass. At the track out here the tires must be DOT approved to run. I have a 2013 GT/CS Convertible, Auto, CAI with tune, 85mm throttle body, and axle backs. What would you recommend, currently best I can do through 60' is 2.06.
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I have been looking into a drag radial setup and every where I have looked most people recommend a 15 inch wheel in back, it has to do with rotating mass. At the track out here the tires must be DOT approved to run. I have a 2013 GT/CS Convertible, Auto, CAI with tune, 85mm throttle body, and axle backs. What would you recommend, currently best I can do through 60' is 2.06.
I have p295/55r/15 MT ET streets. If you go with a 15" wheel, you'll need sway bar relocation brackets. Cutting is required just so you know, It's not noticeable, bout 3/8" off the bracket if I remember rite.

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The 15" wheel allows for more sidewall flex for better traction is why ppl run them.
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Thanks, and is there anything too the weight thing?
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I have been looking into a drag radial setup and every where I have looked most people recommend a 15 inch wheel in back, it has to do with rotating mass. At the track out here the tires must be DOT approved to run. I have a 2013 GT/CS Convertible, Auto, CAI with tune, 85mm throttle body, and axle backs. What would you recommend, currently best I can do through 60' is 2.06.
I just realized I already posted this info in this same thread. I could care less about your discount, but your starting to piss ppl off. Your gonna end up needing real help/info someday and ppl are gonna blow you off.
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I just realized I already posted this info in this same thread. I could care less about your discount, but your starting to piss ppl off. Your gonna end up needing real help/info someday and ppl are gonna blow you off.
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Wow, people are touchy on here. I read the whole thread again and no where does it reference weight or a suggestion as to what weight for a 15 inch wheel is good and what is bad. I also saw where grabber told the original poster that more information on vehicle would help with suggestions, so I posted with all current information on my vehicle looking for suggestions. I finally get what you guys are saying about the discount but once again I found out late. I just placed two orders with AM for the following:
Eibach R2 Suspension
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So once again I missed out.
If I would of asked some of these questions earlier I wouldn't have wasted money on a BBK 85mm throttle body.

Sorry to upset anyone, I just don't want to buy anything that really isn't going to give me any bang for the buck.
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