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Old 03-19-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Drag Radial for Manual Trans

Hey guys I drive a 2013 gt with full bolt ons and a 100 shot from NX and I've started to go to the track about 2 times a month. I'm running some bracket races with I'm pretty much set up fail in but I'm focusing on the heads up racing. I'm gonna get some 15x8 racestar wheel and some radials. Any body have success hooking up hard off the line? I don't daily drive my car so I might keep the radials on all the time if they aren't to extreme. Any suggestions on a brand of radials?
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Nto5r for street/ track use. Better to run a slick on the track vs a drag radial. Higher chance of breaking stuff with a drag radial vs slick. But if you want best of both world. Nitto nto5r hands down

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Old 03-19-2014, 02:32 PM   #3
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Strongly recommend a slick for MT. You need a good dose of rpm and a hard clutch drop to get the best out of these cars and a DR is a quick way to being on jackstands.
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4000 clutch drop shift that baby at 7800

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What would break using radials compared to a slick?
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:05 PM   #6
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Not trying to jack this thread but could somebody just explain to me the difference between a slick and a drag radial? What's street legal and what's not and what's best for what?
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What would break using radials compared to a slick?
Axles will break. Best way to put this is A drag radial will slip and grip and slip then grip which has a higer chance of breaking axles. While a slick will hook and stay planted

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Not trying to jack this thread but could somebody just explain to me the difference between a slick and a drag radial? What's street legal and what's not and what's best for what?
A slick is a non dot tire no grooves in it at all and Verry soft. A drag radial is a dot legal tire. Still soft just not as that of a slick. Has grooves in them some more than others.

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Radials are very stiff carcass compared to a bias slick. They rely more on compound than construction. A bias slick will twist a lot more and hold while the radial slams the load onto the axles, ring gear and clutch, a lot harder.

I drive to the track on slicks but, I wouldn't recommend that.
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I was going back and forth on NItto NT05 and 555R's. I have had good luck w 555Rs in the past plus the Nitto site states the 555Rs are slightly better if you get caught in the rain. I DD my 12 GT bolt on manual car and I intend to DD the drag radials til they need replacing. I've only got about 800 mikes on them so far but they are really great tires on the Stang!
On my way home yesterday I was at a place where nobody was anywhere around and I was leaving a stop sign onto a 2 lane highway. I decided to see how good my grip was so I rpm at 2000 slipped the clutch in first, at 3000 rpm I punched it, shifted at about low 7000, and then rolled it up a little in third, up to highway speed. There was no real noticeable tire spin, she just squatted and launched perfectly! I'm not running nitrous though so that's a difference but suffice to say 305/35 Nitto 555Rs grip really really well compared to those Pirelli 235's!
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I was going back and forth on NItto NT05 and 555R's. I have had good luck w 555Rs in the past plus the Nitto site states the 555Rs are slightly better if you get caught in the rain. I DD my 12 GT bolt on manual car and I intend to DD the drag radials til they need replacing. I've only got about 800 mikes on them so far but they are really great tires on the Stang!
On my way home yesterday I was at a place where nobody was anywhere around and I was leaving a stop sign onto a 2 lane highway. I decided to see how good my grip was so I rpm at 2000 slipped the clutch in first, at 3000 rpm I punched it, shifted at about low 7000, and then rolled it up a little in third, up to highway speed. There was no real noticeable tire spin, she just squatted and launched perfectly! I'm not running nitrous though so that's a difference but
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But, suffice to say, 305/35's grip way better than the Pirelli 235's!
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Sorry for the double post above, darn app times out...
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