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Old 10-10-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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Slicks or Drag radials

Anyone have experience with both.? I've seen a number of posts/articles which state drag radials really aren't that much better than street tires.
If I choose to go with a 15" 28 inch slick, what wheels would work with it?
Not in a hurry as tracks are starting to close here in western PA.
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Slicks will give you a better launch, drag radials will give you a higher mph top end.
There are plenty of MFG. offering 15" wheels with lots of widths available.
( Jegs, Summit, etc. ) costs nothing to look.
Be advised that if you go 15 x 10, you will probably have to relocate your rear sway bar.
( kits are available for this, BMR and other MFG. )
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A 15" wheel requires sway bar relocation brackets. Not a big deal.
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Grabber can you please explain why auto needs drag radials and not slicks. Thanks
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A drag radial is faster than a slick. The auto can get away with using them since the rear won't be "shocked" like a manual will do. A manual needs a slick because when you dump the clutch on a slick the wrinkle affect will absorb a lot of the energy associated with the shock sent to the rear. A drag radial on a manual car can be detrimental to the rear. And it's not always about how much power a car makes. These cars are heavy and that does not help matters at all as well.
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Simple. Dumping the clutch shocks the drivetrain so hard that a DR or street tire wants to break lose. An automatic is a much smoother leave(doesn't shock the drivetrain so violently)and allows a DR to hook up. I have a 2014 GT and when I go to the track I run a 325/50/15 DR and have zero spin.
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A 15" wheel requires sway bar relocation brackets. Not a big deal.
You only need a sway bar relocation for a 10" wide wheel. A 15 X 8 will fit. Can't go as wide on the tire though with the 8"
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Wheel widths matter more if you choose the relatively stiff carcass drag radial. Slicks you can get by on a narrower rim, as long as you are prepared to pressure down to get them to sit flat. I have a true 10 inch wide tire on a 7.5 inch rim out back.

I have used both repeatedly. What has been said above is true. Dr auto, slick mt. Slicks need to be flown all the way down track, particularly with radials up front. Drs are better suited to rookies at this
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