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Old 12-01-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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Help Choosing slick size

Ok I have a bolt on 04 with a monster clutch. Looking to start running slicks. Drag radials didn't work out for me and I like the shock absorbing properties of bias plys. Probably going with a Hoosier or et drag but I'm concerned about size. My quarters are rolled and I have drag bags. What sizes would be best for the rears? what sizes will fit without modifying the suspension?

I can get 26x9.5 16 Hoosiers for a steal. Is that too skinny?

I'd like to run a 16" Camaro or firebird wheel due to price


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Old 12-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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In your situation, I'd try 26 X 10.5 16 tires.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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I have gone as big as 26x11.5. Although I would stick with a 10.5, as many classes don't allow anything bigger. I have 15in rears for sale if you want.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:01 PM   #4
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So are the 9.5's too small?


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Old 12-02-2012, 01:12 PM   #5
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For what you have they should be more than enough.
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Too small (in my opinion). What are trying to do that requires a slick? I ran a 10.95 and 1.6 short time with a drag radial.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:51 PM   #7
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I have a stick car and I haven't had any luck on drag radials. Considering bias ply are the same price and absorb a lot of the shock I prefer the benefits of wrinkle walls. I've tried mt et streets, nitto 555r's and Hoosier drag radials none worked well for me.

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Old 12-02-2012, 01:54 PM   #8
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I run the E/T streets and they work pretty good with me.
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Different setups work for different people. This is just the route I'd like to go. I may also be throwing a 100-150 shot on it in the future
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:24 PM   #10
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I never had luck with DRs either. I say slicks are awesome. 1.6 on a bad day, normally in the mid to low .1.5s.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #11
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26 10.50 x16 on 16in firebird wheels here. works great.
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26 10.50 x16 on 16in firebird wheels here. works great.

That's the exact setup I want to run. But this set of 26x9.5's for $200 is calling my name. I'm not making crazy power last time I dyno-ed I was 365 hp and 390 torque on a mustang dyno. Did catless mids and a predator tune since then. so I really don't think the 1" will make that much difference to me. Anyone disagree or agree?


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Old 12-02-2012, 06:16 PM   #13
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Radials on an auto.

Bias ply on a m6.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:38 PM   #14
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Found a set of 15" goodyears on wheels. They were on a third gen Camaro. Does that use the same offset and back spacing as us? Basically will they fit? Tires are 275/50r 15 so I know the tires are the right size


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Question number 2. Is 18" too tall?


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Old 12-04-2012, 06:31 AM   #16
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A 50 would be a 26" tall tire which would fit.

A 60 is 28" tall. That requires some work.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:58 AM   #17
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so I really don't think the 1" will make that much difference to me. Anyone disagree or agree?

With the kind of power you're putting down I don't think it matters what tire or size you put down. It's more of driving skill than equipment. You can have the best tire in the world in 345 size...if you can't drive it's not going to work.

If people like 04qsgtoma and 6pntho can launch their ~500rwhp cars just fine on ET streets, but you with 140rwhp less than them can't then I have news for you...it's not the tire or size that's the problem here.
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I've launched the car every way I can think of. Launching auto is completely different. The way an auto works absorbs shock from the launch. An aftermarket clutch doesn't absorb anything. So yeah I think I'm gonna need a sticky tire.


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Just do the slicks. I had the same problem trying to use DRs.
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I've launched the car every way I can think of. Launching auto is completely different. The way an auto works absorbs shock from the launch. An aftermarket clutch doesn't absorb anything. So yeah I think I'm gonna need a sticky tire.


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That depends on the auto and how it was built. Some of us here have snapped halfshafts and even twisted and broke inner stubs with a auto. Ask me how I know And there is even a 9 second m6 gto running around somewhere aswell. The right driver and setup and you should be able to hook up. I went low 10's on DR's many times and monster ran 9's on his dr's. I switched to the slicks for 9's and because the dr's just didn't hook up on the street where I would race from time to time lol.

You have drag bags which are great if you have them set to the right psi. To much and you will spin your tires. Hell my little auto would blow away the slicks if I didn't get the setup right. Tire psi, bag psi, launch rpm all play a big part here not just the type of tire used. Your power levels= you should hook up on drag radials.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #21
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Well regardless I have decided I want to run bias ply's and I have an opportunity to get weld draglites with mt tires for a good price as well.


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Well regardless I have decided I want to run bias ply's and I have an opportunity to get weld draglites with mt tires for a good price as well.


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Welds are a good setup, they hold up on street driving to. Oh remember to much tire and not enough power will slow you down.
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Yeah I've had that in my mind the whole time. That's why I was thinking those 9.5" wides would be good. Just waiting to confirm tire size and type on the welds. Will a 15x10 wheel fit without modification?


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Yeah I've had that in my mind the whole time. That's why I was thinking those 9.5" wides would be good. Just waiting to confirm tire size and type on the welds. Will a 15x10 wheel fit without modification?


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No, you will need shock extensiins, inner fender massaging, possible, outer fender massaging.
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I rolled the fenders and massaged the inner wells a bit before when I put 275 street tires on just to be safe. I have drag bags as well


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Then you should have no problem, don't forget the shock extenders
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #27
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The tire isnt the issues.. Radials are faster in all aspects..
You people need to work on your suspensions a little more
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Well my issue is I drive the car on the street 95% of the time so I don't want to put drag suspension on it. The drag bags help from what I've been told. I'm looking into koni shocks in the near future since they can be adjusted.


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I am in the market for a new clutch and the Monster3 is what I am looking into. The guys that help build my car said that they have ran many GTO's on the track and the Monster3 is not forgiving it's either full on or nothing. They recommended an LS7 clutch but I'm not sure.

Could that be half the issue? I ran Nitto's with a stock clutch for a year before it slave cable kicked the bucket. RWHP is low 500...
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I'm really leaning towards that being a big problem but I couldn't get the car off the line on drag radials with a stock clutch either. On a car with that kind of power in my humble opinion a stage 3 may be perfect. But yes it's very unforgiving. I'd look into something other than either of those options. Maybe a twin disc. IMHO


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