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Smitty, Dblue anyone thats putting good power down and even those who are not but knows what are the best...what size tire are you running and what brand im starting to search around for the best tire and size before adding nitrous...im in GA so my winters are not bad so snow is not really a factor. are most people running a street tire and then just swapping to DRs when they go to the track?
 

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swapping tires for the track

The biggest dogs are running custom 15" wheels front and back with MT DRs.
The big dogs (you included) normally bolt on a pair of either 275/45-17 MT DRs on stock wheels or a pair of 235/60-15 MT DRs on BMW wheels for just the rear.

You will have to roll your fenders to use the 275/45/17 unless you have drag bags tight where you won't hit the sidewall.

Avoid drag slicks, but if you want to try them I have a pair. I also have a pair of the 235/60 if you want to see those.
 

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my issue is i have 18's.... thanks david i really want to but 275s in the back on my 18s... so with drag bags and rolling the fenders i should beable to put the 275s on the 18s....i want a good tire that can be driven in the rain safely and still have good traction is there such a thing?
 

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I would just get a spare set with DRs and do the swap for track days on a DD car, DRs will "work" in the rain but obviously aren't really designed as a rain tire. The BFG G-Force T/A KDW is a street tire I have heard good things about that could serve both uses if you don't want to mess with DRs on a spare set of wheels. Those are what I am going with when I get new wheels/when the stockers are done, whichever comes first.
 

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my issue is i have 18's.... thanks david i really want to but 275s in the back on my 18s... so with drag bags and rolling the fenders i should beable to put the 275s on the 18s....i want a good tire that can be driven in the rain safely and still have good traction is there such a thing?
no go with the 18s. You'll have to buy a pair of 17s or do race only 15". The 235/60-15 are more than sufficient I can guarantee. The problem with the 275 is that they are a)heavier and b)too wide for an 8 inch wheel therefore the contact patch is not optimal.

I'd try the 235/60-15 on BMW wheels as track only tires to start with.
 

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right now im more concernd with and everyday tire that i can run on the street with the best traction but still be good in the rain....? going with a spare set of tires and wheels will be the best for the track as i have an air comp and can swap them out in a minute.
 

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15" bogarts with MT Drag Radials 275/50/15

good for 1.51 60's on a 4000lb pig :)

dont drive them on the street, I swap them and the skinnies up front before going to the track on a trailer

good traction and safe for the street in wet conditions just does not exist.....the best sacrifice would be BFG drag radials, Doc uses them on the street.
 

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luke0927 said:
right now im more concernd with and everyday tire that i can run on the street with the best traction but still be good in the rain....? going with a spare set of tires and wheels will be the best for the track as i have an air comp and can swap them out in a minute.
OK, so you want 18" super sticky tires that will still get you through the rain?

Let me do some searching and get back with you. I'm going to suggest a yokohama on the 18" wheel, but lemme check first.
 

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275/35-18 is for a 9-10.5 wheel. You could get a stock 18" wheel widened by 1 inch and run those.

They are the right diameter and are at least 1 full inch wider.
 

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I would suggest a p245/40zr18 michelin pilot sport ps2. pretty much the best tire out there. yokohama is low-budget.
you say that, but have you run a pair? They are cheaper without a doubt, but I have to say they are one of the best running tires I have used yet.

I have a pair of Yokohama Avid V4s tires on a Grand Prix with Koni's and a rear sway bar and I can push the GTO (that has Koni's and Hotchkis) through turns in the Grand Prix without the tires making a chirp, squeak, or sliding.

To top that off, they are only $78 each in the Grand Prix size. Now while that particular tire isn't made for the GTO, if it was I would run them in a heart beat seeing as that I don't get more than about 10,000 miles for a set of rears in the GTO.

Yes, the Michelins may grip well, but if you are driving them hard and wearing them off just having fun, you cannot beat something like a pair of Yokos for the money and traction that they do offer. Besides, who wants to pay $230 for a tire that you will just be beating on all of the time.
 

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im sure having the wheels widened is big $$$ could probably buy a set for that right? so 275s on 18 dont work because the taller tire limits the side wall and the width also is not optimal? why the hell do these damn GTOs come with baby wheels and tires?
 

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Yes, the Michelins may grip well, but if you are driving them hard and wearing them off just having fun, you cannot beat something like a pair of Yokos for the money and traction that they do offer. Besides, who wants to pay $230 for a tire that you will just be beating on all of the time.

Depends on what type of performance you are looking for. Keep in mind that the less your tire spins when it loses grip, the less rubber you burn off. You can get the same mileage out of a ps2 that you get out of a bfg g-force sport because the g-force will be working harder and burning out quicker because it lacks grip. Also, the tires are the only thing touching the ground. If you put all your $ into mod's for power and put on crappy tires, are you really any further than when you started?
 

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I'm running 315-30-18s Pilot Sports 2s on 11" CCW rims putting out over 500rwhp.
 

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i do like the CCWs to run that wide of a wheel what was necessary?
 

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i do like the CCWs to run that wide of a wheel what was necessary?
Autoform rear flares I could probably go with 335s without a problem, but I don't have the bank account to try it yet.

 

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There's no such thing as a good street tire that will give you good 60ft. times at the track. Good meaning under 2.0. Most of us use DRs that we swap out before going to the track, not as a daily tire. For daily use I run Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s, 275/35/18. They are amazing tires that are still good after 13K hard miles including a couple of track days. These tires stick like glue and have actually worn better than the Yokohamas on my sons BMW e30.


What other combos are people running, especially those with under 1.8 60ft. times.
 

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1.6 60 ft on 275/40/17 BFG DRs on millimiglia 17x 8 rims ,
they are my everyday tires as well.
Have driven in a ton of rainstorms,
though I do slow down and drive carefully,
I have never once had any problems.
 

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they look awesome man congrats. let me know if you have any strut rub on the front. i have a little!
 
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