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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 09, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Need Help Hooking Up

Hey Guys,
I have a 383/450 horse engine in my 69. I took it up to the track a few months ago with zero succes. Granted, I ran with street tires but I thought it would hook at the track better than it does on the street.
I was dead wrong, my tires spun like I was on ice. I will probably take it to the track 1 time a yr. Currently I run B.F.G. KDW tires (275/35/18).
My question is, if I run the same tires in the street slick version, will that be enough to make me hook or do I need a true slick to hook.

Thanks, Mike
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 09, 02:09 PM
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What do you have for suspension?? There are alot of big HP cars that hook on Drag Radials. Tires are one thing, but proper chassis tuning & components is what makes the car hook at the hit.

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Did you drive around the bleach box at the strip? Anything with tread should stay well away from the water; dry burnouts are the only way to go. Taking a low profile tire with tread though the bleach box would make it real hard to hook up.

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The suspension has QA1 coil overs front and rear. Moser rear with 373 gears. I did avoid the bleach box but it didn't matter I just sizzled the tires. I just want to be sure the drag radials will hook before I spend $500 for them

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Mike, it sounds as though you have very tunable/adjustable suspension. Drag radials have come a long way over the past few years. Mickey Thompson is making one of the best biting DR's on the market right now. Actually hard to find them in stock at some places. I feel confident that DR's would be a safe & necessary investment.

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Yeah, Mickey Thompson Street drag radials are awesome. I went through the same thing in my 2004 GTO. First time to the dragstip, all I did was spin at the line. I got a pair of M/T drag radials and was able to hook solid. M/T makes a 265/40R18, but I would recommend getting a light weight pair of 17" wheels (at least 8" wide, preferably 9" wide) and mount of pair of M/T Street drag radials in the 275/40R17 size. Just slap on the wheels and tires on race night. A word of warning, don't drive on M/T drag radials in the rain (scary stuff).

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If you're going to have a spare set of sticky tires for your car get some real slicks. You don't need any tread at the strip.

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also lower air pressure in the rear tires


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If you have the QA-1 shocks then I would assume you have sub frame connectors and a traction device like slapper bars. You may want to try some Cal Trac bars if the slappers don't help. Guys on 9 inch tires, stick trans, big blocks run high 9's in NHRA stock eliminator with Cal Tracs.

The radials will likely serve you well, but if you find a deal on Hoosier Quick Time Pros give them a try. I had my best 60 foot with them and saw a hint of cords showing after the run .

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