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Anyone running drag radials ?

More specific, do you run drag radials for every day use. I was considering BFG drag radials and from what I've read on the Tirerack site it sounds like they are street friendly but I would rather hear some real life stories.

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Re: Anyone running drag radials ?

I've been running drag radials on my bracket cars for a long time now. I don't own street tires, so these are what the car uses for the drive to/from the track and cruising. Mickey Thompsons and Hoosiers are the best hooking DRs I've used, and hooked as good as if not better than a slick for me 60 footing in the 1.4-1.5 range. The downside, don't get caught in the rain or drive on wet roads with them as you may wind up in a ditch. I'd recommend them for dry road use only. Tread wear, I get one to 1 1/2 race seasons plus about 2k street miles from a pair. The BFGs are better in the rain, but do not hook as well as the MTs or Hoosiers. They also wear like butter. Nittos are the best drag radial for an all weather street car IMO. They are midway between a MT and a street tire as far as traction, but are good in the rain and last a while. I have gone as low as 1.62 60' times on them. Hope this helps

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I've been running drag radials on my bracket cars for a long time now. I don't own street tires, so these are what the car uses for the drive to/from the track and cruising. Mickey Thompsons and Hoosiers are the best hooking DRs I've used, and hooked as good as if not better than a slick for me 60 footing in the 1.4-1.5 range. The downside, don't get caught in the rain or drive on wet roads with them as you may wind up in a ditch. I'd recommend them for dry road use only. Tread wear, I get one to 1 1/2 race seasons plus about 2k street miles from a pair. The BFGs are better in the rain, but do not hook as well as the MTs or Hoosiers. They also wear like butter. Nittos are the best drag radial for an all weather street car IMO. They are midway between a MT and a street tire as far as traction, but are good in the rain and last a while. I have gone as low as 1.62 60' times on them. Hope this helps
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Re: Anyone running drag radials ?

Thanks Art yes it does help. I didn't realize they were that soft. You cant tell by looking at a picture but I'll bet that tread is not very deep either.
I guess what I'm looking for is a tire that has a bit of a cheater slick look but is still a radial. I like the muscle car look. More of a straight line car than a road course or auto cross look.

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Re: Anyone running drag radials ?

I'm running nitto 555r's this season. 275-40-17.

These have some tread on them, and I've been caught in the rain without problem or incident. They're pretty soft and hook well on the street, much better traction than last years tires. Cornering is very goos too.





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Nitto N555R's here,305/35-18's on my Chevelle,nice sticky tire...

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The Hoosiers are super soft at 040 tread wear and will cut down easy . They are dot , but more likely to have a flat than a M/T, BFG , or Nitto .
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Re: Anyone running drag radials ?

MT DR's and a street/strip car. only see the track about 4 times a year (6-10 passes each time) and approximately 1000 street miles per year... on 2nd year now.

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Re: Anyone running drag radials ?

I run BFG drag radials on the street. They look good, wear out fast. On the street you will still have a hard time hooking. Unless you lower pressure and do a burn out. So.....
They look good! I'm going to try MT ET street next time.
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Re: Anyone running drag radials ?

I had MT ET Streets and couldn't be happier.... except for the fact that I got a puncture on the side of the tire that couldn't be repaired.... bugger. I really couldn't comment on how they perform in wet weather as I don't even take my car out if it's cloudy. :-)
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Re: Anyone running drag radials ?

My friend runs the MT DR's on his Chevelle, with a ~550HP 454. He can still spin the tires, but not nearly as bad as regular BFG radial t/a's. They drive great (aside from rain). Only issue with all the D/R's is that even after normal driving, they begin to get tacky, and collect all the little rocks/gravel on the road, and begin blasting the quarter panels.

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