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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 09, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tubes for Drag Slicks

I just bought a pair of used drag slicks and now are in need of some tubes. Do you know of anywhere that would have any for a pair of 28X9.0-15 MT ET Drags? I don't really want to spend 65/pc for them if possible... I wasn't sure if someone made a generic type tube that would work for these? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance..

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 09, 09:27 PM
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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

Way back when, we used implement tubes from a farm supply store. Later we found we could run tube type tires tubeless if you put sealer in them. Personally I like "Green Slime". The sidewalls flex more without tubes too.

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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

I just used regular tubes in mine.... not the best, but worked.

Now run the MT DR's... no tubes required

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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

Older slicks like natural rubber tubes. I tried radial/synthetic tubes and they did not work.
When installing the tube and starting to fill, try not to have the tube foldover. Try to keep it flat about its outer circumference. Removing the core will help seat the tube before final filling.
Lube the rim & bead with silicone grease as it will make break down at the track to repair a tube much easier.

Having an experienced person replace the tubes, if you chose not to do it, is the key. I learned on my first one, you don't let a national chain store fix the flat/tube. I came back to pick it up and it had 80 PSI. Needless to say, the tube was toast. The high pressure gave the slick, a used one, tiny splits in the tread area.

Balance is important. You can feel a 1/4 ounce difference.

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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

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Way back when, we used implement tubes from a farm supply store. Later we found we could run tube type tires tubeless if you put sealer in them. Personally I like "Green Slime". The sidewalls flex more without tubes too.

Cool... I may try the Green Slime approach... can't hurt anything, I wouldn't think... except for green stuff all over your tire. lol

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I just used regular tubes in mine.... not the best, but worked.

Now run the MT DR's... no tubes required

Do you just call a tire shop and ask them if they have any regular tubes? What would the application be? Thanks Doug.

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Having an experienced person replace the tubes, if you chose not to do it, is the key. I learned on my first one, you don't let a national chain store fix the flat/tube. I came back to pick it up and it had 80 PSI. Needless to say, the tube was toast. The high pressure gave the slick, a used one, tiny splits in the tread area.

Balance is important. You can feel a 1/4 ounce difference.
Jeez... What a nightmare! I hope they paid for the tube and the tire!

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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

I personally run tubes for the safety factor. You will get a quicker reaction and less sidewall deflection off the line with tubes also. If you dont run any tubes I would be sure to screw the side wall to the rim.

When I ran my car without tubes the tire spun on the wheel about 3/4" each pass. That was an accident waiting to happen.

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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

Nice car Jeremy. You might want to call M/T on the tubes, if you run them I think you need the ones made for slicks. I've heard of problems running anything else. Also, use rim screws with tubes. If the tire spins on the wheel. it will cut the air stem. Lots of guys don't run tubes,me included. Just be sure to coat the sidewalls with Dawn dish soap before you mount them. Helps keep them from leaking air. I srew my rims either way. Hope this helps!
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Nice car Jeremy. You might want to call M/T on the tubes, if you run them I think you need the ones made for slicks. I've heard of problems running anything else. Also, use rim screws with tubes. If the tire spins on the wheel. it will cut the air stem. Lots of guys don't run tubes,me included. Just be sure to coat the sidewalls with Dawn dish soap before you mount them. Helps keep them from leaking air. I srew my rims either way. Hope this helps!

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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

I went with a tube for the size tire I was running.

Right now they're on a shelf in the garage.... hope to get snow this year

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Re: Tubes for Drag Slicks

To race at the track you need metal valve stems,and the only way to get them with tubes is to use the tubes intended for racing slicks.When installing the tubes,coat the inside of the tire and the outside of the tube liberally with baby powder,mthis will prevent the tube from getting folded up as it inflates.Lastly if you use tubes,ten use rim screws since any rotation of the tire on the rim with a tube will rip the valve stem out of the tube.Good luck.
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