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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 10, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Drag Radial Handling

How do drag radials handle on the road - beyond going straight - like in twisties? Better, worse, same as regular radials? Not slicks but DOT approved ones.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 10, 07:08 PM
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Re: Drag Radial Handling

Only difference I noticed was better straight line traction with the drag radials compared to regular radials. My car has no sway bars, a spool and 3-1/2" rims on the front, so I don't push it hard through the corners. Somebody else can probably comment on their cornering ability.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 10, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Drag Radial Handling

I was thinking all 4 corners - so they match

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Re: Drag Radial Handling

I've tried the BFG's and MH (rear only on either), the BFG's actually don't handle too bad as long as the air pressure is kept at street levels. The M&H's are washy in the corners but the wrinkle much better and launch better than the BFG's. There are a lot better soft compound tires available for all 4 corner use- Nitto RII's and NT01's are very good, (RII's have a real tread at least), Toyo and Kuhmo make some soft compound tires too. A lot of these a good 1/2 way point between street tires and full on slicks for road course duty.

The problem I would see with drag radials in the front is the soft sidewall, the car could wander, be washy, or turn-in poorly. Also you'll likely never get them warm enough on the street to get any added traction.

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Re: Drag Radial Handling

Thanks, I'll take a look at those.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 10, 05:26 AM
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Re: Drag Radial Handling

I have no issues with them but I also don't take corners hard (ProTouring style) buy did dive like a regular car.
Since adding the spool I'm easier in the corners.

I would pay close attention to the wide painted stripes at cross walks LOL
Also they don't ware as long as regular radials (tread ware rating 0 )

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