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Old 12-18-2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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Slicks or drag radials?

Which would you prefer on a 10-11 sec truck? I still drive it on the street, (mainly to and from the track about 20 miles one way) but never in the rain. I can use my 20" wheels or buy some 17s to be able to run a cheaper tire.

So what do ya'll have experience with?
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:57 AM   #2
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I think slicks are going to give you more performance than any drag radial.

Just now you have to trailer in (or swap on site), there's the cost of a second set of tires, and then the added chances for breaking axle shafts and input shafts because you're throwing more torque through them before breaking the tires loose.
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Old 12-18-2017, 01:17 PM   #3
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I haven't seen much difference in full slicks and a few different drag radials on 60' times over the years on my truck. The biggest thing seems to be if you blow off the radials on the launch they really go up in smoke. With slicks, they will still move you forward while spinning, thus maybe not losing the round.

If you are going to bracket race it, i'd say radials and keep the launch under control so not to have a chance to blow them off.

The drag radials give a better/safer feeling on the top end of the track also.
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Old 12-18-2017, 01:47 PM   #4
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I was talking about this to a friend who does a lot of the 275 radial classes for cars. A true bias play slick is easier to set up and harder to spin. But a radial can 60 foot just as good and you will gain ET and MPH with the radial. It seems as though in the car world everyone is moving to radials with these being by far the favorite:

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Old 12-18-2017, 03:54 PM   #5
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I think drag radials will be best... So which ones on a 17" wheel, as close to a 30" tire as possible?

305/45/17 M/T Drag radial?

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Old 12-18-2017, 05:15 PM   #6
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The M/T Pros are amazing but will not last with any street use on a heavy truck. I ran M/T ET streets on my truck and they would last 3 seasons or so. I also Run ET streets on my street/strip car, These work fine on the street and have lasted 2 years of street driving and many, many 1/4 mile passes. They hook just fine also
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Old 12-18-2017, 05:19 PM   #7
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390/40 17 M&H. Ive had great luck with these.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:59 PM   #8
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Im currently running Nitto 420 street tires and Im hoping to get some mid 10s runs on them and then probably will go to an 18 wheel and run the Hoosier DR2. They are cheaper and I have been hearing good things about them. Click the image to open in full size.


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Its either that or grind the rear calipers, and swap the fronts to run a 16 wheel and have a lot more options.


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I'm currently running 305/45/18 Mickey Thompson ET Street R's. I have yet to get to a track as I got them in the offseason but I've heard good things. Sub'd.
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Slicks or drag radials?

Danny with zombie killer puts a lot of miles on his Hoosier drag radials 2. That's what I also run. At the time I was looking they were cheaper than 17" Mickey Thompson's(idk if that's still the case). I cut low 1.5 60's with factory shocks(probably close to 80k miles on them) and 3 leafs with caltracs. I've done a couple 30mile cruises for the no prep events. Very minimal wear.


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Danny with zombie killer puts a lot of miles on his Hoosier drag radials 2. That's what I also run. At the time I was looking they were cheaper than 17" Mickey Thompson's(idk if that's still the case). I cut low 1.5 60's with factory shocks(probably close to 80k miles on them) and 3 leafs with caltracs. I've done a couple 30mile cruises for the no prep events. Very minimal wear.


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Good to know, thank you Blaine.

"no prep events" I have seen those videos, you aint foolin me.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:51 PM   #13
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I am set on the 325/45/18 DR2s, but what wheel would be best - 18x9 or 18x12? The 18x12 would probably sit a little better, but im sure they are heavier and they are $400 more over the total cost...
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Which would you prefer on a 10-11 sec truck? I still drive it on the street, (mainly to and from the track about 20 miles one way) but never in the rain. I can use my 20" wheels or buy some 17s to be able to run a cheaper tire.

So what do ya'll have experience with?

Most people like to say slicks for the street, drag radials for the track. Having said that and being 4wd I love my 325/45R18 Hoosier drag radials and have no issues with either. Mine are on an 18x10 wheel.

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Danny with zombie killer puts a lot of miles on his Hoosier drag radials 2. That's what I also run. At the time I was looking they were cheaper than 17" Mickey Thompson's(idk if that's still the case). I cut low 1.5 60's with factory shocks(probably close to 80k miles on them) and 3 leafs with caltracs. I've done a couple 30mile cruises for the no prep events. Very minimal wear.


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Guess I should've read the whole thread before posting, lol.

Yeah, I don't even bother changing mine unless I'm going on a long road trip with the truck. They wear surprisingly well for what they are. Any believe it or not aren't near as horrible as you'd think on a damp street either, although I certainly drive a lot slower with them on in those conditions.

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Guess I should've read the whole thread before posting, lol.

Yeah, I don't even bother changing mine unless I'm going on a long road trip with the truck. They wear surprisingly well for what they are. Any believe it or not aren't near as horrible as you'd think on a damp street either, although I certainly drive a lot slower with them on in those conditions.

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Do you leave your truck on jack stands? I figured I would just run the 420s in between races and sitting at the house. Im about ready to pull the trigger, I just need to decide on which wheels I want.
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