Drag Radials or Slicks

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Next week i'll be running my car at San Antonio Raceway and i was wondering if you guys can help me pick out the perfect tires for my 98 Cobra with a V1 blower. So far the car has ran a best of 12.6 with a 2.1 60 foot and i'm aiming for a 11 sec pass. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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If you want to break axles, go with slicks. If you want a decent improvement in ET's, go with drag radials. Slicks with a 5 speed car with stock axles is asking for trouble. But the 60 foot will be slightly better.
 

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Stick cars do better with slicks than a radial. Mickey thompson says to use a slick on a stick. But yes you can break stuff.
 

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You should use bias plys mickey thompsons, drag radial cause damage because of the stiffer sidewall and it wont absorb the launch as much but your gonna break something anyway.
 

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I just run NT05r drag radials. Depending on how well the track is prepped, breaking axels is always a possiblilty regardless of type of tire. If you have an extra set of rims, I say go for it and run slicks. Trailer might not be a bad idea though versus changing them at the track.
 

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Your axle can break just as well from DR's as they do from slicks. I've used both, I've always prefered slicks they are just more of a PITA b/c you have to change them at the track, cant drive to and from like with DR's
 

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Slicks are far more forgiving than radials as stated above.

Slicks provide a "cushion" like effect to the hard hits of shifting. Watching slow motion launches display this well.
Radials just simply don't have the flex which causes breakage.
 

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Slicks for sure on a stick car . I like to leave at like At 5300 rpm . I've never tried drag radials with a stick at the track because of the stiff sidewall . I'm thinking of giving them a try this year . I know I'll end up going right back to slicks
 

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Your axle can break just as well from DR's as they do from slicks. I've used both, I've always prefered slicks they are just more of a PITA b/c you have to change them at the track, cant drive to and from like with DR's

Slicks are far more forgiving than radials as stated above.

Slicks provide a "cushion" like effect to the hard hits of shifting. Watching slow motion launches display this well.
Radials just simply don't have the flex which causes breakage.

Slicks for sure on a stick car . I like to leave at like At 5300 rpm . I've never tried drag radials with a stick at the track because of the stiff sidewall . I'm thinking of giving them a try this year . I know I'll end up going right back to slicks

What these guys said! For a stick car, go with a slick or bias plys as it'll cushion the hit on the launch.

Drag radials will either spin or dead hook! Last year I broke 3 stock axles on my '93 coupe with drag radials. This year I upgraded to Strange 31 spline race axles. They held but the ring and pinion gears sheared some teeth. And my '93 is making way less power than you are.


 

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