Drag Radials or Slicks

Discussion in 'Drag Racing' started by Boosted_Cobruh, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. Boosted_Cobruh

    Boosted_Cobruh New Member

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 27, 2015
    Location:
    Tivoli Texas
    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.
     
  2. slow90coupe

    slow90coupe Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,969
    Likes Received:
    104
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Location:
    Advance, NC
    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.
     
  3. cameron57

    cameron57 Active Member

    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2014
    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.
     
  4. SLOW95GTS

    SLOW95GTS Active Member

    Messages:
    749
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2011
    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.
     
  5. Doodler

    Doodler New Member

    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2015
    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.
     
  6. Venom351R

    Venom351R Legend

    Messages:
    5,218
    Likes Received:
    216
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Location:
    Maine
    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
     
  7. Chris111

    Chris111 New Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2015
    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.
     
  8. Musturd

    Musturd Legend

    Messages:
    9,111
    Likes Received:
    598
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    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
     
  9. RedTwilight

    RedTwilight Active Member

    Messages:
    628
    Likes Received:
    47
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2011
    Location:
    Roxboro, NC
    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.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]