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Old 02-20-2009, 11:13 AM
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Drag racing with wire wheels

Hey All, I'm looking *far* into the future, but figured I'd ask this question while I'm still thinking about it. My upcoming project (whenever I get it back from the bodyshop and can get working on it) is a '36 Terraplane pickup, and whenever I get it done it's going to have an upgraded drivetrain* and could very well see some track time. So with that said, is it advisable to drag race with wire spoke rims all-around, or would that be asking for trouble? I could just see the right launch, or too much power coupled with great traction ripping them apart if the conditions are right.

*current drivetrain plans consist of a Hudson 262 or 308 with or without the Twin-H, coupled to a t56 6spd manual, and whatever rear-axle fits. The rims would probably be around 6" in width (the front fender spare tire well can fit a 7" wide tire & wheel combo max), and will most likely be using only street tires - I want to have a little fun with it, not break everything possible.

So would I have need to worry , or am I just being overly cautious?

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Mike
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I have heard that wires are pretty strong but who knows I have never tested any, you could always have to sets.One that you cruise around in and then when its time to see the track switch on some stonger rims.
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Well, I guess that there have been quite a few advancements in the wheel in the past 73 years . . . it would be nice to know if I could or couldn't run the wires, but I guess I can stop by the hot rod drags sometime in August and see what everyone is running.
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don't know if the old wires got any better in the last 50 years, but in 1963, we replaced them with steel wheels because they would turn the centers out.
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there are plenty strong ones available,,,with a plenty strong price tag to match!!!!

look up Dayton Wire Wheels,,,,$500? each?

the old Caddy wires are $400+ each?

Jag knock-offs are $600 each?
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