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Old 10-08-2013, 09:17 PM
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Skinnies on the highway

Hey, I cant find any forums related to this anywhere, so Ill create one.

Do any of you drive on the highway with skinnies; Skinnies as in 7.10 x 15 Moroso drag specials?

They say "not for highway use", but why is that? Will they be prone to blow out if they get too hot; or are they too skinny to take turns at a high rate of speed?

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Old 10-08-2013, 11:51 PM
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If you corner with a heavy car you might roll the tires off the rims,peel the bead off the rim.Most street guys just use Volkswagen tires as they are ok to drive daily,but they are not speed rated. I had skinnies on My Z-28,1980. Handled awful.Car was very heavy and needed as much help as possible
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Like Vinnie says. The tires are "Drag Specials" for a reason. Lite weight means less plys which translates into less sidewall stiffness for cornering. Granted, driving these on the street is done everyday but, they are very unsafe and can make for a dangerous to drive vehicle. There are better choices.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:40 AM
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Sure makes ya wonder how the hell we all do wheelstands with them inflated to........

BTW-on street use,I totally agree it is dangerous.
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Look for the D.O.T. rating on the side of the tire. No D.O.T., no street use.
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i did all through my high school years and honestly if i had to choose between those or the dot approved vw tires id go with those drag racing tires from moroso ive had a few blow outs at high speed with brand new vw tires. the drag tire will not be to friendly cornering so if you do use them you will have to be a little more careful driving and especially in the rain.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:12 PM
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If you do anything to get pulled over and the officer is just looking for something to gig you with and finds you running non-D.O.T. tires on the public highways, you're not gonna like the outcome. I know, I know, I was young myself once.
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i did all through my high school years and honestly if i had to choose between those or the dot approved vw tires id go with those drag racing tires from moroso ive had a few blow outs at high speed with brand new vw tires. the drag tire will not be to friendly cornering so if you do use them you will have to be a little more careful driving and especially in the rain.
It doesn't matter if the tires are DOT rated or not - using tires not designed for the application is just plain stupid. Skinny VW tires may be DOT approved, but I'm sure you were exceeding the load rating of those tires. Mis-use trumps the DOT rating. Have an accident with those tires on the front of a big-block car and you WILL be found at least partly at fault.

Front runner don't have the sidewall stiffness nor the heat capacity for sustanied highway use. The fact the people get away with it doesn't mean that it's OK.

NASA got away with using poorly-designed joints on the Space Shuttle boosters for 25 flights before Challenger.
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It doesn't matter if the tires are DOT rated or not - using tires not designed for the application is just plain stupid. Skinny VW tires may be DOT approved, but I'm sure you were exceeding the load rating of those tires. Mis-use trumps the DOT rating. Have an accident with those tires on the front of a big-block car and you WILL be found at least partly at fault.

Front runner don't have the sidewall stiffness nor the heat capacity for sustanied highway use. The fact the people get away with it doesn't mean that it's OK.

NASA got away with using poorly-designed joints on the Space Shuttle boosters for 25 flights before Challenger.
the load rating is about 1200lbs per tire on the vw tires it would be kind of hard to over load the tire on my 2800lb car considering there was only about maybe 15-1600lbs of wieght on the front tires in total. its all in the speed rating these tires are not designed to go fast, which is what i was referring to. furthermore what i am telling him if i had to choose between the two my vote goes to the moroso drag only tires. they are not made for handling, no they are not meant for a road trip but they are far safer to run than the vw counterparts is just my opinion. legality is a whole different subject if the cop that pulls you over wants to be a ****** im sure the tires are the least of your worries dark tints, loud exhaust, missing cat's, and the list of stuff they can write for 99% of hot rodders on the road goes on and on.

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If you need to run skinnies, run these...
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

DOT rated and 8 plys... No brainer.
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another big issue is braking!!!!!
skid into a bus load of kids,,,,,,,,
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Funny story

While reading about driving with skinny front drag racing tires it reminded me of sitting and talking with Dick Moroso back around 1967 when he told me he had just gotten off the phone with a company he found who would make the skinny front drag racing tires for him.

I will never forget the look on his face when he said Jim who would but a skinny front drag racing tire with an Italian guy's name on it?

I looked at him and said that's a good question and then he told me he had just placed an order for a few thousand tires!!!!!

The rest is history as they say.

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Well if you want to look at the logic of tall skinnies for drag racing it is for sure to get unladen wt off and get a better R/T with roll-out.Let's say you know for sure the engine/power train is there,but every time you hit the tree,your package is off.The Moroso's are gonna help,but the M/T's not so much being a heavier tire.

It is those things for racing only parts and guys "trying" to go go a poser look or sound with a cam choice that gets me heated up.Why??. Well for one thing I think it undermines all we have learned over the yrs and ignores that.That part ticks me off.......................................
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Both of my gassers run skinny tires, but I wont run strip rated skinny tires on the street! Mine are DOT street radials. 165-15 on my Austin, and 185-15 on my Falcon. The Falcon is heavier with the BBC engine, so I went a little wider on tire and wheel.
I drive my cars thousands of miles, through lots of cornering, and they work great. They also work great on the strip, and I see no huge advantage to using strictly strip front runners.
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Both of my gassers run skinny tires, but I wont run strip rated skinny tires on the street! Mine are DOT street radials. 165-15 on my Austin, and 185-15 on my Falcon. The Falcon is heavier with the BBC engine, so I went a little wider on tire and wheel.
I drive my cars thousands of miles, through lots of cornering, and they work great. They also work great on the strip, and I see no huge advantage to using strictly strip front runners.
You do know how much do I respect your input.The race wt front runners are for sure for cars like my Malibu strip only car.It is the same goal as any drag racer would take to try to gain any advantage possible.It is apart of trying to get the car built so it will have a package for hits on the tree and 60' times in line with the power train combo it will have.I do think on the top end,they in a straight line race car,help handling given a taller tire thus really a larger contact patch for handling.Want to add I only run them with a tube.If your going to lose it on the top end,any tire will slide and then it is up somewhat to the driver.
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