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Old 06-23-2007, 10:23 AM
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What tires for my street/strip camaro?

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Just finished up a set of Mickey T ET Street Drag Radials, sized 325/50 R15. Not sure what tires to put on next. THe Radials seemed to do okay for traction, but I wish I could do better. I do run this car on the street a bit, so I need something DOT approved.

I think that M/T actually recommends the ET streets for manual shift cars, but I've heard plenty of people having luck with the radials as well.

The radials seemed to handle pretty nicely, and I've heard some wild stories about the unstable traits of the ol ET street biased plys.

So, I'm not sure what to get.

ANyone out there that runs the ET Streets (or other Drag radials) that could suggest a fit for my car? THe rims are 15 x 10's.

Thanks for any opinions!

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I ran the bias ET streets on my 68 AMX and they weren't too bad. On the freeway I could feel the back of the car moving slightly side to side depending on road condition but in town they were fine. The width of the tires I used were only 8" and maybe that makes a difference but the air pressure had the biggest affect on handling. M/T didn't have the radials then or I'm sure I would have used them. I'll bet they don't last any longer than the bias tires either. I was lucky to get 800 miles out of a set depending on how often I went to the track. Why would they recommend the bias tire for a stick car?
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I ran the bias ET streets on my 68 AMX and they weren't too bad. On the freeway I could feel the back of the car moving slightly side to side depending on road condition but in town they were fine. The width of the tires I used were only 8" and maybe that makes a difference but the air pressure had the biggest affect on handling. M/T didn't have the radials then or I'm sure I would have used them. I'll bet they don't last any longer than the bias tires either. I was lucky to get 800 miles out of a set depending on how often I went to the track. Why would they recommend the bias tire for a stick car?
Haha. 800 miles. Dang, you got me beat. I have almost 3K on this set, and I thought that was bad.

IIRC, it was something about the ability of the Bias plies to take the "hit" from a stick car better than the radials. Perhaps the radials tend to momentarily loose traction upon the abuse of launching the car at the line. I dunno.

But I seem to remember seeing that a Mustang set a record on the radials and I think he was using a manual trans as well.

I dunno. I don't want to sacrifice the street manners, but I am tempted a little to try the bias plys one time.

Or are there other drag radials that I should look at?
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The M/T radials are the best ones out there. If you want to try a bias ply tire, use the Hoosier Quick Time Pro. They are a little more stable than the M/T ET streets. They will be nothing like the drag radial though.
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The M/T radials are the best ones out there. If you want to try a bias ply tire, use the Hoosier Quick Time Pro. They are a little more stable than the M/T ET streets. They will be nothing like the drag radial though.

Yeah, I've been seeing a lot of cars running the QuickTime Pros. I think I may give them a shot.

I was reading an article about M/T Tires in a mag, they had the M/T tech guy explain some things. He basically said that the ET radials were faster than the ol ET Streets, but that they were finicky, especially on a stick car, or a car with a less-than-sorted-out chassis. My car is both of those things. Which would explain why it didn't hook all that great with the radials.

I think I might try the QuickTime Pros. I wonder how much wear you get from a set of them on the street?
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They will wear out quicker than the ET streets. One thing I noticed with the biased ply tires is that if you spin the tires, they will eventually hook up under power. With the radials, you need to get off the throttle and stop the tires from spinning and then get back on the throttle.
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I plan to take my car there this coming Friday for the grudge night. I am hoping to break into the 8's.
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