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Old 05-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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DOT drag radials???

Hey guys,

I just took my car out to the drag strip for the first time earlier today (48 degrees outside and very windy). She actually ran pretty decent times considering how slippery the track was! My 60' times sucked a$$!!! 2.10 was my best 60' foot time (on stock P-Zeros) with a run of 13.08 at 111 mph. I'm pretty happy with the mph!! I NEED drag radials! I talked to a bunch of guys at the strip and I would like your advice. I do not want anything too agressive as I don't plan to live at the strip, but I'd sure like to get her into the mid to upper 12's, and now I know that's possible!!

I'd also like your thoughts on the best place to buy these drag radials with rims so I can trade them out here at home before I actually drive out to the track. The track is an hour drive from where I live. I'm perfectly fine with used and don't really care what the rims look like, but I have no idea where to even start looking. I realize that I could buy brand new stuff, but that is not necessary, and I'd rather not break the bank. I only plan to drag race it a few times a summer.

Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 05-11-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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I bought an extra set of wheels and had Nitto 555s put on the front and 555r drag radials put on the back. I got them at Discount Tire. It was a little over $1250 out the door.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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I bought an extra set of wheels and had Nitto 555s put on the front and 555r drag radials put on the back. I got them at Discount Tire. It was a little over $1250 out the door.
OUCH!! THat's what I was afraid of. Ok, thanks man
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:57 PM   #4
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If you watch in the members classifieds you should easily be able to find something for a decent price. The 18" Z06 wheels seem to be the popular choice that doesn't break the bank.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
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You can leave front as is. Used go for 600-800 usually for 18" rears
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:07 PM   #6
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Drag radials will get you in the 12's

You should probably be careful if you do this, there is a large risk of breaking drivetrain parts. Having an automatic trans helps.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:56 PM   #7
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If you watch in the members classifieds you should easily be able to find something for a decent price. The 18" Z06 wheels seem to be the popular choice that doesn't break the bank.
Perfect. Thanks man!
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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Summit racing has Mickey Thompsons that will fit your stock 20in wheels. They're about $450 apiece.
I appreciate that, but I'm really looking to get a completely different set of rear wheels/tires.

Thanks though
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #9
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Hey guys,

I just took my car out to the drag strip for the first time earlier today (48 degrees outside and very windy). She actually ran pretty decent times considering how slippery the track was! My 60' times sucked a$$!!! 2.10 was my best 60' foot time (on stock P-Zeros) with a run of 13.08 at 111 mph. I'm pretty happy with the mph!! I NEED drag radials! I talked to a bunch of guys at the strip and I would like your advice. I do not want anything too agressive as I don't plan to live at the strip, but I'd sure like to get her into the mid to upper 12's, and now I know that's possible!!

I'd also like your thoughts on the best place to buy these drag radials with rims so I can trade them out here at home before I actually drive out to the track. The track is an hour drive from where I live. I'm perfectly fine with used and don't really care what the rims look like, but I have no idea where to even start looking. I realize that I could buy brand new stuff, but that is not necessary, and I'd rather not break the bank. I only plan to drag race it a few times a summer.

Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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What mods do you currently have? That trap speed is high.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:01 PM   #10
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Drag radials will get you in the 12's

You should probably be careful if you do this, there is a large risk of breaking drivetrain parts. Having an automatic trans helps.
Yeah, good point. That was the other reason for posting this. I wanted to hear which tires you guys like and why? I'm probably not going to be a hard-core drag racer, but I'd like to get into the mid 12's without tearing apart my rear end. I really don't plan to go all that often, which is why I'm trying to get this relatively cheap.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:02 PM   #11
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If you watch in the members classifieds you should easily be able to find something for a decent price. The 18" Z06 wheels seem to be the popular choice that doesn't break the bank.
Dumb question, but I assume that means the 18" Z06 rims are the same bolt pattern as our cars? What other makes/models will work? Will a 4th gen Camaro work?

Thanks again!
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I have a set of Nitto NT05's on mine and so far I like them and I think I paid $550 for the set. I am no pro at the track and on my second time at the track I ran a 12.89.

What track did you go to? I have been to Kaukauna and Great Lakes Dragway. I see your 225 miles from me and not familiar with tracks in your area.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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Dumb question, but I assume that means the 18" Z06 rims are the same bolt pattern as our cars? What other makes/models will work? Will a 4th gen Camaro work?

Thanks again!
Yup.
Anything with the right bolt pattern and correct offset for the wheel width will work. There's so much info already posted on here, if you do a search using the right key words and read and read and read.....you'll find what you're looking for. I just did a quick search for Z06 in thread titles and found LOTS of threads.
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I put Forgestar 18 for strip with Mickey Thompson on them.
Got rims off of Nineballer here on Camaro 5. Great looking rims.
Got the tires from Summit right at $200 per tire. You go with that set up you won't spin.
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If u can get a 18" with a Mickey on it do it! Yes keep an I on the classifieds. TSW or Forgestars r not badly priced if u want new wheels. Nittos 555r's might put less strain on the drivetrain though.
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I put Forgestar 18 for strip with Mickey Thompson on them.
Got rims off of Nineballer here on Camaro 5. Great looking rims.
Got the tires from Summit right at $200 per tire. You go with that set up you won't spin.
What size on the tire?
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What mods do you currently have? That trap speed is high.
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Not too bad for a L99 and stock tires
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I have a set of Nitto NT05's on mine and so far I like them and I think I paid $550 for the set. I am no pro at the track and on my second time at the track I ran a 12.89.

What track did you go to? I have been to Kaukauna and Great Lakes Dragway. I see your 225 miles from me and not familiar with tracks in your area.
Rock Falls Raceway near Eau Claire, WI. Our cars have very similar mods and even the same (awesome) color. Nice!!!
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Yup.
Anything with the right bolt pattern and correct offset for the wheel width will work. There's so much info already posted on here, if you do a search using the right key words and read and read and read.....you'll find what you're looking for. I just did a quick search for Z06 in thread titles and found LOTS of threads.
Cool. Thanks!!
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If u can get a 18" with a Mickey on it do it! Yes keep an I on the classifieds. TSW or Forgestars r not badly priced if u want new wheels. Nittos 555r's might put less strain on the drivetrain though.
Good advice. Thanks! I want to stick, don't get me wrong, but its actually more important not to tear apart my car.
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SCT tune from Jannetty
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Borla Atak axle back

Not too bad for a L99 and stock tires
I ran 12.4 at 113 with those mods on stock Pirellis in 2009. Sounds like a little more tweaking on your launch and you'll be fine. Best 60' I was able to get was 1.8
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I ran 12.4 at 113 with those mods on stock Pirellis in 2009. Sounds like a little more tweaking on your launch and you'll be fine. Best 60' I was able to get was 1.8
Wow! You wanna come and race mine, because I have no idea how you were able to get a 1.8 on these stock tires? Any pointers. Please!!! Granted, it was really cold and windy today. You are clearly the better driver.

Teach me!!! For the love of GOD, teach me!

Seriously though. Any words of advice?

Thanks man!
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J knows more than me. How is the track prep? Take some air out and practice.
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With almost the same mods I went from a 13.04 to a 12.37 with just MT Drag radials on 18 inch rims. Cost me $1200 mounted, balanced and shipped to my door. I had the same problem with traction (manual trans) and bad 60ft times. I know I could have spent more time tweaking the launch technique and tire psi. But i work weekends and have kids so I can't get to track often. Also friday night track prep is horrible.
Keep your eye on the used wheel/tire sections. One week after i received mine, a set of z06 wheels and drag radials sold for like $600.
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Wow! You wanna come and race mine, because I have no idea how you were able to get a 1.8 on these stock tires? Any pointers. Please!!! Granted, it was really cold and windy today. You are clearly the better driver.

Teach me!!! For the love of GOD, teach me!

Seriously though. Any words of advice?

Thanks man!
It was prob about 45 out when I went. Maybe upper 40's tops. All I did was drop the air pressure into the low 20's, burned out just long enough to see a wisp of smoke and left at about 1000-1100 rpms. Nothing to difficult. Prob took about 4/5 passes to start cutting 1.8's. The car made 368/ 385 back then.

Make sure both the T/C and Stabilitrak are off.
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