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Old 10-21-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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Thinking about a weld rts drag setup

Im thinking about selling my current rims and tires and buying a set of 17" weld rts with 10" wide rears and 4.5" fronts. First of all i dont put more than a few thousand miles on this car a year. Im trying to decide if i should do this and if i do what brand and size tires to run. 28 or 26"? M/T et streets or m&h anything else available? I think the 17" rim nittos or hoosiers are only like 25" tall? And which front tires bias ply or radial. I know you shouldnt run bias rear with radial fronts but can you the other way around? I just want the best of all three worlds if there is such a thing. Price/ longevity/and performance. And looks i guess
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28" tall


MT ET streets or M&H. Both are good

Bias up front is fine.

Pro stock John is a weld dealer. Hit him up.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:30 PM   #3
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MT ET streets or M&H. Both are good

Bias up front is fine.

Pro stock John is a weld dealer. Hit him up.
^^this! You can run either the 26" or the 28" MT DR. A few of us Bolt On Only guys ran the shorter tire to gain some gearing but you will be better off with a taller tire and just changing gears if need be. Depending on your combo
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^^this! You can run either the 26" or the 28" MT DR. A few of us Bolt On Only guys ran the shorter tire to gain some gearing but you will be better off with a taller tire and just changing gears if need be. Depending on your combo
He's blown, and a stick car, so im guessing he's just looking for the traction.
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He's blown, and a stick car, so im guessing he's just looking for the traction.
Ahh I missed that! He needs your set up then! 15" conversion!
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:23 PM   #6
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Mh Racemaster bias fronts 28x4.5 front
Mh Racemaster 325/45 17 rear
or U can run the 28" mickey radial front
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I love the Mickey 28x6 radial fronts
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:26 AM   #8
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I run the M/H 325/45 17 on Weld RTs and the Mickey 28 x 6 fronts. Cuts 1.449 60'. If you only like to go in a straight line I guess its an ok street combo. I only use them on the 45 min drive to the track and back.
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What fronts will last longer? The 28" bias m&h or the mickey thompson radials?
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And what are you guys doing about the tpms sensors? Will it hurt anything to just leave them out because even with them in i bet the fronts run at like 50psi and the rears like 28 so they are going to flip out anyway?
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I have the 17x10 & 17x5 Weld RT-S on my car (2010 SS), with M&H 325/45R17 and MT 28x6.00R17LT front radials. These are my ONLY wheels/tires at this point. I don't daily drive my car. Like you, I only put a couple thousand miles per year on my car. But I gotta tell you, unless you have a second set of wheels/tires to run on a normal basis, I really can't recommend this set-up for regular consistent street use. Yes, it handles fine when it is DRY. But I've been caught in the rain a couple times now since moving down here to Florida, and it is just flat out SCARY!!! I couldn't get above 35mph without fishtailing all over the place!!! I know we all say that "I'm not going to drive my car in the rain anyway", but sometimes it's unavoidable!!! Personally, I'm really tired of being scared of the rain, and basing whether or not I'm going to drive my car on the morning weather report. I really thought I was going to start drag racing a lot more than I really do, which I why I bought this set-up. But even now, my car is street-driven 98% of the time. I'm almost to the point of considering selling them, because I want to be able to drive my car whenever I want to....and not be scared of wet roads!!! Unfortunately, because this set-up was so expensive, it's hard to justify to the wife that I need ANOTHER set of wheels/tires. So...not sure what I'm going to do at this point. All I'm saying is that although I LOVE my Welds and drag radials....in reality....they really are impractical for the street (and dangerous on wet roads), so it would be best to keep a "regular" set of wheels/tires on stand-by for street-use. Just my .02 cents.

BTW....I do have TPMS sensors in mine. They work fine, and the sensors don't flip out unless the pressure get below like 28 psi or so, which is still useful.
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As funny as it is and not recommended I run bias ply on the streets full slicks. I don't daily the car but it stays in race mode I've made 2hr trips in them and so far I'm good. Not recommended but drives fine. I did drive it a whole week like that and didn't have any issues. When I had drag radials I made San Antonio trips in them with skinnies up front from Dallas and did just fine. Again not recommended.
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What fronts will last longer? The 28" bias m&h or the mickey thompson radials?
The fronts will last plenty long. I wouldn't worry about it.
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And what are you guys doing about the tpms sensors? Will it hurt anything to just leave them out because even with them in i bet the fronts run at like 50psi and the rears like 28 so they are going to flip out anyway?
I don't run any sensors. Don't have any problems or lights
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As funny as it is and not recommended I run bias ply on the streets full slicks. I don't daily the car but it stays in race mode I've made 2hr trips in them and so far I'm good. Not recommended but drives fine. I did drive it a whole week like that and didn't have any issues. When I had drag radials I made San Antonio trips in them with skinnies up front from Dallas and did just fine. Again not recommended.
Yup. I don't he same thing. No problems skinny up front and a pro 275 in the rear.
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I don't run any sensors. Don't have any problems or lights
How?
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What about lugnuts will stock ones work with the welds?
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Well....running no sensors will never cause a problem but will usually throw a light. With my old tuner I always got the tpms light after a few miles. Then after switching to a more knowledgeable tuner I haven't had a light in about year. Just need to find yourself a tuner and not a salesperson.
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What about lugnuts will stock ones work with the welds?
The stock ones will work bit getting the socket in between the lug and the wheel is tough.

Just grab some tuner lugs.
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I use these T304 lugs with mine. They are a bit expensive, but look great, are incredibly strong, and don't corrode.

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Again? lol.
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Hahahaha!!!! Yep, I know, I've been through this before!!! It's taken me two sets of 17" Welds to realize that they might just be too impractical for me. Wait, that was the same conclusion I came to before!!! Maybe it's just because I have serious wheel committment issues?!?!?!? My current set are the S76's, had S71's before. If (and that's a BIG "if") I decide to sell them, I will probably try to sell them locally first....shipping wheels/tires is a pain in the @$$!!!! But I'll keep you in mind.
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