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nw15
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted October 05, 2004 02:32 PM  
what r the best dot radial tires out there. what r the fast guys using

FlyNLoIMCA17
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posted October 05, 2004 05:25 PM  
When I had to run DOT tires I ran Good Year Wingfoots. 275-60's They durometered pretty good. They were kinda pricey though. I ran those on the RR RF and LF and on the LR I ran a BF Goodrich 255-60 for my stagger. It worked well.

racer17j
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posted October 05, 2004 06:29 PM  
hoosier used to make a dot tire that worked good Still might be able to find some out there I would try Smilies racing Products www.smileysracing.com we ran them at 14 to 18 psi and they bite good and dint peel off thick sidewalls.

bobaluuu
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 474
posted October 05, 2004 07:53 PM  
those aren't radials and hoozier has pulled the dot designation off their dirt bozz bias tire

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BIGDADDYBOZ
Dirt Freak

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posted October 05, 2004 08:08 PM  
Around here guys that run the street tires on Pro Am use Coper Cobras and like them.

crew42tx
Dirt Full Roller

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posted October 05, 2004 08:20 PM  
the coopers are pretty hard they have a tread wear of 440 wich is what most 275/60's have. the b.f.g. t/a has a tread wear of 400 or 380. the softest 275/60 i've found is a b.f.g. excentra i think it has a tread wear of 360 or 380 they are pretty expensive but you can get them at wal-mart around here. Hooser did have a street radial we ran them until they were too hard to come across and these others are softer anyway.

nw15x
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 129
posted October 05, 2004 09:16 PM  
i put the durometer on a set of goodyear gt4's and they came in at around 80. Does anyone have any duro numbers on some of the tires mentioned

shadowsarge
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted October 06, 2004 05:32 AM  
Around here the hot ticket lately is the Dayton Daytonas. Seem to grip really well. Monte Carlo that runs here was running away from the rest of the field one night and was running Daytons, by the next week several others had made the switch. He's still very fast but several others stay with him now.

maniac motors
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted October 06, 2004 06:33 AM  
in the northeast we use cooper cobras(the fast cars do anyway)we were restricted to 70 series tire 235 max width

rico 08
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posted October 06, 2004 07:06 AM  
I saw some guys running cyclone brand tires,very soft for a street tire..not sure who makes them.

Speedway65
Dirt Freak

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posted October 07, 2004 06:12 AM  
We run the Dayton Daytonas and have had great luck with them.Alot of guys up here run the Hankook Mileage Plus.

ChityBang2
Dirt Newbie

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posted October 07, 2004 07:57 AM  
I was running the Futura Super Sport GLS from Pep Boys and did really good. Soft and comes with warranties!

te33
Dirt Freak

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posted October 07, 2004 01:34 PM  
uniroyal tiger paws,275-60's.untreated,68,treated,well it was softer,thats all i'll say!

0six
Dirt Full Roller

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posted October 07, 2004 03:51 PM  
we run lemans-sr from firestone most of them punch around 50 off the shelf. i have had some as low as 47 off the shelf. dont be fooled a high treadwear # dosent allways mean hard tire. there are a lot of things calculated into treadwear. the lemans-sr is the softest tire i have found yet, and has a 500 treadwear

bobaluuu
Dirt Freak

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posted October 07, 2004 07:00 PM  
and if you guys beileve the front runners arent softening their street tires, then I have some special heavy gravel for sale to use as ballast at $10 a bag.

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Whitelightning
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 429
posted October 07, 2004 11:12 PM  
been running cooper cobras and tiger paw gts and like them both. All the front runners around here are on cooper cobras but who knows it could be a bad case of monkey see, monkey do. Lol

nw15
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted October 08, 2004 10:05 AM  
Sounds like coopers are the most popular....do you anything to get the tires preped or do you just bolt them on and go. I have seen some guys shave down the tires before use...is that really necessary

RACEYOU4IT
Dirt Newbie

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posted October 08, 2004 02:18 PM  
I tryed Coopers, Mastercraft, Uniroyle, Dayton and Lemans this year. I really liked the Lemans sr but the Dayton was really good also.

nw15x
Dirt Maniac

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posted October 11, 2004 02:43 PM  
bump

FlyNLoIMCA17
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posted October 11, 2004 11:54 PM  
I don't think its necessary to shave down the tread (called tru-ing the tire) I never did it to mine and I won races. I have heard of asphalt racers doing that in my area, because the height of the tread would make the tire roll over more. Makes sense but I don't see it as necessary.

racin fool
Dirt Roller

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posted November 08, 2004 06:16 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by FlyNLoIMCA17:
I don't think its necessary to shave down the tread (called tru-ing the tire) I never did it to mine and I won races. I have heard of asphalt racers doing that in my area, because the height of the tread would make the tire roll over more. Makes sense but I don't see it as necessary.

i see alot of people running mastercrafts and cooper cobras shaved down and grooved on dirt


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streetstock82
Dirt Forum Racer

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posted November 08, 2004 07:51 PM  
poske's still carries dot approved hoosiers

racin fool
Dirt Roller

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posted November 14, 2004 06:32 PM  
how much a tire do you know???


bobaluuu
Dirt Freak

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posted November 14, 2004 06:53 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by streetstock82:
poske's still carries dot approved hoosiers

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not radials/bias ply only

deegan01
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted November 18, 2004 06:40 AM  


 
the tire to run wis a winston winner g/t very soft and comes in all the popular sizes not to expensive either

racin fool
Dirt Roller

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posted November 18, 2004 06:10 PM  
is that what you run ?


deegan01
Dirt Roller

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posted November 18, 2004 06:51 PM  
yea they hook up better then any one ive tried

nw15x
Dirt Maniac

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posted November 18, 2004 08:17 PM  
how soft are the winstons...i poked a few cobras and they came in between 68-72.

deegan01
Dirt Roller

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posted November 19, 2004 12:44 PM  
im not sure exactly what they duro at ive run both and the winstons are softer then the cobras the only thing is i get 1/2 the life out of the winstons vs cobras

hughes
Dirt Maniac

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posted November 19, 2004 12:47 PM  
what store sells the winston.

deegan01
Dirt Roller

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posted November 21, 2004 09:41 AM  
american tire distributors is where i get em its a nation wide distributor you should have a warehouse near you whereevr you are

racin fool
Dirt Roller

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posted November 21, 2004 03:31 PM  
an yall are ouncching hard on the durometer we run about 50 and 60 sometimes 40

bigcitycowboy
Dirt Forum Racer

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posted December 09, 2004 06:34 PM  
out here in california, most the street stocks started out using the cooper cobras, but found that they will get really hard after running them. i , most the other cars have now switched to kelly chargers. seem to stay softer than the cobras. i run 255/60/15 on all execpt LR, which is a 245/60/15. some guys are now starting to run the 70 series tire. hope it helps.

racin fool
Dirt Roller

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posted December 12, 2004 07:57 PM  
what do most of yalls guys rules say you have to punch on the durometer


nw15x
Dirt Maniac

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posted December 14, 2004 11:22 AM  
i have also started to see more kelly chargers at the track...does anyone know what they duro at

john demartino
Dirt Roller

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posted December 14, 2004 12:18 PM  
I have worked at a tire store for 7 years and have tried many tires for dirt track. Depending on what you want the tire to do and what kind of track condition you run on is how to pick a tire for each corner of your car. One thing is softer is not always better. Cutting the tread down on a tire makes the tire hold less heat and trues up the tire. Just because the front runner have a certain tire on there car it may not be the right one for you or your driving style A tire that is harder but stays consistant thruout the whole race might be better. Ive seen soft tires on the right front of a car be fast at the begining of the race and fall off so bad at the end that the car had a bad push.

nw15x
Dirt Maniac

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posted December 14, 2004 06:31 PM  
on a street radial tire i will take the softest tire i can find on all 4 corners

racin fool
Dirt Roller

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posted December 14, 2004 07:12 PM  
well i mean when you go to one of these big money races for lets say 10,000 to win for a super street car and they say any street tire you can get on a 8inch wheel and a bunch of people pull in with cooper cobras and lemans and mastercrafts and certain tires like that and then some wheelman shows up and wins the thing them boys that were running those lemans and cooper cobras and mastercrafts are going to show up next time with the same tire that wheelman had on his car when he won i mean they think well hes a rocketship on those tires well why dont we try em

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ko99
Dirt Roller

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posted December 23, 2004 09:01 PM  
A few of the hobby stock drivers around here are using the Kelly Springfield Platinum when the tracks get dry slick seems to work very well . Other then that Copper cobras are on about ever car.

Dunbar
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted December 24, 2004 05:10 PM  
i bought a set of 255/70/15 winston winner gt's and after i mounted the tires they was smaller than all of my other 255/70/15's so i didnt buy anotherset. which also i could never get my car to hook up with em. but now i run mastercraft avenger gt 255/60/15

M1
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted December 25, 2004 11:26 AM  
anyone ever tried those goofy tires with walnut shells imbedded in the tread? I think it might actually work on a dry slick, but who knows. They are REALLY soft, but they feel like sand paper...weird stuff..

    

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