Best Front Match With Rear DOT Drag Radials

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  1. Steve73GS

    Steve73GS Well-Known Member

    Plan on running drag radials in the rear and was wondering what the best combo for front tires would be...looking for what everyone is running, suggestions and recommendations. Mostly street use with occasional track. Thanks.

    Steve
     
  2. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    Are you going to run skinnies or full size front?
     
  3. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    The last tires I was running Nitto tires NT555 G2 255/45/17 - NT555 R 315/55/17. I liked the BFG 255/45/17 front and M&H 325/45/17 a lot better...
     
  4. Steve73GS

    Steve73GS Well-Known Member

    Will run full size front and want to stay with 15" rims. Plan to run MT 325/50 r15 in rear. I run Nitto's on my trucks and like them but they don't make 15"s
     
  5. Mart

    Mart '71 350 GS, almost stock

    I like square sidewalls with full tread footprint on the pavement. 255-60's on 8" rears, 27.05 tall, 215-70's on 7" fronts, 26.85 tall.
    They will never rub over bumps or hard cornering.
    I also hate to see rub (does not fit) marks on sidewalls or tread at car shows.....have seen too many rubbing 275's.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
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  6. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    215 70 15's on 5in and 6in rims, not much to be had et performance wise over your standard front tires tho
     
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  7. Golden Oldie 65

    Golden Oldie 65 Well-Known Member

    x2. And I always run 50psi in them at the track. Probably doesn't help but certainly doesn't hurt.
     
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  8. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    I run 275-50-15 MT DR's on 15x8 Buick rallys and regular 245-60-15 BFG TA's on the front on 15x7 rallys
    Im not near fast enough to need skinnies on the front:eek:
     
  9. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    My DR's on the 15x8's IMG_3390.JPG
     
  10. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    On my 73 I ran a taller 235/70/15 on the front with the 275/15 drag radials on the rear.My front rims were 15x7 rally rims rears were 15x8..I didn't like the idea of narrow smaller tire on such a heavy car.Mine was a 350 4 speed and weighed 4200 lbs. I edited as I was mistaken and looked at what I have in my garage.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  11. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    Looks like a nice fit Mark......
     
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  12. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Thank you, the 275's are the widest recommended for an 8" as a matter of fact, when I took the wheels to Summit to buy and have 'em mount the MT's they checked to make sure 275's were ok on an 8" wheel.
    All was good:cool:
    Some run 295's on 8" wheels, but the sidewall is sucked in which rolls the tread instead of being flat across the surface.
     
  13. Mart

    Mart '71 350 GS, almost stock

    I'm one of those that go with the widest rim width vs the narrowest that might be just ok. I would want 9" rims on a 275, 10" on 295's.
    Your tread footprint would be full width.
     
  14. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    I run the 325/50/15’s in the back,and just got a set of MT radials for the front. I run a 4” front rim,and I wanted something 27-28” tall in the front,to help match the rear,and full the fenderwell up. I don’t care for the 25-26” tall tires on these cars. I had been running a 195/75/15,which is fairly obsolete now. My new ones are 27x6x15.
    I plan on running the same rear tires on my 70,but I think I will go with a slightly wider rim & tire in the front of that.
     
  15. Steve73GS

    Steve73GS Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the responses. Was narrowing down to 325/50/15 or 295/55/15 rear on 10's and 235/70/15 front on 7's so basically have a height match and agree taller gives a better look.

    Brian,
    Which car are you running the 325's on? Any issue with rubbing in the back? Modify suspension?

    Nasty,
    I also have a 73. Any rubbing issue with the 235/70/15 on the front? Modify suspension?

    Steve
     
  16. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    Nasty,
    I also have a 73. Any rubbing issue with the 235/70/15 on the front? Modify suspension?

    Steve[/QUOTE]


    No rub at all.Stock,ols OEM suspension except front and rear coils were replaced. I had them on 15x7 Dog dish rims as well.My rears were BFG TA 295/55 15 on 15x10 dog dish rims 5 inch back spacing as well..There are pictures somewhere on here of it.. 1928773_50791856673_2218_n.jpg
     
  17. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    The 325’s are on a 70 and 72. There are zero modifications to the wheel well or wheel houses. You must have 5.5” backspace to make it work,and you need to reduce or eliminate any excess bodyroll that a 45-year car would have. They only clearance issue I had was with my 3” Torque Tech tailpipes. I have them tucked up real tight to the body and frame,and the sidewall of the tire was very close to running where the tail kicked tonyhe outside of the frame. I massaged that area of the pipe with a block of wood and a mallet. Just ovalized it a bit.
    These are also with stock rear drum brakes. Any rear disc brakes will push the wheels slightly outboard due to the thicker rotor hats. 5.75” backspace would be ideal for this,but that would require a custom wheel.
     
  18. Steve73GS

    Steve73GS Well-Known Member

    Thanks Brian and Nasty. What B/S did you use on the 235"s in the front Nasty?

    Steve
     
  19. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    The dog dish and Rally wheels were both 15x7 with the stock back spacing 4 3/4 perhaps. I can't find the pictures of the drag radials on it though.
     
  20. Steve73GS

    Steve73GS Well-Known Member

    10/4. Tks
     

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