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Bloose
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posted 01-11-2003 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alright, I need some guidence here. I need to know what size rear slicks to run on my Fairlane. The tires will mostly be for track duty but I want them to be DOT approved so I can drive to the track if needed.

I have my eye on the Hosier QT, QT pro, MT ET Streets, and BFG Drag T/A. The biggest question is really size. I have a lot of gear so height is not a problem as long as they fit in the car. Something on the taller side would be good. I have been leaning toward the 275/60-R15 BFG but don't have any clue what fits and what don't. I also need help to figure back spacing for the rims. I would like to get something going in the next week or two.

Let me know what hits and what fits guys.

Thanks,
B-loose

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-11-2003 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't help you with street tires.
If you want to get some "real" slicks then I can help you with sizes as I have had several 68-69 Torino's.

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Bloose
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posted 01-11-2003 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What would be the difference in sizes between "Real" slicks and "Street" slicks? The tires I run don't NEED to be DOT approved I just would like not to have to haul tires to the track and change them before and after racing. If a "Real" tire of a certain size fits then I don't see why the "Fake" equivalent wouldn't fit too.

If you know what fits I would appriciate the help.

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Dave_C
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posted 01-11-2003 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Real" slicks are sized by their actual tread width. The DOT tires are sized by the section width.

EX: a 28X10 real slick will be 28" tall with a 10" tread. Section width (the widest part of the sidewall ) would be around 12.5". So it's actually about the same size as as a 28 X 12.50 DOT legal tire, even thought the DOT tire looks bigger on paper.

My 33 X 16.5 Hoosiers would be listed as a 33X19 if they were labeled like the "Fake" tires.

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Bloose
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posted 01-11-2003 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So then, if someone knows which "Real" tires fit it wouldn't be to hard to figure what "fake" tires would then fit too.

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-12-2003 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A M/T 9 x 28 x 14 on a 14 x 7 wheel will fit.
A M/T 8.5 x 26 x 15 on a 15 x 7 wheel will fit.
A Goodyear 9 x 28 x 15 on a 7 inch wheel will fit.
All these will fit with no modifications.

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Alex Denysenko
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Bloose
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posted 01-12-2003 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Alex. Do you know what back spacing I should use on the 15x7 rims with the 9x28-15 tires?

Thanks,
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posted 01-12-2003 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
3.75 or 4 inch will work.

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Alex Denysenko
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posted 01-12-2003 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Alex.

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