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Skinny radials?

Whats everyone doing for radials on 15x3.5" rims?

Ive always run bias ply's on my bigs/lils but im going radials this time, looking at Hoosier 275/50's but dont know what to do about the front...

I know the little VW tires, 165/85 Nexen's or Kumho's are popular, but do yall really trust them at speed?


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Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R 26x6R15 is what i'm using. I have ran the pep boys tires in the past but now that i'm alittle older I wouldn't go back to a cheap front tire.


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i saw MT had a radial skinny too, and thought about em... i would be more comfortable at speed with them over generic 165's.

How do they fit the 3.5" rim?
Reason i ask is because M&H also makes a front skinny radial, but they list it as needing like 5-6" rims. Say they are 185's

Ive been running 26x7.50 Sportsman bias', and they are still like new basically, but i dont wanna mix them with radial rear tires...

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The Bias ply fronts will be fine with the radial rears. x275 guys are using them with no issues.

I have the new MT SR fronts and they are nice but very big $$ switched from VW fronts

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rocking the Kumhos, I aint scared. LOL

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NHRA wouldn't let you run those 155's and 165's if they had any history of failure.
Tire speed ratings are based on sustained running, not a 1/4 mile shot.
I wouldn't run crazy speeds with them, however.
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Check the load rating on any skinny tire you plan to use. If you have a 3200lbs car with 54% of the weight on the front (1728LBS). Each front tire must comfortably support 864lbs. Give yourself some margin for error and get a tire with a higher load rating. Skinny front tire are pretty cheap. I would change them out every 2-3 years to be on the safe side. I had the tread come off an old skinny on the highway at 65MPH, and that was scary enough. I can't imagine how much fun that would be at 110+ MPH.

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I run Kumho Power Star 758 165/80/15 tires that have a 87T rating.
(87 = 1201lbs and T = 118mph rating.)
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M&H speed rated radial, dont run those bull#### vw tires!
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In running nexen tires on my car.

Debating on if I should run bias ply front runners or not.


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skinny tire failures at the track usually happen on decell, when the weight transfers forward
on my 65 VW I had years ago, I had 115/15s on the front, but that was definetly unsafe at speed. I also never seen a tire that small on a car since then

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I had a nexon tire blow out and ended up repairing a fender and was thankful I didn't lose a wheel. This was while driving at a comfortable 65 mph. Can't imagine if it happened at the track. Real skinnies are also lighter and can handle heavier loads. The advice above about gettin tires that can handle the correct weight is dead on.

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I'd def rather use the MT SRs or M&H skinnies, or my current MT Sportsman bias ply's

anyone have pics of 3.5" wheels with the SRs or M&H 185s??

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I had a nexon tire blow out and ended up repairing a fender and was thankful I didn't lose a wheel. This was while driving at a comfortable 65 mph. Can't imagine if it happened at the track. Real skinnies are also lighter and can handle heavier loads. The advice above about gettin tires that can handle the correct weight is dead on.
Same thing happened to my friend in his 03 Cobra. Riding down I10 one day......BOOM front skinny blew, off into the median he went. I was in another friend's 03 Cobra when it blew a tire at 130 (slowing down from 140), but it kept air in the tire, the tread cap blew off. It destroyed his front bumper too.

Cobras are pretty nose heavy but still. I have had a cheap 215 separate on me before in my Z28, nothing like driving on your rim after a tire beats your fender all to hell and back.

S rated tires suck.

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I run Kumho Power Star 758 165/80/15 tires that have a 87T rating.
(87 = 1201lbs and T = 118mph rating.)
^^ The Nexen has the exact same rating

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I run Kumho Power Star 758 165/80/15 tires that have a 87T rating.
(87 = 1201lbs and T = 118mph rating.)
I'm running the same tires on mine....seem to be okay so far. Pretty sure it's 1201 at 30psi.

what air pressure are people running them at?
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I swear I think my nexens are at 40psi


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Mine are Kumho 771's and say 86T, 1168lbs @ 32psi
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Mine are Kumho 771's and say 86T, 1168lbs @ 32psi

how wide are the tires

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well in the end it didnt matter anyways...

After a decent conversation with Hoosier yesterday he talked me out of radials, so im staying bias ply for now.

Ive had ET Street bias' and M&H (which i loved), but ima try the QTP's this time, 26x11.50 15's. I like the fact they get more tread width per section width so lets hope i like em.

Anyways, becauese of that im just keeping my Sportsmans up front

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I have been looking for 185R80-15's. (I've never run skinny tires.) After reading this thread, I started thinking it would be smarter to get the M/T Sportsman S/R tires. They seem safer. But now I see the M/T's are only rated at 990 lbs. each. Mickey Thompson 6652 - Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R Tires - Overview - SummitRacing.com I yam confused. Those 185's sure are cheaper, but I don't know if my life insurance will pay out for being stupid.
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how wide are the tires
they are 165's
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I've had no problems with 165r15 tires on my race cars. At one point I did have a Moroso DS2 24" tire up front, but after I wrecked and got the new car I haven't spent the money on new front runners. 165s on the car right now and its been [email protected] mph. I don't get hard on the brakes on the big end since there is plenty of room to slow down. I do plan to get a real front runner tire on it this year though as I do feel I'm pushing my luck a bit.

The moroso's were great when running a 28x10.5 ET Drag on the rear. They got rid of the moving around on the big end.

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