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Anyone run BFG Drag radials on their road racer?

I'm thinking of getting a set of BFG G-force drag radials in 295/35/18 for the rear of my stang. I was wondering what the lateral handling ability of these tires would be. Anyone run these?


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It is not a good idea to run a drag radial on a road course. The spongy side wall will make conditions unsafe.


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I heard alot of poeple ran the nitto 555R before the 555RII came out.

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Yes, but the 555R is not a BFG. In the 17" size, the Nitto has a much stiffer side wall. Two seasons ago I used a 555RII front tire and 555R rear tire for autox. It was a pretty good combo. The 555R is a good tire for autox, but for open track I still think it is a little mushy. I tried that combo at Lime Rock and found it worked ok, but I was just a novice back then and really didn't put too much heat or stress into the tires.

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So you're going to have this high traction tire in the rear and what in the front? Sounds like understeer to me.....

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I have run my MT dr's on a road course and i've autox'd in them. It's not a good idea imo....
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So you're going to have this high traction tire in the rear and what in the front? Sounds like understeer to me.....
I'm running Falken Z-rated in the front. I can live with the understeer, truth be told its a street car. Just wondering if these tires have any proven handling ability (aired up of course). I want to know wether it will be safe to push them (lateraly) on the street, or should I just treat them like a bias drag slick.

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I have run my MT dr's on a road course and i've autox'd in them. It's not a good idea imo....
Didn't handle so well?

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It's not really about grip and handling with DRs and road courses. It's about the sidewalls. Tires with soft sidewalls tend to roll over onto their sidewalls under the extreme cornering conditions of open track and auto-x. That's not a good thing. It happens mostly with the front tires. I've never heard of the rear tires on a Mustang rolling over but I guess anything is possible.

If you're pushing hard enough to roll your tires over on the street, I'm glad I don't live in your neighborhood.
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So basically they would only be a handling hinderence in extreme cornering situations where the tire might roll.


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Yeah, I know there's some dynamics involved, but if you think about it, it's mostly the front tires that are turning sideways (and rolling over), the rears are just pushing them along.
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Freakin' DP.

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Freakin' TP.

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I was one of those racing with 555R's 3-4 years ago they were way better than most "street" tires. I think you'll be OK because they are the "G-Force" variety with only a 35 series sidewall. Besides I see a lot of Z-06's with those tires and I'm sure they don't slow down for offramps.

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On the street they'll be better than your normal street tires as long as you put enough air in them (30+ psi) and mount them on a wide enough rim- probably need around 11" for decent handling.

Keep them off the road courses though- they'll overheat real quick.
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