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GtoGuy32
Cochise

USA
842 Posts

Posted - 29 May 2016 :  11:14:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My BF Goodrich Radial TA tires are terrible for traction.

I like the look of the white letter tires, but want something with more traction like the Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials.

Any suggestions out there?

67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 30 May 2016 :  01:26:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mickey Thompson ET Streets,and a bottle of white out.

If you have a stick car,use the MT ET Street bias ply.

Go for traction,not looks,JMO.


71' GTO Original 400 M20 3.23 posi
13.95@102.1 MPH on street tires

Edited by - 67drake on 30 May 2016 01:28:19 AM
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GtoGuy32
Cochise

USA
842 Posts

Posted - 30 May 2016 :  09:37:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 67drake

Mickey Thompson ET Streets,and a bottle of white out.

If you have a stick car,use the MT ET Street bias ply.

Go for traction,not looks,JMO.



Hi Drake, points well taken. I do run the et street bias ply on the track and did see a huge improvement over the ET street radial there. They are not good for the street IMO. I wanted to get some tires that I could still hammer it on the street without breaking them loose so easily. I am in the perfect storm of lots of torque, lots of gear, and crappy tires. They are decent size though, 275-60-15.

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Steve C.
Crazy Horse

1672 Posts

Posted - 30 May 2016 :  09:57:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"I wanted to get some tires that I could still hammer it on the street without breaking them loose so easily."

Nitto NT555R Drag Radial. Unfortunately the sizes are limited in 15-inch only.
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cortcomp
Coyote

USA
5335 Posts

Posted - 30 May 2016 :  12:36:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit cortcomp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"Mickey Thompson ET Streets,and a bottle of white out"

I had a vingtage bike i did this to with white-outline letters on with enamel. Amazingly, it lasted for years and years, even after the bike left outside in the winter for two seasons. It always looked factory. I was amazed and thought i'd have to touch it up like 2x a season. It looked great on the bike.
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GtoGuy32
Cochise

USA
842 Posts

Posted - 30 May 2016 :  9:24:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
About 2 years ago I tried the duplicator white letter paint and the stuff lasted for about a day before it faded and flaked.

What paints specifically have you guys used?

I found some glue on options on this site:

https://www.tirestickers.com/consumer/

A guy I know did this to his tires and they turned out really nice, surprisingly. He wound up sanding the other branding marks off the tires and glued on some Goodyear logos.

These guys have BF Goodrich Radial TA letters...how ghetto would it be to sand off Mickey Thompson or some other brand and glue on radial TA to match my front tires?

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cortcomp
Coyote

USA
5335 Posts

Posted - 30 May 2016 :  9:44:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit cortcomp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Eh, no one would know but you...go for it!
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421 Bird
Tribal Scout

USA
29 Posts

Posted - 07 Oct 2016 :  2:40:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have the Nitto NT555R Drag Radials on my car, and they grip really well on the street. I used to run Radial TA's, and they spun anytime I got on the throttle.
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Blued and Painted
Chief PONTIAC

USA
3404 Posts

Posted - 07 Oct 2016 :  10:53:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 421 Bird

I used to run Radial TA's, and they spun anytime I got on the throttle.
Less stress on the drive train. More smoke leaving the DQ. I dont see the down side on the street.


Bull Nose Formula/ 461/ Q-Jet/
TH400/ 3.08 8.5 / R44TS.
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421 Bird
Tribal Scout

USA
29 Posts

Posted - 12 Oct 2016 :  3:03:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It depends on what you are looking for in a tire. Sometimes I would rather feel the power, than see it in smoke.
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Phil
The Great White Buffalo

USA
7214 Posts

Posted - 12 Oct 2016 :  3:53:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did you guys ever notice how paint sticks to anything you don't want it to? Like, if you were painting your letters on your tires and spilled a little on the concrete driveway. The next day the paint came off the tires but the paint stain in the driveway was there for 20 years.

Bowties are for Pee-wee Herman. "Chevy": even the name sounds cheap, but not as cheap as your Pontiac will be with an LS transplant.
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cortcomp
Coyote

USA
5335 Posts

Posted - 12 Oct 2016 :  4:25:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit cortcomp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Same with overspray. Paint does ok on what you're painting, but what you weren't painting, permanently coated.
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