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    Red face Slick Advantage?

    So took the car to the drags last night.
    Pushed the button twice and Trans in sport mode; roasted the tires, got an embarrassing time.

    Next tried, turned everything back on, Trans in sport mode, got the best time….12.879…
    I am not that impressed…

    My question, could I run slicks and pushing the button twice do better or just running traction control…. and difference?

    Secondary question, if slicks are better what size should I get 8 or 10 inch?

    Are there any problems with when getting hooked up, stuff starts breaking?

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    What was your trap speed?

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    Your trap speed is on target for mid 12's, which is what these cars typically do in stock trim. You either need better track prep or more time behind the wheel. Next time you're spinning them, try a 2nd gear launch with TC off.

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    If you are under 700whp the Mickey Thompson drag radials work great at the track. Mid to high 1.5x 60' are the norm for modded vehicles. Stock auto v2's to stage 1 cars couldn't spin them at all. Hell even the 19" drag radials work very well. All depends on your goals and how often you plan to race. I do prefer straight slicks on the street if $$$$ is on the line. They just don't handle at all but they do hook. What tires are you on now. I've done a couple high 1.78-1.86 on ps2 on my last v when it was only making 530whp. Our drivetrain is well built so don't worry about our rear ends or axles until you break 850-900 hp and then it's really still not a issue.

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    I have the stock radials now.My goal is to be my boss who has a ZL1 camaro. He is all stock with 580 HP. I am hoping the slicks is the only thing I have to do besides a driver race.Your thoughts...?

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    Drag radials is all you need.

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    Your 60 foot time is really bad at well over 2 seconds, you should be under 2 seconds maybe around a 1.85. You lost nearly a 1/2 second on the 60 foot either due to do bad track which was said or not sure if that was the run the traction control was off. With stock tires you want it on and in sport mode, that is where you will see your best times, you should be able to do a 12.5 as long as the DA is ok.

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    What is DA?

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    DA = Density Altitude. You're mph is good for 12.20s easy with hook. You need drag radials
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    Even if you would have squeezed a mediocre 2.0 flat 60' time, that run was a low 12 run...maybe. 12.3X without a doubt. We used to cut 2.0 short times on street tires all the time so it's possible to do with some practice. I wouldn't be too disappointed! And yes, DRs are all you will need. On any grooved tire, be sure to avoid the water!

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    X2 on tires! ran a 12.06 this weekend. I think the car can run high 11s, just need to improve my 60. Only mods are AIRAID and 17 Welds with NITTO 555R.

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    RT has no effect on your ET

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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    Post corrected, Sorry for the confusion but I was talking in general (drag racing). I should have elaborated on what et, rt and what bracket and heads up racing mean. Geeez, tough crowd here!
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    Re: Slick Advantage?

    With just a few tweeks, Jesse from Wait4me was able to get me 1.71 60 ft on the stock,crappy
    PS2 tires. Slicks would definately scrape off another .3 sec or more. Try launching with traction control just until your tires hook, then switch traction control off all together. Traction control robs horse power.

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