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Old 07-12-2008, 11:18 AM   #1
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24.5" slick too much?

I was planning on getting some M/T 24.5x8x15 slicks but a few local guys were advising against it and saying it would destroy my gear box. They recommended the 22" slicks instead. I have a Torsen diff and Exedy Hyper Single clutch. What do you guys think about the 24.5" slicks? BTW, I run the 1/8" mile over here.


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Old 07-12-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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I'd go as small as possible while still having good traction. Smaller effectively lowers your gear ratio, they're easier for your engine to turn [less rotating mass, lighter] and they lower your nose for better aerodynamics. And of course easier on your crank, clutch, axles and trans etc.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:27 PM   #3
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agreed i have 22in slicks and love them
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:26 PM   #4
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What kind of power are you making? If you're making close to or over 300, then you will want a larger, wrinkle walled slick. A hard-wall slick like the MT 22x8x15 will do nothing but spin its ass off with a good amount of power. I run a M&H 23x8.5x15 and make right at 300hp, and 1st gear will still strugle for traction.

As far as it being easier on your drivetrain, WHO CARES!!!! If you are serious enough about drag racing that you are wanting to buy slicks, then you should be prepared to break things. I for one have never broken any drivetrain parts and I launch my car HARD... I've also got over 100 trips down the 1320 in my car, so its taken the abuse quite well.

I am personally going to switch to a 24.5x8.5x13 slick. Yes it takes some serious grinding of parts, but it will be worth it.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:03 PM   #5
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I will be running between 18-22psi so I should be at/over the 300whp/tq range. I have a custom Xios turbo kit with a GT2871R turbo on a built motor tuned by Tom.

I know that drag racing has the risk of breaking parts but this is also my daily driver so I don't want to do something with a HIGH degree of part failure if I don't need to. I know that Dtec04 used the 24.5" slicks and he ended up with a broken axle on his first day at the drag strip. I believe that Focus 3XZ may have also used a similar slick and has broken a few axles also.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:31 PM   #6
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Well, dont know if it right for you, but if they fit under my sld be if springs, that is the same size im getting for mine.

The only reason would be if you dont have the power to move em, u know? Other then that, I'd say go for it!!

Let us know what you end with....Good luck
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:34 AM   #7
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I ran 24.5's for 2 full seasons and blew tons of stuff engine mount X 2 Sets, Diff, Gears and Cables but no axels. So yaa i'd say 24.5 do put a hurting on the drive train. But 22's spins so like toby said depends on how serious you are willing to go.
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Doesn't someone make a 23.5" tire? Maybe that would be a good compromise.
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they make a 23
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would having a higher octane fuel like premium or super premium make better time or would that risk hurting ur engine
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