What are you stick shift guys running on drag radials?

Discussion in 'Competition Camaros' started by girvin02, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. girvin02

    girvin02 New Member

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    Oct 3, 2020
    Long time lurker, first time poster, here. Great site, I've learned a ton reading through many of the older threads.

    I recently picked up a 81 Camaro Sport that started life as a V6/auto car. It came to me having already been swapped to a LS6/Muncie 4-speed combo. I had the rearend beefed up with Moser 30-spline axles, Yukon 3.73 gears & Eaton TrueTrac. The first time I gave it the beans, the ass-end squatted and I was treated to severe wheel hop through 1st & 2nd gears. More research here led me to purchase a set of Caltracs & Calvert Racing 9-way adjustable shocks, which completely eliminated the squatting & wheel hop.

    Curious what the car would do in "street mode", I set off to the local drag strip, and made a few passes. The best pass on the General GMAX (275/40ZR17) tires was 2.065 60 ft, 8.460 1/8 mile @ 87.70 MPH & 12.816 1/4 mile @ 113.72 MPH.

    I then picked up a set of Nitto NT05R drag radials (275/40-17) and headed back to the same track, one week later, resulting in a best pass of 1.974 60 ft, 7.859 1/8 mile @ 94.48 MPH & 12.031 1/4 mile @ 118.05 MPH.

    I am happy with the gain in MPH and the drop in ET's, but know that there's a lot of room for improvement. Which leads me to the title of this post. What kind of 60 ft times can I realistically expect to achieve with drag radials and my manual transmission car? I uploaded a video of 12.03 pass onto youtube so that you guys can see how the car is leaving the line. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks

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  2. G72Zed

    G72Zed Veteran Member

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    First off, welcome to the site, and nice quick running ride you have there. There are many others that have way more experience and insight on this, but I will give it a shot just to get this going....

    With a 118 mph trap speed, that would equate to a 11.20 ET potential and around a 1.52 60ft, that's if everything was optimized. Lot's left on the table with your 60ft times.

    I have had good luck going from a "drag Radial" to a MT "stiff Wall" slick with my manual set up. Ran a best of 12.6 with a 1.7 60ft, with the stiff walls....not a drag car or optimized in any way for the drag....but it dropped my 60ft.

    But, that was a few years ago, some of those newer drag radials from MT are killer these days...I'm sure more will chime in.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2020
  3. MagicRatt

    MagicRatt Veteran Member

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    Aug 24, 2004
    Southampton, Pa.
    Not a big fan of running DR's with a stick. I had much better luck with a set of QTP's.

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