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Old 25th-August-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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A quick slick question

What do some of you think about rotating your slicks (swapping from side to side)???

Good idea... bad idea???

Do you do it???

I've been asked if I do this, well I don't.

Somewhere in life I've been told that this is not a safe thing to do. Because once used the cords are trained in one direction they could come apart if made to go in the opposite direction.

True???.... Untrue???.... Old wives tail???.... What???
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Old 25th-August-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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I actually rotated my slicks for the first time this year and have been keeping an eye on them very carefully. They seem to be just fine, getting great wear.
I have read on many forums that guys rotate them every 25 runs or so with absolutely no problem.
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I look for scuffing than rotate.
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We rotated ours after years of not doing it. Not really sure it made any difference or not.
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I started rotating mine a couple years ago. It has definitley given me better life and tire usage. The sidewalls break down on mine. I roate about every 10 passes but MT says they would like me to do it every race.
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Old 25th-August-2011, 06:04 PM   #6
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When I run the 28x10.5 MT Drags on my car, I rotate them every 3 passes. If I rotate them, I get about 20 passes per set. If I don't rotate them, I only get 12 passes.
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Well, I never rotate my slicks.. But after reading what all you guys are doing, sounds like I'am old school, I think I'll try rotating them.. Good post Pandora's Box...
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Absolutely rotate them, usually at least a couple times a race and always if we get tire shake. I was told to do this by some very respected chassis tuners who know a lot more about this stuff than me. I'm sure the type of car and power level have a lot to do with it as well.
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When I run the 28x10.5 MT Drags on my car, I rotate them every 3 passes. If I rotate them, I get about 20 passes per set. If I don't rotate them, I only get 12 passes.
12-20 passes a set of tires?

Seriously that seems crazy low to wipe out a set. My Hoosier bias slicks had 50 passes when I sold them to another guy and they appeared to have a lot of life left. Weren't even close to the bottom of the wear indicator holes.
My current MT drag radials had around 1500-2000 street miles, 103 passes and now have cords showing.
Admittedly I only really heat them up the 1st pass of the day with much smaller burn outs after that.
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Old 26th-August-2011, 12:56 PM   #10
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12-20 passes a set of tires?

Seriously that seems crazy low to wipe out a set. My Hoosier bias slicks had 50 passes when I sold them to another guy and they appeared to have a lot of life left. Weren't even close to the bottom of the wear indicator holes.
My current MT drag radials had around 1500-2000 street miles, 103 passes and now have cords showing.
Admittedly I only really heat them up the 1st pass of the day with much smaller burn outs after that.

yep.... The car weights 3450lbs and runs 8.70's at 165mph with 60's in the low 1.30's on a 28x10.5 ET drag. That car just wrecks the sidewalls. We don't wear out the tread. I sell them to guys with 11-13 second bracket cars that run 1.50 and slower 60's and they run them for another 100+ passes.
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Well, I never rotate my slicks.. But after reading what all you guys are doing, sounds like I'am old school, I think I'll try rotating them.. Good post Pandora's Box...
Yep!

Same here!

I'm going out to the shop to flip them right now and then onto the trailer for this weekends "Gold Cup" 2 day event.
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Yep!

Same here!

I'm going out to the shop to flip them right now and then onto the trailer for this weekends "Gold Cup" 2 day event.
Good luck Bro !!!
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Good luck this weekend to all who are racing. We're headed up to Canada for the final of two Bad Dog Shootout races which is being held in conjunction with the big Night of Fire event this weekend. We won the first race, so looking to repeat if all goes well.

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yep.... The car weights 3450lbs and runs 8.70's at 165mph with 60's in the low 1.30's on a 28x10.5 ET drag. That car just wrecks the sidewalls. We don't wear out the tread. I sell them to guys with 11-13 second bracket cars that run 1.50 and slower 60's and they run them for another 100+ passes.
do run the stiff side wall ? well any way i rotate side to side every time i go out
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do run the stiff side wall ? well any way i rotate side to side every time i go out
The current set is a stiff sidewall tire. In the past, we used the standard sidewall slick as we struggled to get the car to hook for some reason on the stiff sidewalls. We found a major problem (twisted spring perches) so we shall see if the stiff walls work now. We have changed a lot and hope to be more successful with our new setup. Regardless, not trying to hi-jack the OP thread. Just saying my experience is that we get better life out of our slicks by rotating them....
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