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I have been looking for a used set of lightweight wheels for the front for a while. I couldn’t find anything decent in my price range. I finally bit the bullet and just did a set of Jeg’s wheels for now. These are 15x4. I’m hoping to shave 40-50 pounds off the front with these. My current street front wheel setup weighs 50lbs each! Now I just need to find a set of 26x4.5 bias ply front runners.
I used the m/t sportsman bias tires on mine for years. I also had a Goodyear tire and finally an old Moroso drag special.
 
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It seems most of the respected brands (moroso, hoosier, goodyear, mickey thompson) people don’t have much bad to say about from what I’m reading so far. I actually found a pair of Moroso DS2 for $125, so I may jump on those.
 
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bracketchev1221

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Just check them for sidewall cracking. A lot of times the sidewalls deteriorate before the treads wear away.
 
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I have been looking for a used set of lightweight wheels for the front for a while. I couldn’t find anything decent in my price range. I finally bit the bullet and just did a set of Jeg’s wheels for now. These are 15x4. I’m hoping to shave 40-50 pounds off the front with these. My current street front wheel setup weighs 50lbs each! Now I just need to find a set of 26x4.5 bias ply front runners.
You could also seek out a pair of 165/80/15's that were very commonly used on Old VW Beetles. they are a little over 6 inches wide and about 25.4 inches tall.
I think I am running a 205/75/14 on my cutty. I am sure those 235/60/15's are heavy.
Good Luck!
 
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Just check them for sidewall cracking. A lot of times the sidewalls deteriorate before the treads wear away.
Yep, I bought my slicks used so I had to watch for that.

You could also seek out a pair of 165/80/15's that were very commonly used on Old VW Beetles. they are a little over 6 inches wide and about 25.4 inches tall.
I think I am running a 205/75/14 on my cutty. I am sure those 235/60/15's are heavy.
Good Luck!

I considered a tire like that because they are cheap and would fit. But there were a few things that made me decide against it:

1. They are typically a little heavier than a dedicated drag front runner
2. I'm trying to get away from that "sway" you get when running a radial tire on the front, and a bias ply slick on the rear.

And yes, the Steel 15x7 and 205/70/15 BF Goodrich Advantage TA I run on the front currently weigh in at 49.8lbs each!
 
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Man! great job, those 275’s look mean. I may have to trade out the 255’s for the look and stronger launch!
 

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