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Old 11-06-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default 26" or 28" front runners

I need to buy new front runners on my 1980 camaro.

Its a ladder bar drag radial car, factory wheel tubs

Im running a 295/55/15 hoosier DR2s in the rear.

I always ran 26" front runners, I know you get some roll out advantages on the 28s.


Whats you guys opinions that ran both?
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Old 11-06-2019, 01:34 PM   #2
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Front tire size is a personal preference and depends on your driving style. Run the taller tire, stage very shallow and possibly pick up some E.T.
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Old 11-06-2019, 01:35 PM   #3
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I run the shorter tire so I can hit the tree better.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: 26" or 28" front runners

A 28 can look goofy on the wrong car, Be nice if you know someone who will let you put one on to see how it looks. I think they look too big on a foxbody but might look great on a Camaro.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:14 PM   #5
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I have a 80 & 68 Camaro; ran both 26" & 28" sizes. I prefer the 28" tire on both cars for .500 full/pro tree. If running .400 pro light I will run the shortest possible, but it looks like shit. The 28" IMO, looks better/performs better on both cars. Both cars are high 9 sec. cars.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:22 AM   #6
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I use whatever looks best on the car. My Chevelle looked funny with 26" tires on it.
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:12 AM   #7
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I think a 28" front runner looks goofy as fuck.
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I have a hoosier 25 on the front of my mustang that a buddy sold me for next to nothing so i wanted to try it because they're so much than the 26 MT sportsmans i had on it , They look small to me , I didn't think 1'' would make that much difference looks wise but it does.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:44 AM   #9
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We run the tallest tire we can find. (90 Camaro IROC) More roll out is always quicker as it gives you more dragstrip to race on. Its just plain faster. The Moroso 29.1 inch is our preference. That front wheelwell is full of tire, that's for sure, but you won't find any class cars running short tires. My older brother likes the tall look. Says it looks "old school" and less "Jap" . LOL

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We run the tallest tire we can find. (90 Camaro IROC) More roll out is always quicker as it gives you more dragstrip to race on. Its just plain faster. The Moroso 29.1 inch is our preference. That front wheelwell is full of tire, that's for sure, but you won't find any class cars running short tires. My older brother likes the tall look. Says it looks "old school" and less "Jap" . LOL
All depends what is needed...........

I need to be able to hit the tree, ET does not matter, so to shallow stage and use the Foot Brake, I need a short tire, that is when I run a 26" tire. I don't like the look as much on my car, 3rd Gen F-Body, but it does what I need it to.

I have friends that will run a 24" tire for the same reason, they look really STUPID, but they do the job. Again, it's hitting the tree off the Foot Brake with a heavy car.

When I Deep Stage or leave off the Trans Brake I can run my 28" tires which I prefer, they just look "correct" on my car.

For those primarily looking for ET and care less about hitting the tree, run a tall front tire and put some stagger in the front end.............
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All depends what is needed...........

I need to be able to hit the tree, ET does not matter, so to shallow stage and use the Foot Brake, I need a short tire, that is when I run a 26" tire. I don't like the look as much on my car, 3rd Gen F-Body, but it does what I need it to.

I have friends that will run a 24" tire for the same reason, they look really STUPID, but they do the job. Again, it's hitting the tree off the Foot Brake with a heavy car.

When I Deep Stage or leave off the Trans Brake I can run my 28" tires which I prefer, they just look "correct" on my car.

For those primarily looking for ET and care less about hitting the tree, run a tall front tire and put some stagger in the front end.............
Yea Mike, of coarse the RT is important. But we will put the tallest on first, then do all things possible to work around the RT consequences. Chip it up, instantaneous buttons, back tires full of air and shocks to accommodate, ect. We even changed tranny brake valving last year because of RT. But we leave those front tires on because of the free ET.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:53 PM   #12
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Before you buy a 28 or so....research fender clearance AND wheel backspacing...The wrong combination and they may rub up front. Been there, done that.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:41 PM   #13
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Split the difference and go 27. 2nd gen has decent size wheel well.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:50 PM   #14
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I believe reaction/ET difference is between the two is somewhere around .015 IIRC, if that is the info you are looking for. Im sure someone can do the math.

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Split the difference and go 27. 2nd gen has decent size wheel well.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:19 PM   #15
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I would go with the 26
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