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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:28 am 
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hey guys can you tell me the best tires to hook up on the line? I currently have some old 185/60/r14 which are useless in 1st gear. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:49 pm 
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There is nothing in 14" that I know of, it's either 13 or 15 if you want a drag tire, pretty sure both Hoosier and Mickey Thompson do a 185/60/13 in a street legal drag tire. Circuit racing slicks don't hook up very well on a drag strip so 1 pair of drag tires on a spare pair of rims is worth the investment if you want to get your 60ft times down to around 2 secs flat or less.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:52 am 
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205/50/14 is the smallest I can find, at 22.3" it's still too tall for my liking but it looks like the 13" options are discontinued, summitracing are pretty good for international freight.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:36 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestion Dattman. Id love to have a spare set of wheels for occasional drag races but for the time being I need a good all around tire for wet and dry conditions and still hook up ok on the drag strip. will these 205/50/15 fit on the stock Gti 14" rim? I'm thinking to get 195/60/14s.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:27 am 
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Any tire that performs reasonably well in the wet will not hook up at the track, those requirements are at the complete opposite of the tire spectrum.

195/60/14 is pretty tall tire, its taller than a 195/50/15, the bigger the tire size the bigger the gap between 1st and 2nd will feel, 185/55/14 is a good size and about as big as you want to go on the skinny stock rims... unfortunately there are very few options in 14, if you went to 15" rims you could run the 195/45ZR14 TOYO T1R which is a pretty good tire and very close to the factory size.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:21 am 
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Derek, I presume you are referring to the 195/45/15.

This is an excellent tyre size and the Toyo tyre is pretty good.

If you are looking to save pennies and cant afford a cheap set of rims and some 15's then you might want to think twice about drag racing the GTi. Gearboxes are a bit iffy on them and dumping the clutch at the drags isn't too good for them (plenty of stories on here about smashed diffs etc). You will probably trash your gearbox and that sounds like it could be expensive for you.

If you are going softly at the drags then I wouldn't worry about picking tyres for such a purpose. Run what you brung!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:26 am 
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I never do high rpm clutch dumps and I granny shift most times when driving on the streets, I know how important it is to take care of the gearbox. This is not a dedicated drag car, so I think I'm gonna go with a good set of all season tires. These will still be way better than the old dry ones I have now (on wet roads it will wheelspin in 2nd gear too!). There are a few high performance tires in the 14" size on Amazon etc. But I only have basic needs of traction on the street, and the occasional drag race.


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