Anyone have more experience with drag wheel setups on the street, do you think these 50 year old Cragars will hold up? They look cool as hell so Im hoping they’ll at least make it out of the neighborhood...
Mine have sealer in them (dont know how old it is) its supposed to solve that problem but Ill find out when I install them. Theyre just really rare, dont want to screw them up.
Well, maybe not “cracking” like splitting it in half, but like a seal gets cracked or something. I really dont know a whole lot about them. All my idols in the drag world ran them in the 60’s and 70’s, thought they looked cool so I picked them up. Just dont know how safe they are for a street/strip wheel. They are so old and hard to find that I really dont know if I even want to risk damaging them. I dont know. Kinda stuck.I’ve ran welds on the street. I will say they can definitely get tweaked if you hit a big enough bump, but they can work just fine. Idk if I’d run a wheel that’s notorious for cracking though. It’s not worth losing a car over.
So I should only use them on the strip, got it. That sucks! Id get welds for the street, but $400 per rim isnt exactly ideal.they are light weight. Drag racing only. THey don't do well with corners/turns. When Wal-Mart quit selling rims in the early 1990's, they put them all on sale. I bought about 5 sets of those exact rims all brand new for $28 each, kept two of them for my Ford Maverick which I drove on the street. They were fine for a while but after a year or two of VERY limited street driving they developed cracking at the bolts. In 04 I rebuilt the entire car and put Weld's on it.
I also ran Draglites. My car was a '90 GT convertible. I ran a 15x8/15x4 setup. The 15x4 wheels had a sticker on them "Off Road Use Only". I drove it 98% like any other car I drove. Only thing I did differently while driving it was I tried to keep extra room for panic stopping and I was more aware of what was next to me on the highway so I could plan lane changes better. Other than that I drove like a maniac. Same as normal. Never a problem. Not even when I spun off the road in a rain storm into the median at 60-65 mph. After my brother came and pulled me out we put the wheels on the tire balancer and looked for a bent wheel or other problems and found nothing. Drove on them for 4 more years (about 7 in total).I ran Weld draglites. Definitely have to drive differently, especially with the skinnies.