The Best Drift Tires

October 31, 2012

Drifting is a popular sport where drivers are encouraged to drive at high speeds to intentionally lose control. This results in the specially made drift tires losing control and sliding over the tracks for a good distance. The sport originated in Japan but has gained considerable popularity all over the world. As a result, many car manufacturers have actively started building the right car tires to suit the sport. Special tires and brands are hitting the market that you can choose from if you are an enthusiast of the sport. Here a few of the best new developments in the tires that are used for the sport.

Emerging Dealers

New dealers and manufacturers are the norm in this sport. Nitto Tire is well known for the great tires that it creates. They also have Formula D tires that are used by racing vehicles as well as for commercial passenger cars. BF Goodrich is another dealer that has really great drifting tires in stock for drivers. Another good manufacturer is Maxxis Tires that is well known for its specialty tires for drifting. Apart from these well known companies, over the last few years, new dealers are emerging who create custom tires for races. You can Google search them on the Internet and find small manufacturers who will build the exact mold and tire type you want too. It’s a good idea though to get in touch with forums. There will always be a person who can make custom back tires for you, or get you in touch with someone who can. Prices are standardized with big manufacturers, but you might have to pay more for custom models.

Unique Molds

The difference in drift racing tires is that the front and the back tires are drastically different to deal with the wear and tear of drifting. The major pressure of the drifting process can completely destroy rear wheels in a single day. The rule is simple; good expensive racing tires are used in the front sets while harder compounded sets are used in the rear. 15” wheels are the most common ones used in the rear and they can burn out in about an hour or two of hard drifting. Most drivers start with well worn tires to get the hang of the sport and then move on to higher grade compounded tires. You are also allowed to use DOT approved racing tires as they provide better grip and stability during racing. A few companies also create custom tires that release colored smoke or scents when they are burned while drifting.

Size vs. Grip vs. Air Pressure

15’ inch is the standard for novice drivers but there are drivers who start off with 17”wheels. It’s your choice if you are comfortable with it but as a rule, 17” is basically used for turbo cars with low profiled tires. Grip also depends on the cars that you have and whether you have enough experience with the sport. High grip tires are generally the best though. Tire pressure is also completely dependent on your experience with the sport. You can start with 25 psi pressure in a new tires and then progress to 22 psi in older tires. This will protect your car and prevent them from delaminating faster. After you have raced a few times, you also have to check pressure again. Increase the pressure by 3-4 psi to make the tires work better.

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