Firestone Firehawk Indy500

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  1. BLUE DEVIL

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    These tires are very highly rated for high performance street use, unfortunately they lack popular sizes for use on our rears. 305 35 19, 315 35 19, 305 30 19.

    I contacted Firestone's marketing and was told these and other sizes are now under consideration. They are in the process of gauging demand. These tires have garnered a quite a reputation and Firestone is now looking to service more sizes.

    Now would be a great time to call or submit VIA website and inquire/ suggest about these sizes or additional 20" also.
     
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    I am well aware of the Firehawks abilities, I like that they "bark" when I lose grip as a warning. I want the 305/35/19's for my pony's rear's. I have 19x10's & don't know how they will fit, or if? Thanks for your effort,Cheers!
     
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    That would be awesome. I replaced my Perelli's with Indy's on the rear, world of difference.
     
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    Good to hear. I know someone who was recently looking for 305s but ended up buying 325s for his 11 inch rear wheels.
     
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    I was looking for a 315/35/19, too, and was surprised to only find one tire for racing. The dimensions are equal to the 275/40/19 except 1.6" wider. Perfect. You listening tire makers???
     
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    this is why i went with 20's when the chance showed up, because they offer a 275/35-20 and 305/35-20 still considering a 315 rear but then i go to conti's or the MP4S's again. the firestones are an awesome buy $ wise.....great job getting them to work on other popular sizes.
     
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    I've asked this before, but got no reply. Is anyone running these tires on a FI car? If so, how well do they hook in warm weather? I'm debating on buying these for my upcoming Vortech JT set-up this Spring or just going with a set of M&H Racemasters. I'm looking at being around 700RWHP with the set-up I'm going with. I do have 20's and will go with the 305/35/20's.
     
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    I do. Mine has a Paxton kit on it.

    Hooks as good as you can expect for a daily driver capable tire. They are no drag radial, but they do just fine.

    1st and 2nd gear always needed to feed in the throttle regardless of the tire.
     
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    I see you have an auto, but how about 3rd gear? Can you go WOT without pedalling? Just curious as I'm debating on the need for traction and tread life compared to a dedicated drag radial. I'll likely go with the M&H's if I buy another car for daily use before I do the blower set-up. Thanks:)
     
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    Yes, once it has hooked in second, you can stay in 3rd. Weather dependant.
     
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    They are very good dry traction tires. Where the Perelli’s would squirm and lose traction, the Indy’s are planted.

    They’re not going to be drag radial sticky but they are great for a street tire.
     
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    I got a PD blower, and they still rip through first and second and about halfway through third if you just hammer it carelessly. I got the 19's with 325 rears and it hooks a lot better than the junk Pirelli's and honestly as well as the PS4S's I had.
     
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    so for those that have change to the fire hawk's how is the ride quality change? I'm sure from a 40 series to a 35 i might have a bit stiffer ride but i am not looking to get beat up daily... thanks in advance for the feedback
     
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    Ride quality is not affected from 40-35 sidewall much. I ran 18x81/2 255/45/18 and 255/40/18 front Firehawk's and now have 19x10 w/285/35/19 sq. I am dropped on SVE's and that will give effect, I need Blistein's or FPRR track shocks & struts now, tn_20191003_094528.jpg
     
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    @BmacIL wears these and he loves them. The only reason I haven't made the jump is the lack of size range like MPSS. 285/30-19 would work but I'm not sure if a 325/30-19 would fit in the back on a 19x11 wheel. I know the tire will "fit" but will it fit in the back of the car...
     
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