question put metal plates on the floor of their trailer

Old 02-25-2011, 06:49 PM
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Hey Guys
Quick question, how do you feel about putting metal plates possibly diamond plate in a car trailer where the tires end up on the car to the floor. I twisted the tile on the floor of my trailer at the front and thought a piece of metal would work plus it sorta helps to guide/locate the car in the trailer. Any draw backs to it ?

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Old 02-25-2011, 06:59 PM
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Rear Tires:


And the golf car:

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Old 02-25-2011, 07:14 PM
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Looks good
Any recomendations where to buy diamond plate or thickness
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:29 AM
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If you want your slicks to have a snow tire pattern on about a foot of roll out diamond plate is for you, but you will have detrimental effects on traction with your tires if you park on a rough surface like diamond plate with your hot sticky tires. If you want to protect your floor, use smooth aluminum, flip the diamond plate over to protect your soft impressionable expensive tires. Diamond plate is good for ATV's and daily drivers with hard tires.
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:59 AM
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Thanks I did not think of that, I do appreciate it
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:24 AM
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I have had this set up on 3 or 4 trailers and 1 trailer complete diamond plate floor. Tires from Hoosier, Good Year and M/T. No ill effects on a dragster running 7.40's to 8.20's. No ill effect on a door car running mid-9's to 10.0's. Still get excellent life out of the tires. Curious if this is an opinion or if there is an article from one of the tire companies that would be worth reading about this?
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:40 AM
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You can kinda see what I use, smooth alum in mine. Home Depot sells it in a small sheet for a decent price.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:57 AM
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Thanks, I am sorta interested also in the above replies.Thanks for the home depot info, I may go today and see the choices, any problems with rust with the flat plates ?
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:58 AM
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Sorry just noticed aluminum,my bad
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by shawnp
Bruce

I have had this set up on 3 or 4 trailers and 1 trailer complete diamond plate floor. Tires from Hoosier, Good Year and M/T. No ill effects on a dragster running 7.40's to 8.20's. No ill effect on a door car running mid-9's to 10.0's. Still get excellent life out of the tires. Curious if this is an opinion or if there is an article from one of the tire companies that would be worth reading about this?


No, not just my opinion. Pro stock does not even park there cars on there race tires period. They have travel shocks and tires. If you look at a tire like yours that have been on diamond plate you will see that the pattern is imprinted on the tire. If you are using your tires like comp eliminator and pro classes do at there power level you would be suffering traction problems because of that uneven pattern put in the tire in one spot, over a set that was respected when parked. I don't remove my tires on my car, but I do raise the car on air bags to lessen the load on the shocks and tires when I transport and hold the car off the ground at home when not racing to keep everything round and un stressed. I have observed this in pro racing since I have paid attention to such things. If you like the diamond plate and don't think it applies to you then I guess it is just fine for you, but I would never park my slicks on any uneven surface intentionally knowing what the big guys do and why if there was any chance it would hurt my slicks ability to work well.
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