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Good Drag Radial for the track

Planning on going to the track in the spring/summer and I was wondering what a good rear tire choice would be. I have a few buddies who say Nitto 555r's are the way to go, but I also noticed that there are Nitto 05R's that are supposed to be better. Also open to other choices, I have 18x10 rear rims. Want to slap some sticky tires on those babies.


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NT05Rs are stickier than the 555Rs.



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mt et street radials.

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I have the M/T Street Radial IIs. I still can't keep this car from spinning. If you have a stick shift, I'd avoid the 555rs.

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Avoid all drag radials with the stick shift if you want to go fast and not break stuff. Get some Hoosier Quick Time Pros, MT ET Street...something like that.

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Avoid all drag radials with the stick shift if you want to go fast and not break stuff. Get some Hoosier Quick Time Pros, MT ET Street...something like that.
That's not necessarily true. With the proper launching techniques a drag radial is just fine with a stick.

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I use the M&H racemasters in a 275/45/18 on my factory wheels with great success
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I personally ran 555r's (305-35/18) for about 6k miles then they were gone. I am now running nt05r's (285-40/18) for about 2k now. The nt05's are much better. Spin a little and then bite. Read strip test that perform as well as MT ET's which are also drag radials. When at the strip lowering/experimenting with pressure will help. These are not slicks and don't launch the same, working with an MT just takes more practice but will impress the hell out of you once you get it down. As far as the street the nt05's are awesome. No fear of lining up to my buddies STI at all! FYI all of the above tires totally suck in the rain! For a DD I wouldn't recommend.
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Much better launch going with 15" wheels and drag radials instead of the 18's.

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555r is a good street tire. You get plenty of mileage on them and hook real good compared to a normal radial tire. They also are not bad in the rain for a drag radial. For the strip, not to good. NT05r would be better for strip. Mickey's would be better though, for the strip.

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I will tell you what the pro's at both Taska and Force racing said- If you have a stick use a bias ply tire for best results and Hoosier is the name that came up - Take it for what it is worth but they should know =
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interesting, Looks like I'll probably go with the NT05R's then. My car is an auto and not a daily driver so I think that would be a good choice.

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Fast fords and muscle mustangs have a pretty good test write up on them
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interesting, Looks like I'll probably go with the NT05R's then. My car is an auto and not a daily driver so I think that would be a good choice.
If it's not a DD...I'd do Hoosiers, M&H, or Mickeys or something. The 05R is definitely the better choice opposed to the 555R however.


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