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Old 09-10-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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nitto 555r

I changed up my stock tires to the nitto drag radial, anybody have experience with this tire? What is the best way to prepare this tire for maximim traction at the drags? Thanks
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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in Canada? add studs it will be snowing soon!lol
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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Run them at 18-20 psi and do a good burn out, they take a few seconds to get sticky, but don't over do it.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:28 PM   #4
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I really like them. I run them all year long (daily driver/track tire). When they are new or fairly new, they work suprisingly well in the rain. Just be careful in the rain when they get worn down. They also last a pretty long time.

I make sure to put a fresh set on my car during the rainy season.


At the track, they do pretty well. Tires like the NT05R and MT work better, but they don't make good street tires due to the lack of grooves to evacuate water and they don't last very long if you use them on the street.

So street/strip tire - NT555R is the best choice
primarily strip - NT05R or MT or M&H
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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thanks will try a small burnout and see. I tried them cold and at 3000rpm they launched ok, took it up to 4000 rpm and they wont hook at all
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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My exp was decent traction at the strip but they did not get me but 4000 miles. That is 8 passes at track with mild burnouts and i am very easy on my car on the street. Can't see new set of tires every oil change so i went with Invos for the street and MT for the track..
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:56 AM   #7
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Thats not right, I had BFG drag radials on my old car that lastest 12K miles and like a 100 passes, driving hard on the street. Do not run drag radials at normal air pressure or the center section wears out. They need to be under inflated to last, I used to run around 25 psi in mine.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #8
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Mine last 10k to 12k with about 40-60 passes.....I don't run low 60 ft times but I do run mid 10's consistently with them. They work great in the street too. I only run this tires b/c I like driving to the track and back without having to change my wheels.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:13 PM   #9
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would these be good road track tires also?
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:28 PM   #10
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I don't even do a burnout with 20" ET Streets and they dead hook even at 30#
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:07 PM   #11
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I'm wondering m'self, just threw some on my car I got tired of slowly getting on the gas to go 1.95's.

I ran my Pirellis at 20-22 psi, so I plan to start around there.

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:10 AM   #12
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I'm hoping to get up to GLD tonight and see if I can better my 12.7's.

I'm thinking 20 psi cold, long first burnout, and short thereafter. I've run my Pirellis down around there but am not comfortable running them at 18 psi seems pretty low for the sidewall.

On the street they are better than stock tires.

In the past I could get a whole year on a set.
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