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Old 04-02-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Best drag radials, MT or Nitto?

I'm looking for a set of drag radials to mount on my stock ZL1 wheels. After searching this site, the two I'm considering are the Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial II - 305/35/20's and the NITTO Extreme Performance NT05R Drag Radial - 315/35/20.
But looking at the two side by side, I'm having a hard time believing that the MT grips better than the Nittos. Am I on crack??
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #2
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I just ordered a set of the MT,s mainly due to Stephens recommendation. I got them thru Jegs and they should be here and mounted tomorrow. If the weather stays nice I should have some track results Friday night. Tim
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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I have used both and must say there is something to the rubber compound itself vs the tread design. The Nittos aren't bad but the M/Ts are much stickier and overall better. You won't be disappointed with the M/T drag radial. The ones I have never tried are M&H drag radial(had used their racemaster bias ply many times with success) or Hoosier drag radial(have used the quick time pro with great results). The last two may not have sizes that will work well with our 17,18, or 20 inch options.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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Would these be good for daily driving?
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:23 PM   #5
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I've had both.... M/T definitely grip better... But don't like how the fit on a ZL1 rim... Rim sticks out further then tire.... Nt05R protect rim better.... But like I said M/T definitely hooks up better...
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Would these be good for daily driving?

I'd like to know this too, some on the CTS forum say yes
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #7
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I'd like to know this too, some on the CTS forum say yes
I'd say ok as long as it isn't too wet. My opinion is to get 18" wheels and swap rear wheels for the drag strip.
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I've had both. There's no comparison, the MT hook better.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:55 PM   #9
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MT it is. I appreciate everyone's input.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:04 PM   #10
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I'd like to know this too, some on the CTS forum say yes
ive had my nitto555r's on for about 2k miles and they drive great even in the rain. dry road launches they are 100% improvement although they will still break loose just not as bad as factory tires. the handling is a little sacrificed as on high speed tight turns it feels like the car just cant handle the G's as well as it did on all 4 goodyears. i put factory goodyears on front only and nitto555r's on back all factory size

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ive had my nitto555r's on for about 2000k miles and they drive great even in the rain. dry road launches they are 100% improvement although they will still break loose just not as bad as factory tires. the handling is a little sacrificed as on high speed tight turns it feels like the car just cant handle the G's as well as it did on all 4 goodyears. i put factory goodyears on front only and nitto555r's on back all factory size
Two million miles is a lot.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:35 AM   #13
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MT's tend to hook better but wear out faster. Also look at the tread wear ratings of tires.
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MT's tend to hook better but wear out faster. Also look at the tread wear ratings of tires.
What tread wear!!! Lol!!! 000 tread wear!! On the M/T and Nitto NT05R
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the nitto555r has 100 treadwear and is the more universal nitto for the people who still drive alot of miles
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HAVE TO WONDER WHY ANYONE WOULD WONDER WHAT THE TREADWARE RATING Is ON DRAG TIRES..I'M NOT GOING TO DRIVE TheM 5K MileS.....ONLY WANT TO IMPROVE MY 1/4 TIMES!!
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HAVE TO WONDER WHY ANYONE WOULD WONDER WHAT THE TREADWARE RATING Is ON DRAG TIRES..I'M NOT GOING TO DRIVE TheM 5K MileS.....ONLY WANT TO IMPROVE MY 1/4 TIMES!!
I prefer to drive on the street with them unless it's raining. Street tires don't hook very well with 700+ hp.
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I've been looking around and think im going to go with the nt05r's.. was going to try the nt555r's but they do not come in a 315 and last time I checked the mt's didn't even come in a 20.. maybe I overlooked or maybe looked at the wrong tire?

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I've been looking around and think im going to go with the nt05r's.. was going to try the nt555r's but they do not come in a 315 and last time I checked the mt's didn't even come in a 20.. maybe I overlooked or maybe looked at the wrong tire?

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You can get MT's in a 20. Best if you're going to be really racing on 20's and not on the street much with them. But if you need something that will get you home in a rainstorm, go with Nitto 555r's.

But MT's are best at the track, just wouldn't use them on the street (except on dry days).

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I had the best luck with M&H racemasters, but nobody runs them on here that I've found. M/T's definitely seem to be the hot ticket for Camaros and CTS-V's.
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I had the best luck with M&H racemasters, but nobody runs them on here that I've found. M/T's definitely seem to be the hot ticket for Camaros and CTS-V's.
my buddy has M&h on his 10 second challenger and says theyre better than M/T and Nittos on the track. im still very happy with my Nitto555r's. driven from florida to north carolina twice on them so far through all sorts of weather and no issues
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my buddy has M&h on his 10 second challenger and says theyre better than M/T and Nittos on the track. im still very happy with my Nitto555r's. driven from florida to north carolina twice on them so far through all sorts of weather and no issues
Yup, ran them on my 10 second 300c SRT8.
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I`m going with the Nitto`s to get the 315 look, love the wide tire look and mine is just for the street. No track here, just fun in the sun..
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