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315 Nittos on a 9.5" wheel (pics)

This is a discussion on 315 Nittos on a 9.5" wheel (pics) within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; Since a lot of people ask about putting a 315/35/17 on a 17x9.5" wheel, I figured I'd post up pics ...

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    315 Nittos on a 9.5" wheel (pics)

    Since a lot of people ask about putting a 315/35/17 on a 17x9.5" wheel, I figured I'd post up pics of my Nitto 315/35/17 Drag Radials mounted on my extra pair of 17x9.5" Torque Thrust II 's. There is no gross mismatch, or "You're gonna die as soon as you make a turn" bulge like some would have you believe, in fact they fit rather nicely IMO. You will notice a slight bulge of the tires where they contact the ground, but that's only due to me forgetting to air them back up before taking the pics. The front tires are Sumitomo 275/40/17's, which are also "narrow" for their size, but barely narrower than the Nitto 315's.

    The measured width of the actual tread is roughly 10", and the widest part of the tire, or as they call it, the "section" width, is 11". Most, if not all, other 315/35/17's are too wide for this size wheel, but the Nittos (regardless of their inflated width claims), fit fine. They actually fit better than my old 275/40/17 Yokohamas fit my old 17x9.5" ZR1 wheels. (shown below)

    Anyway...here ya go.

    (Here's my old 17x9.5" replica ZR1 wheels with 275/40/17 Yokohamas on front, 275/40 Nitto Drag Radials on rear...Note that front tires are clearly wider than rears, which sucks.)

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    I do believe because of how the Nitto DR runs so thin, I will be going with a different tire next time I replace the tires on my 17x11's.

    Looks like a decent fit!!
    For reference...the 315 Nitto DR is the ONLY 315 I would fit on a 9.5" wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Looks like a decent fit!!
    For reference...the 315 Nitto DR is the ONLY 315 I would fit on a 9.5" wheel.
    I agree 100% and would never try this on any other brand tire.

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    I cant believe how damn small these tires run. I have my Nitto DR sitting side by side with my BFG KDW TA 275's... and the difference is very noticeable. I wonder why its like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    I cant believe how damn small these tires run. I have my Nitto DR sitting side by side with my BFG KDW TA 275's... and the difference is very noticeable. I wonder why its like that?
    I don't know, but their fitment has created a lot of arguments on other sites, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rel3rd View Post
    I don't know, but their fitment has created a lot of arguments on other sites, lol.
    They sure have. I wanna know what other DR's people have tried. Im off to do a search on LS1.com cause that other site doesnt give me shit for searchs most of the time.

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    I'm pretty happy with my Nitto 555s 315/35/17 on my 11' rims. I really needed something bigger to get rid of the bulge lip that the smaller tires have on them.

    Are the DRs that much diff compared to the 555s or about the same?

    The DRs look good on your 9.5" rims.

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    Thanks. This same thread was deleted from LS1tech because the moderator says they don't fit?

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    NICE

    This has settled my decision on what size nittos to run


    quick question: how do the nittos run in the rain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppn View Post
    NICE

    This has settled my decision on what size nittos to run


    quick question: how do the nittos run in the rain?
    I'm not the best one to answer, since I'm nervous (in general) driving my car in the rain...but I haven't noticed any crazy things happening, although I do respect the weather and lack of traction with any tire in the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rel3rd View Post
    I'm not the best one to answer, since I'm nervous (in general) driving my car in the rain...but I haven't noticed any crazy things happening, although I do respect the weather and lack of traction with any tire in the rain.

    Yea just in general, not looking for spectacular traction under hard circumstances. just basic hydroplaning resistance and just if it's basically "ok" and "safe" for the rain given careful driving

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    Worded like that, I'd say they are fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rel3rd View Post
    Worded like that, I'd say they are fine.
    Yea the nittos will be better in the rain then the MT ET Streets probably ten fold.

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