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Help me pick a tire

This is a discussion on Help me pick a tire within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; So I picked up a tire for my ride with the extra money coming from my second job. I nabbed ...

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    Question Help me pick a tire

    So I picked up a tire for my ride with the extra money coming from my second job. I nabbed a front tire, Nitto NT 555 extreme performance 275/40/17 and looking to get a rear tire (I'm doing it half ass backwards )

    I was thinking about either of these three tires (Same model, different sizes) Which one would be the better pick for my ride

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    Nitto 555R DR

    305/35ZR/18
    305/40R/18
    305/45R/18

    Being mounted on 04 OEM Z06 wheels.

    Go ahead and vote. 1 tire down and 3 to go, I'll be picking up this selection early next week more then likely. Traction is key here and I know there is probably better choice of tire brand out there but I want to stay with the same brand on all 4.
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    After talking with Smittro, I'm going with the 45mm sidewall tire. Thanks for the help LS1.com

    Thanks Smittro
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    No matter what size you choose you will love the NT-555's
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackSS01 View Post
    After talking with Smittro, I'm going with the 45mm sidewall tire. Thanks for the help LS1.com

    Thanks Smittro
    Any particular reason why?

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    I love my NT555s. Before I installed mine, I held up one Nitto in one hand and one old BFG in the other. The Nitto was lighter, which is better anyway. Less unsprung weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Any particular reason why?
    Going from a 25" tire to a 28" tire will help with hooking because I gain a hair more top end and lose a little torque. I'm going to go with 4:11's later on so I would think it would help in the long run. Plus with a bigger sidewall the traction should be better

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    I'm open for suggestions if anyone wants to throw in their opinions

    Looking to start buying next week

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    all of those sizes work fine if you're going to park it in the garage for another 2 years
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    Yeah Mickey's so you'll actually get some traction

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    all of those sizes work fine if you're going to park it in the garage for another 2 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTP231 View Post
    Yeah Mickey's so you'll actually get some traction
    You've had problems with nitto's before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    No matter what size you choose you will love the NT-555's
    Whats your take on the NT-555 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSSguy View Post
    Whats your take on the NT-555 ?
    They are a good quality tire for the price. Discount tire has 285/40-17 555's for 161.00 each delivered. Way cheaper then the shitty Goodyear F-1 GS tires my car came with. They hook like crazy after they get a little warm, they seem to wear well but I will let you know more on that in the future. I also feel they work well in the rain but that was only once when I got caught in a storm. The ride quality is good and the handling is super. Nuff said. for 645.00 delivered you can't beat the N-555.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackSS01 View Post
    You've had problems with nitto's before?
    The nittos are solid tires that wear well for what they are. The price is nice too but don't expect to set any record times as you will not be launching all that hard with that tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinergy View Post
    The nittos are solid tires that wear well for what they are. The price is nice too but don't expect to set any record times as you will not be launching all that hard with that tire.
    That's exactly what I'm looking for, a nice wearing tire with decent grip for the price. Still on stock rear end so not looking for 100% traction. Just looking for more grip then what I get now.....which is none lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackSS01 View Post
    You've had problems with nitto's before?
    If your looking for grip BFG KD or KDW's. If you want traction at the track Mickey is the best way to go. Nittos may get you a 1.8 60'(may the best I ever got was a 1.9 60'). ET streets got me to a 1.8 60'. And Mickeys plus the 4000 stall got me to 1.5 60'. Again if I want road grip BFG's all day long.

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    So what size sidewall should I run and why? I see 35 is winning but no reasoning why

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    I forgot you're a M6 I would not go more than Nitto...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    No matter what size you choose you will love the NT-555's
    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSSguy View Post
    Whats your take on the NT-555 ?
    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    They are a good quality tire for the price. Discount tire has 285/40-17 555's for 161.00 each delivered. Way cheaper then the shitty Goodyear F-1 GS tires my car came with. They hook like crazy after they get a little warm, they seem to wear well but I will let you know more on that in the future. I also feel they work well in the rain but that was only once when I got caught in a storm. The ride quality is good and the handling is super. Nuff said. for 645.00 delivered you can't beat the N-555.
    For SUMMER/WARM Climate street use - Hell Yeah on Nitto 555's.

    They handle great when I get caught in the rain (which seems every damn day this summer) Decent at the track but the main issue for you is that they are a summer tire only. Where you live, how many days does it drop below 35-45*?

    What I'm saying is this is not a tire to run for you based on your location. You may get what 4 months of warm weather before you have to swap them out. Where I live I can run them all year long and have no issues. I only get maybe a week of temps below 35*, the rest of the time it's low to high 40-50*



    Minimal sidewall - I suggest nothing lower then 45 depending on wheel size. If you do a lot of autox type driving then 50. The lower the sidewall the less the tires can flex on hard turns. To fast while on an aggressive turn and you can roll the tire right off the wheel.

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    Good info to know.........I'm not a tire guru

    And yeah Z28, pesky M6 will get me in trouble with super stickies.

    FYI : Nearest track to me is an hour and a half. With that said, I'm only going to get maybe 15 track passes a year or so

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