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    Mickey Thompson or Nitto?

    Found some nails in my Fuzions so i decided it was a good excuse to buy some street drag radials, which is going to last me longer?

    Nitto NT555R Extreme Drag Radial Tire
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    Mickey Thompson 3743R - Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial Drag Tire
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    Also which one is over all a better deal since im going to always keep them on a daily driver? I do have 2 vehicles, so its not ALWAYS what i drive, but i like driving it a lot more than my truck...

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    Nittos will last longer, Uncle Mickeys will get better performance.

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    Mickey's wear very fast. Excspecially if you abuse them on dry pavement. Heres a few photo's of what mine look like right now.




    They will hook better than any other tire though. Next time I buy MT ET streets they will stay off the street and be only for the track probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtreme_rob View Post
    Found some nails in my Fuzions so i decided it was a good excuse to buy some street drag radials, which is going to last me longer?

    Nitto NT555R Extreme Drag Radial Tire
    or
    Mickey Thompson 3743R - Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial Drag Tire
    ???

    Also which one is over all a better deal since im going to always keep them on a daily driver? I do have 2 vehicles, so its not ALWAYS what i drive, but i like driving it a lot more than my truck...

    Nittos suck if you have over 350 horses to the wheels. I cant get traction to save my life. They have lasted 2 years though without too much wear. It all depends on what you want

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    A guy that I know who also drives a ls1 with some pretty good mods told me that he would not run m/t radials on a street driven car due to their very poor handling in wet weather. I'm torn between the same two tire choices. I wonder if the nitto drag radials will hook with a 3500 stall and a 100 shot....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmadden View Post
    A guy that I know who also drives a ls1 with some pretty good mods told me that he would not run m/t radials on a street driven car due to their very poor handling in wet weather. I'm torn between the same two tire choices. I wonder if the nitto drag radials will hook with a 3500 stall and a 100 shot....
    Heat them up properly and they will. ON the street tho, anything will spin but depending on the road you should be fine.

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    If you gonna be driving in the rain you shouldn't be looking at any drag radials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wooddaniel View Post
    Nittos suck if you have over 350 horses to the wheels. I cant get traction to save my life. They have lasted 2 years though without too much wear. It all depends on what you want
    You need some suspension.
    I have plenty more than 350RWHP and have been able to cut 1.86 shorts on Nitto DR's. M6 car.

    The Nitto's will last MUCH longer. And actually grab the street as well as the MT's do.
    The MT's will outperform the Nitto's by a bunch at the track though when aired down and warmed up.

    Nitto DR's are the best in the rain....but still use extreme caution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    If you gonna be driving in the rain you shouldn't be looking at any drag radials.
    +1

    if its just a cruiser or part time track car dr's are great

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    My t/a is just my fun car. My daily driver is a 4x4 duramax. I still take the car to the movies and on date nights with my wife and sometimes to church as I just enjoy driving it. Sometimes you just get caught in the rain. With my 100 shot it feels like I'm driving on a wet road even when it's totally dry. I'm going to need something that will hook at the track but won't get me killed if I'm stuck away from home when it starts raining.

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    i talked to a "tech" at jegs, and he says the MTs actually outlast the Nittos but the Nittos are better in weather, not that either one is great in rain, just that the Nittos have more of a tread pattern for dispersing water... soo.. i said fck it and went with the MTs... got em for like $160 less than most places...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    You need some suspension.
    I have plenty more than 350RWHP and have been able to cut 1.86 shorts on Nitto DR's. M6 car.

    The Nitto's will last MUCH longer. And actually grab the street as well as the MT's do.
    The MT's will outperform the Nitto's by a bunch at the track though when aired down and warmed up.

    Nitto DR's are the best in the rain....but still use extreme caution.
    Yeah I do need some suspension. What I really need is a raise so I can buy more car parts. I had MT's before and they hooked way better on the street and at the track. They wore out quick though.

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    I got caught in the rain last week in my MT ET's... It royally sucked. They should never see rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    I got caught in the rain last week in my MT ET's... It royally sucked. They should never see rain.
    That's what I'm talking about. The guy that I was speaking of earlier stated that his car did a 180 just driving down the road (with the m/t dr) when he got caught in the rain. No one would plan to get caught in the rain with drag radials but it sounds like the 555r would be a better choice.


    What about bf goodrich? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/275-4...mZ300257271310

    How do they compare?

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    For traction at the track...
    MT > BFG > Nitto

    For hooking on the street...
    All are similiar (when the same size) when aired up and not warmed.

    How long they last...
    Nitto > BFG > MT


    I don't care what the Jeg's "tech" said...MT's DO NOT last anywhere near as long as Nitto's. Street miles...the MT's might get 5K miles. The Nitto's can go 15K and more if they aren't raced.
    I have ran Nitto DR's (still do on my street wheels), MT DR's, and Hoosier QTP's.
    None of these tires grab a 3K drop on the street when aired up and cool.
    All of them grabbed for me at the track, with the Nitto being the weakest of them.

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    MR. LOUIS Nailed it right on the money!!!

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    Good job Luois.

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    Honestly, I will be lucky to get 2000 out of my MT ET's. I have next to nothing left for tread and I have only put 800 miles on them. No Burn outs, but have had some street launch's and around 3500 RPM.

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    I'm in full agreement!! The Nitto's if you are going to use them as a DD, otherwise MT

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    I personally like the Nittos.

    A buddy of mine had them on a stock suspension 1989 350 IROC with 100hp NOS kit. Car ran 1.79s 60' all day with about 350hp and probably 500lb-ft of TQ.

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