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    Question About Nitto NT555R's

    I recently got these DR's for the track but haven't had a chance to run them yet. My question is, do these tires need just a quick spin the clean them off like regular street tires, or is it better to go ahead and roast them a little bit to heat them up?

    EDIT: I've heard both ways, I just wanted yous guyses input.

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    I think Ed uses them ....

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    I know they are to tire to have on Lightnings, know that doesnt help too much but has to say something about the tire

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    sweet. thanks for the help ed. now if I can just get rid of this wheelhop...

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    Just put my nittos on yesterday!!!! I have the street drag radials 315/35/17VR and WITHOUT a heat up and 411RWHP and 403RWTQ i grabbed like a SOB dumping the clutch at 3K....... I do have all supporting suspension mods but before the tires i broke loose of my street tires like they were bald... Now i cant even break loose of these!!! I love em!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeeD4SpeeD
    Just put my nittos on yesterday!!!! I have the street drag radials 315/35/17VR and WITHOUT a heat up and 411RWHP and 403RWTQ i grabbed like a SOB dumping the clutch at 3K....... I do have all supporting suspension mods but before the tires i broke loose of my street tires like they were bald... Now i cant even break loose of these!!! I love em!!!!

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    sorry to hijack but what suspension mods are you running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NxLS1496
    sorry to hijack but what suspension mods are you running?
    I'm runnin a BMR adj TA, BMR LCA's, BMR Adj Pan Hard, BMR Weld IN SFC, and a Spoan STB.... Thoes are my suspension mods included with the tires and they make a nice traction combo!!!

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    I use the 16 inch Nitto 555R's and have to heat them up pretty good. When smoke is rolling off them I wait about 3 seconds and pull up to the light. If I don't make sure they are hot, I get crap traction and catches and lets go...horrible on rear end.. I run them at 18psi at the track and 31 psi on the street. The only suspension things I have changed is boxed lca's, boxed sfc's and Bilstien shocks.

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    How much Hp you runnin man??? Cuz i have had nothing but traction even with very very short heat up process....

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    One more question, should I use the waterbox or no? I've heard no on plain street tires, and I've never used it.

    Another thing (this is going to sound like a stupid question) but when you use the waterbox, you're just supposed to give them a quick spin in the water to coat the whole tire, then pull out of the box for the full burnout, right?

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    i always back the rears into it, and the pull just in front and start spinning

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    yea i use the 16 inch nittos, run them at 12PSI, burn out in waterbox, hold on for 5 seconds or so... thought i was getting wheel spin but turns out i have 2.73s and its just slow... cant wait for 3.73s and ill see how good these nittos really are

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    I use the 555rIIs, they're for auto cross/drag, but help me stick real good on the track or in the corners with a little warm up time to make them stick. Once I see smoke they're ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmhvenom
    yea i use the 16 inch nittos, run them at 12PSI, burn out in waterbox, hold on for 5 seconds or so... thought i was getting wheel spin but turns out i have 2.73s and its just slow... cant wait for 3.73s and ill see how good these nittos really are
    I thought it was against NHRA regulations to run through the waterbox with anything other then full race slicks??? If it's not then i KNOW the officals will hate you for dragging water down the track because of the treads in the tires... Just from what i've heard...

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    I've never used the water box before. Just spun them dry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo98z
    I've never used the water box before. Just spun them dry...

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    They let the people with drag radials line up in the slicks only lanes too, I pull up to the edge of the water and get them hot, then pull forward. Without the hot burnout traction is terrible. I like the nitto's, just have to make sure they are hot and they hook good. I only have right around 350 rwhp, but I also have the 3400 stall and it breaks tires loose easy. I am going to put some LCA relocation brackets on and it should launch great. I am just at the point now, that I need some little things to hook good. My 16 inch tires are only 245, so may be since they are not as wide traction suffers a little. On hot days when track is 100+ they stick like glue, cooler days is when I have the problems.

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