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This is a discussion on Which tires are the best? within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; I was researching the tires that would best fit my style without breaking the bank. I do drive aggressive, so ...

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    Which tires are the best?

    I was researching the tires that would best fit my style without breaking the bank. I do drive aggressive, so I was thinking about the BF Goodrich g-force sport or the nitto nt555. Any comments or suggestions.

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    I got the Nitto 555 and they are pretty good. I drive pretty aggressive and they have lasted a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireman1018 View Post
    I got the Nitto 555 and they are pretty good. I drive pretty aggressive and they have lasted a while.
    Ok, thanks I'll give them a try.

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    BEST for what ?
    cornering ? drag ? mileage ? water ?
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    IF you car is not stock i wouls stay away from the nitto 555. those tires are great for handling but they suck from a dig. the best tires you can get are mickey thompson street drag radials

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    Quote Originally Posted by spookyz28 View Post
    IF you car is not stock i wouls stay away from the nitto 555. those tires are great for handling but they suck from a dig. the best tires you can get are mickey thompson street drag radials
    They will suck on corners and in the rain. I've had good luck with my GS-D3's so far. They are a bit pricey though.

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    I was wondering the same thing and been doing a lot of research on the subject.

    Now I agree it really depends upon what you want the most for there are trade offs.

    I haven't made up my mind on my own selection... But I do know I don't care about wet handling because the car never sees rain. I'm not over concerned about mileage either because the car is rarely driven (2000 miles annually)...

    So I was considering the MT ET Street radial (rear axle)... But is it a tubless tire? I've heard it both ways... But I hear they break rear ends but it seems to happen at the track where traction is the very best. I don't plan on visiting the track so will the MT ET Street radial be a little more forgiving on the street? Highways are not a drag strip so traction should be less and therefore less likely to break an axle... But yet at the same time greatly increase traction over a regular street tire.

    As for the fronts I don't know?

    thought about:
    1. Nitto 555RII all the way around
    2. Nitto 555RII up front and 555R on the rear
    3. BFG g-force TA all the way around
    4. BFG g-force TA up front and BFG Drag radial on the rears
    5 BFG g-force TA up front and MT ET Street Radial on the rear
    6 Nitto 555RII up front and MT ET Street Radial on the rear

    Any experience fellow LS1'ers or suggestions?

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    i have the 555's in the front and the 555r's in the rear. now the 555r's suck in the rain because its a drag radial that only has 3/16" tread depth new, not 1/4"-5/16" tread depth like other street tires.

    i have had no issues with my 555's in the front being bad in rain/water. i would also suggest Perili P Zero Nero M+S tires (they are all season) but have great ratings on them and i had them on my old 95 z28. you can find those on www.Tirerack.com

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    i would go with the 555RII all around. that way you can rotate them, well front to back any way. And they will last a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    i have the 555's in the front and the 555r's in the rear. now the 555r's suck in the rain because its a drag radial that only has 3/16" tread depth new, not 1/4"-5/16" tread depth like other street tires.

    i have had no issues with my 555's in the front being bad in rain/water. i would also suggest Perili P Zero Nero M+S tires (they are all season) but have great ratings on them and i had them on my old 95 z28. you can find those on www.Tirerack.com
    im with him on the pzero neros as far as a great all around tire .......best bang/buck and a tire thats good at everything

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    Not that it really matters but I do hear the 555RII are some ruff riding sneakers?

    The Ex-GF had the Nitto 555's on her Bird and I agree they were a decent tire but no better than any other top notch street tire. I quickly discovered that the regular 555's wasn't serious enough for my taste.

    I'm in search of something much more serious... They should grip great but have terrible wet traction and last about 6,000 -8,000 miles...

    1. Nitto 555r better than a street tire but not too much grip
    2. BFG Drag radial maybe slightly better than a Nitto 555r
    3. MT ET Street great at dry traction but terrible mileage 3,000 and under

    As I was saying there are several good tires on the market and many perform well under several conditions. However therein lays the trade off, they are good tires over a wide range of conditions but don't exceed in any one area. If you want wet traction and longevity then the trade off is a loss of dry traction. It all comes down to how use the vehicle and your prefered direction on performance.


    Extreme Performance Summer = 15,000 - 20,000 mile tire
    Ultra High Performance Summer = 20,000 - 30,000 mile tire
    High Performance All-Season = 30,000 - 40,000 mile tire
    Standard Touring All-Season = 40,000 - 50,000 mile tire

    Give or take 3,000 miles depending upon driving habits

    Nonetheless, I greatly appreciate your input and really like hearing about your real world experiences. Your opinions are much better notes than any write up in a magazine article.
    Last edited by *JC*; 04-10-2007 at 01:59 PM.

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    Do you have to roll the wheel well lip to get the MT ET streets to fit?
    What about the BFG drag radials?

    Are the MT ET Streets tubless or tubed?

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    1st off... how much power are you putting down ?
    2nd... what kind of driving you have in mind (street, street/drag, drag, street/autox)
    3rd... how important are:
    dry grip (straight)
    dry grip (cornering)
    wet grip
    snow conditions (you ever see any)
    mileage (any requirements there)

    Without any of those answers, we can name any tire brand/model, without even suggesting something that is decent for his needs... we have no clue what his needs are.
    Try asking in the engine section: "What is the best cam ?"
    depends on lots of things: current setup, goals, use of car.

    I could recommend roadracing slicks... they stick very well... and can be considered the best on that.. but does it meet his needs ?
    that is the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    1st off... how much power are you putting down ?
    2nd... what kind of driving you have in mind (street, street/drag, drag, street/autox)
    3rd... how important are:
    dry grip (straight)
    dry grip (cornering)
    wet grip
    snow conditions (you ever see any)
    mileage (any requirements there)

    Without any of those answers, we can name any tire brand/model, without even suggesting something that is decent for his needs... we have no clue what his needs are.
    Try asking in the engine section: "What is the best cam ?"
    depends on lots of things: current setup, goals, use of car.

    I could recommend roadracing slicks... they stick very well... and can be considered the best on that.. but does it meet his needs ?
    that is the question.
    Very well said...

    I just wasn't getting my point across very good about how different tires really are. A great street tire is just that "a great street tire" well behaved in various conditions but not excellent an any one particular area.

    How much power?
    Factory

    what kind of driving you have in mind (street, street/drag, drag, street/autox)
    Street only driving, but something more along the lines of street/drag.

    how important are:
    dry grip (straight)
    on a scale of 1 - 10
    10

    dry grip (cornering)
    7 or 8

    wet grip
    2 or 3

    snow conditions
    LOL... Don't see any of that white stuff here in Florida and it rarely ever gets below freezing maybe five to ten days in the heart of winter total . So, the answer is 0

    mileage
    Not a real concern, I'd be happy if they only got 10,000 miles.

    Summary: Just looking for something that grabs really good on dry pavement. It'd be nice to be able to take off without spinning the wheels at such low RPM's...

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    nitto drs out back and whatever u like up front fits the bill your lookin for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenio_SS View Post
    1st off... how much power are you putting down ?
    2nd... what kind of driving you have in mind (street, street/drag, drag, street/autox)
    3rd... how important are:
    dry grip (straight)
    dry grip (cornering)
    wet grip
    snow conditions (you ever see any)
    mileage (any requirements there)

    Without any of those answers, we can name any tire brand/model, without even suggesting something that is decent for his needs... we have no clue what his needs are.
    Try asking in the engine section: "What is the best cam ?"
    depends on lots of things: current setup, goals, use of car.

    I could recommend roadracing slicks... they stick very well... and can be considered the best on that.. but does it meet his needs ?
    that is the question.
    I didn't know how picky people were on the specifics. If you read the first post, you would see BF Goodrich g-force sport or Nitto Nt555, which is a performance summer tire.Not drag. I should have made my title differnet,my mistake. I want a tire with performance for everyday driving. Just bolt-ons mods. Wet,dry, cornering.. how about all of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSwt00SS View Post
    i have the 555's in the front and the 555r's in the rear. now the 555r's suck in the rain because its a drag radial that only has 3/16" tread depth new, not 1/4"-5/16" tread depth like other street tires.

    i have had no issues with my 555's in the front being bad in rain/water. i would also suggest Perili P Zero Nero M+S tires (they are all season) but have great ratings on them and i had them on my old 95 z28. you can find those on www.Tirerack.com
    Ok, I'll look into Perili P Zero Nero M+S tires. thanks

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    another question. How wide of a tire could I put on a stock rim 17x9. stock tire is 275/40/17.

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    I don't know if anyone has had any experience with Bridgestone, but just a few months ago I put the Bridgestone Potenza RE750's 275/40/17 on my 2002 WS6. I love them, and they have good specs. Here is a page that compares alot if Ultra High Performance tires...the RE750's are #5...

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...speed_rating=Y

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