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    Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Who is running these and recommendations ???

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    I've been through several sets of *both* of these on my various vettes...

    Here's the best way to answer your question:

    If the car is *only* a drag strip car (meaning, you don't drive it on the streets AT ALL), then the MT's are right up your alley...
    If the car is driven on the street AT ALL, then the Nitto's are your tire!!!

    The Nittos don't drift around and make the rear of the car feel like it's on a cloud. However, they HOOK like a crazy!!!! And I promise you they handle CLOSE to stock in turns... Whereas the MT's make your car feel like it's going to roll over (because they have so much sidewall flex (again, which is great at the drag strip)) in the turns.
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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Yesterday I shot an email to Nitto asking when they will make a 305/35/19 like the M/T.
    The NT555R is their original design and the better of their two drag radials for everyday street driving. It's true the Nitto's don't hook up as well as the M/T's but they sure last longer and that's just what I want!!!!
    I suggest you all click on the link below to contact Nitto and let's bug the crap out of them so they get the hint that they need to make the NT555R in a 305/35/19 size.

    http://www.nittotire.com/Contact

    Gary

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Nitto makes the worst DR's ever, they just plain suck IMHO. MT all the way!

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    I'm guessing you haven't tried the 345/19 NT05R? I can lay down 650 RWHP in 1st, 750 RWHP in 2nd, 900 RWHP in 3rd and 1100 RWHP in 4th (Boost by gear) with them. They definitely don't "suck."

    Nitto makes the worst DR's ever, they just plain suck IMHO. MT all the way!

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    I have to admit, the MT 305-35-19 actually drives quite well, even around bends. I run 33 PSI out to and back from the track. Not much sidewall flex since it is low profile. It is definitely not a PS2 and feels more like a winter tire.

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    I had nitto dr on my 500rwhp z28 and they worked good for me. I now have nitto invo tires on my c5 and pull 1.78 60ft times not bad on street tires. I run 305/35/19 on my vette I would have dr on it if they made them.

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Quote Originally Posted by EdwardETraylorIII View Post
    I'm guessing you haven't tried the 345/19 NT05R? I can lay down 650 RWHP in 1st, 750 RWHP in 2nd, 900 RWHP in 3rd and 1100 RWHP in 4th (Boost by gear) with them. They definitely don't "suck."
    Never ran that size but I've had at least 20 different sets of Nitto DR's and they have all been terrible. Mickey Thompson, M&H, and Hoosier all make amazing drag radials that work really well. Nitto makes a GREAT street tire or normal radial, but can not keep up in the drag radial game IMHO

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    I doubt that Nitto is even going to make a 305-19-35 DR for our car. This write in to Nitto was tried some time ago. I think its been a year or more that this was discussed. I have used Nitto Dr' s in the past
    on another car I had and I liked them. They cover both worlds and will give you about 10K miles on a set. Cecil.........

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Junkie414 View Post
    Never ran that size but I've had at least 20 different sets of Nitto DR's and they have all been terrible. Mickey Thompson, M&H, and Hoosier all make amazing drag radials that work really well. Nitto makes a GREAT street tire or normal radial, but can not keep up in the drag radial game IMHO
    Nitto makes TWO different drag radials. The old 555R's did suck at the strip, but were pretty good on the street, and did last longer than other maker's DR's. Their new DR, however, the NT05R is pretty damm good. I'm sure it won't last as well but the traction is far superior to the 555R.

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    I couldn't have said this any better myself.

    Their new DR, however, the NT05R is pretty damm good. I'm sure it won't last as well but the traction is far superior to the 555R.

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Ive had NT05r's, just not in that exact size. MT > Nitto all day long IMO if you're looking for traction. When figuring out what drag radial I want mileage usually isn't a big factor for me personally, nitto easily wins that one hands down.

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Well, if it is anything worth of note, when at the track, I have observed with interest cars using MT drag radials putting down better 60 foot times compared to the NT05R. The Nitto was decent in the 1.7/1.8 range but the MT's were the ones pushing 1.5/1.6 60 foot times. That aside, I would certainly not use the MT's every day on the street since they were designed to hold heat for better grip (Temp C rating). I expect that they would not hold well up past 3,000 to 4,000 miles.

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    I'm only at 440 rwhp (6,000'+ DA) and using BFG 295/35-18 drag radials am able to get high 1.6 60' times. Either of the MT or Nt05R's should be as good or better.

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    Re: Mickey Thompson or Nitto drag radials ???

    Thanks for all the input
    I ordered MT's and should be running them at an 1/8th mile track friday night.
    I will let you guys know how I do
    I am sure that if I do not do well it will be the tires and if I do great it will simply be a reflexion on my amazing ability to control the car!!!

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