View Full Version : Daily Drive on MT ET streets or Nitto 555r's


Function>Form
12-28-2006, 06:25 PM
What Is the wear comparison on these. i need a nice sticky tire that i can DD through rain and shine. and what is the wear comparison on these. and which would grip on the street/track.

i will be using them on my stock 17" ws6 wheels so im assuming 275/40/17 would be the available size for each for my application.

let me know what you guys think

BriancWS6
12-28-2006, 06:36 PM
I am on my second set of Nittos. They lasted around 15k or so of pure hell before I took them off. They will no doubt be what your looking for. The MTs will hook ALOT better, but they will wear out extremely fast, and they aren't going to be good for rain either. For a daily driver, the Nittos will be the best choice.

Function>Form
12-28-2006, 08:57 PM
what size are you running?

casper the ghost
12-28-2006, 09:10 PM
I run the MT ET Street Radial and I think it is the best choice out there.
Handle great, hook extremely well, and will act decent in wet weather
conditions. I don't keep track of miles so I'm not sure how many miles
a set will produce compared to other brands. I have run nittos and they
don't seem to hook very good if you are making alot of power....

nokeman
12-28-2006, 10:38 PM
My Nittos have lasted a long time. They still have about 90% tread left and I have had them on for around 6000 miles of so. But I havent done any burnouts on them though. I take care of them so thats why they last.

SSNISTR
12-28-2006, 10:51 PM
havent done any burnouts on them though..
Why are you using Nittos DR's then?

gator's 99TA
12-28-2006, 10:52 PM
nitto drag radials will easily last 15-18K miles if you dont beat on them constantly. mt radials wont last 1/4 of that milage. et streets (bias ply) might last 2K miles max and are not DD tires

BriancWS6
12-28-2006, 10:59 PM
what size are you running?
(Puts on flame suit) 315/35 17

Function>Form
12-29-2006, 12:33 AM
damnn im not quite sure what to go with, i need to get tires soon and i can get them both at about ~155 a tire, for 275/40/17... but i heard the nitto's run thin, and thats what im scared about because i love the hook and look of the fat tire out back

BriancWS6
12-29-2006, 09:29 PM
damnn im not quite sure what to go with, i need to get tires soon and i can get them both at about ~155 a tire, for 275/40/17... but i heard the nitto's run thin, and thats what im scared about because i love the hook and look of the fat tire out back
Here's a pic of my car with the 315s. This is my old set before they were all the way gone.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p247/BriancWS6/DR.jpg

Jimmard
12-30-2006, 12:19 AM
(Puts on flame suit) 315/35 17

:eek2: I'm running 275s and they seem thinner than my front 275 street tires. That just seems scary tho. How do they handle on corners?

BriancWS6
12-30-2006, 11:18 AM
:eek2: I'm running 275s and they seem thinner than my front 275 street tires. That just seems scary tho. How do they handle on corners?
Did you see the above pic? I ran that set for close to 15k, and I am on another set that already has 2-3k on them. I go through some corners pretty hard and they've never felt awkward.

dailydriver
01-02-2007, 04:03 PM
:eek2: I'm running 275s and they seem thinner than my front 275 street tires.

That's because they ARE thinner in section/tread width than almost any other tire of the same size out there (except for the street 555s, and maybe the Firehawk SZ50s). I've seen the 245/50 16s 555Rs on the back with the same size GSCs up front and it looks downright stupid (like 1.5-1.75" narrower than the GSCs!!).

The LT1 That Could
01-02-2007, 04:31 PM
I rolled on Nitto DRs 275/50/15 for a long time, and loved them. Better than expected wet weather traction for a daily driver. I got around 10K on them once I sold, and they still had great tread.

I also ran Nitto DRs on my 17" SS wheels.

I am running the MTs now, and wouldn't even try wet weather. I have heard some horror stories of them reacting to water very similar to an ET Street, which was a lot of fun.....not!

I would go with the Nittos. 275/40/17, or if you can squeeze them on, a 315/35, which is not recommended, but can be done

RevGTO
01-02-2007, 11:59 PM
I've run both, and as far as I'm concerned, the MT's are strictly a good weather/track tire. They hook MUCH better than Nittos. But I would not want to get caught in the rain with them.

The Nittos are good in the rain as long as they have significant tread. They hook ok for street use if you are careful with the throttle. They are a good street/DD tire, although awful skinny, like everybody is saying.

Function>Form
01-03-2007, 02:10 AM
its going to be a street tire, only daily driven in good weather. doesnt see rain much, but will see it sometimes. i would like them to last as close to a hard 10k-15k as possible. but that kind of rules the MT's out

The LT1 That Could
01-03-2007, 01:24 PM
Go Nitto!

Ragtop 99
01-04-2007, 10:53 AM
nitto drag radials will easily last 15-18K miles if you dont beat on them constantly.

You got more miles than me. 12k miles tops for daily driving if you want some margin of safety in the rain. I generally planned 8 - 10k from a set before they were track only use.

SS1875
01-04-2007, 11:26 AM
Stick with the Nitto's you'll be much happier as far as tread/tire life and usefulness. Don't get me wrong, I like the M.T. but it is a very soft compound and will not hold up as long for DD and street abuse...definately a better track tire. IMO

dailydriver
01-04-2007, 03:22 PM
The 555R's narrow width also helps contribute to it's better rain performance (but of course most of that comes from the tread pattern/grooves). Also, most find that they get less crap picked up (and therefore less punctures/flats) with the harder Nittos over the gumball, nail, screw & shrapnel "magnet" M/Ts.

Jimmard
01-22-2007, 02:12 AM
Damn, I can't get those 315s off my mind on the stock wheels. I have to buy new rear tires and I am seriously considering it. I just don't know how safe it is... Anyone want to reassure me?

DMONEY06
01-22-2007, 11:33 AM
I rolled on Nitto DRs 275/50/15 for a long time, and loved them. Better than expected wet weather traction for a daily driver. I got around 10K on them once I sold, and they still had great tread.

I also ran Nitto DRs on my 17" SS wheels.

I am running the MTs now, and wouldn't even try wet weather. I have heard some horror stories of them reacting to water very similar to an ET Street, which was a lot of fun.....not!

I would go with the Nittos. 275/40/17, or if you can squeeze them on, a 315/35, which is not recommended, but can be done

why is it not recommended

sick240
01-22-2007, 12:46 PM
i'm on my 2nd pair of nittos, they work well (if tread is there) in the rain.

HeapaShifter
01-22-2007, 01:13 PM
I just drove on my Nitto 555r's in the rain today. No problems. Just have to remember they're there and not do anything too crazy. Mine are 315/35/17's, but are on 11 inch wide rims.

RW99
01-22-2007, 05:26 PM
Nitto 555r 315/35/17 on CCW 10.5" rims for maybe two years... durability is good, street traction was OK until I went turbo. Occasional use in wet conditions, I just drove it like a baby... no problems. But you don't want to drive any drag radial through standing water at speed.

I need more traction, so I'm putting on some 315 BFG D/R's.

NVR KNO
01-22-2007, 05:53 PM
i have both tires. my nittos, 315/35/17's on a 11inch rim are for the street and then i have a set of mickey's, 275/50/15's on a 8.5inch rim for the track. i put the nittos on my stock rims before i had my new rims come in for about a week. they buldged out pretty bad but drove fine. i would reccommend the nittos for daily driving though, alot more life out of them.

The LT1 That Could
01-23-2007, 12:03 AM
why is it not recommendedthe 315 is supposively too wide for a 9" wheel...it can be done, and I have seen it, but most people will tell you not to do so.

cakweems
01-23-2007, 06:39 AM
The M/T are the best street/strip tire out there i've been through 3 sets of them,but when you get them in the rain they will put you in a ditch.I would not advise them on a DD.I put the Nitto's on my car for the DD and bought the M/T to put on the drag radials.

bluehawk2
01-23-2007, 09:55 AM
My nitto's did well in the rain and they even hooked decently.........while the car was stock................Now, I have to rum MT's at the track.............You could run 285/40/17's on the back to keep the tires from looking so small...................just don't have any aspirations of dead hooking if you are making much over stock hp

sick240
01-23-2007, 10:14 AM
the nittos worked quite well for me, just broke the rear-end on the street so i guess you could say they hook.

blazin
12-11-2008, 11:56 PM
(Puts on flame suit) 315/35 17

Back from the dead. Anymore pics of the 315/35 on stock width wheels?

apex1
12-23-2008, 12:16 AM
I dont understand, why are you guys saying its narrow? You're saying the nittos 275's arent 275s???

whitdog54
12-23-2008, 03:03 AM
Did you see the above pic? I ran that set for close to 15k, and I am on another set that already has 2-3k on them. I go through some corners pretty hard and they've never felt awkward.

Any more pics?

F8L_LS1
12-23-2008, 04:47 AM
i had the m/t drag radials on before my 555r's. i gunned it once when it was damp and i was in 3 different lanes... the back end slid out doing S's until it finally cought. it was 4am and nobody was around so it was fun.
but the 555r's feel so much better and i feel confident to drive my car anywhere now.

blake110106
12-23-2008, 04:49 PM
yeah MT's sucks in the rain. They gave me the first scare ive ever had in the rain. Not run when your traveling 50 on a straight away and hit a puddle and the ass end goes side to side.

im going nittos when i get more DR's

nahasapeemapetalon
12-23-2008, 05:08 PM
What Is the wear comparison on these. i need a nice sticky tire that i can DD through rain and shine. and what is the wear comparison on these. and which would grip on the street/track.

i will be using them on my stock 17" ws6 wheels so im assuming 275/40/17 would be the available size for each for my application.

let me know what you guys think

Dont get MT ET Streets if you are wanting to drive in rain. end of story.

nahasapeemapetalon
12-23-2008, 05:09 PM
Back from the dead. Anymore pics of the 315/35 on stock width wheels?

:hijack:

315's on stock width wheel is stupid.:eyes:

315's on stock modified wheels is fine. widen your rims as i am if you want 315's.

1BAD_LS1
12-23-2008, 06:07 PM
Check out the NT05 before you buy some tires....

http://www.nittotire.com/#index%2Eti...t05%2Eoverview

They look pretty kick ass...

98RedBird
12-23-2008, 06:10 PM
For a DD absolutely, positively the Nittos.

tillery
12-23-2008, 06:39 PM
I DD on MT 315-35-17 DRs. Used to have NITTOs DRs The Nittos did thier job of being round and holding air. Thats about it. The MT were not that much more and as for a DR in this size I wouldnt use another.

sidewayz28
12-23-2008, 06:50 PM
considering ive driven on both, i say Nitto for daily.. M/T are not very practical for DD, i would not feel comfortable driving on the M/Ts in the rain.

but on the other hand. Traction wise, M/Ts SHIT on Nittos.

nahasapeemapetalon
12-23-2008, 06:55 PM
considering ive driven on both, i say Nitto for daily.. M/T are not very practical for DD, i would not feel comfortable driving on the M/Ts in the rain.

but on the other hand. Traction wise, M/Ts SHIT on Nittos.

Depends what you mean about not practical. Personally i dont drive much in the rain, yea i get caught in it once in a while. I have another car for crappy weather. If its your only car and you put on tons of miles and dont care if you lose races cuz of crappier tires buy nittos. Yes they wear faster but they hook way better. So if you dont plan on driving in the rain a lot of the time or dont mind spending more for better performance go MT's.
Just like big cams arent practical for daily driving, sure they are.:D
Usually you sacrifice some things for performance.

sidewayz28
12-23-2008, 07:08 PM
Nittos handle alot better then M/Ts as well. Just look at the tread pattern. What you see is what you get.

where i live, rain is something that happends frequently. I know driving my car, id feel safer on a Nitto.

Thankfully i have 2 sets of wheels. My stockers have the M/Ts, and ive got 315 sumicrapos for DD

tillery
12-23-2008, 09:08 PM
I get a fair share of rain here in the desert of WTX and ice. I drive to work in all weather. I dont expect any DR to be able to tread water. SO I went for traction. If you live where it rains like Seattle, then something with good tread is better. Same here on the Sumicraps for winter.

nahasapeemapetalon
12-23-2008, 10:16 PM
2 sets is ideal, nice man.

Super Speed
12-23-2008, 10:24 PM
I'm on my second set of nitto's I got 10k on my first set! I would have gotten mickey's if I had a better rear end but the mileage just isn't as good ~3k miles vs 10k $$$$

NastyC6
12-24-2008, 01:36 AM
I would go with the Nittos