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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 10th, 08, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Need tire advice!!

So I have Nitto450's in the front and rear and the car isn't hooking. Was wondering what a good tire would be to put in the rear that will hook the car from a roll (never need to do a dig). I have Torq Thrust rims at 17 inches. I was looking at the Nitto INVO tire and was told it is realtively soft compound tire. The problem is finding a good drag radial (do not want slicks) in the size 255/50/R17. I want a tire that will stick well but will not kill me in the rain or making turns. I will and have never tracked or dragged the car, never plan on it, and never plan on driving in the rain unless I absolutely have to such as home from the mechanic. Obviously on corners and in the rain I will not be an idiot or go above 40 mph and take turns like your grandmother. I was told I could probably even fit a 255/60/17 tire in the rear. The car is a 67 camaro and I don't want skinny 40's in the rear because it just won't look right .

Anyone have any luck with the INVOs from Nitto? Any other good tire that will fit my size and needs?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 10th, 08, 05:43 PM
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Re: Need tire advice!!

I will soon be swapping my worn out 255-45-17 goodyears for a pair of Nitto 555R drag radials, in 275-40-17.
Measurements say they will be the same ht and sidewall as my existing tires, but an inch wider and lots stickier.
I don't think they come in a 255, and I know they don't come in a 275-45, or I'd get that for a lil extra Ht.

I'll be keeping my rims, 17x8, 4 1/2" Bs. Measurements say they won't rub. Rims could be wider, but they are what they are.

Experience in a friends 600 hp stickshift car proves these hook pretty well. They wear pretty good too.





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Thats what the tire shop told me that it would look the same as a 255/50 but my mechanic says it will still look a little profile for the car. So should I give in for the INVOs or the 555Rs? the tire shop said the 555s would hook better...
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I would get a set of mickey thompson et streets. Nitto drag radials are good on a car to about 350 rwhp, after that, a better tire is needed. I run 315/35/17 nittos on my LS1 Camaro SS and it dead hooks, but I would say I'm around 330 whp, and it still have the factory gear without a big converter. My friend had them on his Trans Am with bolt ons, 3800 converter, and 3.73 gears, and he would just blow them away foot braking it. Here is another friend of mines Trans Am with 450 rwhp. Runs 315/35/17 ET street radials with a 3800 converter, and a 12 bolt with 4.11s. He did this foot braking.



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and the nitto 555 drag radials on my 99 Camaro SS for comparison


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I ran 275-40-17 Nitto 555 tires for a year on the rear of my GTO. Then I switched to 275-40-17 Mickey Thompson drag radials. The M/T hook better at the dragstrip, but they are scary in the rain (don't normally drive in the rain with my GTO, but got caught out out in it a couple times). The Nittos run a little smaller than the other brands. Everyone that uses them on a late model GTO claim they fit, but most other 275-40-17 tires require rolling the fender lip or grinding the lip. So in summary, M/T or BFG drag radials hook better if you are looking for a low 60' time at the dragstrip, but the Nitto 555 is probably a better compromise if you are driving on the street.

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I ran 275-40-17 Nitto 555 tires for a year on the rear of my GTO. Then I switched to 275-40-17 Mickey Thompson drag radials. The M/T hook better at the dragstrip, but they are scary in the rain (don't normally drive in the rain with my GTO, but got caught out out in it a couple times). The Nittos run a little smaller than the other brands. Everyone that uses them on a late model GTO claim they fit, but most other 275-40-17 tires require rolling the fender lip or grinding the lip. So in summary, M/T or BFG drag radials hook better if you are looking for a low 60' time at the dragstrip, but the Nitto 555 is probably a better compromise if you are driving on the street.
Exactly what I was looking for information wise. I have only been caught in the rain about 2 or 3 times, all coming home from the mechanic, or being rained on unexpectedly somewhere. I had to get home so I had to drive the car, but driving in the rain IS NOT FUN! The car pivoted 45 degrees when I lightly accelerated to pass someone going 35 mph. I have since put in a brand new suspension so it might be a little better off but I still hate to risk it.
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I ran 275-40-17 Nitto 555 tires for a year on the rear of my GTO. Then I switched to 275-40-17 Mickey Thompson drag radials. The M/T hook better at the dragstrip, but they are scary in the rain (don't normally drive in the rain with my GTO, but got caught out out in it a couple times). The Nittos run a little smaller than the other brands. Everyone that uses them on a late model GTO claim they fit, but most other 275-40-17 tires require rolling the fender lip or grinding the lip. So in summary, M/T or BFG drag radials hook better if you are looking for a low 60' time at the dragstrip, but the Nitto 555 is probably a better compromise if you are driving on the street.
Are you talking the MT ET Streets though? or the straight drags?
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Are you talking the MT ET Streets though? or the straight drags?
et street drag radials I believe. thats what my friend is running on his t/a and i'm pretty sure this guy is too.

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Looks like I have to get the INVOs just incase. Better safe than sorry.
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