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is there any downside to using a drag radial as an everyday tire? like faster treadwear, wet traction, etc?

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I've heard that the nitto 555 non drag radial tire is a good one. Great traction and wear. I know there like a 555 adn a 555r or something, one is the DR the other is the street tire. Might want to check those out.
 

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Keep in mind, that if you are looking for traction, the faster it wears, the stickier it probably is. I have heard from someone who has had every drag tire under the sun on his car that Nittos are great on the street but not so gret at the track. I have seen many tests that give very nice 60' times for M/T ET STreets, even comapred to the ET Drags.
 

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I've used both the BF Goodrich drag radials, and the Nitto drag radials as an everyday tire on the street. In my opinion, unless you want to buy new tires at the end of every summer, I would stay away from them. Especially the BFG's, those suckers wear fast. I took a trip down to Illinois from Minnesota two summers ago with my Mustang, and I had BFG dr's on the back. It was 90+ degrees the whole trip down there, and when I arrived I could visibly see that the tire's had worn and there were rubber chunks stuck on my rocker panels...and I hadn't even done any burnouts, lol. That's what you get though with a tire that has a wear rating of 0. The Nitto's were a little better as far as tread life and performance in the rain, but they do not hook up as well in my experience.

If your car was a weekend warrior type of thing, I would say go for it...but since you're driving it every day I vote regular street tire. :)


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Let's make this simple. Buy a spare pair of wheels, and put racing tires on them. Swap them either right before/after you race, or do it at the track itself. What do you think will happen the first time you get caught in the rain with drag radials on?

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Silver95Bird said:
Let's make this simple. Buy a spare pair of wheels, and put racing tires on them.
this is what i planned on doing. i was just wondering about using the drag radials as a daily tire.

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Nitto 555's suck for the track, and don't do that well in the street traction wise either. The 555 DR's suck as well, unless you do some crazy burnout.
The BFG's are gonna wear no matter what, but using them everyday isn't gonna wear them out "that" quickly. A good friend uses them everyday on his Gen1 L and they are still decent after a year of driving on the street and using them at the track.
I used mine on the street for a while, and didn't notice and crazy amount of wear, but they didn't get that good of traction on the street either. I think 555's are better for the street, in my case anyways.
Shouldn't matter much anyways, cuz the more they wear the better they should be for the track.

Drag radials are obviously not ideal for the rain, but they really aren't that bad, just watch out for hydo-planing in really bad rain (of course any tire you have to watch out for that). I ran Comp T/A's on my 95' almost all winter still winter kind of ), which was kind of stupid considering I have 4 practically new studded tires for it lol. My 97' w/ 255/45/18 555's get's worse traction in the ice/snow than the 95' with the Comp T/A's.
 
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