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Old October 31st, 2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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18" street tire for drag racing

Currently comparing Toyo R888 vs Nitto 555R vs BFG DR
(size ~335/35/18, power ~750-800rwhp)

Over the years I have had experiences with all 3. But I will spare you guys the long ass post and just ask for your feedback because I dont have any experience with them at this power level.

I know there are lots of guys here putting that type of power or more to the ground in street trim. So, I was hoping to get some hands on feedback and possibly some details as to what type of power you are able to hold down through first and second gear with what tire?

I have a feeling the BFG is going to be the bare minimum required, but if its not asking too much to hold onto some handling, than I would prefer to. But these will be going on a set of 18x12 that I will use just for drag racing and occasional smack down cruising.
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I went to the drag strip with a6 hoosiers over the weekend and managed a 1.68 60' time. I have ran the BFG's but they are not good in the corners but I could get 1.5x 60' times with those. I would imagine that the toyos would be similiar to the a6s. I think the Nittos would be in between. They probably are ok to below average in the handling but are pretty good on the strip. I decided to run the a6s because they hold good power on the street and handle awesome. They are decent at the track but they are not drag radial. With a well prepped track I think high 1.5s are possible.
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The Nitto 555R Drag Radial is going to give you the best all around performance. You can run the twisties hard in them with no rear end sway and they hook pretty damn good. I'm making 660/710 with the Roe and I hook up just fine with them.

I know the MT and the BFGs will hook harder at the race track but you will not be able to corner with them.
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ya you guys have me looking at these MT ET Street radials. I wish they came in a 335 though. Its either a 305 thats is just barely wider than my current 305s i have on 19s, and then it jumps up to a 345 that is 1.7" wider than I am right now, which I am not sure will fit (this is not for a Viper). These MTs are already running wide for their size. I am sure the 305s will hook way better than my current RE11s on 19's, but I would like to take advantage of all available space and go as wide as I can.

If I order the 345/35/18s (which are also an entire inch taller diameter than I should have), if I cannot make them fit... would anyone here buy them off me? damn... if I can make those things fit, this car would take off like a son of a bitch. I can just tell by looking at that tire that its a mean motherfucker
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