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Old 06-04-2002, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How long do Nitto drag radials last?

I'm about due for new tires now. I need to know whether to go with the F1 Supercar's again or got the Nitto drag radials. My only concern is that the Drag radials wont last very long and in turn cost me alot of extra money in replacing them again. Does anyone know what kind of mileage you can expect out of the drag radials under normal driving conditions. Basically, how much less use (as a percentage since driving styles vary) can you expect out of the drag radials as opposed to the stock tires?
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Old 06-04-2002, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How long do Nitto drag radials last?

I believe the treadware rating on the F1 Supercar and the Nitto 555R is the same. Both use a pretty soft compound. So the tire should last about as long as the F1 at a lot less cost. However in wet weather I will take the F1 hands down.

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I'm about due for new tires now. I need to know whether to go with the F1 Supercar's again or got the Nitto drag radials. My only concern is that the Drag radials wont last very long and in turn cost me alot of extra money in replacing them again. Does anyone know what kind of mileage you can expect out of the drag radials under normal driving conditions. Basically, how much less use (as a percentage since driving styles vary) can you expect out of the drag radials as opposed to the stock tires?
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Old 06-04-2002, 10:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is the dry weather traction that much better for the drag radial? Is it worth it?
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Old 06-04-2002, 11:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am not convinced the dry weather traction is any better on the drag radial, but it is a lot cheaper so I, for example, am considering a drag radial for the 1/4 mile (though I lean to the BFG not the Nitto) and the F1's for Road Racing and around town.

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Is the dry weather traction that much better for the drag radial? Is it worth it?
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Treadwear on F1 is 220, Nitto DR is 140, BFG DR 00. F1 is the best all around choice, Nitto is next and much better than F1 at drags, Bfg most traction at drags but on wet roads when they let go you will only become aware theres a problem as you spin.(has happened to me twice over the years. I use bfg's for drags but am not happy on the drive if it's wet. Nitto's are the best comprimise if you want to leave them on the car all the time but want max traction on strip. 140 should be good for 3-15K depending on number of times you heat them up for drag launch. Ric
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You cannot compare treadwear rating between tires of different tire brands.You can only compare within the same tire brand.
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Old 06-04-2002, 02:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Gary, I diden't know that treadwear number was by brand . I was allway's under the impresion it was done to a federal guide line measuring wear ,same as mpg posted on differant brands?Learning something new on the fourms is allways cool . My posted impresion is from my use of the three tires, not on the tread wear number, just to keep it clear. Ric
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Old 06-04-2002, 02:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ric,

You and I both learned something new

BTW I agree with your estimated differences in wear between brands.

FWIW I entered the Z06 in a power slide contest a few weeks back (wet pavement, idea is to flip the rear end, steer into the slide and power around within a circle - if you have never done this it is a BLAST). Anyway I did "OK" - then the instructor (who owns a M3 and used to own a 99 C5) asked if he could give it a try. He had two comments. "Far exceeded my expectations, which were high in the first place" and "damn those F1's grip so well in the wet you build up speed better then any car I have driven out here".

For reasons like these I love the F1's and wouldn't use a drag radial for everyday use - but if I did, like you I would pick the Nitto's - the BFG's are terrible in the rain.

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Gary, I diden't know that treadwear number was by brand . I was allway's under the impresion it was done to a federal guide line measuring wear ,same as mpg posted on differant brands?Learning something new on the fourms is allways cool . My posted impresion is from my use of the three tires, not on the tread wear number, just to keep it clear. Ric
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Yes Ric I learned this from a guy who works for the Goverment.He sets standards for Lt.trucks and cars and he really knows his stuff about cars.
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Re: How long do Nitto drag radials last?

They will last different lengths of miles based on your right foot. My first set lasted 11k. My new set is almost to the wear bars in 2k. I have been running them since 2007 with zero problems, even in the rain.
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