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Hey guys , my cat came w all seasons, looking to upgrade the Tires.

I realize that drag radials are best for hooking up and straight line acceleration. Is this mainly the case on the dragstrip? Can the car be daily driven (summer only) on drag radials? Will they work on the street for hooking up as well as the strip? If I get caught in rain is the car still drive able, especially at highway speeds?

I was considering toyo r888 all around, much better then all seasons but they are a road race tire and probably won't hook up as well as drag radials for straight line acceleration, but they would be fun for daily commuting /handling. I am familiar w low tread ware and howling noise as I had them on my gtr. W there stiff sidewalls they won't be as good as drag radials but are pretty grippy. They are not good in the rain but I did drive my GTR w them in the rain if I was caught and at highway speed they were a little dicey but manageable .

I guess what I'm asking is my car will be a commuter in Summer and will drag radials compromise that w rain etc...thanks
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Mt et streets IMO are better street strip but worse in rain. Nitto 555's are not as soft as MTs but will grab messing around in street and ok at track n better in rain

Not a big selection in 305 as far as drag radials.. I use 2 sets of wheels DR on 1 set n for most of summer Michelin Super Sports, soft summer tire just pricey
 

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Hey guys , my cat came w all seasons, looking to upgrade the Tires.

I realize that drag radials are best for hooking up and straight line acceleration. Is this mainly the case on the dragstrip? Can the car be daily driven (summer only) on drag radials? Will they work on the street for hooking up as well as the strip? If I get caught in rain is the car still drive able, especially at highway speeds?

I was considering toyo r888 all around, much better then all seasons but they are a road race tire and probably won't hook up as well as drag radials for straight line acceleration, but they would be fun for daily commuting /handling. I am familiar w low tread ware and howling noise as I had them on my gtr. W there stiff sidewalls they won't be as good as drag radials but are pretty grippy. They are not good in the rain but I did drive my GTR w them in the rain if I was caught and at highway speed they were a little dicey but manageable .

I guess what I'm asking is my car will be a commuter in Summer and will drag radials compromise that w rain etc...thanks
Hey guys , my cat came w all seasons, looking to upgrade the Tires.

I realize that drag radials are best for hooking up and straight line acceleration. Is this mainly the case on the dragstrip? Can the car be daily driven (summer only) on drag radials? Will they work on the street for hooking up as well as the strip? If I get caught in rain is the car still drive able, especially at highway speeds?

I was considering toyo r888 all around, much better then all seasons but they are a road race tire and probably won't hook up as well as drag radials for straight line acceleration, but they would be fun for daily commuting /handling. I am familiar w low tread ware and howling noise as I had them on my gtr. W there stiff sidewalls they won't be as good as drag radials but are pretty grippy. They are not good in the rain but I did drive my GTR w them in the rain if I was caught and at highway speed they were a little dicey but manageable .

I guess what I'm asking is my car will be a commuter in Summer and will drag radials compromise that w rain etc...thanks
 

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Daily driver I wouldn't do drag radials. Remember you can't do cornering with them if you want to survive
 

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Daily driver I wouldn't do drag radials. Remember you can't do cornering with them if you want to survive
555's are ok u r not gonna do 90 but as far as dr limited. The michelins are solid cornering similar to pirelis just a bit softer for grip. Biggest problem is no matter what u put on they r gonna get torn up quick michelins and pirelis are almost 500 as opposed to 370 for mt dr's
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Also you mentioned toyo R888's they only come in 285-35-20 n 315-35-20 so limited
285 are As wide as some 295/305 they run wide w 10.8" tread width, but overall diameter is 27.7
 

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I wouldn't run DR's on a daily driver, piss poor in the rain or cold weather,if you plan on going to the strip more than a few times buy a cheap set of wheels and match them with a set of DR's for track days.
 

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^^^^^^^^
That's what I'm doing
 

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What size of the Michelin Super sport will fit on the stock HellCat wheels? I want more grip to put down the power and smoke some slomaros off the line but also want to feel like I can hit a fast corner and not end up in the ditch. Are the Super Sports good in the rain? Would you need to go Super Sports on all 4 corners?
 

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What size of the Michelin Super sport will fit on the stock HellCat wheels? I want more grip to put down the power and smoke some slomaros off the line but also want to feel like I can hit a fast corner and not end up in the ditch. Are the Super Sports good in the rain? Would you need to go Super Sports on all 4 corners?
Think it all depends where you live. Here in Florida I have nitto 555r 305 on back and nitto 555r 275 on front
and they grip like a son of a gun! had to take off the stock Pirellis all seasonal because that's what will put
you in a ditch down here.
 

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What size of the Michelin Super sport will fit on the stock HellCat wheels? I want more grip to put down the power and smoke some slomaros off the line but also want to feel like I can hit a fast corner and not end up in the ditch. Are the Super Sports good in the rain? Would you need to go Super Sports on all 4 corners?
To save a few bucks, just throwing this out there, a matching 305 pirelli is 28.4 and the stock is 28.7 3 tenths. An option to just replace the rears. The 305's are listed for a 10inch rim 9.5 will be fine IMO I am taking a ride out to AJ's True street performance if you get a chance look up true street performance in long island. I am just trying to help.
 

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Think it all depends where you live. Here in Florida I have nitto 555r 305 on back and nitto 555r 275 on front
and they grip like a son of a gun! had to take off the stock Pirellis all seasonal because that's what will put
you in a ditch down here.
What size of the Michelin Super sport will fit on the stock HellCat wheels? I want more grip to put down the power and smoke some slomaros off the line but also want to feel like I can hit a fast corner and not end up in the ditch. Are the Super Sports good in the rain? Would you need to go Super Sports on all 4 corners?
Just throwing this out there. Why not keep your fronts and go with Nitto 555's in rear 305
 

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What size of the Michelin Super sport will fit on the stock HellCat wheels? I want more grip to put down the power and smoke some slomaros off the line but also want to feel like I can hit a fast corner and not end up in the ditch. Are the Super Sports good in the rain? Would you need to go Super Sports on all 4 corners?
Do you have the summer stocks or all season?
 

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Think it all depends where you live. Here in Florida I have nitto 555r 305 on back and nitto 555r 275 on front
and they grip like a son of a gun! had to take off the stock Pirellis all seasonal because that's what will put
you in a ditch down here.
I live in Calgary up North in Canada!! We get crappy weather the best of times. Rain can roll through in the summer at any given time so having tires that at least have some traction in rain are a must. I would also like something that can launch off the line and show that the HellCat is the king of the jungle on the streets!! lol
 
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I live in Calgary up North in Canada!! We get crappy weather the best of times. Rain can roll through in the summer at any given time so having tires that at least have some traction in rain are a must. I would also like something that can launch off the line and show that the HellCat is the king of the jungle on the streets!! lol
I really don't have a problem in light rain with the NT555r but the NT05r that's a different story!
 

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I live in Calgary up North in Canada!! We get crappy weather the best of times. Rain can roll through in the summer at any given time so having tires that at least have some traction in rain are a must. I would also like something that can launch off the line and show that the HellCat is the king of the jungle on the streets!! lol
I live in Calgary up North in Canada!! We get crappy weather the best of times. Rain can roll through in the summer at any given time so having tires that at least have some traction in rain are a must. I would also like something that can launch off the line and show that the HellCat is the king of the jungle on the streets!! lol
As far as the michelins, pirellis. You will go through them quick, yes they are good in rain. I believe Michelins are used by imports Ferrari, Porsche. Those cars are cornering cars you have much more torque and will roast at any given time. I loved the Michelins just truly trying to give you best of both worlds if that is possible. Im waiting for the group of other members to tell me im wrong. My shop suggested either Mich or Pirellis I went with Michelins and honestly I was blown away. Then I switched out the rear for a MT drag radial, great drag tire not for rain, Nitto 555's I believe are rated lightly in rain. If Dodge made rims 1/2 inch bigger life for tires would be a joy.. Sorry so long..
 

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I really don't have a problem in light rain with the NT555r but the NT05r that's a different story!
I totally agree. i believe the 555's are rated for light rain. Not 100% but the problem is lots of owners are worried about rubbing issues. On a 305 rear no issues. A 315 which is the NTO5 IDK I have seen people roll the fenders and i have seen fine. Drig trust me wait till the ( experienced racers log on we will all be wrong .. LOL Can only try right..
 
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