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  1. Shaker1

    Shaker1 Walkin' on Sunshine Established Member

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    Wheels are 10" in rear and 9" in front. Currently have Nitto 555R on back and 555 in front.
    305/35-18 & 275/40-18. Around 540 rwhp.

    Looking to stay with current wheels and wonder if there is any non-DR combination that might be recommended and not lose too much traction. Like to stay close to oem diameter (27") or a bit smaller. Current setup is appx 26.4" diameter.

    So far I have found Continental Extreme Contact Sport in OEM sizes. And Nitto 555G2 also in oem sizes.

    Anyone have any recommendations or comments on the above? I'd like to go as sticky and wide as possible and keep some wet weather margin of safety. TIA
     
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    da5deuce heatsoaked Established Member

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    Is this your daily? If not then I'd stick with a drag radial. 540hp is still power that you wana make sure gets to the ground and what better way to do that than with a DR. I had to daily my Shelby for about a month through California rain and my Mickey thompsons did great. If you only cruise your car, then by all means get the continental tire, or a similar nitto street tire.

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    Shaker1 Walkin' on Sunshine Established Member

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    Thanks, no not my daily, but I usually put around 4000 miles on it during the summer driving to work. Yeah, I should probably just replace the 555r in the back and maybe upgrade my 555 up front to 555G2 and call it a day. Pretty sure I will lament the loss of traction otherwise and the only time it sees rain or cold weather is if I fail to check the weather across my commute thoroughly.
     
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    Firestone Firehawk Indy 500. Just bought a set for my Cobra, fricken excellent tire, lots of other members here agree plus the price is very fair compared to Michelin/Bridgestone.
     
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    Brutal Metal Well-Known Member Established Member

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    You wanna put crap Nittos back on? Hell No! I gave the 555's 2 chances never again..
     
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    IronTerp Mid-Atlantic Cobra Assoc. Moderator

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    Continental Extreme Contact DW's. Significantly better than stock, reasonably priced. Michelin PS if money is not a concern.
     
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    Shaker1 Walkin' on Sunshine Established Member

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    Thanks.

    It looks like the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 is the more expensive tire. Is that the one you are referring to? As opposed to Pilot Super Sport or PS3? I don't mind paying up for the best traction possible (on a street tire).

    And the Continental Extreme Contact Sport looks to be the upgrade from the DW. Better traction I am assuming. Thoughts?

    Both come in 295/35-18 (about .9" shorter than oem and a bit wider). Any reason these 26.1" tires would be a problem on my 18x10" rear rims, other than adjusting tire revs? The Conti's come in oem sizing too.
     
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    Shaker1 Walkin' on Sunshine Established Member

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    It looks like in order to match front tire diameter to rears I would need to go with PS2s on rear and PS3s on front (F:295/35-18 & R:255/40-18). Any real problem with that?
     
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    me32 BEASTLY SHELBY GT500 TVS Moderator

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    I would recommend staying with the setup you have. At that power level the DR helps put the power to the ground.
     
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    Shaker1 Walkin' on Sunshine Established Member

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    Thanks. I am currently leaning that way. Thought I'd plan out the alternatives before making a final decision.
    But, your point is well taken.
     
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