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    Rain with drag radials?

    Is it really that bad if you don't drive stupid? I have nitto drag radial and curious just in case I get caught in some rain. I mean is the car all of a sudden going to go sideways on me?
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    NT555r's are probably the safest drag radial to drive in the rain. I had a buddy drive 50 miles in the rain home from the track without issues, but it's best not to chance inclement weather with drag radials.
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    no its not that bad. i have 555r and when it rains just watch your foot. ive been 60mph in the rain and was fine, this was on the free way for about 15-20 mins, didnt go any faster for obvious reasons. also tread still had about 85% on it, now i cant speak for low tread.

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    dude...i wouldnt even THINK about chancing it. i cant answer your question, since my car is my DD, it has never seen drag radials...but i DO know, that i have lost track of how many "totaled my cobra" threads i have seen over the years (equipped with plenty pics), due to drag radials in the rain. i wouldnt even chance it.

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    From the threads of totalled Cobras, you will see they were either on low tread street tires or almost always on drag radials. I would not chance it bud, not worth it. Try searching "crashed cobras, totalled cobras" you may find some of the recent ones, not pretty.

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    It depends on what drag radials you and the tread level.

    The 555r's are great in rain all things considered ,but once they get worn down a little you probably shouldn't go over 50-60 mph for you could hydroplane very easy // Avoid standing water.

    Other drag radials are absolutely terrible in the rain but for the most part your right foot determines what happens !!

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    not a good idea. Anything with the power levels these cars have (even when they're stock) can get away from you pretty damn fast on wet pavement, even on street tires! What happens with drag radials is they typically have very little tread and will not disperse water effectively. The car could hydroplane unexpectedly even if you're not being careless, and it's just not worth the chance. If you still need them, try and avoid the rain. I think your car does anyway, don't it?
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    I had drag radials on my 96 grand sport when I lived in FL and I went and did a complete 360 on i95. I was only going 40mph. I got lucky and didnt crash. but I needed a diaper change

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    lol i drove in the rain with completely bald radials 335/30/18... that's a 13 and a half inch wide pontoon... couldnt get over 40-45 and the ass end swayed even with the clutch pulled in... it is fun to do some slow spins haha.... oh so no i would not recommend doing that

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    Best rain tire I have used is the regular NT 05 .

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    A friend of mine had a MT ET Street Radials on his daily, that he drove fine in the rain for months straight until one day the car hit a thin layer of water and went sideways into a pole at 45 mph crushing the front end in. Not a chance I'd take. Get two more rears to put radials on IMO.
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    555r's are fine in the rain. Drove on them for years in my old mustang and got caught in a down pour in my 03 on them. Never had to slow down a bit. The NT-05r's on the other hand were terrible in the rain when new. I wouldn't drive in the rain with any of the drag radials other than the 555r's at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mach1033 View Post
    I had drag radials on my 96 grand sport when I lived in FL and I went and did a complete 360 on i95. I was only going 40mph. I got lucky and didnt crash. but I needed a diaper change
    I thought my 555r's were good in the rain on my old cobra that was my DD...wrong! Once those tires wear down a bit, maybe below 50%? Look out, here comes your rear passing you in the other lane! Seemed like it happened over night too, one day they were fine in the rain and the next they were scary! Buy a DD beater, thats what I did so I dont get jammed up anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1wild-horse View Post
    not a good idea. Anything with the power levels these cars have (even when they're stock) can get away from you pretty damn fast on wet pavement, even on street tires! What happens with drag radials is they typically have very little tread and will not disperse water effectively. The car could hydroplane unexpectedly even if you're not being careless, and it's just not worth the chance. If you still need them, try and avoid the rain. I think your car does anyway, don't it?
    LOL, yeah my car pretty much avoids rain at all costs, but I'm just thinking in terms if I have an appointment at the shop I go to, which is about an hour away. Alot of it is freeway driving as well.


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    dude just dont do it. i had some nittos on my car and was doing 15-20 mph and my car went sideways.

    another occasion i had mickey thompson et street's on and same thing it was like very scary.

    i highly frown upon drag radials and rain.

    and for people that say oh it must be the driver. well bull shit to you, ive never wrecked in my life (knock on wood now) i have actually trained on road courses with professional drivers and ive been told i was an excellent driver.

    now i do have 2 sets of tires for my car. if i put on my wheels with the michelin pilot sport a/s plus tire its night and day difference. i can go fast in the rain. i also went 1.92 60'ft on this tires at the track vs my 1.59 in my drag radials
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    Nitto 555R's are great in the rain .... I've been caught in a few HUGH storms...My buddy with MT DR's (right behind me), not so good!
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    I had brand new 555Rs on my Cobra got caught in a rain storm with standing water. I almost lost control of it. Be very careful is standing water. I will never chance it again Id rather just pull over and wait it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timspony View Post
    Nitto 555R's are great in the rain .... I've been caught in a few HUGH storms...My buddy with MT DR's (right behind me), not so good!
    That would be me... MT in rain SUCK... definately need to watch what your doing and do it SLOW...
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    I may consider finding some stock 03-04 wheels for the rear with better tires just in case I need to get the car to the shop and rain is in the forcast. Better yet, I should just by a car trailor!

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    I had drag radials on my old GT which was supercharged and had a little less power than my Cobra currently has. They were Nitto 555r 315/35 and were ok in the rain but they were new, but the car was not daily driven so I did not have to drive it in the rain. I would just get a second set of rear rims and throw a good radial tire on them, you don't want to ruin your car over a set of tires.

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    I wouldn't chance it either man. My car came with Sumijunko's that the PO had installed and they are just as bad as bald tires. Needless to say I never drive my car in the rain

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    I drove roughly 200miles in poring rain with 555r's on my lightning. It was not bad but you could feel the truck dancing around a little. Just know you limits and be easy on/ off the gas and brake. Rev match when you down gear as well.

    Micky t's and bfg's suck in the ran after they have a few miles on them.
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    I have an extra pair of stock rims for that reason the car will hydro plain on a thin layer of water due to no water channels in the treds &also for on occasional winter ride as freezing weather can ruin drag radials.

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    I recently had some 03-04 wheels widened by weldcraft to 12" in the rear, was dead set on mounting some 345 BFG DR's on there for some extra traction and that mean look. However a few weeks ago my good friend totaled his built C5 vette on the highway on his way home from work with the NT05Rs he had on the back. Since then I decided just to go with some toyo RA1's so the compound is still soft for decent traction but they will do well in the rain. In the future I will just buy some 15x10 Prostars with slicks to mount out back when I get to the track and take them back off for the ride home. That way you dont sacrifice traction either (or totaling your vehicle)!

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