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  1. Andrew33

    Andrew33 Member Established Member

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    so I've read plenty about what rear tires to get but I haven't seen much talk about what people run on the front. What tires are you using? I have 2012 gt500 with the PP and 19" front rims. My rears are MT street S/S in 305/35r20.

    No real track use on the car and it's just driven on nice sunny days. Ive been looking at nitto nt555 g2's possibly. Let me know what you guys have
     
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    merkyworks Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Ran 305/35/20 Nitto G2's in the rear and they weren't bad but if you only drive on sunny days and rain/cold isn't a concern then I would look at something like a Michelin PS4's or SC2's.
     
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    I am running this exact setup and it is way better than the stock crap.
     
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    einehund Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I have been running the new continental contact sport tires and love them.
     
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    Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 in a 275-40-19. I’ve ran those and 275-40-20 for the last 2 years and love them. Economical, ride well, last well and handle the wet stuff when you get caught.
    I’ve a 2011 GT500 with the PP.


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  6. PM-Performance

    PM-Performance Active Member Established Member

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    Front tires are honestly gonna be moot if you drive around on ET Streets. You wont be able to turn worth a damn, so a nice front tire with good turn in is pointless.
     
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  7. Andrew33

    Andrew33 Member Established Member

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    I have noticed a bit of sway in the rear end after changing from the nitto 555R's.

    I decided on the Fire hawk Indy 500's as I got a good price on them.
     
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    Been running 555 G2 for about a year now (street only) and they are a solid value, but can get squirrelly quick (wet or cold). I prefer the Continentals, but the G2's were an economical choice at the time.
     
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    Black Cobra '99 Active Member Established Member

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    Hey barspen, can you elaborate on the G2's, how cold and wet are we talking?
    I just got a set and I intend to daily my car with some road course duty. Have you tried them on the track?
     
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    I’m running the 555 G2 all around on stock sizes PP car. I don’t drive the car that hard in the curves or drive it much but it is worlds better than the F1’s.
     

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    Yea that is likely because you went a little taller and the the ET streets are softer sidewall. Front tire isnt going to help that much though I dont think. Im gonna find out here soon as I have 305/35/20 ET Street SS coming in this week and running my regular 555's up front
     
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    Ingo Castilho New Member Established Member

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    Nitto nt555 g2 in the front and am pleased, I drive the car daily and rain or shine these work well. Have heard it said that they are not the best for cold climate but i live in Florida so not an issue for me.
     
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    I live in AZ, so 'cold' around here is in the 50's. I notice some rear wheel spin with temps in the mid-50's...much more pronounced then the Connis, but better than the OEM GYs. The 555G2's are very drivable, but any aggressive move (punch it on a ramp, quick pass, etc) and I feel them break loose even with some mild power-add on's for my '11. Same goes for when we see rain.

    I haven't tracked the G2s. Once I moved to a stickier NT01, I cant imagine going back to a street tire for HPDE. Its really limits how aggressive you turn-in, etc. Plus, I get a lot more mileage out of the street set now that I don't rip them up on a road course.
     
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    I’m running 305 35 20 NT555Rs out back and NT555 G2s our front rides hooks pretty well. Fine in rain I DD my car in everything but snow. Handles cold weather as well no issues. Don’t drive like a tard if it’s cold or wet you’ll be fine.


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  15. Black Cobra '99

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    Hmmm, I'm still a newbie so...
    I'll work my way up to the NT01 eventually but for now we'll see how the G2s do. Thanx man.
     
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    barspen Active Member Established Member

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    If you do enough HPDE you will get a separate setup of rim\tires just for the track (i resisted as long as I could)...Let the garage clean-out begin :)
     

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