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I can only hook up in second gear when the tires are sticky and its hot outside. I currently run Nitto G2's in a 305x30x20 using a CS 14 rim that is 20x11

The rims are very affordable and I think they look great. So yesterday I went into action and found a tire significantly better than a G2.

I ordered from CJ Pony a new set of rear rims for the car along with the Nitto NTO5 .... not the NTO5r .... the only size that I could find with a diameter of around 27.5 which is what the fronts are (for abs reasons) are these tires

So I ordered a rear set of 305x30x20 NTO5 with a rubber compound of 200 vs my Nitto G2's of 300

These are shaved tires but not as much as a true drag radial which means I have a little deeper tread depth than a drag radial comes with

My plans are simple .... around town and very short trips I use the NTO5; on trips to Shelbyfest etc I put back on the Nitto G2's ..... whole process takes a max of half hour to swap out

Once I get the tires and rims and install them I will keep everyone posted as to how the NTO5's do.
 

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Good stuff Don.

I’m running the Nitto NT05 (not R) on all 4 corners of my 2000 Cobra R. They are a great tire. For my higher-horsepower Shelby, I have Toyo R888s in the back at 295 width. I haven’t had them in the rain, but their dry traction is far superior than the NT05. They are noisy though.

I bet your NT05R tires have good grip. Just be careful getting caught in that frequent FL rain.
 

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Looking forward to the review on the NT05 tires. Apparently a 305/35/19 can be run on the orm 9.5” wide rear wheel as it’s said the Nittos run narrow compared to most tire brands.
 

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Looking forward to the review on the NT05 tires. Apparently a 305/35/19 can be run on the orm 9.5” wide rear wheel as it’s said the Nittos run narrow compared to most tire brands.
I've ran on the stock rims (18x9.5) a 305x40x18 tire .... its not a perfect fit but ran many a 555r back in the day!

Will keep you posted
 

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Looking forward to the review on the NT05 tires. Apparently a 305/35/19 can be run on the orm 9.5” wide rear wheel as it’s said the Nittos run narrow compared to most tire brands.

The NT05 305 is completely out of Spec for a 9.5 Rear OEM Shelby Wheel, minimum is 10.5, optimized is 11".

 

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The NT05 305 is completely out of Spec for a 9.5 Rear OEM Shelby Wheel, minimum is 10.5, optimized is 11".

Its not ideal .... I agree but u can put it on a 9.5 rim

The rims I run now are CS 14 20x11 in the rear
 

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The NT05 305 is completely out of Spec for a 9.5 Rear OEM Shelby Wheel, minimum is 10.5, optimized is 11".

I get it ..... still ran the tire though on 18.9.5
 

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Tires arrived and the new rims should be here Monday ..... the tread design looks so aggressive.

For around the town driving and traction whats the safest lowest PSI I should set the rears at?



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Tires arrived and the new rims should be here Monday ..... the tread design looks so aggressive.

For around the town driving and traction whats the safest lowest PSI I should set the rears at?



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I run my rear tires just a few psi lower than the fronts. I think you’ll get a TPMS alert if you go too low.
 

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I ran 275/40/18 NT05's on the rear for a bit (i had a "square" set up). Switched to 305/35/18 on stock rear rims...NT555R. Not ideal rim width, as mentioned above, but mountable and they work. I think the tires "fit" narrow. NT05's are good. NT555Rs are much better. Granted, I increased size and rubber, but I credit 90% of that grip on the rubber composition.

Overall, happy with Nitto, though.
 

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I ran 275/40/18 NT05's on the rear for a bit (i had a "square" set up). Switched to 305/35/18 on stock rear rims...NT555R. Not ideal rim width, as mentioned above, but mountable and they work. I think the tires "fit" narrow. NT05's are good. NT555Rs are much better. Granted, I increased size and rubber, but I credit 90% of that grip on the rubber composition.

Overall, happy with Nitto, though.

I could of gotten the 555R's in a 305x35x20 but it threw the rear OD to 28.5 vs 27.1 for the fronts. The only traction tire was the NTO5 non R in a 305x30x20 near a 27.2 I think

Could I have gotten the 555R's?
 
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