Re: new tires-Help
Their life really depends on how you drive. The fact that you are in the need of more traction tells me you drive in a spirited manner which, in turn, is going to shorten the life of the tires.
I've gotten up to 12k out of nitto 555R's before, but that was running them down to bald and I never took it easy on them. And from my understanding, you will not get near the life out of mickey's as you will nittos because they are much softer.
I will be getting my first set of mickey's in a few weeks after the NY trip so I'll be able to tell you better their life expectancy...but I do know they are not recommended my many to be driven in the rain.
You may be able to go with the Nitto 555 street radials. I know they were real nice on my 2000 GT when I had that. Really improved my traction over stock. Nitto also has that new NT05 street tire that is kind of between the 555 and the 555R drag radial.
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