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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Fri, Jan-22-2016, 10:20:08 AM   #1
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Default Would you run NT01s on the street if your M was your weekend car?

I'm looking at buying a set of rims which have almost new Nitto NT01s on them and I'm not sure if I should be concerned to drive them on the street. I know they're a DOT tire but they are not recommend. I put less than 3k miles a year on the M3 and it's more of a weekend car anyways so it wouldn't see moist grounds anyways. I must've drove my car 400 miles in 2015. They may see a track day if I ever decide to fit my car with a roll bar to bring it up to spec. I don't drive the M in the winter when there's salt on the ground either. So is it more of a heat cycle issue with these tires or is it a millage thing?
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No harm in it... probably not possible to get them/keep them up to optimum temp on the street tho. Might actually see better grip with with one of the hot new "200 TW" autocross tires.
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Old Fri, Jan-22-2016, 04:15:12 PM   #3
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Default Re: Would you run NT01s on the street if your M was your weekend car?

Sounds like your selective on when you take it out, but if you happen to get caught in the rain it's going to suck.
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Default Re: Would you run NT01s on the street if your M was your weekend car?

You'll be fine on the street with those tires; even in the wet provided they're not worn down to a "slick". NT01's are known for getting a good amount of heat cycles out of them, so considering your limited use and a possible track day, it shouldn't be a concern. No need for a roll bar for the track either unless you're doing multiple weekends. Just get out there and as someone has already mentioned, the 200 rating autocross tires would be a nice alternative too.


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Default Re: Would you run NT01s on the street if your M was your weekend car?

I wouldn't do it intentionally.

And if it rains - you are going to be hating your life. And it will rain.
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I wouldn't do it intentionally.

And if it rains - you are going to be hating your life. And it will rain.
So would I be hydroplaning everywhere if there was just a scatter shower? I don't take my car on that many road trips but yea sometimes I do and there is a rain cloud here and there.
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Default Re: Would you run NT01s on the street if your M was your weekend car?

Yes, there is no traction on wet pavement with drag radials
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NTO1s are Nitto's DOT roadrace tire... many racers use them as an 'intermediate' wet track tire. Wet traction isn't bad depending on the depth of the water. Use caution and expect hydroplaning through puddles.
Rereading the original post... the wheels already came with those tires. Use 'em up!
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Default Re: Would you run NT01s on the street if your M was your weekend car?

NT01s will be great in the dry, and mediocre in the wet. 100% fine as a weekend car tire. If the RA-1s are still available in an appropriate size, I think they'll be slightly better.

Hell, I once daily drove RA-1s in 275 square. My wife still does in the summer on her iX.
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Default Re: Would you run NT01s on the street if your M was your weekend car?

I've done it. It's a little sketchy if you get caught in some rain tho.
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