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Adding New Mickey Thompson ET Street S/S Radials To Our Terminator Swapped 1994 Cobra
When it comes to tires for our Mustangs, there are so many manufacturers vying for our business that making a final decision can be tough. Furthermore, we have to narrow down what we want from the tires we choose, as well. Are we adding full-fledged street tires, drag tires, road race tires, or are we trying to bridge the gap between all three? That’s what gets most of us in a pickle, when we’re trying to have one set of tires for a variety of needs. As good as tire technology is these days, we’re still asking a lot from a tire to transition from the street to the track to the road course. That still doesn’t keep us from trying, though.
For this experiment, we’re not asking for a triple threat tire, we were just wanting a tire to provide daily driver capabilities while enabling us to have the grip when we hammer down. When we purchased our Terminator swapped 1994 Cobra, it wore Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial Pro DOT-approved tires. As everyone knows, Mickey Thompson makes no bones about the ET Street Radial Pro not being a street tire. The ET Street Radial Pro was built for X275-style drag racing classes, not for the street. Even on its website, Mickey Thompson says this tire is not for street use, but yeah, how many of us have ran them on the street anyway?!
However, for a daily car in the Florida summer, where it rains every day, it’s not practical at all, so we needed a replacement. After some investigating and asking around we decided to stay with Mickey Thompson and go with their line of ET Street S/S radial. Mickey Thompson bills the ET Street S/S as “a street tire that can be driven on the track.” The S/S is DOT-approved, features the company’s proven R2 compound, but with a tread design to evacuate water, and keep your Mustang from hydroplaning.
As of this writing, we’ve had the ET Street S/S radials on the car for a week, but we have yet to see how they act in the rain. They’ve been the equivalent of adding new wiper blades to your Mustang in that since we added them, the rain has been avoiding us. However, once we have our first experience in the rain, we will bring you an update.