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Old 05-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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Cheap track/autox tires

I've had experience on two sets for autocross.
Michelin pilot super sports and Bridgestone potenza somethings.

The pss tires are WORLDS better. The potenzas slide around under braking, under steer like its their job, and just don't perform great compared to the pss.

I daily drive on my pss tires and I want them to last long. In all honesty they're too expensive to trash at autocross.

Are there any dedicated performance tires, maybe semi slicks, that are affordable? I'd like something that performs as good as or better than the super sports. I don't need them to be streetable.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:29 AM   #2
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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Hankook or Dunlop make good and affordable street/track tires
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Hankook RS3s.

I love mine so far. Hold heat fantastic.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:15 AM   #5
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You could look into buying some used Continental (aka Hoosier) tires. I was selling them for $100/set to guys that track their cars. I don't have any right now but there are plenty of race teams out there that have them. As long as you can live with a slick that is not DOT approved and comes in a 225/45/17. You can pretty much beat the pulp out of these tires and they keep going.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #6
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What class do you intend to run, and what size are you looking for? Also, how much experience do you have autocrossing, and how competitive are you (ie, do you suck or kick everyone's ass...)

The RS3's are generally considered the "tire to have" for larger street tires right now. They hold up to heat very well, but wear considerably quicker than the Dunlop Star Specs. The Dunlops do well when sprayed down after every run on a hot day, and will last a bit longer than the RS3's, all while being very very close in times.

If you're wanting slicks, check out Hankook Ventus Z214 C71 compound. A very good autocross slick that will be 90% as quick as Hoosiers at about 70% or less of the price.

If you haven't been autocrossing long, I would highly recommend sticking with street tires until you get more experience. Learning to drive them correctly will make you go a LOT faster when you switch to slicks, as opposed to a noob switching to slicks and relying on them to fix their poor driving. Plus, switching to slicks when you're overdriving street tires means you'll just burn through the slicks that much quicker than you should.

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