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Old 11-23-2016, 10:38 AM   #1
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Track Tire Question

I am looking at the Federal RS-R tires for my coupe for track day tires. According to the reviews they run wide so I was looking at either the 235/40/17 or the 235/45/17. The 40 sidewall would be a little shorter than stock the 45 a little taller than stock. I plan to run a square setup with 8.5x17 wheels.

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Old 11-28-2016, 10:22 PM   #2
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Hey MDG, my favorite tire size is either 245/40 or 255/40/17, on a square setup. I'd go with the 245's to match your 8.5" wheels perfectly.

Also, check out the budget friendly Hankook Rs3, or the new Nexen N'Fera Sur4 (wtf with the long name). I know a couple guys that vouch for them. Great price, 200 treadwear, heat tolerant.
I love the Bridgestone re71r, and direzza star specs, etc, but the above listed may be best for the money.
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:23 PM   #3
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Hey MDG, my favorite tire size is either 245/40 or 255/40/17, on a square setup. I'd go with the 245's to match your 8.5" wheels perfectly.

Also, check out the budget friendly Hankook Rs3, or the new Nexen N'Fera Sur4 (wtf with the long name). I know a couple guys that vouch for them. Great price, 200 treadwear, heat tolerant.
I love the Bridgestone re71r, and direzza star specs, etc, but the above listed may be best for the money.
https://www.nexentireusa.com/tires/h...ce/n-fera-sur4
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:42 AM   #4
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Hey MDG, my favorite tire size is either 245/40 or 255/40/17, on a square setup. I'd go with the 245's to match your 8.5" wheels perfectly.

Also, check out the budget friendly Hankook Rs3, or the new Nexen N'Fera Sur4 (wtf with the long name). I know a couple guys that vouch for them. Great price, 200 treadwear, heat tolerant.
I love the Bridgestone re71r, and direzza star specs, etc, but the above listed may be best for the money.
https://www.nexentireusa.com/tires/h...ce/n-fera-sur4
Thanks for the feedback, I will definitely check those out. The Hancoocks have been recommended before but I have never heard of the Nexen.
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:08 PM   #5
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Track Tire Question

I've never heard of Federal or Nexen tires, but that doesn't mean they aren't good. I have been using 245/40R17 Hankook R-S3. They have been holding up well. I see others with R-S3, Bridgestone, and Dunlop at the track.


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Old 12-28-2016, 01:08 PM   #6
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I run the Federal 595 RS-RR tires on my E46 M3 at the track. I was about to go with the R's, but thought I'd give the double R's a try first. I was able to get a full set for around $400 less than a set of RS-3's, so seemed low risk gamble. They seem to run about 20mm width greater than what they're advertised as. I'm running 255's and they're more like 275's.

The ride quality isn't as good as the Hankook's and they're noisy...almost sound like mud tires. The grip seems to be on par with the Hankook's, but they tend to fall off about 3/4 through a 20 minute session. Not sure how they'll fare in the hot summer, but have been pretty good this fall/winter thus far. You really need to let them warm up adequately before getting on them as I hear you may end up with a horizontal split through the tread.

To get a set of these guys at $520 shipped to my front door, that's pretty dang good even if they don't perform quite as well as Hankook's. It's a low cost to fun ratio if you ask me.
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:11 PM   #7
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I run the Federal 595 RS-RR tires on my E46 M3 at the track. I was about to go with the R's, but thought I'd give the double R's a try first. I was able to get a full set for around $400 less than a set of RS-3's, so seemed low risk gamble. They seem to run about 20mm width greater than what they're advertised as. I'm running 255's and they're more like 275's.

The ride quality isn't as good as the Hankook's and they're noisy...almost sound like mud tires. The grip seems to be on par with the Hankook's, but they tend to fall off about 3/4 through a 20 minute session. Not sure how they'll fare in the hot summer, but have been pretty good this fall/winter thus far. You really need to let them warm up adequately before getting on them as I hear you may end up with a horizontal split through the tread.

To get a set of these guys at $520 shipped to my front door, that's pretty dang good even if they don't perform quite as well as Hankook's. It's a low cost to fun ratio if you ask me.
Thanks for the input, where did you buy yours from?
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:25 PM   #8
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Off of Amazon at a place called UHP tires. Below is the link.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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