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Old 12-29-2004, 07:32 AM   #1
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R compound Tires

Man.. i've been doing some research on R compounds for this upcoming season.. yeah i know its a few months off but one can never be too prepared.. anyway i was seriously hoping that kuhmo would put out a V710 size for me.. but from what i've read they aren't introducing any new 17" sizes.. this is depressing..

I was also hoping that AVON would introduce a 17" size that would fit... right now they have a 275 that i think i MIGHT be able to squeeze under the car.. but i dunno... i'm running 255 victoracers right now and the rears rub very very slightly.. and the 275's are a 1/4" wider ... so i dunno..

hoosiers are probably the best tire out there right now in my size but they don't last very long and are mad expensive... the victoracers last a lil bit longer and are pretty grippy... but they tend to go out of stock quickly.. so recently i've been running the TOYO Proxy RA-1's... They've lasted very long.. are better in cold weather than the kuhmos and run the same price.. but i know they aren't going to be good in teh warm weather..

kuhmo and avon need to show some love with the 17" sizes..

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Old 12-29-2004, 03:21 PM   #2
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Here’s something to think about… or at least tempt you a little.

I was easily 2 seconds faster going from my OEM street tires to 265/35/18 Kumho V700s. I was easily 1 second faster going from the Kumho V700s to the 245/35/18 Hoosier A3S04s.
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Old 12-31-2004, 12:16 AM   #3
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yeah i know the a3s04's are fast.. and i'm sure i'd pick up time on them.. but i'm already winning class solidly so the extra cost doesn't seem worth it... i'm mainly *****ing because the V710's from what i've heard from the national guys are faster than the hoosiers... and they're cheaper.. so i'm dying for them to come out in a size i can fit..

from what i've been told.. with the times i've been running on my kuhmo victoracers i wouldn't see too much improvement going to hoosiers.. maybe a half second or so... now if there was a national tour event at DC this year i'd probably buy a set for that.. but if i'm stuck just doing local events.. its not worth the extra $$$

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i run z3 wheels on my car for autocross.. they are 225-50-16.. cheaper and easier to find in stock. also the smaller diameter very marginally lowers gearing which helps as well.. also lighter.. i picked up the stock set for 100 bux.. something for u to consider.
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i already have a set of SSR Comp's in 17 that are just my autox wheels.. and i'm running 255/40/17's on all 4 corners... i definetly need the extra rubber.. narrower tires would definetly suck..

it also doesn't help that I autox almost every weekend during the season.. sometimes more than one event a weekend too.. so if i were to go to the hoosiers i'd be buying tires like crazy..

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I've ran the Yoko AO32R's before and although not the fastest tire, definately the longest wearing. Excellent rain tire when treaded.

Haven't tried the soft compound version but that should be even better for autocrossing.

Like I said, not as fast as say a Hoosier or Kumho, but way longer wearing. I did 2 seasons on my last set and could have stretched another one...

I'm now looking at the Dunlop SSR for road course driving. For the money, I don't think they come close to anything else. They are like almost 3x cheaper than all other ones out there...just something to consider.
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I used Pilot Sport Cups this year and they were great. I have nothing to compare them to because it was my first R-comp, but they did take a while to warm up so probably not a great autocross tire. I only got three events out of them as I didn't pay attention to the shoulder wear on the left side tires at my last event this past season. I'm trying to decide if I want to get two more or switch to something else. Thanks for the Dunlop tip - I wasn't in tune with that. And it comes in 245/40/17...
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I used Pilot Sport Cups this year and they were great. I have nothing to compare them to because it was my first R-comp, but they did take a while to warm up so probably not a great autocross tire. I only got three events out of them as I didn't pay attention to the shoulder wear on the left side tires at my last event this past season. I'm trying to decide if I want to get two more or switch to something else. Thanks for the Dunlop tip - I wasn't in tune with that. And it comes in 245/40/17...
Tire Rack is also having specials on the Pirelli Corsa's. about same price as the Dunlops! At <$150 a tire, you can't ignore the price/value equation!
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