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Old 11-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default Tire size, wider is better?

So I'm starting to get my car set up for the 2013 season. I plan to run in stock class. I've got a good plan on what I want to do to the car to make it competitive but I'm still having second thoughts on tire choices.

I'm pretty set on getting Star Specs but I'm not so sure about which size. It looks like they can be had in 205/55/16 and 225/50/16 and it looks like both sizes will fit well on my stock 16x6.5 wheels.

I figure that the 205s will be more responsive but have less overall grip. While the 225s will have more grip but could be potentially very unresponsive.

Which would be best? The 205 or 225?
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:37 PM   #2
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With street tires you want to fit a tire to the widest rim that is recommended. So I would go 205's.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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Some good Info on Street tires and sizes for Auto X:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/holli...45008598916447
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:03 PM   #4
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^^ Great read, thanks!
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:11 PM   #5
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205 it is then. That will save me a couple bucks too.

Excellent info posted, thanks guys.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
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Giving up on DSP? If you are going to run in G-Stock you may want to look at Hoosiers. If you are going into a RT class then Star Specs seem to be the tire to beat on a Suby. Remember the Star Spec II is coming soon.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:16 PM   #7
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I ran 225 17 SSpecs last season and loved them. 225s are still responsive!
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:18 PM   #8
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But I will say that street and r comps are a world of difference. Once you run on sticky tires you won't go back!
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:42 PM   #9
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Giving up on DSP? If you are going to run in G-Stock you may want to look at Hoosiers. If you are going into a RT class then Star Specs seem to be the tire to beat on a Suby. Remember the Star Spec II is coming soon.
I'll be back to DSP. My current set-up just sucks. G Stock will be a convenient middle ground as I get together a set-up that will be competitive.

R Comps have been considered. I know they will be way faster than any street tire. But they will also cover up any mistakes I make. I'm still a pretty green driver and I'd like to really hone my skills. R Comps would make that difficult.

Also somewhat irrelevant, I'd also like a tire that I can drive on to and from events. I was looking at a semi-slicks. The Pilot Sport Cup looked really good. But I caught a glimpse of those right about the time Michelin discontinued them for my size. I've heard negative things about the R888 but the RA1 looks good. I have also heard about the Federal RS-R, but those seem too good to be true. In the end though, the price point is the real determining factor. I don't exactly have an endless budget to work with.

I am excited about the ZII, but the release date is March(?) and there's no telling how long it would take to actually get my hands on a set. Meanwhile the season starts in February and I have no tires.

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I ran 225 17 SSpecs last season and loved them. 225s are still responsive!
But how wide was the wheel? You also had the lower profile of a 17" tire working for you as well.

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But I will say that street and r comps are a world of difference. Once you run on sticky tires you won't go back!
I don't doubt that.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:48 PM   #10
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But I will say that street and r comps are a world of difference. Once you run on sticky tires you won't go back!
Not on a stock WRX.........I go back to streets all the time. And though I haven't done a fresh to fresh comparo(I've done some though), I'd bet I wouldn't be barely a second faster on R's on a typical National style course. When running R's all I do is add up the $40+ cost per competitive run........but that's the cost to run on the big stage.

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #11
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I am excited about the ZII, but the release date is March(?) and there's no telling how long it would take to actually get my hands on a set.
I'm definitely skeptical like you, but Tire Rack is claiming they'll start deliveries of preorders by early January.

I hope they're right!
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:18 PM   #12
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Not on a stock WRX.........I go back to streets all the time. And though I haven't done a fresh to fresh comparo(I've done some though), I'd bet I wouldn't be barely a second faster on R's on a typical National style course. When running R's all I do is add up the $40+ cost per competitive run........but that's the cost to run on the big stage.


Try 2-3 seconds faster...
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:00 PM   #13
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Try 2-3 seconds faster...
My experience says different, but what do I know, I'm a hack with a lead foot who sometimes makes it through the cones cleanly.

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:03 PM   #14
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Jeez, a double post, gettin' old.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:45 AM   #15
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My experience says different, but what do I know, I'm a hack with a lead foot who sometimes makes it through the cones cleanly.
Yah that's two of us.
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