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Old 07-18-2008, 05:00 AM   #1
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My02 WRX Sedan 5MT
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Default Semi or full slicks for trackwork

MY 02 Subaru Impreza WRX sedan 5 sp manual.

Whiteline Group 4, swaybars (F/R),
330mm BBK (front).
17 inch OEM subaru rims (215/45/17)

I am taking my car on the track and would like some opinions on footwear.

Which are better semi slicks or full slicks or rubbed down NEW street tires?

Is the dunlops semi slicks better than the Bridgestone semi?

What sort of cambers should i look at?
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:09 AM   #2
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Have you ever tracked before? If not, just run whatever tires you have now.

And I have no idea what tires you're talking about when you mention "semi slicks or full slicks" and "dunlops semi slicks better than the Bridgestone semi?" Please give specific tire models.
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:43 AM   #3
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Definitely. Assuming you have some decent summer tires, just run those. You aren't going to set the world on fire your first time out,and street tires give a lot more feedback at the limit.
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:47 AM   #4
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+1, if you've never tracked the car before then street tires are the way to go. What track are you planning on running? I see you're in my area.

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Old 07-18-2008, 08:54 AM   #5
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Agree with all the others. Run street tires with higher than normal inflation pressure for your first couple of track adventures. They have nowhere near the ultimate grip of slicks, but they're also much more predictable, give you more warning when they're approaching the limit, and let go more gradually at the limit.

Slicks are more for dedicated track cars, since their substantially higher grip puts a lot more wear and tear on brakes, wheel bearings, etc. They also don't give much warning to a beginner when they're ready to let go. And last, but not least, they're expensive, and have a pretty short life.

Other pre-track prep you should be doing is making sure your brake pads have plenty of material left, replace your brake fluid, and make sure you bleed all the air out of the lines.
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