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Old 05-03-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
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Just noticing a fair amount of what must be spec miata cast offs available for cheap.
Can't help but wonder if that might be a good fit for my 99 rs. It would offer a decent gearing advantage, but I'm not sure if 205 is enough. I do have a set of 15x7 rims kicking around, but would have to switch back to rs carriers vs the wrx ones I have now.
$180 for 4 shipped seems to be about the going rate.

Figuring I have stock power, it might just work. Anyone else run this size on an early impreza. Intended duty would be hillclimb/track day/non scca autocross.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:57 PM   #2
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Tire is also 5lbs lighter compared to the 225/50 16 I'd normally be inclined to run.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:17 PM   #3
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ran 205/50-15 Falkens on my RS rally car at tarmac Rally NY, I guess they worked OK, we came in 8th overall, fastest car in rally w/o a turbo.

yes, there are gearing advantages to smaller diameter, and I found that the smaller tire had really nice gradual breakaway...unlike the 235/45-17 Yoko AO gumballs I ran there a year later.....
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:28 PM   #4
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ran 205/50-15 Falkens on my RS rally car at tarmac Rally NY, I guess they worked OK, we came in 8th overall, fastest car in rally w/o a turbo.

yes, there are gearing advantages to smaller diameter, and I found that the smaller tire had really nice gradual breakaway...unlike the 235/45-17 Yoko AO gumballs I ran there a year later.....
Thanks for the feed back. Rally NY is on my bucket list. Tough call on the event tire wise as the weather always throws a curve ball. I was watching some of it on streaming TV. Which one were you?
Think I'll have to bite the bullet and order up a set......I mean 4 used cost as much as one new. Worth a gamble.
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as a past SM racer, those tires aren't used anymore for a reason
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:06 PM   #6
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They went back to the RA1's. You seem to be able to get either, and I assume RA1's will be more common now, and the r888's will dry up.
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Hello...

Is the RA1 available?

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Old 05-04-2010, 11:39 AM   #8
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Hi,

Yes the RA1 is available.
http://www.racer.com/national-scca-s...rticle/144737/

I'm looking at the used market and both the RA1 and R888 are still commonly available.
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If you have the choice between the two I would go with the RA1. Its fast down to the cords, better as a wet at full tread, and doesnt seem to flat spot as easily as the 888
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yep, I've heard the same. The positive I've heard about the r888 is that it is less squirmy new compared to the RA1. Not an issue for me buying used.
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What kind of wheels do you have? Running a fairly cheap, fairly light 15x7 that fits over 4 pots seems like a great way to lower the tire budget.
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Any chance you could pm me some of these places you are seeing RA1 for cheap? I've been looking for a set for a couple weeks and haven't found any. The SM racers are holding on to them from what I've seen, but if you have info, I'd love to get some.
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