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Old 06-09-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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What are you guys using for wets? I run NASA tt and I don't want Hoosier wets because they are too expensive and I'd like the durability of a street tire to roll my car around when not on slicks. I know star specs are hot and xs are not. Anything else in the bang for buck category?
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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Toyo R1R. Continental DW.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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Thanks James. I'm liking what I'm hearing on the DW. Evidently they tell all about it in my unread GRM mag. My high fiber diet has me reading less lately.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:02 PM   #4
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Have you driven on Hoosier Wets? I used to always buy a street tire that was very good in the wet and use those at the track if it rained. Falken FK451/2 or Goodyear F1 GS D3.

I bought my first set of Hoosier Wets at the beginning of last year. They are phenomenal. I couldn't believe the grip in heavy rain coming from a full depth street tire. I run in a TT series in the NE but our setup is a little different. We don't have 2 days to run our fastest lap. We get 3 laps in the afternoon of day 2, best one counts. Hoosier Wets are necessary if you want to be competitive. I was always reluctant to buy them but now I'd never be without a set at the track.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:09 PM   #5
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The problem I have is I don't want 3 sets of wheels. My class is usually dead so the most I can possibly win is one tire. I wouldn't mind investing more, but I think I've already gone way over budget in my quest for mugs I need one set of street tires to keep on my car in the winter and during travel. Will hwets take that kind of abuse and still be decent for the rare rain occasion?

That and after I read this, I dunno if it's worth it.
http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/art...splish-splash/
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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I have 2 sets of wheels and 3 or 4 sets of tires. I watch the forecast and will swap tires depending on weather. I keep a set of wets, TT tires, and practice tires. I don't bring the wets if there is no chance of rain. I'll bring them unmounted if there is a slight chance, and I'll mount them if its definitely going to rain.

I got so sick of paying a shop to mount tires that I just bought my own tire mounting machine. Its a hassle and I really should buy a 3rd and ideally a 4th set of wheels, so I don't have to keep mounting and dismounting.

The wets are worth 1-2 seconds on a 30 second autocross according to that article. That's 4-8 seconds on a 2:00 wet track. Well worth it. You'll smoke everyone that's on street tires.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:42 AM   #7
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The star specs are very good in the rain for a street tire. One step up would be RA1's at full tread depth. However, nothing in the DOT category comes close to hoosier wets. They almost make you forget it's raining, the grip is that good. Definitely not a streetable tire though, and if you drive on them when it's not fully wet they'll die really quickly. If you're running with NASA and you need good wet times to be competitive, you need hoosier wets.
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One step up would be RA1's at full tread depth.
The RA1s would be my choice if not investing in the Hoo Hoos. In fact, they will be my choice of wets at full depth since I cant run Hoosiers. Ill stick to the shaved RA1s or NT-01s for dry.
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #9
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Sounds like it would be a good idea to get some street tires for rainy days and dedicate a set of wheels if the car is semi daily driven. Both issues solved.

I tried all of the below..currently on RE11s on street / "take off" RA1s on track

Street / wet track use;
Star specs / RE11s if budget allows (200 UTQG range)
Continental DWs (340), ran these at EVO vs STi shootout, not bad but hard as rock after 2 dry track days..

and probably Hoosier Wets for the competitive dudes
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I have the Continental DW's on my street car, adn they are a very good street tire in the wet.

I also have Hoosier Wets for my track car, and on a track that is wet, they are WAY better than I would expect the DW's to be...and the new Hoosier H2O compound is supposedly significantly faster than the older HWet compound I have run.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:25 PM   #11
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ordered the contis. I'll let you know how it goes. Rain is in the forecast next week, so if the tires come in hopefully I'll get some time on them. If the tires don't come in, I wonder what is faster--my heat cycled out XS's or A6s. I'll probably just sit out instead of finding out
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Sipe the A6's
I'll bust my soldering iron out on them if the vette guys talk smack
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