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Old 07-09-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I'm getting into autox, and am going to get dedicated wheels and tires for autocross. I already have my roommate's extra rotors and pads, so I can swap all 3 of those things(wheels, pads, rotors) for an event and not kill my stock stuff for street use.

I'm pretty set on enkei rpf1's, and was thinking 17x8 for size. Star Specs were my first tire choice.

Anyone have an opinion on either of these? Purple wrx? Haha thanks all!
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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Have you ever autocrossed before? Have you added any performance mods to your car? Do you know what class you're shooting for?

If your car is still stock, then getting 17x8 RPF1s with appropriately sized Star Specs would be a nice choice for RTA. You could run DS as well, but you might have to contend with other drivers that are using R-comps. Although, if you're new to autocross, then your local club might have a Novice class in which case you can run the DS base class and be just fine.

I have 17x8 RPF1s with 235/40 Star Specs and love the combination. Some will say you could run 245/40, but I like that the 235/40 tire has a slightly smaller diameter and less weight to help get out of those slow corners a little better.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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Have you ever autocrossed before? Have you added any performance mods to your car? Do you know what class you're shooting for?

If your car is still stock, then getting 17x8 RPF1s with appropriately sized Star Specs would be a nice choice for RTA. You could run DS as well, but you might have to contend with other drivers that are using R-comps. Although, if you're new to autocross, then your local club might have a Novice class in which case you can run the DS base class and be just fine.

I have 17x8 RPF1s with 235/40 Star Specs and love the combination. Some will say you could run 245/40, but I like that the 235/40 tire has a slightly smaller diameter and less weight to help get out of those slow corners a little better.
Ah, sorry. Yes I am new and staying RTA for a good while. I'm thinking I can just drive them minimally if at all to the road(don't know if changing wheels at the event is kosher). Thanks for the advice! 235/40 is what I was thinking. I really like the stock wheel set up on the wide body(size wise)

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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People change tires at events all the time, so you shouldn't have any worries there. I personally just change my wheels/tires in my garage before an event and drive to the site with them on. Driving r-comps on regular roads isn't ideal, but I don't think you should worry too much about driving your Star Specs around town for a bit if you wanted to.

Anyway, it sounds like you're pretty much all set for RTA! Keep us posted on how you do. Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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People change tires at events all the time, so you shouldn't have any worries there. I personally just change my wheels/tires in my garage before an event and drive to the site with them on. Driving r-comps on regular roads isn't ideal, but I don't think you should worry too much about driving your Star Specs around town for a bit if you wanted to.

Anyway, it sounds like you're pretty much all set for RTA! Keep us posted on how you do. Good luck!
Thanks! I'm moving back to NY from CO first, so it'll be a month or two till my first event. Just browsing around for info first =)

Thanks again
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #6
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Star Specs are street tires and you'd have no issues driving to the event on them. Many of us, myself included, use them for daily driving.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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I would second the Star Specs as one of the better options for RTA. There are also the RS3's as a second option but they like warmer weather.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #8
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I would second the Star Specs as one of the better options for RTA. There are also the RS3's as a second option but they like warmer weather.
are there any "better" auto-x only options? Obviously things like road noise don't matter to me for them, how they handle bumps, etc. I've driven an STi with StarSpecs and they were great tires, just wanna know if I can endear them for the price
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:30 AM   #9
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I drove with Star Specs for an entire year. When I seperated my Auto-X tire from my drive tire I switched to Continental DW for my drive around tires and keep using Star Specs for Auto-X. You aren't going to find a much better Auto-X option for the WRX at least if you are living in a northern region. If you lived down south I might say try the RS3 since it is cheaper and likes the heat more.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:24 PM   #10
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FYI that the Enkei's are not stock legal as they come in the wrong offset to be stock legal. +46.5mm to +59.6mm is the stock legal range. Look at Rota, Drag, and OZ for the most common ones that are 17x8 +47 or +48 and still pretty light. There are a few D stock/RTA build threads in the autox forum where you can see pics as well.

Definitely get the Star Specs like everyone else said for RTA.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:44 PM   #11
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the Star Specs offer a lot of bang for the buck in the street tire AutoX category and teamed with the lightweight RPF1 you would have a really good/competitive combination

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Old 07-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #12
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The Drag DR-31/38 are a good lower cost option. Getting a super light weight wheel isn't going to gain you that much at an Auto-X particularly in RTA.
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