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Old 06-29-2004, 03:54 PM   #1
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I have searched but can not find the exact thing i'm looking for so here goes...

I have an 04 STi, and I am going to purchase 17x8 rota torques and tires to go autocrossing on. I am beating up the stock wheels and tires and want something just for autox since i go about every 2 weeks.

I already know i'm going to get 235/40/17

Heres the deal, I wan tires that will be great for autox, preferably able to handle wet conditions, but I can always go on my stock tires for the wet days, but I would like to be able to drive to the autox on the tires.

Or i guess i can transport the tires and change while at the autox but i'd rather prepare the car the night before.

Any suggestions or flames welcome
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Old 06-29-2004, 04:06 PM   #2
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What class are you running? STU, or a class that allows R-compounds?
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Old 06-29-2004, 06:16 PM   #3
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sorry i probably should have mentioned that, ESP
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Old 06-30-2004, 05:56 AM   #4
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don't know what ESP is, but I'm assuming that you don't want a r-comp tire right?...

Yokohama AVS Sports... =) one of the best tires I've used on the track.

other good choices are the S-03 pole positions and Falken Azenis...
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:20 AM   #5
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In 235/40-17 the Pilot Sport PS2 would be the way to go ....
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:28 AM   #6
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I have heard that the RE070's are just about the best dry autocross street tire out there. One idea would be to use the RE070's for autocross and get a set of S-03's, Goodyear GS-D3's, or a similar better all around tire for every day use.
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:14 PM   #7
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ESP= class e car street prepared .
A local buddy runs kumho ecsta v700 in that size
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:47 PM   #8
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I love my tires for the autocross, its just that they are taking a beating from it and I kind of wanted a dedicated autox/wheel combo.
Thanks for the suggestions, please keep them coming. I'm going to look into the ps2
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:58 PM   #9
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any thoughts on the yokohama a032R?
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:33 PM   #10
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They take to long to get to a good temp to provide traction
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:35 PM   #11
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i see...this is a tougher decision than I thought.
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Old 06-30-2004, 01:37 PM   #12
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any thoughts on the yokohama a032R?
either those, or toyo RA-1's, theyre the 5h1t
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Kumho V700
Or Hosiers if you're a baller.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:26 PM   #14
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not a baller, but not afraid to spend money on a great product
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:31 AM   #15
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ESP allows race tires. An easy fit would be 235/40-17 Kumho Ecsta V700. A harder fit would be something like the Kumho Victoracer V700 in 255/40-17, depending on your suspension setup.

BTW, I'll be down for the July 3/4 event at Devons. Running ESP but on stock 070 Bridgestones. Still decidied what wheels/tires to get myself.

Look for the silver STi with Oregon plates.

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Old 07-01-2004, 12:48 PM   #16
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not a baller, but not afraid to spend money on a great product
Then there's only one choice if you want to be fast on the auto-x ... 2 sets... dedicated auto-x tires and dedicated street tires.

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Old 07-01-2004, 12:53 PM   #17
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Well then thats what I want, looks like victoracers are the choice?

KC what do you use?? By the way nice meeting you at bristol the other sunday
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I'm on Falken street tires until I decide what I'm going to do for nationals... 16s or 17s... 16s or 17s...

Unless you want to spend $$ every few months for Hoosiers (That CT surface would eat any R-compound up), I would say yes, Victoracers V700. (non ecsta)

I would be surprised if you could get more than 8 events on Hoosiers there...

Have you talked to some of the local guys that are running the r-comps? Ask them what they're running and why.

Every surface is different. (And in the case of CT... that's the truth!) And every tire would have their advantages and disadvantages on a given surface.... but until the V710s are allowed again, the Hoosiers would be the best to have on any auto-x surface.

Since money doesn't grow on tress, I would think the V700s as I said above would be the best comprimise for longevity and cost.

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Thanks so much, looks like those will be the tires for me! I wish I could go to the devons event, but I made weekend plans before i even knew it existed.

Ok so now that I have decided on tires and wheels... how on earth do i transport them, dont tell me its tow hitch time. I'm definitely not trailering my car.
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Back seat.

Didn't someone at the CT event have those tire-totes?

They usually fit in large 55 gallon garbage bags (One tire each) I used to do that with my RS.

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Old 07-01-2004, 02:44 PM   #21
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I am in STX, can I run the v700's or do I have to stick with street tires? If I do I am going with Falken Azenis or Kuhmo MX's.
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if you are going to drive to the events and want to run R-Compound tires I would suggest staying away from Hoosiers and go with Victo Racer V700's
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I am in STX, can I run the v700's or do I have to stick with street tires? If I do I am going with Falken Azenis or Kuhmo MX's.
No R-compunds in STX (and V700's of any flavor are R-compunds). People seem to like the Falkens much better than the MX's, although I can say personally as I've never driven on either.

I plan on getting the Azenis' for street/occasional street tire autocross. I considered the MX's but I've heard that the sidewalls flex much more.
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Back seat.

Didn't someone at the CT event have those tire-totes?

They usually fit in large 55 gallon garbage bags (One tire each) I used to do that with my RS.

--kC
The back seat is where mine go. I take a big blue tarp, lay it out on the seat (and up the backrest), and set the wheels on it. Works good enough for me, although they take up a bunch of room.

I plan on getting a tiretail or one of those small trailers in the next year or so. That will be much less of a hassle.
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but until the V710s are allowed again, the Hoosiers would be the best to have on any auto-x surface.

--kC
I've actually found Victoracers to be better suited to asphalt lots and cooler temps, especially single drivers. Quite a few people from Oregon and Seattle area run Kumhos in cooler temps and asphalt and switch to Hoosiers for the concrete events in California during the summer.

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