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Old 07-27-2001, 10:10 AM   #1
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Question Auto-xer's w/ stock wheels: What tires and Size do you use?

I'm curious what tire and what size people are using that only have one set of wheels/tires that they use for the track and the street. My SP5000's haven't held up well and I'll probably buy something to finish out the season and make it through the winter(maybe one or two snows). Also, I'm curious to see how many people stick with 205/55 over 225/50's.

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Old 07-27-2001, 10:28 AM   #2
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i know people that like to use 205/50, just because it gives them the added acceleration, with the smaller tire diameter and all.

myself, I've been running my stock RE-92's. It's still my first season AutoXing, and next year I will get some nice Yokohama's on there.
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Old 07-27-2001, 10:34 AM   #3
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Bought a set of used 205/55 16 A032R's and I have a set of 225/50 16 BFG R1 230 Rains waiting to go on.
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Old 07-27-2001, 11:28 AM   #4
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I've used several different sizes :

205/50/16, 205/55/16, 225/45/16

Depending on course etc, I'd use a different width. If it's a course with lots of short straights I either use the 225/45/16 or 205/50/16. On ones that have longer strights I use the 205/55/16.

The 225/45/16's were once Yoko AVS Int. but are now Falken Azenis

the 205/50/16's were Falken GRB's

the 205/55/16's were once A032R's but are now Falken Azenis
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Old 07-27-2001, 11:35 AM   #5
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Well what I'm looking for is one size and one tire to finish the season and get through the winter. I'm thinking for the money right now, the Firehawk SZ50's in 225/50/ZR16 are a bargin at like $79. I don't know about that size though.

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Old 07-27-2001, 11:38 AM   #6
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BFG g-Froce T/A R1A 205-55-16
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Old 07-27-2001, 12:16 PM   #7
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You mean you want a tire that can hold up in auto-x and safe to run in the snow? Sorry, but you are not going to find one.

The SP5000 is a good all-season tire which you should use in the winter. For summer and auto-x, the SZ50 is a very good buy right now.

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Old 07-27-2001, 12:22 PM   #8
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rkkwan- No, I know that tire doesn't exsist. I'll only have to drive in the snow once or twice most likely. I guess I'm more concerned with the different sizes.

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just remember...the wider the tire, the worse it's snow traction... so I don't know if that may have any bearing on your choice for a 225?
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RacerinLSL - You know, I don't even auto-x! I guess I am a pretty cautious person, and when I notice something that seems a bit "dangerous", I want to point that out.

I don't know whether this is useful for you or not, but I have a Supra with 225/50R16. I used to live in Washington, DC, and were using summer tires (Goodyear ZR Gatorback). I have trucked through Missouri many times, and you guys definitely see more snow than DC. Anyways, I was careful with the RWD car, and didn't get into any real trouble in 2 winters (except a 180 on black ice - hit a snow bank and no damage). However, I noticed my ABS coming on more than I'd like. And in fact, the owner's manual suggests switching to 205/55R16 winter or all-season tires in the winter.

I now lives further north in RI, and have 225/50R16 P7000SS all-season on that car. Here I also have to drive through snow only 2-3 times a year, but it's definitely not fun at all with 225 tires. Still, I have a shovel in the trunk with me since Washington days.

Well, I don't know if you'll find this relevent, but I just want to give you and others my experience.

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