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Old 06-14-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Which rally tires for rallycross?

For a 2000 2.5RS with stock fenders, springs & struts that will see rallycross competition on packed & loose "loamy" agricultural dirt, hard-packed clay, & sand...

Falken Azenis rally tires...

215/60/15 or 195/65/15? (meaning will they both actually fit, and if so, will the wider or narrower tread be more beneficial)

medium or soft?
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Old 06-14-2005, 06:51 PM   #2
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get the 195's your car doesnt have enough power for the 215's. We use 195's on our rallycar. Unless you feel like wasting money I would just get the mediums. Wont cost you enough time to matter and they will last longer.

Have fun!
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Old 06-14-2005, 07:07 PM   #3
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Or find some used ones, much cheaper and good enough.
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:11 PM   #4
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Wow, I forgot to add that they will also be used at some point on an 05 WRX wagon & an 05 Forester XT...
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:51 PM   #5
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buy mine 205/65/15 kuhmo
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:29 AM   #6
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For what the Falkens are selling for these days, they're a steal:
http://www.specialstage.com/dc/dcboa..._id=7378&page=
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:29 AM   #7
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check out Four Star motorsports...

they have new Yokos for 75CDN!


BARGAIN!
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:31 AM   #8
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or Tirerack do the Kumho for $85...
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:04 AM   #9
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Stick to 195/65-15 size. The larger 205/65s or 215/65s are not only wider but are larger diameter, which has a bad effect on gearing. For rallyx, lower gearing is better to dig you out of slow combinations, and the bigger tires are like running a higher gear.

Narrower tread and a more open tread pattern gives better bite on soft dirt, grass, or mud. The big sizes work fine on a turbo car with 250 or 300 hp, but with an RS, that's not your problem.

Tire Rack has discontinued the excellent Kumho R700 gravel tire in the 195 size. Bumma. For new 195s, go for Yoko, Michelin or Falken. The advice for med compund is good, softs give a little better grip in the wet but the tradeoff in reduced tread life is not so great. If the courses you are likely to do are in hot conditions, forget the softs entirely--you'll cook em in a couple events.

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Old 06-15-2005, 11:05 AM   #10
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nevermind; I was typing while RB5 was posting
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:39 PM   #11
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And for mud:

4" or 4.5" rim and stud removal required...

I don't think we can get them in North America, sadly. They look like they'd really dig in and get to the firm stuff underneath.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:12 PM   #12
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Thumbs up mud-cross meats

those look like Michelin C5 rally snows. A beat up Saab 99 equipped with studless versions of same annihilated the field at a muddy rallyx here in Maine. Beat a batch of well-driven Rexes, RSs, Evos, G2 Golfs, and ancient RWD Volvo, everything. And not by a little, either. His grip was SO much greater than anybody else. That thing tore thru the mucky infield at a horse track like a beserk Swedish weed whacker.

Subaru specific rims for these tires are simple to find--16" steelies from WRX/Legacy space-saver spares. C5 tires not so easy to find -- Libra Racing in VT, Four Star in Canada, or maybe Sube Sports in CA. Be prepared to shell out beaucoup $$.

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Old 06-15-2005, 02:14 PM   #13
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Wow, those are pretty scary-looking.

Thanks for the help, guys; I'm placing my order now.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:38 PM   #14
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Subaru specific rims for these tires are simple to find--16" steelies from WRX/Legacy space-saver spares.
There was a guy from Chicago who installed a set of Michelin ice tires on four spare rims for some ice time trials up here.

They made it through half an event before he bent a rim. The next event he had them stretched onto stock WRX wheels.
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