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Old 02-02-2021, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default 2021 Tire Faceoff: Falken RT660 vs Yokohama A052's

Car: 2017 BRZ performance pack, 225/45/17 tire size. ~1.3* camber up front.

I've run the RE-71R's for the last three seasons. STH WRX and then bolted them on my new 2017 BRZ to run in CS (now reclassed to DS). I run approximately 20-25 events/year. I ran a set of REs out to 200 runs last year and they were damn well terrible past 150 runs (no surprise), but wanted a fresh set to start 2021 off with. Not a newbie to autocross.

Pros: Most grip of all 200TW, best times by a bit, more comfortable an the RE-71R and RT660's on the street. Don't heat cycle out like the REs.

Cons: Many say they're not great for camber challenged cars. One guy in our region got 150 runs on a GS Civic with 0.6* camber, but I'm skeptical I'd get the same. $200 more. May or may not get through a 25 event calendar (~140 runs). Vaguer inputs.

Pros: Wear slightly better and would probably finish the season no problem. 95% of the grip of RE-71R's, but don't heat cycle out as quick. Better response/inputs than the Yoks.

Cons: Yoks have the edge in grip and probably overall times by a bit. Similar noise as the RE's.

Sounds like the Yoks are the 'go for broke choice for times, but also might have some added comfort for longer drives to event and the occasional Cars & Coffee.

The Falkens are basically the RE-71R replacement that have a hair less grip, but don't heat cycle out. Still a great tire and I drove them on a SSC setup car that had loads more grip than my old REs at about 175 runs at the time.

Would you chance it with the Yoks or play it safe with the Falkens?
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