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This is a discussion on racing tires within the Road Racing / AutoX forums, part of the Racing Forums category; where do you get racing tires and what would you recommend?...

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    racing tires

    where do you get racing tires and what would you recommend?

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    Depends on what your wanting them for. For the drag strip. Mickey Thompson, or M&H tires are the 2 best for drag radials, then BFG, then Nitto.


    1st choice www.Summitracing.com
    2nd choice www.Eastcoastires.com
    3rd choice www.tirerack.com
    4th choice www.jegs.com

    Nevermind I'm retarded. I'd say the nitto's are probally pretty good though for auto x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benner View Post
    Depends on what your wanting them for. For the drag strip. Mickey Thompson, or M&H tires are the 2 best for drag radials, then BFG, then Nitto.


    1st choice www.Summitracing.com
    2nd choice www.Eastcoastires.com
    3rd choice www.tirerack.com
    4th choice www.jegs.com
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    im not into autoX yet...but nittos people seem to enjoy..the R somthings i believe

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    im not into autoX yet...but nittos people seem to enjoy..the R somthings i believe
    oh yeah...those are like $250 a pop...need the budget version.

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    I've been racing in SCCA Solo2 for years. Unfortunetly there is no such thing as cheap R-compounds.

    Hoosier A6s or Kuhmo V710s are the way to go. 275s if not wider for these cars.

    I typically buy mine used and it saves me a lot of money. These cars make crazy power to the ground compared to a miata, mr2, ect and street radials are horrible for cornering and traction. Plus the car weighs a lot and you get a lot of deflection on a street radial - even with high psi.

    I have raced using nitto 555R drag radials in the rear of my olf vehicle, and it did pretty good, but it had 1/2 the power the SS has.

    If you can afford it, the two I listed above will be your best friend. They grip like crazy! Once you ride in a car with them (something high powered like a C6 vette), you will never go back.

    I have an extra set of stock ZR1s and I run R-s on all 4 corners. 275/40/17s. I got less than $500 bucks in the set since I bought both the wheels and tires used.

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    Also, the Hoosier A6 is for Autocross (A=autocross), and their other R-compund, R6 - is more for road racing and longer lap times. It has to do with the mechanical/chemical properties of the tire, and the hea generated while racing.

    I spray my Rs down with water when I autocross....so they don't get too hot and get greasy.

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    i'be seen people spray their tires, always thought that was like an adhesive-kinda like the stuff they spray on drag strips. Thanks for the input. yeah, $500 for wheels n tires would be rad. I only run about 4 times a summer so I'd guess a used set would do me well? I mean, how many runs do you think you have or will get out of what you found? Where did you find them? here/ tech/ frrax/ ebay? thanks![MEDIA][/MEDIA]

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    Buy some VHT!

    Have you heard of the new giant AutoX track in KY?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    Buy some VHT!

    Have you heard of the new giant AutoX track in KY?
    no, details?

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    bluegrass motorsports.. think its in Sparta KY. should open this year.


    http://kyfbodies.org/vb/showthread.php?t=23078

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post


    bluegrass motorsports.. think its in Sparta KY. should open this year.


    http://kyfbodies.org/vb/showthread.php?t=23078
    that's Road Race, not AutoX. but thanks for the heads up!

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    looks like fun to me id like to give it a try. road race or auto x ing. ask sam strano what he runs.

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    Jason, I too get my tires used. You really have the 2 choices listed previously, A6 and V710. If you don't want to change tires at the event you can get away with driving the Kumhos Victory Racer tires to and from the event but they are less sticky than the v710 or A6 and a nail on the road can ruin your day. The Hossiers seem to provide the best grip and consistency but apparently they are not very long lasting (most people seem to go through a set in a season). The V710 is almost as grippy as the A6 but last a lot longer though grip does fall off with age, but even old 710 are still faster than summer street tires. Start with used V710 as they can be had cheap and will give you a feel for r compound tires the last thing you want to do is get a new set $250 tires and flat spot them on your first time out.

    I use to get my 275's from a local guy so I will check with him and see if he has anything. Also you can check the SCCA board, the Cincy Area SCCA board or http://www.jbracingtires.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 SS Vert View Post
    I've been racing in SCCA Solo2 for years. Unfortunetly there is no such thing as cheap R-compounds.

    Hoosier A6s or Kuhmo V710s are the way to go. 275s if not wider for these cars.

    I typically buy mine used and it saves me a lot of money. These cars make crazy power to the ground compared to a miata, mr2, ect and street radials are horrible for cornering and traction. Plus the car weighs a lot and you get a lot of deflection on a street radial - even with high psi.

    I have raced using nitto 555R drag radials in the rear of my olf vehicle, and it did pretty good, but it had 1/2 the power the SS has.

    If you can afford it, the two I listed above will be your best friend. They grip like crazy! Once you ride in a car with them (something high powered like a C6 vette), you will never go back.

    I have an extra set of stock ZR1s and I run R-s on all 4 corners. 275/40/17s. I got less than $500 bucks in the set since I bought both the wheels and tires used.
    This post is full of good advice.

    R-comps are not cheap. If you get buy some used, great. But remember they were taken off for a reason, most likely because the owner felt they weren't as fast anymore. But if you can get some that aren't corded and can get them mounted cheaply, used is a good way to get onto a set of R-comps.

    If you want to be competitive in any class with an F-body, you need r-compound tires. The car is not very competitive in any of the street tire based classes as we need the stick to try and hook the power and deal with the weight of the car.

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    Jason, I checked with my buddy and he only have 18" tires (probably 285/30ZR18 or 315/35ZR18 but I can check with him) as he no longer runs 17" on the front of his corvette. Do you have spare rims already? The other 2 guys I know have 16" tires that would fit on stock 16" rims (225/50ZR16 I think) and 17" tires for 10-11" wide rims (295/40ZR17 or 315/35ZR17).
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    thanks for looking bud! i would have to get a set of 16's to fit that guys, but i think i'd prefer to go 17x11 instead. i'll keep you posted, thanks again!

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    i'd only updgrade to r-compund once the skill level has increased dramatically... one learns more w/ less grip and avoids getting into bad habits... just something to consider, before making the jump.
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