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Autocross Tire options

Discussion in 'Autocross' started by akoglin, Apr 6, 2008.

    akoglin guest

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    I have an '02 E46 and am running 18" Bridgestone Potenzas that need to be replaced. I have Bilstein coil-overs and camber plates added to the car and it handles great but feel I need more tire. I don't want to buy a third set of rims and would prefer to race the occasional autoX on the street tire. What should I buy? Also, can I or should I use a wider tire?
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    Bimmerdan

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    I've been running the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 as a 'dual purpose' tire for about a year now and I love them! I use them on the street, at the autocross and on the track and they have not let me down once! At the autocross, they give up a little bit to a true R compound but hey, it's a street tire!

    Everybody has very passionate opinions about tires and if you asked 10 people, you would probably get 10 different answers. This is just one persons opinion but I think the tire is definitely worth looking at.

    As for running a wider tire...what size are you running now and what size rims do you have?

    akoglin guest

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    I appreciate the feedback. Gary at Tire Rack just recommended the same tire. So you're in good company. He also gave me the info on size.

    Thanks
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    Bimmerdan

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    Wow...great minds think alike! :D (Although I have no idea what that's got to do with me...).
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    mattm

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    You might want to look at Falken Azenis, too. It would fit your needs if you do not want to go to a dedicated set of autocross tires and wheels (in which case go with Hoosier Racing Tires, the A6).
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    catmundu

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    hi akoglin! there's a guy here in houston that has been telling everyone about his miracle direzza's.:rolleyes: oh....hi, dan! :D actually, i will be trying the miracle direzza's as my next autox/street tire. are your potenza's the re-01r's? if so, i have run one event on mine on concrete and love them so far. i will see how they do on an asphalt course next weekend. *crossing fingers* another tire to consider are the yokohama advans. in terms of the azenis, i used to run the old falken azenis rt-215s (which i loved) but they stopped making them. :( everyone i know that moved on to the newer azenis (rt-615s) do not like them as much as the previous version fwiw. and if i jumped on this thread too late and u've already replaced ur tires....nevermind. ;)

    edshen guest

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    I use the Dunlop Star specs for stock class and do fairly well. They are the stickiest street tires that I've tried so far....
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    CRKrieger

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    Can you slide the car at will? If not, then your current tire and size is fine.

    Solidjake guest

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    Let me bump this, are Kumho Ecsta ASX tires good? 225/45ZR17 front and 245/40ZR17 rear.
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    az3579

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    They're kind of useless in the snow, so they're useless as all-seasons. Otherwise, I found the dry grip to be much better than my previous Sumitomo HTR-H4's, though those were of a different size (195-65R-14). I currently run 205-55R-15's. I found that on certain slight uphill 90-degree right-hand corners at intersections, my tires no longer squeak when launching to merge with traffic, but I don't know if all of this is due to the fact that my old tires were getting worn (replaced at 2/16") or if I have a different size. Honestly, I would say buy something better if you can.

    Solidjake guest

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    Yea they are crap in snow. Lol. I'll ride out the winter and summer with them. When next winter comes I will buy Blizzaks.

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