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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:53 pm 
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No way you'll find a better tire at a better price than the 555R2 at $173 each in your size. I ran them for a year and loved them. I swear it's the best deal out there. Tons of grip.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/tires/nitto/product/submitProductSize.do?pc=40177&typ=Competition&tmn=NT+555R+II+Extreme

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:20 pm 
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Just remember that a "stickier" tire isn't the key to making you a better driver.

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:12 am 
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I too recommend the Dunlop Direzza Star Specs. Last year I was running on a worn down set of R888s and if there was even a hint of rain or the track was wet I would switch to the Dunlops. Although they were 10mm wider than my R888s, they were on average 2 seconds slower on a 1m 30s course which is pretty impressive. But watch out for them to get greasy after lots of hard pushing. That's the main difference between street tires and R-comps, but you should be used to that with Azenis.

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:19 pm 
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So why not run the Star Specs at this DE? The one complaint about UHP street tires is that they overheat towards the end of the session. I think you’ll be fine running these, and they may not get greasy near the end.[/quote]

I plan to. I just wanted to see if I was too crazy for thinking about running the all seasons for a session or 2 just to work on car control. Figured it would take less speed to break traction.. thus a little safer. As for UHP street tires getting greasy.. yes I've experienced that on my last event, which was in the middle of the summer.

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:20 pm 
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ive been on falken all-seasons on my last 3 events only because they were fairly new when i started group 1 so i figure i would just wear them out since im still on a huge learning curve. they reach their limits pretty quick towards the end of the session but it gives me something else to learn off of if that makes sense.

next step will be the star specs, i keep reading good things about them in all the forums i frequent. lol i cant wait to wear out the falkens, should be much longer i hope.


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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:46 am 
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Only problem with the star specs is the widest I've seen so far is 255. I'll have to check with dunlop but I'd be looking for a 275 (about 11" overall width)

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:23 am 
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I'm running *Spec 275/35-18 for my wets. Fantastic tire when there's water down, and the dry grip is pretty impressive as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:15 pm 
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Bossman, I'm fixing to order a set of StarSpecs myself to go on my newly purchased Rays wheels (18"x8.5" & 18"x9.5"). I've already got a new set of Hankook RS3s (245/40ZR18 & 285/35ZR18), but have gathered from these forums that these tires might be a little too aggressive for a newb like me in HPDE1. So after reading many threads recommending the Dunlop Star Specs, I've decided to purchase a set until I'm ready to run the RS3s. I checked TireRack & they've got the size I want; 275/35ZR18 on the rear & 245/40ZR18 on the front. Maybe they have yours too...IDK, but worth checking.

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:20 pm 
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sperkins wrote:
No way you'll find a better tire at a better price than the 555R2 at $173 each in your size. I ran them for a year and loved them. I swear it's the best deal out there. Tons of grip.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/tires/nitto/product/submitProductSize.do?pc=40177&typ=Competition&tmn=NT+555R+II+Extreme



I bought a set of Nitto NT05s for my 540i from discounttiredirect & got a hell of a deal (255/40ZR17 & 225/40ZR17) all 4 shipped for $500

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 Post subject: Re: Tires for HPDE
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:30 pm 
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Tufast wrote:
Bossman, I'm fixing to order a set of StarSpecs myself to go on my newly purchased Rays wheels (18"x8.5" & 18"x9.5"). I've already got a new set of Hankook RS3s (245/40ZR18 & 285/35ZR18), but have gathered from these forums that these tires might be a little too aggressive for a newb like me in HPDE1. So after reading many threads recommending the Dunlop Star Specs, I've decided to purchase a set until I'm ready to run the RS3s. I checked TireRack & they've got the size I want; 275/35ZR18 on the rear & 245/40ZR18 on the front. Maybe they have yours too...IDK, but worth checking.



Thanks man! I checked with Dunlop, they don't make the Star Specs in 17" any wider than 255, Which is a bit narrow for my wheels/car. I guess that takes those tires out of the runnning :(

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