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 Post subject: Tire Help
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:50 am 
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Last year I had taken my turbo charged Integra to 3 HPDE weekends, I had mechanical issues with my car at all of them. So over the winter I removed the turbo kit replaced some bushings and I am now ready to enjoy this great sport except one issue I bought Kuhmo Victor racers v700 off of someone to use as my tires. My issue is this past weekend it rained and I went out on a borrowed some street tires and wow did I learn how much the V700 where covering up, when the dry line came back. What I need is opinions on a good set of HPDE tires that will talk to me and let me learn verses compensating with grip. I am looking in the 16" range (225/50-16 preferred size). Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:07 pm 
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First off, congrats for realizing that the v700's are hurting your learning curve! Not everyone is able to identify that when starting. In HPDE, I would recommend any street tire with a decent amount of tread. An all season will provide you with feedback via "talking" aka squeeling like a stuck pig, which is good until you can feel the feedback your tires give you. I ran on Nitto Neo Gens for a while (they are cheap).


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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:11 pm 
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are the qualities you're looking for in order of importance :) You can go with a fanicer stickier nice street tire if you want, but it'll cost more than it needs to. Fun factor may make it worth it to you though. YMMV.

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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:49 pm 
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Just make sure you run the correct air pressure to start. Many many many many many many many , if not all (get the point?) start their air pressure way to low on a street tire.

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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:05 am 
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Totally agree on r-comps covering up / impeding learning.

Extreme Performance Summer is what I would get. I personally use the Dunlop Z1 Star Spec. Top AX tire and very very popular in HPDE/TT.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp ... mpare1=yes

Pressures - start with 32-35 cold and look for hot in the 42-45 range.


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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:24 am 
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Star Specs are a good choice. Have them as my rains and occasional play tires as well.

I started off on Falken Azenis. Also not a bad tire.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:49 am 
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A tire with a tread wear of 200 hundred or more. Nitto NT05 is a good tire.

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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:22 am 
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Smike wrote:
Totally agree on r-comps covering up / impeding learning.

Extreme Performance Summer is what I would get. I personally use the Dunlop Z1 Star Spec. Top AX tire and very very popular in HPDE/TT.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp ... mpare1=yes

Pressures - start with 32-35 cold and look for hot in the 42-45 range.


Mike (Black TTF SVT Focus)


Mike, I looked at these and I guess you can only get these from tirerack, My local tire guys said they can get DZ101 but not the Star Spec. I get a discount from my local Goodyear is there any that you would suggest that they might carry.


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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:25 am 
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the DZ101 is the newer version (I think) - give it a shot, should be about as good so long as they didn't go too soft with it during the update

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 Post subject: Re: Tire Help
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:43 am 
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Not the same iirc. DZ101 = longer lasting, not as sticky. 300 treadwear I believe.

+1 for Star Specs, great all around tire. I use them as all seasons on the E36. Not very good in snow, though :wink:

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