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Old 03-27-07, 06:13 PM
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How do you guys get your tires to events?

I have some "dubs/bling bling" etc. rims and then I have some AutoX/Drag tires on the stock rims and I've been wondering how most of you get them to the location. All the events around here are usually a good 2 hours away, so I don't really want to "waste" those tires on the way there and back.

I was thinking using a trailer, like this one:

http://ww2.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90154

Anyone use one of these? Where did you get your tow hitch? And also, what's the tow capacity of the FD (I don't have the FSM) ?
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MOVING to Race Tech forum....

Search for posts from Maxcooper and DamonB, they both have the U-haul trailer hitch setups and their own trailers.
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Old 03-27-07, 06:23 PM
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Thanks - I was thinking about posting it here, but since it was mainly a question for the FD guys, I thought I would post it in the Third Gen. section!
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where to get hitch? i drove my v710's 35 miles each way.
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Originally Posted by NeoTuri
Damn, that is exactly what I needed! Thanks!
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Originally Posted by rajahFD
Anyone use one of these? Where did you get your tow hitch? And also, what's the tow capacity of the FD (I don't have the FSM) ?
For reference, the FSM says in bold letters not to tow, however, this specific hitch mounts securely.
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Originally Posted by 2MCHPWR
where to get hitch? i drove my v710's 35 miles each way.
I drive on my V710s. A local event for me can be 60-80 miles each way. In the last two weeks I drove to San Diego for the natl tour and then to El Toro for the Prosolo on my V710s.

In SD we picked up so much old rubber, looked like Hoosiers , that even after the 68 mile drive home I needed a torch and putty knife to clean them off.

Driving strait down the freeway wont hurt your race tires.
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They can be fit in the FD with no Passenger. But I usually have my friend with an E36 stuff them in his trunk. Trunks are nice. I want one.
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How about the sticky tires adding too many rock chips to your fenders?

I have a separate set with slicks, but would much rather always have them on car. But, my paint is mint.
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There is also this.
http://izoomgraphics.com/





Or this is one of the nicer mini-trailers I've seen pics of. Don't know anything about it though. Couldn't be to hard to make.



Not sure what gen RX you have, but I have an unused 2nd gen trailer hitch if you are interested.
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The one with the Porsche looks schweeet. That's exactly what I was thinking as well. See sig for Generation reference.
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I'd avoid driving on your race tires to events.

If it rains, you're completely screwed. VERY unsafe.

Risk of puncture. This would ruin your whole day if on the way there!

You're chewing off rubber you paid good money for and aren't even on the track.

I once got a flat on the way home from an event. Everyone passing me on the highway must have thought I was completely nuts. Four good tires sitting on a trailer and yet I was mounting up the doughnut
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Originally Posted by rajahFD
I have some "dubs/bling bling" etc. rims and then I have some AutoX/Drag tires on the stock rims and I've been wondering how most of you get them to the location. All the events around here are usually a good 2 hours away, so I don't really want to "waste" those tires on the way there and back.

I was thinking using a trailer, like this one:

http://ww2.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90154

Anyone use one of these? Where did you get your tow hitch? And also, what's the tow capacity of the FD (I don't have the FSM) ?

I have one of those small trailers that I used with my FD. If anyone in the NY, NJ, CT area is looking for a pre-assembled trailer in excellent condition, let me know. Its at my parents house on Long Island.
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I've got a little track trailer and U-haul hitch as well. Short of being able to actually trailer the car, this was a one of the best things I've done. Even before I had track tires, the car was so stuffed with crap on the way to the track, that it couldn't have been good for it. At least with a trailer the load is ballanced... it's probably better than stuffing it all inside. You also can't get 4 good-sized track tires in the car without screwing something up, or leaving the hatch popped, which i DO NOT recommend... you'll be sick and dizzy within 10 minutes on the highway.
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Originally Posted by DamonB
I'd avoid driving on your race tires to events.

If it rains, you're completely screwed. VERY unsafe.

Risk of puncture. This would ruin your whole day if on the way there!

You're chewing off rubber you paid good money for and aren't even on the track.
Exactly! Plus, around here, sure there are some AutoX events about 15 minutes from me, but that's only about 3-4 times a year, the rest are in the North Bay, which is a good 2.5-3 hours away from me (about 180 miles each way, 360 miles round trip).

I once got a flat on the way home from an event. Everyone passing me on the highway must have thought I was completely nuts. Four good tires sitting on a trailer and yet I was mounting up the doughnut
I would have probably done the same thing!
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I have the u-haul hitch on my FD also. I welded up a nice carrier that went in the hitch hole and held all 4 tires. It was similar to the pictures of the Porche and Miata tire tail.
It held up well for a year or so but then the welds broke on the U-haul hitch. I was going to file a complaint but the 4 tires and rack was over the rated tongue weight. I rewelded it and reenforced it at that time. I am getting a mini trailer soon though just to be safe. So pay attention to rated weights kids ;-).
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Trunks are nice. I want one.
Not RX-7's.
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Originally Posted by RX-Heven
There is also this.
http://izoomgraphics.com/

I don't have space to store a mini-trailer. Is anyone using one of these on an FD?

Raja, right now I'm bringing my extra set inside the car. Two standing upright in the passenger seat, one sitting on the rear bins, and one in the trunk laid flat. It will only work with stock sized tires/wheels. You can skip the one on the bins if you don't mind driving with the hatch partly open and tied down. It's a real tight fit and I use old blankets to protect the interior. Plus you can only bring as much gear as fits in the passenger footwell and stuffed in the corners. I'm thinking of buying a set of those tire wraps at least to keep the dirt contained.

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Won't work on FD, but for my fb, my 13" v710s fit inside the rear hatch, right up against the rollbar =) I typically have two drivers, two helmets, jack, tools, and 4 tires in the car driving to the events... =) It's the second most favorite thing about my car (1st being driving it of course!)

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I don't have space to store a mini-trailer. Is anyone using one of these on an FD?
These are a neat idea and I know several who use them. I also know several who have been stopped by the police about them. Depending on the vehicle it can cover up the tail lights as well as the license plates. For those reasons I'd stick with the trailer.

The car will handle better with a trailer because the tongue weight on the trailer can be setup to be far less than the weight of four tires hanging off the end of the car. My trailer's tongue weight is maybe 25 pounds when fully loaded. The car hardly knows it's there.
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Well, like I said I have no space to store a mini-trailer. (Condo association).

So I'll have to keep packing them in the cabin I guess.

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Originally Posted by dgeesaman
Well, like I said I have no space to store a mini-trailer. (Condo association).

So I'll have to keep packing them in the cabin I guess.

Dave
The tire tails will work on an FD no problem. You can get them for any car. You supply some simple measurements to them and it is built to order. There is also a wall mounted storage bracket to keep them out of the way when stored.
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right now i have new RA1's on the FD, use them on the street (not much really) and drive 2+ hrs @80mph to the track (SF to T-Hill), they are unshaved. My race tire man and i figure maybe we will wear the outside edge on the track and the inside edge on the road, and might get 1 year on a set.....i find that acceptable if it works out.......best to buy them in sept so they are fully treaded for winter.........
btw; the unshaved RA1 is an awesome rain tire....never felt so confident as this tire is on a rainy highway at 80mph............
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While it's possible to get an all-in-one r-compound, sorta, I think the tire tail is the way to go.

I wonder if getting the tires set at a different height will help make it more street legal.

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