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Old 07-27-06, 12:56 AM
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Tires

im gonna be changing tires soon on my 20b fd and i need some grip. my wheels are slipping a good way so i need some grippy tires. I was thinking michellin cups tires, yokahama advan A032R's, or TOYO RA1's. ps i need some grip in the rain too.

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Old 07-27-06, 07:16 AM
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Are you looking for track tires or street?

Michelin PSC's are grip-less in the rain, snow, and while "cold". They will last longer than most R comps, but they take some time to warm up.

Toyo RA-1s are much more friendly in the wet, but you will run out of tread sooner, and the tires will effectively become ''shaved"; no tread to move water.

If I were going to recommend street tires, I'd say stick with something less expensive, but decent. You are going to eat tires with that much torque, if you use it I had decent luck with Fuzion ZRi's, and they are a dime a dozen.
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Old 07-27-06, 09:41 AM
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For a street tire, I've had very good luck with Bridgestone S02-pp's. Great grip, excellent in the rain. I've gotten pretty good wear out of them too. S-02's seem to be available at TireRack, although I thought they were being phased out by the S-03 (which I don't see anymore).

While I have tracked them a half dozen times and they performed well, my FD is pretty much at stock power levels. For a 20B car, I would really recommend getting a set of dedicated track tires. Anything that you are going to run on the street and expect to get decent performance and wear out will fall down on the track (start to chunk, get greasy and squirm). Conversely, running a good track tire on the street will never give you the wet performance you are hoping for and you'll eat it up in a very few miles. It's actually cheaper in the "big picture" to just get two sets of tires.

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Old 07-27-06, 12:48 PM
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thanks guys that was very helpful. I have the michellin cup sports on my STi and they seem to do alright in the rain and such, but then again, the car is awd. I mainly need a long lasting track tire for the street with decent traction in the rain. I am by no means going to be pushing my car in the rain, merely putting around incase I get stuck out in the rain and need to get home. Does anyone know how much percentage of thread you have to run your tire by the time they are shaved. So i need an excellent dry traction tire that will stick my wheels to the ground. I do not want to be going 60 and busting a sideways on the freeway.

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For that I highly recommend the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3. Excellent grip, excellent rain performance, and a capable performer among street tires when put to the test. It's not a race tire, but it's very good and the treadwear is a legit 280.

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