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Old 12-16-2010, 02:25 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info ... I will look into those.

When my paycheck goes through tomorrow, I will be ordering SA2010 helmet and registering for SCCA here in Houston membership. Then signing up for the AutoX that happens in early January for us.

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Okay ... so, I am looking for tires in the 215/45/16 ... and there aren't that many ...

Hmmm ... Those 15s are starting to look good again.

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Would 205/45/16 hurt?? I found plenty of tire choices there ... just asking.

I found some Continental Extreme Contacts in TireRack for $100/ea.

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honestly man, i wouldn't start out with the "best" street autocross tires.. sticky tires really hide bad driving habits. i started last season with some cheap summer tires and i firmly believe they helped me as a driver ten fold.

if you want sticky tires in that size then the ecsta XS tires will be fine. that's what i run and they are grippy enough for a second year driver like myself. especially when i'm still trying to find the car so to speak.

edit: the 205s won't be THAT bad, you definitely want to get the biggest contact patch without pinching but, that's more important at the national level..
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Thanks ... yeah, I just wanted to look at all of the options again ...

I feel like such a newb again ... after a year, and it does not at all feel like riding a bicycle ... lol.

Thanks for the info. But if the wider contact helps with the grip and turnability ... then I would rather go for that. Why do it half-ass if I can go ahead and learn the right way with the right width from the start.

And for my January run ... I will be running my stock size 17s with heavy wheels until all of this stuff comes in ... so, there I will see what I have lost and the hill that I must climb to get back up to good.

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well the amount of grip and turnability you'll get from a 215 opposed to a 205 probably won't be noticeable until you become a fast driver. either way you'll have a blast!
what class are you thinking about running btw?
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Being in TX ... I have a lot of reading for tonight and tomorrow to figure which class I fit in with my mods.

... But obviously not in the Stock "NO Mod" Class" ...

Since there are so many people in TX that run in the ST class ... it has been broken down into 6 categories within the ST class. ... there's where my reading comes in.

And they will probably stamp a Rookie sticker on my car while I run as well. And I need to find a number that hasn't been taken and call my buddy that does the magnetic numbers to make me a new one.

Lots to get ready ... and to hope that whatever helmet I order tomorrow ... will be here before the 1st of the year.

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