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tukaniSVT 12-15-2010 09:18 AM

A bit of help please, after a year, going back
So, yes, after a year of no AutoXing ... for family, personal and car issue reasons, I am going back.

But I need a bit of help.

First, what are the good places to order a SA2010 Helmet? Good prices and all. I use to have a Bell Helmet, but I am open to the other good brands.

And then on to Tires:
I am actually looking for some 16s for my SVT ... If I could find 15s that fit the SVT that WOULD BE AWESOME.

Anyways, for the 16 group: Tires
I am looking at the -
Dunlop: DZ101 or Sport Z1
BF Goodrich GSport.

Thoughts? Thanks


GodLovesUgly 12-15-2010 09:54 AM

go with another Bell Helmet man. we have just come out with some new SA2010 helmets and you should start to see them anywhere Bell helmets are sold. (i work for Bell) i could probably get you a discount on a helmet but with shipping it might equal out to be the same if you just ordered one. find one you like and i'll see what i can do.

rota slips in the 15" will fit. you can find them at

as for tires, in the 16 series i would also recommend the Kumho Ecsta XS tires in the 215/45/16. i think those will out grip the Gsport & DZ101s after being warmed up a bit.
the sport Z1s will out grip the kumhos but the sizes aren't the best. (225/50/16; 205/50/16; 205/55/16)

i think the 215/45/16 will be your best bet with the gearing on these things.

tukaniSVT 12-15-2010 11:00 AM

Hey Thanks man ... Yeah I figured I would be spending between 225-250 for a helmet at the moment.

So, if you could save me a bit on shipping that would be awesome.

Do you work at a particular store with a website or is it just

Thanks for the info on the Rotas ... Are they really 470 SHIPPED FOR A SET?!?!?!? No Way ... Nice.

I just might order those after all.

When I go back start the session in January, I want at least the helmet and either 4 new tires or 4 new wheels. Then in January I will buy either 4 new tires or 4 new wheels ...

So I will run with my 17s at the moment with the Kumho Esctas that are on there as my daily for the SVT ... and when February hits, I should be able to switch into either the 15s or 16s ... MY HOPES FOR THE 15s!!!

Spreading my money just a bit because Holidays is kinda taking away from most of my funds. And the wife wouldn't be too happy with me spending close to 1000 bucks just on me ... without spending an equal amount on her ... lol.

**EDIT** FF REP For the Help Man.


tukaniSVT 12-15-2010 11:15 AM

I can still run the SA 2005 right? I believe a local is selling his 2005SA for cheap ... so just asking.

If I remember right, it's every 10 years that you need to change out your helmet.


GodLovesUgly 12-15-2010 04:40 PM

np, thanks for the rep.

well i work for Easton Bell Sports, i get a discount on a wide variety of products.
so i would just recommend you finding a helmet you like and i'll see if we've got it. (which i should)
the rating is good for 10 years. you are correct.

yeah the Rotas are a great deal for a super light *perfect* size. the only thing i've heard about the wheels is that they are not the strongest. but for something like autocross/track days only, they should be just fine.

tukaniSVT 12-15-2010 05:27 PM

Yeah, AutoX was the only reason why I wanted them. I have daily wheels ... and I really don't drive my SVT but 2-3 times month these days. Bought a SUV for a daily beater now.

Should I go with the 15s or just stay safe with the 16s?

If I go 15s ... what size tire would you recommend?


GodLovesUgly 12-15-2010 06:25 PM

same, that's why i will most likely go with a set of Rotas.

personally, i would go with the 16x7 but if you get the 15s i would recommend the 45 offest.

i like the tires that are available in a 16 if you run a street tire. race tires are another story.

Edit: gearing is a big factor in choosing a wheel too. with my stock 17s it was hard for me to decide weather i wanted to shift or keep it in 1st. WD told me that a 16" wheel with a 45 series tire would help with that. i'm sure another season of working on my driving will help that as well!

focusedaddiction 12-15-2010 07:59 PM

correct WD & i both run 16x7.. 215/45/16 for autoX, it's a great size for our car, and if i were to run a rota 15x7.5 i'd try a 225/45/15 [thumb]
just a thought 16's don't have alot of options for us in "R" compounds sadly kumho has a 215 45 16 which works great for me.
as far as a helmet, i like my open-face g-force gf750, was like 160. shipped from summit racing a few years back.
good to see ya getting back into autocross!

tukaniSVT 12-16-2010 12:51 PM

Thanks for the info focusedaddiction. Its great that you run with Doug. I would love to run with Doug, he knows alot and would definitely be helpful.

I am going to get the 16s as oppose to the 15s ... because 2 years ago, I upgraded my brakes to drill and slotted brakes ... little did I know, it would hurt me in the long run.

As for the "R" Compounds ... I just decided to jump back in ... so I am not ready for those yet. A friend let me drive his Integra with "R" compounds ... I nearly hurt myself.
Love the grip ... just not ready for that much yet.


golfitup 12-16-2010 02:15 PM

There are about 4 tires that dominate Street Tire Classes in SCCA autocross.

Sadly, everything else falls short.

If you want the best ur looking at either the Hankook Rs-3, Star Spec, Re-11, or Toyo Proxies. Hands down, no other tires really compare for street tire class. Just take a look at the national tour and solo national results.

The RS-3's to me are VERY good and are good priced. I have had good luck with them.

If you want the best street tire for autocross then choose from this list!

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