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Old 06-15-2006, 04:23 PM   #11
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Falken Azenis RT-615
205/50r15
Price Paid: $78 each from Edge Racing
SCCA Solo STS class (8 runs) and limited street usage (under 300 miles)
1.5" drop (Steeda Springs) and Koni Struts, no ABS

This setup is my favorite so far of the four that I have tried. I need to play with air pressures a bit, but this past weekend I ran 38F and 35R and won STS. I don't know if it was the relatively tall sidewall or too low of a pressure, but they made ALOT of noise compared to the other size I have tried. I think from now on I am going to run 40F 37R.

EDIT: The noise went down a god bit since I wasn't over-driving and I bumped the pressures up to 40F 38R. Me likey alot.
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Old 07-20-2006, 04:43 PM   #12
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Tire: Falken Azeni RT-615
Size: 225/45/17
Usage: SCCA Solo2 AutoCross (STS class) and Daily Drivers.

Review:
General Observations:
They Completely blow the Hankooks (RS2) out of the water!
1) The sidewall is noticeably stiffer (even with the larger size).
Turn in response is greatly improved.
2) Treadwear is much better considering I've run several events with them already.
Currently the Azenis have almost 6,000 miles on them and still show 3/16" till they hit the wear bars.
IIRC, they started at 1/4" depth to the wear bars.


On Track Notes:
(again, comparing to the Hankook RS2)
1) These tires can be pushed much harder before they reach their limits.
2) Transitions from braking to turning, then heavy accleration are much better.
I'm not seeing nearly as much slip from the tires, just mega grip.
I also noticed I can get on the gas much sooner out of a turn, with little or no tire spin.
3) I'm running 4-6psi less in the front, and still don't have any problems with rolling the sidewall.
Most events have been at 40-42psi,
though a couple times I've ran them up to 44psi on a really tight course with lots of direction changes.


Epilogue:
I'm expecting 10,000+ miles out of these tires for daily driving and AutoCross duties.
(That's about 1 set per season, as I run dedicted winter tires when the snow hits)
I've been rotating them after every event, and treadwear is extremely even between all 4 tires.

And before anyone asks due to the 225/45/17 size...
NO, they don't rub at all. (Stock springs and stock wheels)
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Old 07-24-2006, 01:20 AM   #13
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Kuhmo Ectsa V710 (R comp)
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usage: Solo2 auto-x H-stock.

I had high expectations of these tires and they did not disapoint. Dry grip is incredible. These will drop many many seconds off your auto-x time (compared to street tires). They were even a second or 2 faster than my old Yoko Advans A032R. The sidewalls are super stiff (i run ~30psi Front 32rear, will little to no roll over). The tires have worn noticibly after every event. I expect to get less than 20 events out of them. however the tire wear is even. The tires are built with rounded shoulders so that a little bit of wear there wont expose a cord. I have noticed that they grip well when not fully warmed up. (although on cold rainy days, it seems impossible to get any heat into them). A must for the serious autoxer.
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:34 PM   #14
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Tire: Nitto NT-01
size: 205/50/15
usage: scca solo 2 autoX= street modified

This is my first year( 4 months so far) on "R" compounds so I'm still adjusting to them, but WOW are these things amazing!!!
turn-in is instant ( almost tele-kenetic) & slaloms are bliss, I can hold the throttle more at higher speeds. times are dropping drasticly now
pressures are still high at 43 front 32 rear! but seem optimal for my set-up.. VERY HAPPY with these monsters!!!A+++
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:43 PM   #15
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Falken Azenis RT-615
well it appears the azenis are dominant here. I completly agree with all the above, must better sidewalls, better grip all around, but also they recquire not heat to still have good grip. They will work great in colder weather compared to other tires in the STS classes. As for the rain, simply drop them 2psi and you wont notice a difference. I have about 7 raincrosses already.
one thing to note, the 195/?/15's for whatever reason is a slightly different compound. I am trying out 205's now and besides the increased width, they handle heat much better. However they do get greasy and a spraying is necessary especially with a co-driver.
Bridgestone Potenza RE1-01?
yea not quite sure how to spell that whole thingy, but I will say these tires are a close competitor to falken. They do recquire a little heat before they reach max grip, but you will never need to spray them. I find they handle wet 90% of what falken can do, but still a good tire. As for dry, very little difference in grip. The downside of being to lazy to spray your tires after each run is that these tires dont offer that many sizes.

Overrall, falken wins, but I think im gonna go try the bridgestones next spring.
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THis is a bit of a cross-post, but Spec Focus is moving from the Toyo RA1 (205/40/17 to the Toyo R888 (215/45/17) for 2008. The RA1's are being phased out by the end of the year.

For more information -see the Road Racing and Rally forum.

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R888's Stats

Tire Size: 215/45ZR17 91W RD
Product Code: 168160
Rim Width: 7.0-8.0
Tire Wt: 22 lbs
Tread Depth: 6
Inflated Dimension (Dia): 24.6
Inflated Dimension (Width): 8.5
Static Loaded Radius: 11.5
Max Load: 1,356lbs
Max PSI: 50 PSI
Revs Per Mile: 846
Operating Temperature: 140F to 220F, optimum around 200F
Recommended Hot Inflation Pressures: High 30s to Low 40s (psi)

Spec Focus Test Stats:

Size: 215/45-17
Circumference at 34psi: 78.50
Diameter at 34psi: 24.64
Tread Depth: Full @ 6/32

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Old 04-22-2008, 10:46 PM   #17
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Price Paid: 70 per tire
Size: 195 60 14
Simply amazing. First run I had my rear pressures set way to high and did a RWD style donut. After messing with my pressures a bit and when the sun came out they stuck like glue. Very happy.
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:01 AM   #18
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2016 tires to have list, best to meh:
Hoosier A7 (Not 200tw)
Bridgestone RE71R
BFG Rival-S
Kumho V720
Maxxis VR1
Federal 595
BFG Rival
Dunlop Z2 Star Spec
Toyo R1R
Hankook RS3V2
Yokohama AD08R
Bridgestone RE11
GTRadial Champiro SX2
Dunlop Z2


If there are more that I am missing please feel free to add, saw this thread as pretty funny considering how much has changed in 8 years. It was time for a new post.
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Nice list, great to update this old thread.

Any current recommendations are hidden in multiple threads mentioning a tire or two at a time.
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Added UTQG (treadwear) ratings.

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2016 tires to have list, best to meh:

If there are more that I am missing please feel free to add, saw this thread as pretty funny considering how much has changed in 8 years. It was time for a new post.

Hoosier A7 (40 UTQG)
Bridgestone RE71R (200 UTQG)
BFG Rival-S (200 UTQG)
Kumho V720 (200 UTQG)
Maxxis VR1 (200 UTQG)
Federal 595 RSR (140 UTQG)
BFG Rival (200 UTQG)
Dunlop Z2 Star Spec (200 UTQG)
Toyo R1R (200 UTQG)
Hankook RS3V2 (200 UTQG)
Yokohama AD08R (180 UTQG)
Bridgestone RE11 (200 UTQG)
GTRadial Champiro SX2(200 UTQG)
Dunlop Z2 (200 UTQG)
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