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Old 06-06-2007, 12:05 PM   #1
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Talking New Track Wheels and Rubber

About dang time...
What's the ole Rev got stuffed in the back of his car??
Hmmm...I recognize the Azenis, but what's under the tire caddies??


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Old 06-06-2007, 12:06 PM   #2
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Ooooooo...pretty!
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Oh yeah...215/45/16 Azenis on 16X7(42mm offset) OZ wheels.
I'm going for a little shorter gearing with the 1.5" shorter (diameter) tire.
Should be a huge help on our short parking lot courses.
They should also help on our road course in Helena, where I'm generally shifting back down to 1st gear in the infield,
I may now be able to keep it in 2nd gear, and save the shifting time.

Oh...the biggest reason for the switch is I just dropped 8-10lbs per corner with this setup.

And...let's not forget I just lowered my center of gravity 3/4" as well.
I'll have to get some "on car" measurements, as comparing one unloaded and one loaded tire will skew the results.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:08 PM   #4
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Very nice!

How do you like the tire caddies? I've been thinking about picking up a set.

Are they the weatherproof kind?
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Here's a comparison to the worn out 225/45/17's on the 17X7 stockers.
I don't believe I'm giving up any tread width at all, and may in fact have gained some.
The 225 is a bit "pinched" on the 7" wheels, whereas the 215 is about perfect.
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Ultraleggera sweetness.
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Very nice!
How do you like the tire caddies? I've been thinking about picking up a set.
Are they the weatherproof kind?
1) Thanks!
2) I haven't had the chance to use them yet, except for protecting the wheels when I took them in to be mounted.
At the moment, I have the "stack-o-wheels/tires" sitting on top of cardboard in the garage, and encased in a heavy duty yard waste bag.
3) It doesn't say "weatherproof" on the site, but they are rather heavy duty:
http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/..._tire_tote.jsp
I'm primarily going to use them to protect the back seat, as that's where I'll be hauling them to/from the events at this time.
^^^In that case, they may very well never see the weather.
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The "Stack o' Wheels" kit with optional cardboard..I have that same kit!

Wheels and tires look great! I have a similar looking set in Titanium gray and I am VERY happy with them. I'm looking at yours and wondering if the aluminum wouldn't look better...

Still, sunk costs and all.

As for the tire totes. That's the exact same reason that I am looking into buying a set. Protecting the interior. I'm tired of turning the little focus into a pick up truck for events and want to keep the brake dust to a minimum inside the car. The weatherproofing issue is somewhat important because we run rain or shine at our events and there is nothing worse than putting a wet tire in a car. Brake dust turns to brake mud.

Good luck with your season!
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^^^You think of everything!
Meaning...brake dust.
I had thought about rain events and the inherent wet wheels and tires going in the car,
but I completely forgot about dumping brake dust all over the back seat.
Oops.

I'll have to do a test fit, and see how they stand up back there.
I'm planning on running a tie strap through the center of the wheels,
then behind the back of the seat backs to snug everything together.
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hehhe...

I have allergies and let me tell you, brake dust plays HAVOC inside the car with me.
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