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Old 12-04-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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Are wheelspacers needed to run 225-45-17's on stock SVT wheels ? I run G stock on RS2's and get beat bad by a Mini on NTO1's.


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Old 12-04-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
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NT01's are a sweet tire, i love mine
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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steve35svt, I moved your post to a brand new thread.
The other thread you posted in (The Who's Who of Focus Autocrossers) is not open for this type of discussion.

Now, on to your question...
No, you won't want to use spacers at all.
That would only worsen the chances of rubbing on the fenders, as spacers push the wheel/tire further out towards the edge of the fender.

I ran a couple sets of RT-615s in that size with success, but they are a tight fit.
See here:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=84742

I would recommend running a 215/40/17 R compound if you really want to be competitive.
The shorter sidewall will help in turn-in response, and the shorter diameter will help you get out of the hole faster.

Now, if you really want to see why I don't run the 225/45's anymore for AutoCrossing, read on:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...20#post1885420

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Old 12-05-2008, 09:35 PM   #4
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Who makes a true R compound in a 215/40/17? I've competed with this car two years and like the way it handles for a front drive,previous racer was C prepared Trans-Am.The only thing I miss is TORQUE!
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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I didn't think about the limited suppliers for that size, but there is at least one.
Kumho-V710:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=8

If you're on a budget, the Nitto NT-01 has been working pretty good for the people running it around here, though you'd have to opt for 215/45 again...
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...yp=Competition

Now, here's something you'll really like.
Hoosier A6 in a 225/40/17. Extra width and 1/2" shorter than stockers.
This is a GREAT tire!
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=0
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I run the Hoosier A6 - 225/40ZR17 with no rubbing issues.
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I'm thinkin' I need to switch classes so I can run some R-Compounds.
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Great,225/40's fit ! I was concerned by the lack of clearance between the rear shock and the tire.Yes I'm on a tight budget , 4 kids will do that , and NTO1's won't beat that Mini. I've bought used Hooier's from Appalachian Race Tire before in the late 1990's ' I'll have to check if they still offer them. thanks for the help!
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Do it! the path to the dark side isn't so bad.
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