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Old 09-09-2011, 05:04 PM   #11
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^^ Especially on an SVT

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Old 09-09-2011, 05:20 PM   #12
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Well the next size down in a 205x45x16.
Does the smaller diameter outweigh the loss of width?
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:02 PM   #13
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I run kumho 215/40-16 on my improved touring car. I have tried Hoosiers in a 45 series. Thinking about moving to that series for more sidewall as the 40 series is very sensitive to road hazards on track like curbs. If your going to get extra sets of wheels the 17 is much easier to find in both new and used. Light weight 16's are hard to come by. Supply of tires at track are also easier and much greater selection in 17's.
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and of course: tirerack.com

if you're doing open track events and not competing I would recommend you not go too crazy with semi-slicks etc. You'll improve quicker on a tyre that is more progressive at the limit, rather than a proper race tyre where the grip is more on/off. That way you can have a better feel for how the car reacts to different inputs. On race rubber its easy to make a bunch of small mistakes and not even be fully aware of it because the grip level is so high.
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Interesting point. I had never even considered that before.
I only go to open track days at one track here in Michigan. I know it pretty well. I don’t know how many “little’ mistakes I really make. Though I am sure I make them at every turn.
We are just out for fun, no timers, only in car stuff. I think that the amount of grip from a pure race tire would be way more fun than shaving a few tenths off my lap...
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:27 PM   #16
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HA, just adding a race tire WILL shave time off your laps..
it hides flaws, but if you're not thinking of going pro, slap them on a separate set of wheels and they will last a very long time if you don't go out much.
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^ you are talking about full race tires lasting???
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^ you are talking about full race tires lasting???
I get about 18 to 20 days on track with Nitto Nt01's before cording one.
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18-20 track days?! Not heat cycles??
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18-20 track days?! Not heat cycles??
For HPDE's I don't really notice any issues with heat cycling. The tires do get harder as they age but it is something that you work around. Once I put a new set on you can tell the difference in fresh tires but the old ones work fine if you're not collecting trophies or trying for lap times.
It takes me 10 or so days to get them to the "slick" stage.
The nice thing about the Nitto's is they aren't directional. They have an inside and an outside, so you can rotate the tires to any wheel position.
A friend of mine runs Hoosiers on his SVT and he is much faster through the corners than I am, but he spends twice the money for the tires and gets half the number of events.
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