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Old 01-18-2008, 02:39 PM   #1
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Question about AZENIS RT-615

Anyone have experience using the AZENIS RT-615 (215-40-17) on the street? I'm wondering if the 40 profile would make the rims more susceptible to damage when encountering a pot hole. I should let you know that I'm driving a 2003 SVT Focus.


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Old 01-18-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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They're not really a street tire.
They're a lot happier on an AutoCross course.
With the amount of rain (and fog and humid days) you get in San Francisco, the RT-615 would not be a good choice.
Yes, 40 series would leave your wheels rather susceptible to damage.
That, and your speedometer will not read correctly.

I've run 2 sets on the street now (before I got a dedicated track setup).
1 set, I got a little over 9,000 miles and the other barely saw 5,000.
Though, both sets saw a good amount of track (AutoCross) duty as well.

Exactly why do you want this tire and series (40)?

I'm really liking these tires for my daily drivers now:
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They'll be used for autox. However, I put them on at home first then drive to the autox, and back. There is always a chance of running into a pot hole on the way. I hate changing the wheels at the track.
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To add to what WD40 said, once they get about half tread life left they are TERRIBLE in the rain. Literally it is like you are driving on ice.

But bring on the dry and you got yourself some pretty good grip. I run them on the street, at autocrosses, and on road courses and I love these things. They definately are not street friendly in a sence that they have a 200 rated treadwear. I went through (3) sets of them last year from May to November. I did put alot of track miles on the car though.
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They'll be used for autox. However, I put them on at home first then drive to the autox, and back. There is always a chance of running into a pot hole on the way. I hate changing the wheels at the track.
That should be just fine.
Though...how many miles are you driving each way to the track and back?

Changing tires at the track isn't that bad.
I bought a nice lightweight aluminum jack, and a speed wrench for the lug nuts.
I wrap the tires in "tire totes" I got from Tire Rack, and strap the track tires on the rear seat.
I'm planning on getting a hitch installed this year, and making a custom tire carrier to put them out back when I'm going to/from events.

Oh...I thought I had posted some pics of how I haul all my stuff...
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Maybe I should just go with the 215-45-17 and not worry about it. The performance difference is probably small.
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I'm assuming, you're running in GS, hence sticking with the 17" wheels?

If it's just to/from the track, the speedometer error shouldn't be that hard to deal with.
But, if you're having to travel 100 miles each way...
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Yes, I'm running GS. We have several venues, the distance can be from 20 miles one way to 100 miles. I also drive once a month with a group that travels through many of the coastal roads in our area. I would use the tires on those occasions as well.
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