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Old Wed, Jun-13-2018, 01:28:29 PM   #1
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Default Time for new rubber

Whats going on everyone!! My hunt has began for some new tires for this year.. Ive been running 265/35/18 RS3 on 18x10 apexs but after yesterday, I've come to realize that it's time for a new set!!

They still have life left but they are from 2010! When swapping my track pads, I noticed the production date (2510) and this was probably why they were making so much noise. They were gripping great, but making a ton of noise.

So I'm looking for some feedback from the experienced guys here.. What tire to get and should I jump to a 275/35 on the 10in wheel?

-Hankook RS4

-Dunlop Direzza Z3

-R888r

-Kuhmo V720

-NT05

-Federal RS-RR (heard great things and their price is awesome)


I know many people probably say NT01 but not sure where to buy them.. for some reason they're hard to find online.

Any input would be helpful. Keep in mind, the car does see minimal street driving.

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What's your experience level? How many track days a year? When you say street driving, does that include driving in the rain on the street occasionally?

I had a set of the Federal RS-R's (the predecessor to the RR's), and for the price they were pretty tough to beat. Were they 100% of the tire that an NT01 is for example....no, of course not. But I was able to turn a 1:42 lap at Road Atlanta on them, that's not terrible. I actually liked them, had a friend who disagreed. If I hadn't moved to an R-Comp, I'd have probably bought a set of the RR's.

Hell, they're cheap enough you could buy a set and if you don't like them, try again with something else.

I'd also add the Bridgestone RE71R to your list of possibilities. Good grip on a wet track, and pretty fast for a street tire when it's dry.

You can get the NT01's from Discount Tire Direct, they're even on sale right now in a 275-35-18 size, which yes, I would jump to on that wheel size.
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What's your experience level? How many track days a year? When you say street driving, does that include driving in the rain on the street occasionally?

I had a set of the Federal RS-R's (the predecessor to the RR's), and for the price they were pretty tough to beat. Were they 100% of the tire that an NT01 is for example....no, of course not. But I was able to turn a 1:42 lap at Road Atlanta on them, that's not terrible. I actually liked them, had a friend who disagreed. If I hadn't moved to an R-Comp, I'd have probably bought a set of the RR's.

Hell, they're cheap enough you could buy a set and if you don't like them, try again with something else.

I'd also add the Bridgestone RE71R to your list of possibilities. Good grip on a wet track, and pretty fast for a street tire when it's dry.

You can get the NT01's from Discount Tire Direct, they're even on sale right now in a 275-35-18 size, which yes, I would jump to on that wheel size.
Thanks for your input.. Right now I've done 2 track days this year with a total of 12 - 20 minute sessions. I have 3 more days planned for this year.

I took out the RE71r because while doing some research, I read somewhere that people had issues with them after a few laps.. their initial grip is strong but after some heat they get really greasy and this is because theyre meant for AutoX ... I forget where I read it.

Right now, I'm leaning heavily toward the Z3s.. Anyone have experience on them?
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Yes, I would change to a 275/35.

What are your goals? Life span, drivability, outright speed?
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I ran nitto Invos (275 35r18) for the first 15 days on track. They are great in the wet. Thy are not super grippy, but they are better tires than I was a driver. If I did it again I'd do something similar again. They lasted soo long and by the time I got rid of them it was due to punctures and not wear.

Now I'm on falken azenis rt-615k+(235 35r18). I'm not setting lap records but they are pretty fast, predictable, communicative at the limit and come back well after being overdriven. They're also wearing slowly and are inexpensive to boot. They are probably a solid step below the r888r and re71r, but they're 2/3 the price almost.
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NT05’s are great because they’re grippy, but also give tons of feedback which helps since you’re a beginner. It’s a great stepping stone before nt01’s
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RE71Rs are on par with the NT01s. I wouldn't consider anything else.
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RE71Rs are on par with the NT01s. I wouldn't consider anything else.
This is how you flip a car on the second track event my man.
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This is how you flip a car on the second track event my man.
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