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Old Mon, Jul-24-2017, 01:12:26 PM   #121
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Ordered size down from tirerack 265/35/18 (275 was back ordered) - I have had 4 or 5 autox events so far - wear is reasonable, grip and performance is exceptional!!! Center edge looks like is wearing too fast on the fronts, but fronts do all the "heavy lifting" in autox. I just missed FTD on last autox by 0.150s, and winning my group 3 times in a row. This is the best I have done so far.

This is the tire to have for Autox, period!!!
Probably running too high pressure.
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Probably running too high pressure.
Actually, I ran them pretty low, the lowest I have run a street tire - 27-28 hot.
I know what you mean, but its not that entire middle edge wears out, it wears out at an angle, outside edge basically is going away first. Maybe ideally need less camber, but then my 10et25 wont fit. Although, outside tire edge takes a beating all the way to the marks...

I know, I am pushing the car pretty hard too, fighting to FTD with NCCBMW, so maybe there is no way around this - these tires are softer and just wear out as such. But let me say, while offering extreme grip!!! so glad, I got them!
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Default Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R - any feedback?

The center rib wear you describe seems to be pretty common regardless of pressure or type of car. Virtually everyone I autox with has experienced it regardless of car type or driving style. It does seem to stop at some point but remains that way until the tire is worn out.

After my earlier lengthy posts about the rapid wear I just got a second set after evaluating them against the RS4 and Z2. I love the grip they provide and feel like if I had flipped them after the first three day track weekend they they would have lasted longer. I was wearing the outside right edge on a track that includes a lefthand NASCAR banked oval. I experienced minimal wear autocrossing.
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Old Fri, Sep-15-2017, 12:05:23 AM   #124
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Thanks for all the good feedback people. We're running a spec e46 at the upcoming WRL COTA race. These seem like the no brainer but the Falkens are cheap and the Dunlops are probably just as fast as the RE71's.

Who else is coming?
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I ran my stock 330i with Bridgestone S-04 PP's at IMS (track car was down) and I got the same center wear on those shit tires. Maybe it's just a Bridgestone thing that the center rib wears down. My friend's Re-71R's center rib wore the same way - at an angle on his stock Civic SI after two track days. Both scenarios probably had pressures too high to begin with.
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Thanks for all the good feedback people. We're running a spec e46 at the upcoming WRL COTA race. These seem like the no brainer but the Falkens are cheap and the Dunlops are probably just as fast as the RE71's.

Who else is coming?
I will be there. We run the re71s on our miata. Lighter than you e46, but we have no problems making them last an 8 hour race. Are you guys going to hallet?
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I will be there. We run the re71s on our miata. Lighter than you e46, but we have no problems making them last an 8 hour race. Are you guys going to hallet?


You think they would last 12hrs? On a Miata.
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You think they would last 12hrs? On a Miata.
Certainly possible, but I would have a backup set for sure. After the last 8 hour race, my brother probably did 1.5-2 DE days on the same set of tires...so not out of the realm of possibility that they last 12 hours on a lightweight vehicle.
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I will be there. We run the re71s on our miata. Lighter than you e46, but we have no problems making them last an 8 hour race. Are you guys going to hallet?
Gotcha, all the heavier cars like mine seem to be able to get 10-12 hours if they watch pressures. Over 3200#s and you're lucky to get 8 hours.

We're not running Hallett. I'm going to NASA Nationals @ Sebring.
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