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Old 09-01-2014, 04:22 AM   #36
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Well I'm not really into those things yet...but other than Nitto 555s and sumitomos, what other street tire comes in a 315/35/17 size that are in the $200 dollar range/tire? I'm more into spirited street driving, not to be confused with street racing as I do not do that, and occasional drag racing at the strip. Other than those two brands in my size I only see the goodyears, but there $340 a pop and kumho ecsta XS at $251, which doesn't look bad, but I don't know anything about them. While I've not owned the sumitomos, I've heard they look more like a 285 and do not have any traction. Anyone else heard this about them? Thoughts...also not trying to steal this post either. Thanks
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:32 AM   #37
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While I've not owned the sumitomos, I've heard they look more like a 285 and do not have any traction. Anyone else heard this about them? Thoughts...also not trying to steal this post either. Thanks
That is not true, I have the 315's in Sumo and they are not or anywhere like a 285, I took the 275's off when I put the staggered set on and the 315 is much wider than a 275. And I have not had any issues with grip, this is my 3rd set of them, not a bit of trouble with them.

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everyone knows sumitomo's aren't worth the rubber there made from
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everyone knows sumitomo's aren't worth the rubber there made from
I have had zero issues with Sumo on my 3 applications. I think they are a great tire.
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Old 09-01-2014, 01:38 PM   #40
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Nitto NT05s. They're like $220 before road hazard off Discounttiredirect.com for the 315/35R17 and had great traction. Though your car is gonna push really hard in turns with a big tire like that on the rear.

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Old 09-01-2014, 02:06 PM   #41
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I like the Kumho ecsta 4x. Great bang for the buck and handle well.

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Old 09-01-2014, 02:37 PM   #42
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I have Sumitomo HTR-Z II in 285/35-18 in back and 275/35-18 in front. Where i'm at with my suspension and power i can definitely tell that my tires are the weak link right now. I've only got a tune, exhaust, and 4.10s and aluminum driveshaft for speed. But a lot of suspension.
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:47 PM   #43
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Thanks everyone. After looking at all my options I went local with a place called CJ's tires. I bought Goodyear Eagle F-1 tires.
Paid $189 each. Plus $15 each total road hazard protection. Received free mount, balance & install. Then $120 for using a Goodyear 12 months same as cash card, plus another $40 off discount. So almost got one free tires.

Plus being local if there is an issue they repair or replace no hassle. I've worked with them before and they stand behind their work. They even let me come in the shop to see their machine wasn't scratching my rims and let me clean my barrels while the wheels were off the car. Car feels great and tracks better than ever. The only disappointment so far is even though they have the same specs size wise as my previous tires there appears to be more gap between the wheel well lip and the tire. I need to measure it and see if that's true.


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Curious what pressure are you running daily on the street, when u Auto-X, and for the strip? TIA, Dave


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Auto-x. I put 38 in the front and 35 in the rear.
Street I do around 34 in the front and 32 in the rear.

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Can you educate me on why more in the front tires?


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Old 09-04-2014, 12:31 AM   #47
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Just throw some drag radials on your stock rims and call it a day
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You need to have higher tire pressure during autocross events because there is a risk of rolling the tire off of the rim during your run if you use regular "street" tire pressure. (If you're doing it right!) The very least that will happen is you're going to have scrub marks running a third of the way down the sidewalls of your front tires.
During autocross, you are typically maneuvering your car far more aggressively than you would ever imagine yourself doing on the street.
I'm not going to lie, it's HARD on your tires! I used up an almost brand new set of Falkens in a season of races. And a brand new posi-traction diff!
I use a tire marking crayon and put a few little white lines on my tires ( right on the shoulder of the tread where it meets the sidewall) before each race so I can see how far the scuff marks are rolling down to the sidewall. Ideally, you want to keep the scuffs on the shoulder of the tire and barely off of the sidewall.
And, actually, most people start out with the front tires at about 40 psi and then move the pressure down from there to find the "sweet spot" of the tire.
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I seem to roll my front tires badly at 35psi and below, i have to keep them 38-40psi in front to avoid rolling. Rears i can usually go down to 34 give or take.

Remember you want the tire to be completely square on the wheel. My fronts bulge just a bit so that can influence the rolling as well. My rears could be just a tiny bit wider (275s front and 285s back).
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I seem to roll my front tires badly at 35psi and below, i have to keep them 38-40psi in front to avoid rolling. Rears i can usually go down to 34 give or take.

Remember you want the tire to be completely square on the wheel. My fronts bulge just a bit so that can influence the rolling as well. My rears could be just a tiny bit wider (275s front and 285s back).
There's really a lot that goes into something as simple as tire pressure. The temperature at the start of the race has a lot to do with it. As does the temperature when you are initially setting the tire pressure.
I always set the tire pressure in the morning when the OAT is around 60 degrees. I check them again right before the race and if they are still within one PSI of the initial setting then I don't adjust them.
That worked well for me in the climate at Marina. I may have to do some adjustment to that, in say, the summer time climate in Sacramento.
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