Discussion in 'General discussion' started by SeanDezart, Aug 13, 2017.
Semi-slicks more specifically !
What are today's choices, your preferences (and why) ?
I use R888-R.
Seam to grip well but don't have anything to compare and I'm not even sure I have the ability to tell the difference even if I did have a choice. I previously went through several sets of R888's. Couldn't tell you if these are better or not.
Price is reasonable at around £180 each and they do generally last the year of around 6000 miles and about 4-5 track days.
But also :
I hear you John and I've run them as well - it's just that they're getting expensive and for the limited use that mine will probably get next year, I'd rather go for a cheaper tyre even if it wears out quicker.
Grip costs money Sean. If you have not found the limits of the R888R then buy something cheaper. If you have found those limits then PAY the money and stay on the track. Body/chassis repairs are expensive
The avon slicks we use are £380 each but I would not run on anything else now
Totally agreed but grip and limited tyre wear cost more than grip and quick tyre wear.
Seeing as I won't need nearly as many track-days as John, I'm looking for a more cost effective annual tyre budget.
Full slicks are out as my car wasn't conceived to handle the body stresses they'll create - I need a bit of 'slip and drift'.
The federal rsr 595's are good. Had those on a few toy cars.
Seem to be a fair amount of part worn R888R at reasonable money being advertised
I'm having trouble finding something in 15" !
The question is why ? People upgrading to other makes ?
I have bought second hand in the past and would not again. Tyres don't work well when they are old and IMO the ones you see for sale are for sale because they are getting old. I wouldn't you a tyre that's more than 2 years from its date stamp. It will not be as good as a new tyre.
Mine are getting near the end of their life so will probably look for an alternative and change the wheel size if I need to.
I will also need a set of track tyres for the silver car soon and not settled on wheel size so will pick a tyre before the wheel.
Where I am !
For the road, I have 225/50x15s but for the track......?
consider yourselves lucky that you're not chasing 14" tyres!
If you are competing spend the money and buy the best.
If it's for trackdays buy the bargains, enjoy the day and as long as they are trackday tyres e.g. Yoko A048 etc they will not let you down.
At least 2/3 of my tyres over 10 years were secondhand and as long as it was dry they were great. If it's wet then you need the tread-depth, damp and you will be fine. If you have spare sets of wheels (I had 25 at one time) you can juggle to suit the weather.
I wouldn't buy secondhand tyres for my road car.
Because they have been removed from the list of tyres allowed by the MSA for roadgoing use and so are up for sale as people buy new sets
Try to find some Yoko A008R tyres. They are good
What about Nankang NS-2Rs ? (not in 14s though).
But it's only on the tracks that the cars (and us) are pushed to their limits....and beyond !
I think the ns2 is what i'm going to run on the wider road wheels, I'm after a slightly narrower set of 14's for track stuff.
Look at the list of tyres that were in the List 1A in the blue book for road going classes. They have been removed for a reason. They are the ones I would be looking at for trackday tyres
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