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Old January 6th, 2004, 11:38 PM   #1
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Tire Advice

I will be in the market for tires soon. I have a Boxster with 17 inch wheels. It is not a daily driver and I am planing on attending a few Autocross events this year. Any advice or recommendations?

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Old January 7th, 2004, 09:11 AM   #2
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There are a lot of choices. You can of course always go with the Porsche N rated tires (Bridgestone S03, Michelin Pilot Sport, Continental Sport Contact, etc.) If you want to try something inexpensive look at the Kumho 711. They are only H rated so if you plan on spending a lot of time over 130mph then you will need to look elsewhere. I have used Bridgestone S02, and Conti Sport Contact 2's and have no complaints. Lots of people rave about the Michelins.

Other people can chime in on the noise characteristics of the various tires. That has never been an issue for me.

You might want to consider upsizing the front tires from 205/50 to 225/45.

www.tirerack.com has a lot of info on the various makes. I have heard that with the road hazard warranties, mounting, etc. that Costco has the best pricing. Costco however will not mount a non-OEM size (225/45) and at least once I had to rebalance a set of tires that they had "balanced" for me.
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Old January 7th, 2004, 09:54 AM   #3
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Tire Sizes

Be careful when thinking about moving to a larger size tire - it can bump you up a class when you autocross.

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Old January 7th, 2004, 03:12 PM   #4
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I recently installed a set of Yokahoma EVS 100's. Very reasonable, and so far, very good wet & dry grip and quiet. I ordered mine through www.tirerack.com and had them drop shipped to my installer. It couldn't have been easier!
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Old January 7th, 2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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Another vote for tirerack.com. Great price, great service, and an easy to use website.

I had mine shipped to Custom Alignment in Mtn. View.
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Old January 7th, 2004, 04:15 PM   #6
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Rule changes this year

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Be careful when thinking about moving to a larger size tire - it can bump you up a class when you autocross.

Doug
Not with the rule changes this year.

http://www.pca-ggr.org/2004ruleschanges.html
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Old January 7th, 2004, 05:09 PM   #7
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I recently installed a set of Yokahoma EVS 100's. Very reasonable, and so far, very good wet & dry grip and quiet. I ordered mine through www.tirerack.com and had them drop shipped to my installer. It couldn't have been easier!

I'll second the motion of the Yoko EVS 100's I'm running 17's and they are a fanstatic tire. Have not AX them yet, but have done one day on the track and was VERY pleased!
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Old January 7th, 2004, 06:17 PM   #8
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If you want to start AutoX go cheap....Kumho

I started autoX last year and destroyed a set of P zero (I had to come back using my spre tire). I ended up in a lot of spinn at the autoX school.

The Kumho are prety cheap (for 17") 400$ for the tires (tirerack) and 100$ to get them installed.Then if you really like auto X, buy a set of rim exclusively for autoX and buy some R compound

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Old January 8th, 2004, 11:48 PM   #9
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New tires

Thanks for your thoughtful advice or recommendations!!!!
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