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post #31 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-06-2018, 03:12 PM
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There is a guy on FB who works at a road course. His recommendations were,

Good budget tire = Firestone Indy 500 - $150
Mid price = Bridgestone S-04 - or Continental ExtremeContact DW or Sport - $200 to $250
Best - Bridgestone RE71 or Michelin PS4s - $300+
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I like the Firestone Indy 500 a lot more than the Contis

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I ran the S-04 Pole position tires on my Legacy Spec B. (which came stock with the same factory tires as the SS) and I liked them so well that I bought them again for my Camaro. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them over the RE050A. My main consideration was a sticky high performance summer tire that didn't lose much in the rain and the S-04's seem to fit the bill for me.

I actually drove my Legacy around the same corner over and over again with increasing speed until it spun out and I was going pretty fast by the time it did. Closed course, non professional driver.
I've loved them so far in my Camaro too.

For the price, I might have to give those Firestone's a try though!
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There is a guy on FB who works at a road course. His recommendations were,

Good budget tire = Firestone Indy 500 - $150
Mid price = Bridgestone S-04 - or Continental ExtremeContact DW or Sport - $200 to $250
Best - Bridgestone RE71 or Michelin PS4s - $300+
My buddy who races on road courses all the time told me that RE-71R is basically untouchable for a street car.
Pilot Sport 4S is great for a street tire but doesn't have the same grip. I went with the Sport 4S because of that, I don't want my car to be loud and rough.
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You know what's rediculous? The OEM RE050s are treadwear 140, so not allowed in some competition (SCCA national, the new Optima AutoX) yet the RE71s which are arguably the best DOT autocross tires you can buy are allowed since they are treadwear 200.

Also, whats the consensus on the RE71s having only a 96 (non XL) load rating for the rear tires available? And how loud are they, really?
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You know what's rediculous? The OEM RE050s are treadwear 140, so not allowed in some competition (SCCA national, the new Optima AutoX) yet the RE71s which are arguably the best DOT autocross tires you can buy are allowed since they are treadwear 200.

Also, whats the consensus on the RE71s having only a 96 (non XL) load rating for the rear tires available? And how loud are they, really?
It's known that the Treadwear is pure bs for RE-71R.
Also i read that the Re050a is actually hard for a Treadwear 140 and honestly should have a higher number.

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I just bought a set of Firestone Indy 500’s in 255/35/20 and 295/30/20. I couldn’t pass on the price and the reviews were really good. I know they won’t be world beaters but I’m hoping they’ll work for daily duty and some spirited driving.

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You know what's rediculous? The OEM RE050s are treadwear 140, so not allowed in some competition (SCCA national, the new Optima AutoX) yet the RE71s which are arguably the best DOT autocross tires you can buy are allowed since they are treadwear 200.

Also, whats the consensus on the RE71s having only a 96 (non XL) load rating for the rear tires available? And how loud are they, really?
It's known that the Treadwear is pure bs for RE-71R.
Also i read that the Re050a is actually hard for a Treadwear 140 and honestly should have a higher number.

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Exactly why it's irritating I can't run with my known to be not so great OEM tires. As much as SCCA and others are sticklers about classing rules and tire rules it's odd they use a number that's basically made up by the manufacturer.
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yup...there is no treadler standard...makes it difficult to compare "apples to apples..."

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Me not being a road race guy and just wanting traction I have had great luck with Nitto NT05’s. They work great for me as long as it’s not too cold outside and the prices are good.

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