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Old November 20th 2009, 20:48
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I'm a little harder on my tires than most cruising through the mountains everyday. I've always wanted to try r-compound/semi slick tires for daily use but I would have to get smaller wheels to make tire prices a little more wallet friendly at the rate I go through tires. I've pondered redrilling the bug rotors to 5x100 and getting light 15x7" wheels just for this purpose.
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Old November 22nd 2009, 14:08
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Hey Humble
I Too would Love a Set of R compound tire I may not drive as hard as you through that Mtn roads but are Streets are rough here
and I think I would just burn them up Soo fast and I really wouldn't want to put 15" on I just love the look of a 17" and looked at pricing for them for one Hoosier
like $290 "OUCH"
soo that's not going to be happing anytime Soon lol

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Old November 23rd 2009, 07:52
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Chris, It's almost worth importing them from Europe ( a bit of reverse trading for a change): For example http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.p...17,_225/45_R17
I assume the $290 are USD?

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Old November 23rd 2009, 12:32
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Old November 23rd 2009, 18:36
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On my daily/sons 1303 where running 205/45x17 Toyo Teos on the front and 215/45x17s Toyo Proxies on rear, where doing a training & track day on Sunday, these aren't track tyres so I may be buying new tyres on Monday. They handle street driving very well with no vices, the car has been on the road a few years, the front tyres look like new, were on the 3rd set of rears.

On my other 1303 I was thinking of running Falken RT615s http://www.falken.com.au/tyres/passenger-RT615.html

A friend has been using Federal tyres and has been getting good results http://www.federaltyres.com.au/motorsport

I don't mind spending money on good quality tyres, after all bugs are so easy on tyres, I would hate to have an off where a better tyre may have helped.

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Old November 24th 2009, 16:17
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Hey Steve...
So I two was looking at the Falken RT615s and for a Set it would have cost me about $850 Cad so about the same US..
but I have Never Been to Keen on Falkens, and I thought that I may wear them out abit faster then I wanted lol

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Old November 29th 2009, 06:46
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I have a set of SIMMONS rims that I am trying my very best to use when ever I go to track days. My car is a swingaxle with a narrowed rear end. I am running Porsche Turbo Brembo's and for regular street driving I use Porsche Twist with 17 x 7 x 55mm all around. I also have a set or SIMMONS 3Pc RACING RIMS, the fronts are 17 x 7.5" x 51mm offsets, the rear's are 17 x 8.5" x 57mm offsets Rims which are too wide for my ride with 130mm bolt pattern.
I do have 2" wider fenders but I would have to use huge spacers in the rear to make them fit. I want to stick to the original fenders but if I have to I am willing to trade the wider 17 x 8.5 for a 17 x 7 Simmons.
It's hard to believe that nobody out there in Bug/Porsche world has no Simmons 17" Rims or Barrels or parts???

Anyone has any parts, sell, trade or suggestions for me at this point.

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Old November 29th 2009, 17:10
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2 of the tires I didn't put in my list were the Falken 215 and 615. The 215 was the older version and was a great all around tire. The 615 is a great street and autox tire but in the mountains and on the track it gets greasy once the tires get hot. They slide a little bit more and the tires wear faster once they get too hot. I'd recommend them for street use but not for track.
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Old November 29th 2009, 17:21
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We ran on the weekend with street Toyos, they did OK and are still in one peice, see my other post http://www.germanlook.net/forums/showthread.php?t=10295

We will get some better tyres down soon. One of the factors that will limit my choice is the "look", they have to look right, that means getting the size and profile that looks right, this may seem a secondary consideration but its important to me. We need to run 205/45x17s and 215/45x17s for the "look".

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has anyone used FALKEN ZE912?
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Old February 4th 2010, 22:22
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I ended up buying a set of Federal 595R-S, I could only get them in 215x45 in 17s, the look of the same size tyre all round is growing on me. I would have preferred a 205/45 for the front but they don't make one, they will be making a 215/40 x 17 in the future, they would give the car a better stager look.

I'm extremely pleased with them, I've done one track day with them and lots of street driving, they cope well on the street and are not getting chopped up at all, they are OK in the wet, I need to fiddle with tyre pressures as they are not getting hot enough.

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Old March 8th 2010, 18:53
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So I ended up getting a Set of Kumho XS
F 225/45R17
R 235/45R17




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Old March 11th 2010, 09:42
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I was able to find my dream wheels on Ebay, 3 piece 18 inch Simmons OMs, these are for my other 1303. They are 8s & 10s now, but our local registration authorities have strict laws for fitting wider wheels, so I will get them narrowed back to 7.5s & 8s.

These wheels were off a Porsche Cup car, and I was lucky to get them at a reasonable price, $1550 AU, The same brand wheels for a Ford or Holden (local GM) are bringing big money, around $3000 AU as Simmons have now stopped making wheels.

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Old March 11th 2010, 09:56
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Nice wheels indeed! If you hadn't mentioned it, I would have said those are BBS wheels... ;-)
What do they weigh?
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Old March 11th 2010, 12:42
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Really hot wheels Steve, great buy!

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