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Old 01-14-2019, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by 114_ap2 View Post
A052 > RE71
A052's grip better, last longer (better grip throughout the life of the tire), and more feedback.
That would imply that the answer to the OP's question is 295/30-18 A052s on 18x11+35 wheels. Unless he can fit the 315/30-18 A052 or his rules allow the Hoosier R7 or A7 or Toyo RR. Is the R888R faster? The R888R is tw 100 vs tw 200 on the A052. Noisier, but that isn't an issue for a track tire. The Hoosiers and RR are tw 40. The Toyos are much less expensive than the others.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:47 AM
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Thought I would update you guys. I've come across another option. Nankang AR1 in 265/35. Reviews seem great for this tire. I've never liked Nankang, but their Motorsport lineup seems good. Others seem to really like them and they seem to last. Plus, their cheaper than both RE71R and A052!

https://www.nankangtyre.co.uk/products/motorsport/ar-1/

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^^^ Sure would be nice if some manufactures other then Nitto and Toyo made a 17" tire option bigger then 255/40 in some of these modern compounds. Some of us still prefer the cost and little weight savings of running 315/35/17's.
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Originally Posted by gtracer View Post
Thought I would update you guys. I've come across another option. Nankang AR1 in 265/35. Reviews seem great for this tire. I've never liked Nankang, but their Motorsport lineup seems good. Others seem to really like them and they seem to last. Plus, their cheaper than both RE71R and A052!

https://www.nankangtyre.co.uk/products/motorsport/ar-1/

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Can you easily get them in the US? I had problems finding a place that carried the AR1 or the previously mentioned FZ201, but maybe I didn't look hard enough.
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Originally Posted by s2000Junky View Post
^^^ Sure would be nice if some manufactures other then Nitto and Toyo made a 17" tire option bigger then 255/40 in some of these modern compounds. Some of us still prefer the cost and little weight savings of running 315/35/17's.
Exactly why I went with 18s... More tire choices unfortunately!

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Can you easily get them in the US? I had problems finding a place that carried the AR1 or the previously mentioned FZ201, but maybe I didn't look hard enough.
Not sure! I'm in Canada. We have a supplier here that carries them. They only have 2 in stock, but when track season is closer (march / April) they will have a lot more in stock. We can talk when they have in stock, maybe we could send some out to you guys if you dont find anything!
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Exactly why I went with 18s... More tire choices unfortunately!



Not sure! I'm in Canada. We have a supplier here that carries them. They only have 2 in stock, but when track season is closer (march / April) they will have a lot more in stock. We can talk when they have in stock, maybe we could send some out to you guys if you dont find anything!
It doesn't look like it is US DOT approved or available in the US.
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From the reading I've done, it sounds like the Nankang AR1 is similar to the NT01 in the dry and worse in the wet. It's also a couple pounds heavier. They are really cheap here in Canada though!

anorexicpoodle also gave a great rundown of a bunch of the tires mentioned here in my tire thread: https://www.s2ki.com/forums/s2000-ra...e-71r-1191109/

I was asking about 255s, but obviously the relative comparisons would apply regardless.
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The 285’s will take too long to get heat into them. I ran them FI on a 10.5 wheel in 2017. Couldn’t come into their own till 3rd lap on a cool day.

265 on a faster tire gets my vote
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