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« on: August 14, 2011, 02:48:36 PM »

What are some good tires to put on a MkI MR2 if you want to stay stock (ES)?   ...AND on a budget...

Current tires are 185/60R14 front, 185/65R14 rear; must be replaced this week. 
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 03:37:04 PM »

What are you using the car for mainly?  Do you want a performance street tire, an autocross street tire, an R compound or something that will last a million miles?  You can get any tire you want that will fit on the stock wheels if you want to stay in ES, 185/60/14s would work.  You may be able to fit some 205s on the wheels, but it'd likely be pretty tight and they may wear funny if you're street driving them a lot.

Are the wheels all the same size?  If so, I'd ditch the staggered tire setup so that you can rotate them.  Personally, I'd stick with 185/60/14 to keep the gearing a tiny bit shorter.  Browsing TireRack, it doesn't look like there are many options.  I did see that they have Yokohama AVS ES100s, which are a decent performance tire.  They also have Dunlop Direzza Star Specs which are a more aggressive autocross street tire and a smattering of cheap tires, in which case it probably doesn't matter what you get. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011, 06:36:24 AM »

After a lot of time searching I got new Direzzas for my car, the other option was the Hankooks RS3. Can't wait untill saturday to see how they compare to my old Bridgestones.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2011, 07:20:37 AM »


Don't know yet how much I'll be driving it outside of autox - it gets great mileage and is fun to drive, but not for long distances I think.  For now it sounds like the ES100s are a good bet.

Thanks for the input!
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011, 05:12:59 PM »

Get the Star Specs......much better grip. Night and day over the Yokos.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011, 05:15:08 PM »

Even in the rain?
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 05:23:00 PM »

Yes. Justin was faster on 1 run in Catherine's 3 in the rain on Star Specs than in his monster Civic.
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 05:34:01 PM »

Even in the rain?


 Drive to the event R-comps ! =

 http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/searchTiresBySize.do?sw=false&cs=195&ar=55&rd=14

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Kumho&tireModel=VictoRacer+V700&partnum=955VR4V700OLD&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

 These are the summer tires I used last year all summer long not too shabby for autox either they were a great learning tire before I jumped to R comps =

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/findTireDetail.do?pc=40132&counter=4&ar=55&rd=14&sw=false&cs=205


These Hoosiers will do just fine  :  )

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Hoosier&tireModel=A6&partnum=055ZR4A6&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

Star specs probably the best choice to drive to the events if your afraid of a little water

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Dunlop&tireModel=Direzza+Sport+Z1+Star+Spec&partnum=86HR4Z1SS&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes


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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 05:48:42 PM »

OK - well I was in a hurry to order today, and I already went with the ES100s. 
So don't pick on them too much now!  Wink   We'll find out this weekend how they do.


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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2011, 05:57:58 PM »

OK - well I was in a hurry to order today, and I already went with the ES100s. 
So don't pick on them too much now!  Wink   We'll find out this weekend how they do.




Call em' in the morning and Swap !   Kidding , good tire choice  :  )
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2011, 06:58:29 PM »

Look at it this way, you can always blame the tires if you don't like the times!
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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2012, 05:32:58 PM »

Look at it this way, you can always blame the tires if you don't like the times!

Or put 'em on a Lemons car!   Grin
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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2012, 06:06:58 PM »

Yes, and they saved our butt this weekend after we picked up a nail in our main set of tires, 30 minutes into the race!  I mounted the Yokohamas on our spare Miata wheels so as to not put your MR2 wheels in danger.  Though, there was no real risk of that since Jeff wasn't here this time Tongue
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