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« on: May 19, 2015, 05:23:40 PM »

Hi all,

I thought I would make a post here because I am constantly on the hunt for tires needed for drifting. A few weekends ago at Hyperfest I brought all of best (new) tires that I have been saving up for some time - hoping to run the Saturday practice, make top eight competition Saturday night and run on Sunday with USDrift- if all went well. Unfortunately we quickly found that the speed of the course was eating tires and all 10 I brought did not make it past Saturday open practice which left me unable to compete that night. Moving forward I hope to expand my selection of tires on hand to avoid that scenario from happening again.

Tires are not cheap, however. I am currently paying around $75 for a new 235/40/18 shipped to my door and hope to find a better deal on new tires or find a quality used tire source. Does anyone here have a source of new or used tires that could help me continue doing what I love?



I have begun reaching out to local shops in hopes to find a quality and cost efficient used tire source or a better deal on new tires. Not to be picky but from my experience, paying a few more dollars for a new tire can be well worth the additional cost over an old tire that can chunk/delaminate or just not grip. In other words, I canít afford $40 half used old tires.

My ideal size is a 235/40/18 but I can use anything from a 225/50/17 to a 265/35/18. Any feedback, advice or tires welcome. Ride alongs will be provided if tires are donated!



I hope to see you guys in 2 weeks- Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2015, 11:20:42 AM »

just curious would you want hard tires for the rear and soft for the front for drifting ?
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 06:15:59 AM »

Typically your correct - A tire that is soft and heats quickly for the front I find preferable. For the rear its less about hard and soft but a compound that handles the heat by not chunking or getting greasy is key.

Driver preference, tire size, pressure, horsepower, weight of the car and suspension settings (ackerman, caster), etc. play a role as well. 

Of course the more smoke the better, too!
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2015, 01:51:03 PM »

I have two sets of used tires from my cars if you're still looking. Four 225/50/17 General UHP and four 235/45/18 Nitto 555, three of which are on on wheels with 5x114.3 bolt pattern. Tread depth is low, but could still be good for burning up. I'm near Glenside dr and Broad st intersection, if you want to take a look send me your phone #.

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2015, 03:24:36 PM »

Pat, there is a local used tire shop near me that I have reached out to for tires on occasion.  I remember him slipping up and admitting that he would get the used tires in bulk for about $5 a piece.  I will try and stop by there to see if he would give you a deal for used tires and if so will put you in contact with him.  I know you gave a range in the post but can you spell out specifically which sizes will work for you? So that I can ask him.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2015, 09:59:30 AM »

I have two sets of used tires from my cars if you're still looking. Four 225/50/17 General UHP and four 235/45/18 Nitto 555, three of which are on on wheels with 5x114.3 bolt pattern. Tread depth is low, but could still be good for burning up. I'm near Glenside dr and Broad st intersection, if you want to take a look send me your phone #.


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Pat, there is a local used tire shop near me that I have reached out to for tires on occasion.  I remember him slipping up and admitting that he would get the used tires in bulk for about $5 a piece.  I will try and stop by there to see if he would give you a deal for used tires and if so will put you in contact with him.  I know you gave a range in the post but can you spell out specifically which sizes will work for you? So that I can ask him.

Ideal sizes are:

235/40/18
245/40/18
255/40/18

I can use/have used in the past:

235/40/17
245/40/17
255/40/17
265/40/17
235/45/17
245/45/17
255/45/17
225/50/17
235/50/17
225/40/18
265/40/18

Thanks, Mike! I have more spare 18" wheels than 17's so I head that direction first.
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