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« on: December 23, 2006, 09:53:48 PM »

Hi - Dennis Heidlebaugh here.
I just acquired a 94 Integra that my son and I will both be driving this next season.  I plan to set it up to run in STS class, so have been studying the SOLO rulebook about what mods are permitted for STS vs. stock. Hence the inconsistency I see.  

Tires such as Hoosiers are allowed in stock.  For STS the rulebook starts out by stating that everything in stock is permitted, plus the following, etc. etc.  Then it gets down to tires and states that tires must have a wear rating of at least 140! Huh?   That's not Hoosiers, and it's therefore not permitting something that is clearly allowed in stock.  

Can anyone help me out here?

Thanks!

Dennis
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2006, 10:36:35 PM »

Dennis,

The Street Touring (ST) classes are not stock classes. Here is what the rule book says:

The Street Touring category of vehicle modifications is meant to fit
between the current Stock and Street Prepared categories. This
category provides a natural competition outlet for auto enthusiasts
using affordable sports sedans equipped with common suspension,
engine, and appearance modifications which are fully legal and
compatible with street use anywhere in the country.  “Dress-up”
items such as chrome dipsticks and non-standard filler caps are
permitted, provided they serve no other purpose.

I assume that "real" street tires are required to encourage more tuners to drive off the street and onto the autocross course. I say "real" because no one that I know drives on the street with R compound tires other than from home to the event and back. When I drove in STX, I used my regular street tires. Of course, many serious ST competitors change tires or even tow their vehicles to events.

Maybe someone else has a better answer, but that's my shot at it.

David
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2006, 11:52:27 PM »

Thanks David.  I see your point - but I also don't know anyone driving stock -- which to me really encourages the daily driver to autocross -- using R's either.  But what I see as an inconsistency in the rules is the statement at the beginning:

14.1 AUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS - STS
A. All Solo Rules Stock Category allowances, plus all allowances
contained in 14.1 through 14.10.

i.e. - it just said everything was allowed, but then disallows certain tire types.  Personally, I'm of the opinion that the tire restriction ought to be on stock as well, since that tire is hardly a "stock" tire.

[Edited on 24-12-2006 by askeptic]
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2006, 07:29:05 PM »

[Edited on 12-25-2006 by WRXRacer111]
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2006, 09:03:27 PM »

Regardless of my own humble opinion, in order to follow the rules I went with the Falken Azenis tires.  

Wishing all a prosperous and happy new year!

Dennis

[Edited on 26-12-2006 by askeptic]
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