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Old 05-08-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
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R-comp tires

Here are my two options right now (I've narrowed it down to these two):

1) Hoosier R3S04 205/60R14 -- $70 each (discontinued, on sale)
2) Toyo RA-1 225/50R14 -- $120 each

Keep in mind the prices are in USD and doesn't include shipping, but I have an US Address that I ship all my goodies to.

Anyone have experience with both tires? Is the price difference of the Toyo's worth it? With the Toyos I get longer life, more potential for grip (wider) and they are slightly undersized, but the set would cost $200 more. Is it worth the upgrade? I've never heard much about the Hoosiers (first person) and hear nothing but good things about the RA-1's, but are they $200 better?
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Old 05-08-2006, 02:07 PM   #2
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After seeing what your tires look like @ the auto-X, You really need new rubber. I would go with the Toyo Ra
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By undersized you mean in circumference? Think of a smaller tire as a slightly shorter diff

I have Toyo RA-1's, but I can't really comment on them because i use them only for auto-x, and I got them with only 30% meat left. That said they're wearing awesome, and still have great grip once heated.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:49 PM   #4
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Shorter gearing for sure. I went for the 225/50R14 RA-1's, which is a SHITLOAD of tire for an E30.
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:19 PM   #5
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Thats amazing... looking forward to seeing how they complement the car!

What rims are you going to run them on?

They seem to be a bit too wide for the basketweaves no?

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Old 05-08-2006, 11:53 PM   #6
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grats on the purchase of the RA-1's man
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Old 05-09-2006, 12:18 AM   #7
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After seeing what your tires look like @ the auto-X, You really need new rubber. I would go with the Toyo Ra
Pussy. You should see the RT-215's I run, they make his look new.
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:36 AM   #8
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Hoosiers are somewhat specific, they build various tires for track, auto x and so on, so make sure its the right tire, they are excellent tires. That being said, the RA-1 is an amazing all around tire from what I have heard, that will most likely be my next tire, and I might use them on street too, as I hear they are great in the wet.
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:07 AM   #9
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Pej, they are great when new, I wouldn't want to get caught in the rain with no tread depth.

Tom, I'm going to run them on Bottlecaps with 15mm spacer up front so the fat tire can clear the strut (I already have the spacers). The sidewall is super stiff, and Toyo's tire fitment guide says they are suitable for anything from 5.5 wide to 8 wide. So 6 should be fine, and I'm going to keep my Falkens on the basketweaves; they are just too much fun to drive on right now to throw them out.

I also ordered a Bell Sport 3 in Black, and adjustable front camber plates, now I have to pick up a tire pyrometer so I can properly set up the front camber for the track (although I suspect that max negative will be the best).

BTW, this is what 225 scrubs look like on bottlecaps with 16mm spacer in the front:




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Old 05-09-2006, 09:50 AM   #11
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Hells yes. My car doesn't have that power, but I plan on getting my driving up to par before doing something a bit crazier than a typical 24v swap
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Old 05-09-2006, 12:04 PM   #12
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^^ shit, i really want that 316d badge on my car

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