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WHAT TIRE SHOULD I BUY?
We're always asked this basic question.
First and formost there are different tire types that best fit your purpose.|
The TOYO Proxes RA-1 and R-888 continue to be the very best all around tire for driving to and from a high performance driving or track day event.
The TOYO RA-1 and R-888 are unsurpassed in their ability to 'heat cycle' better than any other tire on the planet.
At full or near full tread depth the TOYO Tires provide excellent grip and long life for a "R" compound tire. And at a shaved tread depth of 4/32nds it has proven to be a very quick and predictable tire. So much so it was chosen to be the SPEC MIATA Spec tire from the beginning of the Spec Miata class! Today the RA1 continues to be the most popular choice for 'Spec tire' classes throughout the U.S.A.
The R-888 is molded at 6/32nds and has proven to be an instant hit with track day and HPDE participants. The R-888 by having a stiffer side wall and more aggressive construction is perfect for the track day driver due to it's ability to provide excellent grip on a stock to modified suspension cars.
This tire has the renown TOYO capacity for resistance to the dreaded 'heat cycling' which other tire brands cannot seem to duplicate! The R-888 is used by spec tire classes the world over.
Plus at full tread depth it provides excellent grip in on a wet track.
All around the Proxes new R-888's and the famous RA-1 are a great buy for your money.
DIFFERENCES between the R-888 and the RA-1? The R-888 has a stiffer sidewall
which provides greater grip under hard braking as well as giving you more mid-corner grip.
The HANKOOK VENTUS Z-214 is the new kid on the block but has established itself as a true champion. The Hankook Z214 continues set record race wins as well as track records in SCCA Improved Touring, NASA classes.
With a molded 4/32nd TWO GROOVE tread patten the Hankook Z-214 is a ringer for the look of the HOOSIER and R-6 and A-6 but has proven to be much quicker and more durable.
Competitors have documented over 25 heat cycles on the Hankook Z214 without the tire slowing!
Additionally Hankook has the best contingency program in the entire USA.
All in all there is only one downside and that is the Hankook Z214
cannot be driven on the street although it is considered a DOT tire as is the Hoosier R-6 and A-6 by sanctioning bodies
Competitors are reporting setting new records at tracks, autocrosses and hill climbs across the nation with the HANKOOK VENTUS Z-214 competition tire.
As a competition tire we DO NOT RECOMMEND this tire be driven on the street. It is a true competition tire just as the Hoosier R-6 and AVON TECH R tires.
Hankook offers the Z214 in 2 compounds depending upon the size. The c7 is the softer compound providing
instantly quick laps with little or no warmup. Excellent for Autocross or for someone wishing to set a new qualifying record!
The c5 compound is considered the work horse of the Hankook line but don't think for a minute it is slow! The C-5 compound provides all around amazingly quick times lap after lap on road courses while showing very little wear
. The Hankook Z-214 provides nearly the wear of the TOYO while performing like the Hoosier.
PLUS Hankook offers the best contingency program of any manufacturer covering most club events, endurance events and rally events.
And speaking of RALLY TIRES take a look at the full line of HANKOOK Ventus R201, R202, R203, R203 and R204 Rally Tires. Currently the Hankook Ventus Rally Tires are setting the competition on edge by providing superior rally performance at a very low cost!
HOOSIER R-6 road race, A-6 autocross tire: The industry standard for years. The new R-6, A-6 line incorporates years of track data into the new improved design. Still the #1 choice for SCCA open competition with a huge assortment of sizes to fit virtually any application.
A special note for all: So many times customers will attempt to put a tire that is wider than is recommended for a specified rim width.
This WILL ABSOLUTELY affect the performance of the tire causing an increase in tire wear, inconsistant and poor performance.
DON'T DO IT!
The best fitment for a tire's performance is for the rim width to be equal to the tread width of the tire. Using rims that are narrower or wider than the tire manufactures recommendations is an extremely poor decision and very unprofessional.