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OK, I have already searched the board for some ideas and suggestions, but I wasn't able to find the specific answers I need.

Story: I decided to go autocrossing on my 15 year old tires, and ended up doing very poorly, so I concluded that it didn't work and I need some new tires.

I like to drive spirited on weekends, and autocross occasionally. I also have a very small budget. I have been looking at the Sumutomo HTR 200 as a possible tire, and I saw some good reviews on it, but will it do what I want it to do? I am worried it will not make an effective autocross tire. Also, I want to use them on my 320is basketweaves, and my car is lowered about 2-2.25", what would be the optimum size?

Thanks!

Jeff C.

70 Granada 2002 Sunroof, Mega-Squirt EFI

66 Turf 2000 Automatic

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For the wheels your running your pretty much stuck with the sumitomo....And with your car lowered as much as it is I'd run the 185/60 13 that I use to run....I think there is somebody in the group with that size tire and you might be able to take em for a test spin/autocross if you offer him a couple bucks...

Ryan

68 02

PS...too bad you can't get the YOKO AVS's anymore!!!

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it is however an exceptional street tire. Best "perfomance" tire I have used in the rain. More than grippy enough for fun on the backroads. At auto-x they give up too soon and get greezy.

I put 12,000mi on mine last year -In our 4 1/2 month driving season here in MN.

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The 70 series side wall works good on the autocross course? I would have thought I needed a lower profile tire. This is the size I have now with no problems, except the tires are nearly bald, and they are old, and were no name tires to begin with. I like the way they look. How do they feel in the wet (99% of the time here!)?

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Jeff C.

70 Granada 2002 sunroof MS EFI

66 Turf 2000a

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The Sumutomo has higher traction ratings and higher customer servey ratings. It also costs about the same in that size. will something wider fit (like a 215/50, or a 205/60)?

Thanks,

Jeff C.

70 Granada 2002 sunroof MS EFI

66 Turf 2000a

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URL: http://www.falkentire.com/html/products/azenis/azenis.htm#

They have limited selection of sizes... smallest is 195/60/14 but are extremely popular for autocrossers in the Steet Tire category. These things KICK ASS!!! It's the closest you'll get to R-compounds for the street. And they are cheap! Less than $50 per tire.

Of course, if you're just starting out, you may think about using what you have until you learn proper control of your car. With crappy tires, you learn a lot quicker on becoming a smooth driver since the slightest mistake will cost you. If you have awesome tires, on the other hand, you learn much slower since it "covers up" a lot of mistakes.

Hope this helps.

Arnel

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The 60 series tires in a 185 will throw off your speedo/odometer. While 70 series aren't ideal for autocrossing, I still run in the stock class (!) so have to stick with 13 inch wheels, and the 205/60s are a problematic fit under standard wheel arch lips. Shoulda rolled those lips before I painted the car...too late now!

The Yokos are good in the wet, incidentally, but have not (nor do I intend to) tried 'em in the snow...

How about more feedback on the Sumitomos? I'm about ready to replace my 12 year old Bridgestones--terrible in the wet! I still miss my V rated Comp TAs...

Cheers

Mike

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With my fuel injection, lowered suspention and other mods, I am stuck in FSP, so I can run anything almost. The sumutomos don't come in that size, only the 60 series (or smaller). My fenders are rolled, but not pulled or flaired.

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Jeff C.

70 Granada 2002 sunroof MS EFI

66 Turf 2000a

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...but in 185/65-14s. They're quite a difference over the 185/70-13 Pirellis I had on there -- they stick a lot better, and corener speeds that caused the rear end to get squirrely with the Pirellis are stable with the Sumis.

But while they come in some 70-series sizes (I know 195/70-14 for one), I don't think 185/70-13 is an option. My web connection at work is on the blink this morning, and some sites aren't coming in, or I'd have a more certain answer. Geez, are we supposed to actually do work or something? :-)

-Dave

Colorado '71

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I have also heard of having the wheels machined to fit a wider tire. It looks like there is enough metal there to go around. I might be getting some E30 basketweaves I can use for normal driving and show, but I really like the way it looks now with 70 series tires on it. Also, my 185/70s rub on the fender under very hard corners and when I have four people and gear in the car. At this point any tire will be an improvement, but I don't wnat to be dissapointed.

Thanks for your input!

Jeff C.

70 Granada 2002 sunroof MS EFI

66 Turf 2000a

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