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      07-12-2009, 08:28 PM   #1
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are stock 18" good enough for track use?

my friends have dedicated track sets and i do see a reason if the rubber is r-comp.
but i don't see a need for another set if
1. you aren't that hardcore tracker/autox-er
2. rubber will wear out quicker since it's handling both track/every day driving and you aren't lazy about replacing rubber when needed
3. stock rims are strong enough

now i do have a question about #3.. are they?
if i don't plan on having r-comp rubber and stock rims are strong enough to handle track abuse (but again, i see people getting budget rims for track use so i'm guessing stock will be at least as strong as budget?), am i missing any other advantages of having another set?
i just don't want to spend extra $1500+ on a set if it's not necessary.
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The primary advantages to dedicated track wheels are to have an extra set to switch to so you don't wear out your stock tires, and to get a lighter wheel. Another advantage is if you want to run a square set up for track wheels/tires so you can swap fronts and rears for longer life.

The OEM 18s are strong but they are on the heavy side. As you said, if you are not a hardcore track rat (yet...) and are okay wearing out your stock tires (or don't want to have an extra set) then you will be fine, they are a great choice. Just be prepared to buy new tires in proportion to how often you track.
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my friends have dedicated track sets and i do see a reason if the rubber is r-comp.
but i don't see a need for another set if
1. you aren't that hardcore tracker/autox-er
2. rubber will wear out quicker since it's handling both track/every day driving and you aren't lazy about replacing rubber when needed
3. stock rims are strong enough

now i do have a question about #3.. are they?
if i don't plan on having r-comp rubber and stock rims are strong enough to handle track abuse (but again, i see people getting budget rims for track use so i'm guessing stock will be at least as strong as budget?), am i missing any other advantages of having another set?
i just don't want to spend extra $1500+ on a set if it's not necessary.
The stock wheels are plenty strong enough. I have 4 track days on my OEM tires and also 14,000 miles with plenty of tread remaining.

If you're pushing hard the PS2s will get a little squirmy once they get hot (6-8 laps) but they are a good tire and take a lot of abuse.
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awesome! thanks!
i may be one of the minority here, but i actually really like the way 18"s look, especially race looking bulging PS2s.
of course there are some rims i'd like to get, but i don't want to lower the car.. so i figured i'd keep the stock 18"s if they are strong enough
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The OEM 18"s are completely fine for track use.
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stock 18s look decent, strong and very functional.
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i may be one of the minority here, but i actually really like the way 18"s look, especially race looking bulging PS2s.
your not the only one, I like to OE look as well plus the OE wheels are BBS.
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One advantage of a second set of wheels is you can run wider tires in front to dial out some of the understeer. I am using a high permormance summer tire 275/35/18 all around, and I'm leaving this set of wheels on until fall when I will put back on my stock 19s. I just about destroyed the right front tires of my stock 19s with 4 days at the track. My track tires (Kumho Ecsta XS) are great on the track if the pavement is dry, but not appropriate for the wet season in Seattle.
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