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      08-18-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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DOT track tires for OEM 18" wheels?

I'm looking for DOT tires to use on the track. I would like to keep the 18" OEM wheels. I had a look at the Tire Rack, and I couldn't find a perfect fit. Any solution?

I don't want to spend money on a second set of wheels right now, and I wouldn't know where to store them anyway. I could live with having track tires on all the time. I don't use my car every day.

Thanks!
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there isnt a perfect fit rite now... ive been looking for months.. waiting for new sizes to come out..

most the tires that we would use for the rear are designed to be steering tires.. 285-30 and 295-30... and much shorter then the 265-35s you probably have been looking at.. for the front.

Bridgestone makes a tire called the re55s.. 265-35 and 285-35... but not offered in the US!.. they also have a 295-35... all for 18 inch wheels...

I can get them from a company in Australia but for 500 a piece!..


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Wow, I've never seen those.
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there isnt a perfect fit rite now... ive been looking for months.. waiting for new sizes to come out..

most the tires that we would use for the rear are designed to be steering tires.. 285-30 and 295-30... and much shorter then the 265-35s you probably have been looking at.. for the front.

Bridgestone makes a tire called the re55s.. 265-35 and 285-35... but not offered in the US!.. they also have a 295-35... all for 18 inch wheels...

I can get them from a company in Australia but for 500 a piece!..


Thanks a lot for the information. Since the season ends in October, I think I'll keep the stock tires for now and buy a set of 19" wheels just for the track next year. There seems to be a much wider choice of DOT-approved track tires in the OEM 19" size.
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Theres a bunch of DOT approved R-Compounds. Yokohama A048, Toyo RA-1, Toyo R888, Nitto NT-05, Michelin Pilot Cup, Kuhmo Victoracer V700, Pirelli P-Zero Corsa, Hankook Z214, Hoosier R6, ect ect. However, if this is your first time tracking, go with something more friendly like Dunlop Z1, Nitto NT-05, Toyo R1R, Yokohama AD08, or Bridgestone RE-11.
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I'm looking for DOT tires to use on the track. I would like to keep the 18" OEM wheels. I had a look at the Tire Rack, and I couldn't find a perfect fit. Any solution?

I don't want to spend money on a second set of wheels right now, and I wouldn't know where to store them anyway. I could live with having track tires on all the time. I don't use my car every day.

Thanks!
See this thread:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=278244
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Thanks! I hadn't thought of using wider front tires.
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I have the Nitto NT05 and they are great tires and great price too. Very sticky.
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