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      05-26-2016, 11:31 PM   #1
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Question Track tire recommendations for 219M

I'm looking to buy some dedicated track tires for a set of 18" 219M wheels I recently bought. I've read a ton of threads and looked at a lot of tires but nothing seems to have stuck out as the clear winner yet.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe specs on the 219M wheels are:
18x8.5 and 18x9.5

So stock tire size is 245/40 and 265/40?

I have the 19" ZCP BBS wheels for daily driving running on RE-11's. Those wheels are only 0.5" wider than the 219M's and run 245 and 265 width tires OEM too. I see people running 255/275 on the ZCP wheels but that seems like possibly pushing it for the 8.5" and 9.5" wheels, particularly for track use, but I could be totally wrong. It seems just when I think I know which tire I want, the size I want isn't available, so maybe I should be exploring other sizes.

It's looking like Hankook Ventus R-S3 might be the way to go if I'm going to stick with the OEM size, and they are pretty affordable too.

What do you guys think? Stick with 265/40 and 245/40 or no? Throw some ideas at me please! My only criteria at this point is performance and being DOT road legal so I can drive them to and from the track.
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By the way- I didn't get TPMS sensors when I bought the wheels. Should I even bother since they will be for track only? I'll have a TPMS alert on the dash, but other than that, not going to hurt anything, is it? I'm kind of new to TPMS. So far, seems more trouble than it's worth. I get random alerts with my ZCP wheels that will clear themselves and then come back. Extremely annoying.
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Dunlop star specs are a good choice. You can run a 245 40 18 and 265 35 18 or even a 255 35 18 and 275 35 18. I would strongly recommend that you find another set of rears and run a square set however. You want to be able to rotate tires all around the car and it will handle a lot better. Especially if these wheels are for predominantly track use. The staggered set won't be an issue though so don't let me discourage you!
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255 and 275 won't be too much tire for the 8.5" and 9.5" wheels?
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If you go on tirerack.com and click on specs when viewing a tire, it will give you the rim width range. The 255 Re71r will fit 8.5 to 10 inch wheels. the 275 will fit 9-11 inch.
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I'm running Nitto nt05 f 255/35/18 and r 275/35/18 on my 219 for the track. A 285/30/18 would also fit nicely on the rear. I do think 255 is the max for the front
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My two cents is to stick with the OEM tire sizes if you can get decent track tires. This will keep the handling balance as close to stock as possible. If you are more experienced and are comfortable running more tire, then by all means, use something wider. I just took a cursory glance and the choices in the OEM 18" sizes are not great.

Also keep in mind that for a given size, such as the 265 rear, the actual tread width can vary based on the tire. Example:

Michelin PSS: 9.8"
Bridgestone S04: 9.5"
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RE11 comes in stock sizes, easy button

Agree RS3 is a good long-lived option as well

You can go up to 295/30-18 on the 8.5" front wheel though once you're pinching them that much whether they're going to seat or not is very tire dependent (Hoosiers will, I bet the 285/30-18 RE71R would give you some trouble, there's no way to know until you try). Pinching a tire that much is a waste of time and money and lost fingers while trying to get them to mount and seat for track days, but slightly quicker if you're stuck with tires as your only tool for going faster. But for track days, going faster isn't the primary goal, stock sizes should work fine with some tires that can take the abuse

That said, I'd look at picking up a pair of 9.5" 219M for the front of the car if I were you. A wider front wheel is probably the single best track day mod for this car
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Just go with Re71R if you want DOT legal tires and as close as possible to "race only" tires. Or you can just go to the track or Autocross events and see what people the fast cars are running. Currently this is the most popular tire out there with great results. I have the same wheels and go with a 255/40/18 or 255/35/18 depending on your cars height and 275/35/18 in the rear. You'll be happy
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Hey guys- thanks for all the responses. I just now noticed this thread got some traction. I had actually already purchased a set of RE71-R's and was on the way to Circuit of the Americas by the time everyone started responding though, haha. I ran the 275/35 and 255/35 combo and they were perfect. I pushed them hard for two solid days at COTA with stock suspension and stock alignment and they wore great. The balance was really good. There were of course times where I had a little understeer, but typically when I was over pushing it... same could be said about oversteery moments too. All around I am super pleased with how they did. Really awesome tire. I think if I was going to do a lot of track days I would get a second set of 219 rears and have a square setup with 275 RE71-R's all around simply for economy sake.

Oh, and just for fun....


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The re71r is a pretty big leap forward IMO. Better performance and wear than many of the dot-R tires. Gold star
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