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Help selecting wheel and tires for track days


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Good morning!! First off I just picked up a 2000 Carrera 2 with 6spd. Here is my questions. The only reason I ask is everytime I build/race a car I found out after the fact I should have done it a different way. The rear tires need replacing soon. So I either want to get a really aggressive tire for both street and the track. Or should I get an extra set of rear wheels and put the track tires on them. Or last should I have an extra 4 wheels/tires for the track. Please let me know my best route for this. Which tires are the best for the rear and front? I currently have the factory 18" wheels.

Thanks

brett

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Good morning!! First off I just picked up a 2000 Carrera 2 with 6spd. Here is my questions. The only reason I ask is everytime I build/race a car I found out after the fact I should have done it a different way. The rear tires need replacing soon. So I either want to get a really aggressive tire for both street and the track. Or should I get an extra set of rear wheels and put the track tires on them. Or last should I have an extra 4 wheels/tires for the track. Please let me know my best route for this. Which tires are the best for the rear and front? I currently have the factory 18" wheels.

Thanks

brett

IMO, you should have a separate set of track rims. This will do a number of things:

Preserve the life of your street tires (won't kill them on the track)

Preserve the life of your track tires (won't waste them by driving on the highway).

Preserve the looks of your street wheels (they'll get beatup a bit on the track).

Improve handling on the track if you use a better tire (vs using a street tire).

Save money on street tires (allowing you to purchase cheaper tire that are street only)

Allow you to experiment more with track tires when you move to R-comps or slicks.

Cost less in the long run.

Keep in mind that your alignment may influence what type of street tire you get. I have a bit of negative camber, so I chose a fairly high treadwear street tire.

Also, you should not run street tires on the front with track tires on the rear. Your car will understeer like crazy. You really need similar compounds all the way around.

-td

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