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arturo64 Arthur T
Billings, Montana, USA   USA
So I got a set of cheap Miata rims for my spitfire I'm building for autocross.
First question is...how awesome of a tire should I go with? Would there be such a thing as to good of a tire?? I'm a cheap skate so don't won't to drop 500 on rubber alone(300 sounds scary too but...)

Second question... Would using steel wheel adapters be a big deal compared to spending extra on aluminum ones??

Thanks



Arthur
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clshore Carter Shore
Beverly Hills, Florida, USA   USA
In reply to # 1402376 by arturo64 So I got a set of cheap Miata rims for my spitfire I'm building for autocross.
First question is...how awesome of a tire should I go with? Would there be such a thing as to good of a tire?? I'm a cheap skate so don't won't to drop 500 on rubber alone(300 sounds scary too but...)

Second question... Would using steel wheel adapters be a big deal compared to spending extra on aluminum ones??

Thanks

Do they even make steel adaptors?
The difference is unsprung weight, steel will be pretty heavy.
If you are driving just for fun, run Spitfire rims and rubber.
If you want to be competitive, aluminum is the right choice.

How are your driving skills?

Adjusting the 'big nut behind the wheel' will usually make for better times than any hardware that you can bolt on.
It's usually more fun to drive a slow car well than a fast car poorly.

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arturo64 Arthur T
Billings, Montana, USA   USA
Skills have definitely improved but have a Long Way to go. I know I could go even faster with skill alone and was very frustrated that I had so few races this season. I can't spend a ton of money and I don't mind being "slow" but I'm just looking for the best handling I can.
I'll try to post some tires I was looking at.
And I'll go with aluminum adapters....



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arturo64 Arthur T
Billings, Montana, USA   USA
SOLAR 4XS 185/60R14 82H Tire 37 bucks at Walmart. 400ish rating

Yokohama S Drive 185/55R14 80V 78 bucks on TireRack 300

Falkon Azenis 195/60R14 86H 86 bucks tire rack 200

Doral SDL-A 175/65R14 82H BSW 30 bucks on tires easy.com 400 rating


No middle ground of course.



Arthur
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70 gt6+

plotkinc Catherine Plotkin
Edmond, Oklahoma, USA   USA
If you are autocrossing, you need to choose your tires based on which SCCA class you want to run in. If you tread wear is less that 200 you will be running HCR.

I run Toyo Proxes R0888 on 13" rims. I am happy with them. The 13" Yokohama tires are good, but are not available within the US, so they are not legal in SCCA.

With 14" rims you have a large choice.

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tinks-dad Silver Member Bob C
Newburgh, NY, USA   USA
Here are what 185/60s look like on those wheels


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arturo64 Arthur T
Billings, Montana, USA   USA
wow, how does that Dunlop handle? at 115 a tire I'd hope for some magic to ooze over the rest of the car...
still don't know what tire to go with but I have all winter to figure it out.



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tinks-dad Silver Member Bob C
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stick like glue

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