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post #1 of 8 Old 04-11-2013, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Race tire source and recommendations 360

I would appreciate your help with the following. I am thinking of buying some track only slicks for my 360 with stock 18" rims.

Can you recommend a tire, a source to buy and the sizes, since they do not seem to use std sizing. I am going next Friday to Willow to run the full track, so need ASAP. Would be willing to buy used if good shape, wich apparently means not too old?

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-12-2013, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Nittto NT01

They have 225 40 18 and 275 40 or 35 18... Will the geometry of these tires work?
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Morton- You sure you would not be happier with something like a DOT approved competition tire like the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup?

Michelin*Pilot Sport Cup

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-12-2013, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Nitto

Thanks for the response and questions. Since I have a second set of rims and was thinking of trailering the car to the track, I was considering track only tires for an improved driving experience - my belief is that track slicks would be significantly better than any DOT rated tire??

At this point I can get the Nitto's for $1000, but the sizes are not exact so I am concerned with the geometry as mentioned above. If I can get feedback to that point, I will at least know if they are an option.

I can get Hoosiers for $1,600, so the question is would they be that much better? I believe the tires you mentioned would cost in the same range as the Hoosiers, so if I spend that type of money, and can facilitate using track only tires, maybe the improved driving experience of track slicks is the best option?

Unfortunately running low on time as track day is next Friday, so need to make some decisions pretty quick.

Thanks again
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Latest update...I spoke to the tire guy (Rick) at Willow Springs on recommendation from Hoosier. He said like Taz recommended to stick with the DOT tires for a couple reasons: 1) since it is a track fun day and not a race, and since it is my first time on the track and would be my first time on slicks, he said it would probably be better to just run good brand name tires. 2) He said since it is a nice street car that I probably would not want to damage, I may not even run the slicks hard enough to make them work, and if I didn't do that, then would be too slippery. Now I happen to think that I would run them hard enough, but he obviously knows more about this than me. 3) He said the slicks are soo sticky they will catch a lot more rocks and cause more damage. 4) you cannot use slicks and then let them sit for 2 months as they will go bad, and I will probably not get back up there for quite some time.

So now I will decide if I want to run what I have ( Hankooks V12 and Bridgestone) or buy Nitto or Michelin. I will probably use what I have, and when I am done, upgrade to the Michelin.

Wish me luck!
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Morton- Good luck. The street 360 is not really set up for slicks, so I think you made the correct decision.

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Running what you have is the right decision for the first time on track. And the second, and third. At some point if you get hooked, some DOT-R tires would be in order, on their own set of wheels.

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Toyo 888 are another good track-focused tyre to consider.
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