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Old 12-27-2010, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Hoosier closeout 225/45/15 tires

Anyone tried the closeout Grand AM challenge tires Hoosier has? They have them in 225/45/15 for $132 shipped on the Hoosier website. These are the tires that were used in previous years in the Continental Grand Am series. The tire is being replaced for next season. Supposed to be the same compound as the R6 on an R5 carcass with a big block tread pattern.

Seems like a good deal for Hoosier in an obviously popular size for us. Just wondering if anyone has tried them yet? Heard anything about them?

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Looks like a Hoosier rain? Thats a good price, is it like a R6 compund?
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Originally Posted by jacob300zx View Post
is it like a R6 compund?
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Supposed to be the same compound as the R6
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They already switched this year, same tire but they say continental tire on them. Since it's called continental challenge. I wonder if these are like an r6?
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^^ lol

I had bought a set of take-offs from the mini-cooper Grand-am guys/girl (Sarah?) this spring. They did great for about 2 track weekends then got slimy - but then again, they were take offs and a set of 5 cost me 200. That's not a bad deal (the new ones), but my NT01s have last me the entire year (10 weekends) and I doubt you'd get that life out of the the shaved wets. either way, they'd be awesome for the 1st several weekends - then you can have a couple drift sessions...
These scared the crap out of me the 1st time I tried them - had too much neg camber, these 225's on a 7" rim, was like driving on a 2" tire cutting this way and that - and at 120 on the back straight of road atlanta, that's not a fun feeling correcting when driving straight!

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These weren't wets. It's all moot now though. Someone bought up all they had and the deals gone! Looked like a hell of a price for Hoosiers.
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They are slicks. Non-DOT. This topic came up a couple of months ago on my club's forums.

Here's some info from one of the guys in my local club. He works for Turner Motorsports:

I have a LOT of experience with these tires, so here is a little history on them:

The tires run in the Grand-Am Cup series have the same construction as the Hoosier R03 from the late 1990's.
The rubber compund is harder than any DOT tire that Hoosier offers.
The speed and wear of the tire is similar to that of a Toyo RA-1. The Cup tires are a little faster when new, and a little slower after a few heat cycles, and have about the same life.
At the beginning of this year, the tires were re-branded as Continentals, but for the first few races, the only differences were that they said "Continental" on the side, and the direct references to Hoosier in the mold on the sidewall were hand-ground off.
Starting with the Lime Rock race in 2010, a new mold for the tires was used, making these a full slick. However, the construction and rubber compound was the same, they are still manufactured at Hoosier's facility in Indiana, and the tires are not significantly faster.
The rain tires are identical to the equivalent Hoosier Wet tires except for the branding...These tires are going to be continued to be used in the CTSCC 2011 season. They have their hands full developing the Rolex tire, which will be all new for next year.
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