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Old 04-25-2011, 03:18 PM
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I'm looking for some tire suggestions for 15x6.5 Konig Heliums. I was going to get some RS3's but it looks like they are no longer available in the 205/50/15 size.

I'm considering the Toyo T1R tires, however the local dealer is quoting almost 600 for them which is very pricey imo.

Can anyone recommend a decent tire that's in the sub 500 range? The car will be primarily used as a street car, with a few passes down the track a year, maybe some autox.

Thanks in advance!
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Khumo Xs

RT-615K

Z1 Star Spec

WAY better than the T1R and way cheaper.


Also:

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ZE-912

DZ101
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My rt-615k's have been great so far for me.
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RT615's are much stickier but last less than half as long as the Toyo's. You gotta decide if you want a decent street tire that will "last" like a street tire, or if you want a great street tire that doubles as a great auto-x tire that you have to replace yearly.

I managed to scrape 25k out of set of T1R's with about 1/2 dozen autocrosses and a one-day autocross school. I have no doubt that 30k+ would have been no sweat on the street. Good luck getting 10k out of some RT615's, especially if you run them hard... but they are damned grippy.
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T1Rs are overpriced and an old compound, i don't even think most places stock them anymore.

the 615s are like $89 each and will be better on the track.
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Originally Posted by Braineack View Post
the 615s are like $89 each and will be better on the track.
Where are you getting that kind of price? The local falken dealer has them priced at 130.

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/tir...43015&pc=18298
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see below.

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Brain, I've looked and I think the $89 RT615's aren't being sold anymore... Falken is calling them "new" RT615-K's. The cheapest price I'm finding is $107-$110. If anybody has a line on a source for the older ones, it might be nice to score a set for under $300.

DTD has a $40 thing going if you buy 4xRT615 through the 30th.
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=false&cs=205

That makes them $110 each from there... shipping showed as free.

Good-Win-Racing has them for $119 mounted/balance, which is as good as I can find... but doesn't help unless you're in San Diego.
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Nope, installation is extra. Tire rack was out of the X's, and the price of the 615's drove me away from them. I went ahead and ordered the Z1 star specs yesterday from tire rack. Hopefully the installation fee won't be too bad.

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DTD has a $40 thing going if you buy 4xRT615 through the 30th.
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=false&cs=205

That makes them $110 each from there... shipping showed as free.
Craaap... Wish I saw that before I ordered. That would have made them the same price as the Z1's...

Live and learn I suppose.
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FYI you shouldn't track Heliums. They break. Even Konig says they're strictly for street use.
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Originally Posted by mx5autoxer View Post
FYI you shouldn't track Heliums. They break. Even Konig says they're strictly for street use.
Yikes! What about Feathers? Same deal?
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...Seriously? Are they made of metal that is THAT flimsy?
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Started digging into the Miata thread and it looks like it's no big deal on Miatas. I can tell you that my Feathers (they look a lot like Heliums) have held up great over the last 3 years.
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Recently got the Z1 star specs on and yeah, you could say I was pleasantly surprised.

Thanks Brain for the suggestions!
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