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Old 10-23-2004, 09:19 PM   #1
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I've been told BF Goody TAs are best for a */C'ed car. What tires would you recomend for traction off the line?
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I love my BFG Potenza'*.
Very sticky tire.
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I have 225/60/16 Bridgestone Potenza G009'* on my STE, and for the price they are very nice tires. They are Traction A, Temp A, but they are only H speed rated keeping the cost down, and I think the treadwear is like 420. I ended up getting them for $90 per tire. They stick well, although I still don't have a problem lighting them up.

The SSEi has 235/55/17 Pirelli P Zero Nero'* (or something like that) and I am impressed with those tires a lot. They stick a lot better than the RS-A'*, they are quieter, and they weren't horribly expensive. I believe they are W rated.

My dad has 245/50/16 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3'* on his GTP and they are really sticky tires...the car handles very well, and whereas his Eagle RSA'* would light up anywhere in 1st and partway into second gear, along with giving a chirp on the 1-2 shift, the F1'* don't chirp into second or break loose in 2nd (assuming its smooth dry pavement), although first gear is still useless. I don't think they are worth the $ though.

If you want best possible off the line acceleration, start looking at slicks, but that would get pricey very quickly. If you want best value, start looking at some of the "high-performance" h-rated tires. They can stick well, yet due to the lower speed rating they are cheaper.

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I love my BFG Potenza'*.
Very sticky tire.
Bridgestone Potenzas!!!!

Yes the BF Goodrich Traction TA is a very good tire for the dollar....if you are looking for an all season tire...other wise id go with a summer tire with at least a V rating (for best handling)
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I agree with the V rating for handling. The higher speed rating gets you a stronger sidewall. Less flex. I just moved up in speed rating last Saturday to a V, but exactly the same tire I had in an H before. The difference is noticable. (Toyo Proxes TPT). This is another tire you should look at. Directional tread, and fantastic after siping. The step up to V rating is only another 10 bucks or so per tire from H.
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Bridgestone Potenzas!!!!

Yes the BF Goodrich Traction TA is a very good tire for the dollar....if you are looking for an all season tire...other wise id go with a summer tire with at least a V rating (for best handling)
Yup. A very good tire.
Traction AA Temp AA.
W rated to 169 mph.
340 Wear
Summer tire not all season. Smooth and quiet.
Unidirectional with rim protection.
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Best thing to do for your cars road handling is to get wider tires so there is more surface area and a higher kinetic friction coefficient. But with one size rim, thats sort of impossible to do. Wider rim is obviously needed.

Good sized tire on our cars is a 245 or up. You would notice its significantly harder to spin the tires, which for me, would be great because i tend to do this alot

I want a set of Helo Legend Chrome wrapped in 245/45ZR17 Dunlop SP Sport 9000 DSST



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Best thing to do for your cars road handling is to get wider tires so there is more surface area and a higher kinetic friction coefficient. But with one size rim, thats sort of impossible to do. Wider rim is obviously needed.
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Widening the tire simply changes the shape of the contact patch, unless you lower the air pressure used. Make sure your tire can handle it.
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I'm personally going to a 245/50/16 BFG Traction T/A V rated... on a stock 2000 regal 6spoke 16inch rim.

but I also get to play a wierd balancing act of gearing, power, and traction ... 2.73:1 final drive... lower profile 16'* ... and a turbo 3.8 buick making a very lively amount of hp and trq (comparing my build plans to other turbo 3.8'*... I'm looking in the neighborhood of 430-460hp and 480-500+ ftlbs on High boost) my goal is only 350hp 400ftlbs .. but any more I can get is allllll goooooodddd.

the other fun part of my tire choice is... ALOT of rain here on the beautiful Island off the coast of BC... and a very very short frosty/icey/snow period for winter... it'* not worth me buying 2 or more deticated sets of tires.. and cost to handling to all weather traction.. the traction T/A'* work out the best choice so far.


theres alot of things that go into tire selection some ppl don't think about... great to see it'* discussed here
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