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Old 01-03-2014, 04:11 AM
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Question Calling all Tire Gurus

I really need some input on which 17" 205 40 or 45 are the best to use these days.

I've just become a MINI owner again. I just reacquired a MINI I built in 2004. Its an 04 R53 Cooper S, Jet Black w/Cordoba beige & Anthracite Trim. Original JCW kit, factory bodykit, JCW 18" 105's in Black and Bilstein coilovers. Only 42k miles! I included a pic below.

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I got some new 17" x 8" 30mm off set wheels to give the car some needed updates. looking to give it a little more aggressive look and stance, a little stretch?

Looking for a tire leaning toward the performance side for back road and mountain drives. Comfort, noise and wear are also considerations.

Thanks for the Help.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:56 PM
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:13 PM
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So sorri, I try to get mo response, I need info.

So sorri

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Old 01-03-2014, 11:49 PM
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Opinions vary this is mine .

I prefer a 45 series for a few reasons .

The ride is better due to the increased volume.

Wheels are less prone to damage.

Wheel wells are filled more showing less gap.

More ground clearance for lowered cars such as mine .

Conversely a 40 series tire will actually make the car look like it is actually higher with more gap when its actually lower to ground which is a lose lose for a daily driver .

I have three sets of wheels , 2 are 17/8 with 215/45's and one set of track wheels 17/7 with 205/40 Toyos .

I've driven a few times on the street with the track set and is amazing how much more I rub my undercarriage for such a little actual difference in height.

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Old 01-04-2014, 07:47 AM
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Thanks,Randy. Good information, if you don't mind me asking what brand and model tires do you run?

Great Picture!

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i can sorta answer for randy since I've seen his setups over the years, he runs falken azenis, toyo t1's (or was it RA's?), and gforce KDW's. Keep in mind that randy is almost strictly canyon driving.

From my experience with all 3 of those tires:
falken azenis - super fast wear. super fun. a little greasy at the end of autox sessions. soft sidewall and inexpensive.
toyo ti - medium wear. grippy, good in rain and excellent in dry. slightly stiff sidewall but not as stiff as bridgestones. on the top end of the cost scale.
toyo RA - fast wear, super grippy, way pricey. strictly performance, not for daily driving unless you're a race car driver.
kdw's - i don't know wear since i've never owned a set. real grippy especially in the canyons for that "all terrain" action. firm sidewall. noisy as all hell as they get older. medium on the cost.

here are a few options that have good performance but are more along the lines of an all season making them a little more cost efficient and daily friendly for comfort/sound and wear:
toyo proxes
falken 912
kumho ecsta

What kind of driving do you do and how often?
canyons? autox? highway? street?
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:26 AM
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Thank you for all the detailed info. They car is going to get more daily use. I'm selling my e92 M3 so I'm looking to make the car a bit more fun. It will get some good back road mountain drives on weekends. So looking for good performance while maintaining a good daily driver. Also looking for that aggressive stance and flush look.

Thank you again!

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Old 01-05-2014, 10:34 PM
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Glenn had my situation pretty well described and I can add a bit of an update .

The KDW2's were AMAZING in the wet. We rarely get rain out here , I don't even have wipers anymore , but I did one canyon run in the rain on them and they were really something. They have a treadware rating of 300 so the wear is pretty good and if you rotate them more than normal the noise factor can be mitigated a bit .

My new favorite tire is the BFG Rival. I've had them for a few months now and they are truly special. They stick about as well as my R compound Toyo RA1's but are a real street tire with a tread rating of 200. They are mid priced and I think were $647 delivered from tire rack .

The best bang for the buck might be the Falkens though. I think they were something like $ 109 a tire.

Hope this helps,

Randy
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