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Old 04-17-2017, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tire advice for daily driver and autocross

So I think I am set on getting a set of enkei RPF1 17x8 +45 with a 225/45/17 tire. The car will probably see 5-10 autocross events/year and one track day. This will be my first time buying tires and I want something aggressive enough for the track and spirited driving. Any advice on tires that you guys have tried that you can live with on the street but still able to be competitive on an autocross/track?

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Old 04-17-2017, 09:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You really shouldn't use a low compound tire (200AA or lower) for commuting. Otherwise, the tires will have a low tire tread life span.

If you want a good tire that won't wear as fast, I'd suggest the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. If you prefer something more affordable, go with the BF Goodrich Sport Comp 2.

You can run 245/40/17 on those wheels. You'll like that setup much more.

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Any reason to get the 40 rather than 45? Difference in sidewall? Also, I'm on OEM suspension with no plans of changing it. I read "the ultimate wheel and tire info" thread and the general consensus looked like 245 would rub. I would rather not deal with rubbing or having to roll fenders. My plan is basically trouble free wheels/tires that are as wide as possible that will never rub on stock suspension.

I'm not sure if the treadwear would be an issue since I only drive 10 miles a day.
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40 is the aspect ratio. 245/40/17 will maintain a stock tire diameter. Going 45 will make the sidewall taller. The 245 will give an advantage in lateral grip, especially for auto-x.

You will not rub. I run 245/40/17 Pilot Super Sport tires on 17x8 +48 et OZ Allegerita wheels with KWV3 coilover suspension.

And to add, upgrade to a 2013+ Civic Si rear sway bar. It's 20mm in diameter and only costs about $50.
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Thanks Dar. I think I'll be doing the following:

17x8 ET45
235-245/40/17

I'm probably going to get Dunlop Direzza ZII star specs, but I hear they run wide, so would a 235 technically be a 245 for the star specs?
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I'm not sure what the dimension difference is between the ZI and ZII, but this is how the 245/40/17 ZIs look mounted on 17x8 RPF1s.
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