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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 11:15 AM
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Tires for track use?

Is this a good tire for track use?

Found them pretty damn cheap.

http://www.dtmaonline.com/items.asp?CartId={F81BB1A6-3CEVEREST7A-4969-AFAE-733EC72B5798}&Cc=DUNLOPD208ZR&iTpStatus=0&Tp=&Bc=
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 11:19 AM
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I'm pretty sure the ZR is a street tire, it would be ok probably for track days, but if you're racing or pushing really hard on the track I would recommend the 208GP-A Spec.
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I used them for a track day last year on my 9, ran low 22's on them, they worked well at black hawk, that being said after the track day they where done, the heat cycles roach street tires! I agree with LBK go with the gps

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I used them for a track day last year on my 9, ran low 22's on them, they worked well at black hawk, that being said after the track day they where done, the heat cycles roach street tires! I agree with LBK go with the gps

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2 full days at a faster pace, you'll burn through a set of tires anyway or at least heat cycle them to death like Jim said.

However, if you're a beginner, don't waste your money, street tires are fine until you get up to speed and need the extra grip. My first few times I was too scared to go fast enough to tell the difference.
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2 full days at a faster pace, you'll burn through a set of tires anyway or at least heat cycle them to death like Jim said.

However, if you're a beginner, don't waste your money, street tires are fine until you get up to speed and need the extra grip. My first few times I was too scared to go fast enough to tell the difference.
I can vouch for that. I'm not that great of a track rider so my street tires (bto10's) were fine for me. I don't think I'm serious enough about track riding to be pushing any harder to need anything else anyway.

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I found Michilen Pilot Race H2's

$112 front

$134 Rear

I think I'm buying these, thats the cheapest I've seen.

Anyone run these?
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I run an M2/H2 combo.

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I run an M2/H2 combo.

Does a full set for 250 shipped sound fair Kim, What are you paying from Tom?
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I'd have to look through last year's receipts. If the tires you're looking at are 2004 stock, that's good.

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I went 1:27s at Grattan and 1:19s at BHF on 207ZRs on my '01 GSX-R750. DanO went 1:16s on an '03 R6 on D208s at BHF.

They can get a little hairly once you start to pick up some speed - but totally doable.

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Nick, the H2 front is pretty hard. You'll easily get 2 fronts to one rear with that tire. But it wont offer the same grip as the H2 rear and then you'll really have to worry about heat cycles if you do that. The M2 front is a better match for the H2 rear which is softer than the M2 rear.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 09:08 PM
 
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Last year I was able to get 3 track days out of my 208zr's. As I picked up the pace they started shaggin' preatty bad. But not once did they get greasy on me.
I ran a set of M-1 Sport Tecs at Mid America & had great results. One day we even had a bit of rain, they let the track go hot and I was having a blast out there!! The M-1's in my opinion have given me a little better wear for a brisk pace, but then again I am just getting into this whole knee draggin' craze!! 8)
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-03-2004, 12:52 PM
 
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how are the 208gp DOT tires on the street? im gonna get new tires and i gonna be hittin the track pretty hard this season
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