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Old June 19th, 2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Smaller rims and tires for 1/8 and 1/4

Has anyone used 16's with 205/50/16 215/x/16's?

If so How was traction and did it help in times?

I'm considering this for leighter wheels and tires, which will obviously give a better time as long as I don't lose much traction.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #2
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Yes, they will help you. At the stock power level, some <=200 treadwear 16" summer tires will most likely provide all the traction you need, depending on your total vehicle weight.

Cubanob247 runs RSX-S 16x6.5" wheels with 205/55r16 tires, I believe. However, his car is very light, after all of his dieting mods, so he doesn't need as much tire (width, soft compound) as someone running a full weight vehicle.

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Old June 19th, 2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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There's an endless amount of tire options when you're running 17" wheels. As you go down in size, your options (width, compounds) disappear. As you go up in size, prices begin to climb quickly. 17" wheels are definitely the sweet spot for tire choices.

If, however, you wish to have a specific set of wheels/tires for the 1/4 mile, you can find drag radials and slicks in many different sizes/diameters. Personally, I would be very hesitant to run aggressive drag radials/slicks because it puts so much stress on your drivetrain...a little wheel spin from summer street tires won't break your axles or fry your clutch.
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Here's the info I posted over on AZine. Sonnick could elaborate on this a little more. Great tool IMO.

Anyone that wants to input their own specs and compare can do so here.

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Thanks all. I'm not going for a slick tire. I want a 12lb rim paired with a good sticky road legal tire so I can drive on them to the track. I remember switching to a 10mm smaller tire gave me a lot more torque in my old car. I'd like the same feeling here, but better.
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