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Old 03-19-2017, 10:25 AM
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5mm isn't enough.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:47 AM
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Huge fan of the standard silver, IMO GT3 height is what i'd adjust to, they always look good
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:58 AM
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Looking good Chris.

I'm generally a fan of black wheels on silver cars, but in the case of the Carrera IIs, I think I prefer the stock silver look. Get the alignment done, slap on some center caps and enjoy driving the car.

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Old 03-20-2017, 02:03 PM
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Fear not, there will be center caps!

Using those 18" wheels also brings another set of decisions to make: which tire? The ones they have now are ancient and showing cords. Not going to drive on those beyond my driveway. Right now I'm leaning towards Bridgestone RE-71R. Main use will be AX and weekend drives. Maybe some DE.
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Excellent choice. If you don't mind their short lifespan the RE-71 is the best all around street/track tire IMO.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:18 PM
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What size tire are you using in the rear? 265 or 285?
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:32 PM
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Standard for Carrera II's is 285 30 for the rear and 225 40 for the front
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by MiataR View Post
What size tire are you using in the rear? 265 or 285?
They have 285 on them now. I plan to stick with OEM sizing.
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Originally Posted by Slakker View Post
Excellent choice. If you don't mind their short lifespan the RE-71 is the best all around street/track tire IMO.
So you like them on the track? Curious b/c I just swapped to RE71R from DZii* and was expecting them to be better at autox, same on the street, but less tread life and probably not extremely heat tolerant after several hot laps on track.

2 weeks in and I haven't taken them on track yet. 1st autox was very promising however. Was surprised how plush and quiet on the street the seem compared to the worn DZii*. I think I also read that they heat cycle out faster than DZii*, but the grip seems worth it.
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I haven't driven a set yet but have seen data where they are just as quick as NT01's which I'm very familiar with. Add to that a tread profile that allows DD in rain and you've got a great combo. I have not read anything about them heat cycling out and don't believe it will be an issue.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:39 PM
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Got it back from alignment today. Unfortunately, it's pouring rain so I could not do any testing. I was relieved that it did not seem harsh on the freeway.

Based on the corner balance results (and subtracting the driver weight), the car with ~1/4 tank of fuel is 3090lbs.

The front tires on my 17" wheels still have lots of tread, so I may just replace the rears and stick with the 17's a bit longer.
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