Who is running Hankooks? Do 215/45-17's fit?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Wheel and Tire Upgrades' started by CrookedRacer, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    I am trying to find an alternative to Dunlop ZII's. And the only size available is the subject line.

    Is this an option?
     
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  3. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    215/45/17's? I understand from the Autocross setup thread and others that it is an ideal tire size actually, and there are plenty of tire options in that size. Personally I am thinking about getting the Hankook Ventus RS-3's, ran against a FoST with a new set of those, and got destroyed (I have raced against other FoST's with the stock Goodyears, and other tires as well, with much different results).
     
  4. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    I'm not sure I followed. What are the "those" you ran against the FoST that resulted in your destruction? And did your car come with Goodyears as stock, really?
     
  5. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    I think the FoST comes with the Goodyears if I recall
     
  6. SpaceFish

    SpaceFish Member

    Yep - the Focus ST comes with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires
     
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  7. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    Ah. I didn't realize he was talking the FoST tires. I thought he was referring to his own.
     
  8. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    I'm considering Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R tires in 215/40-17, which should fit nicely. They're on the pricey side, though.

    They're 180 Treadwear rating, which means they're legal for this year only. I'd just drive them on the street next summer, and run them in local autocrosses here where the rating doesn't matter.

    Who has experience with this tire? It looks comparable and I'm hoping the shorter sidewall will help in braking and turn-in.
     
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  9. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    *I meant to say that I have autocrossed against and beat several Focus STs which had stock Goodyear tires on them...
     
  10. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    @CrookedRacer I believe you can get better, cheaper rubber than the Advan's, my experience with them is that they are simply too expensive and other tires grip just as well.
     
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  11. razorlab

    razorlab Active Member

    I think I'm going to try out a set of Nitto NT01's in 215/45/17 on +42 wheels. Hoping they will fit.
     
  12. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    Smokin's Falkens Azenis have me intrigued.
     
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  13. Roger

    Roger New Member

    Definitely post once you put them on. I'm looking at Nittos for when these stockers wear out.
     
  14. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    I'll give more feedback after Lincoln this weekend if it doesn't rain.

    I have been on the bad side of rain in 4 events this year making my points suck.
     
  15. Bavarian

    Bavarian Member

    Did Falken cure the original overheating issue on the Azenis?
     
  16. maybe_fiestast

    maybe_fiestast New Member

    Yeah I would not get Falkens. Had those on my mini for autox. They wore out quickly, and did seem to overheat.

    The dunlop star specs and hankook rs3s were much better.
     
  17. ted lorendo

    ted lorendo Member

    Very good tire. Sticky and very responsive. My friend had 3 sets of these for time attack on his Evo. Outstanding grip and stiff sidewall. You pay for what you get.
     
  18. razorlab

    razorlab Active Member

    I had the AD08R's on my Evo 8 at one point and they are sticky but there are better tires for much less cost available.
     
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  19. ted lorendo

    ted lorendo Member

    Agreed. There are better bang for your buck tires out there.
     
  20. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    I don't know about overheating but I got them real f'n hot. I got five runs due to a timing error and did not water them. We had short turn around times and my best was the last run. They did not lose grip on that grippy concrete. Was only 1 sec off Umholz's FoST on a 61 second run so I was happy. They were heat cycled and I think that helps.

    I remember in 2011 watering some Falkens on my GTI and they got slipperier than snot.

    I think they have better grip than the Dunlops and in both weekends could pull out of a corner much better that before. With only 215x16's I'm missing a lot of contact patch but think they outperform the Dunlops. I sold the Dunlops to a friend in an STF 04 Focus and know what our time deltas are from past event's so will know more this weekend after the 2 day Midiv.
     
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  21. Bavarian

    Bavarian Member

    The Falken's were finicky. Maybe they adjusted the compound? I found the Z1 SS's to be more consistent for me, and I enjoyed the improved initial grip that allowed a fast first run - especially if you really do your homework on the course. The Hankook RS3's from word of mouth, are better than the Z1 SS's and Falken's once up to temp and supposedly don't get as slippery as the Falken's were when really hot. I have not run my FiST in an autocross. All my experience has been in a SVTF and E36/E46 BMW's.
     

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