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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-01-2015, 08:37 AM
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I'm going to pile on for Bridgestones in the 205/45-16 & 245/40-17 sizes. I just got them a few weeks ago and did my first autocross on them over the weekend. No rubbing or fitment issues. I had been drifting down in PAX relative to some of my usual "benchmarks" (most of whom are on Bridgestones now) on the Dunlops, but I did well over the weekend. Before these I had 2-year old Direzza ZIIs (not the new Star Spec)...there is a significant difference. I noticed it mostly on launching - more revs required to spin the tires - and the way the car turns in. While I was getting my new autocross tires, I was driving around on my other set of wheels with track day tires - R888s. I would be hard-pressed to say the R888s have more grip than the RE-71Rs, and the RE-71Rs don't need much temperature. RE-71Rs might not be ideal for track days if they heat up too much, but our cars are so light, and the OP said he doesn't drive at 10/10ths at the track anyway, in which case they may work fine.
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I bought the Bridgestonem RE-71R and I like them fine. Drove them for three hours at the Continental Divide Region practice autocross whilst playing hooky from the LOG on Saturday. Felt great. Early on when I had course-following issues, panic corrections were punished by a tire squall on oversteer and not a spin. When driven properly, they were smooth and predictable. Right at the end when I drove several runs back-to-back the last few the stick fell off a bit. Sure enough, I had finally succeeded in getting them too hot.

They feel sticky and responsive on the road. The Tire Rack test comment about them making a noise like Velcro separating over tar strips is spot-on.

I like them. Thanks for the all the comments that prompted me to buy them.

BTW, the Hoosier A7 tires are working fine from me at timed autocross events. Between these two tires, my driving talent is the limiting factor.

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Glad you like them, Phil, wish I'd known you were coming down - I went to Lincoln that weekend. Doh.



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Just to confirm. On a 2007 Exige S (not drastic lowered) on stock LSS wheel, the new RE71Rs 205/45-16 & 245/40-17 fit fine?
No spacers not rubbing the wheel liners?

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Just to confirm. On a 2007 Exige S (not drastic lowered) on stock LSS wheel, the new RE71Rs 205/45-16 & 245/40-17 fit fine?
No spacers not rubbing the wheel liners?

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Yes no issue. That fits on a elise with less clearance on the front.

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Just to confirm. On a 2007 Exige S (not drastic lowered) on stock LSS wheel, the new RE71Rs 205/45-16 & 245/40-17 fit fine?
No spacers not rubbing the wheel liners?

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fyi the 71Rs run very narrow for size, so they should be forgiving when going "plus" sizes

I have cup wheels (16x7, 17x8) and I am running the 205s up front without issue. However, I am running the 225/45 in back and I have rubbed through the wheel liner a little.

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Just depends on offset.

I have zero rubbing with 205/50/15 front and 245/40/17 rear on the following effective wheel sizes (includes spacer dimensions)

15x6.5 +24.5
17x7.5 +33

I also had no rubbing issues with the following setup:

15x6.5 +38, 225/45/15 tire
17x7.5 +39, 245/40/17 tire

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