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post #161 of 283 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 08:12 AM
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Not yet, been out of town for a couple weeks. Hopefully I'll have a chance to look at it Wednesday.
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post #162 of 283 (permalink) Old 01-07-2016, 11:11 AM
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Got the tires put on earlier. Still waiting on the longer rear studs. Notice that the rears are less concave than the fronts. Hopefully it wont look strange.
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Got the rears on. Again this setup is Advanti Storm S1 15x8 +25 225/45/15, 17x9 +45 255/40/17. Using a 8mm front spacer and 15mm rear. Front camber is full neg. I can't remember what the rear is, but I think it's pretty aggressive.
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Looks really meaty! Did you use a 15mm rear spacer to clear the suspension or just for looks?
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Looks really meaty! Did you use a 15mm rear spacer to clear the suspension or just for looks?
I wanted to put it as close to the outside as possible to allow for as much room as I could get on the inside for the 255. And the 15mm spacer was an off the shelf part. The 8mm front is custom however.
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Looks offroading. lol especially the fronts.

Surprised 17x9 and using a 15mm spacer. Is the toe set at stock or did you have to change that?

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Looks offroading. lol especially the fronts.

Surprised 17x9 and using a 15mm spacer. Is the toe set at stock or did you have to change that?
Off-roading? Lol I don't know about that. The front does need to be lowered a little more. The toe is stock, or close to it.
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Off-roading? Lol I don't know about that. The front does need to be lowered a little more. The toe is stock, or close to it.


I tried to fit 255/40-17 R888 back there and it was a disaster. Looked awesome, but the fitment was not ideal at all. I think I had a 3mm spacer, almost full camber and still had to toe out to get it to fit. I couldn't use a larger spacer since the tire was already at the fender.

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Awesome, let us know if you ever see any rubbing, either on the street or AutoX.

Just a heads up for anyone else wanting to run the 225/255 set up, I know a member on this forum who will be posting up his almost new NT01s for sale.
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I tried to fit 255/40-17 R888 back there and it was a disaster. Looked awesome, but the fitment was not ideal at all. I think I had a 3mm spacer, almost full camber and still had to toe out to get it to fit. I couldn't use a larger spacer since the tire was already at the fender.
I've heard the r888 runs really wide, I think about 1 size up. A 245 would probably be a better choice.
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I've heard the r888 runs really wide, I think about 1 size up. A 245 would probably be a better choice.
Yeah, I believe it's like a size wider. I've since gone back to 245, but the width of the 255s was awesome.

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This is great man, thanks again for doing the foot work. A little lower in the front and it will be $$. With the camber maxed out in front I wonder how much the suspension will camber in under load?? Anyone have any insight on that? My Exige is also wingless lol, Im gonna be your Ardent Red cousin.
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This is great man, thanks again for doing the foot work. A little lower in the front and it will be $$. With the camber maxed out in front I wonder how much the suspension will camber in under load?? Anyone have any insight on that? My Exige is also wingless lol, Im gonna be your Ardent Red cousin.
Lol awesome! Not sure about the camber under load, although I might stick my gopro out there to see. But, after driving it around most of the weekend, I did experience slight rub. A right hander, one of my favorites (163N to 8E), has a mild bump in the middle of it. While loaded up and hitting it bump, I rubbed a little. I'm almost positive that camber arms will eliminate this. My drivers side is slightly lower than my passenger side, and I have yet to rub on the passenger. Could have been just because I didn't hit any left as hard. I'll post more as I drive it. Installing the camber arms week after next though.
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Moreracecar, is your main goal more grip? In case it is, I am extremely familiar with those tires. I would not use them. Believe it or not, due to construction and compounding, the 195/50R15 makes much more grip than the 205 or the 225. Similarly, there is only one rear tire that's any good. I can't remember which one it is at this time but it's not the 255. It's a smaller size.

Also to note, as the R1R wears down to around 3/32" performance will DRAMATICALLY reduce.

And really, the best street tire out there these days is the Bridgestone Re-71R. There is no street tire competition. I'd wager that on a light car, it'd be better than an R888 but I've never seen and testing to prove this.
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Also note that the R1R is over a decade old in design and the treadwear rating change from 140 to 200 is only a change in the number. The compound is identical.
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Trust me, I wanted to get RE71Rs when I started this, but they were out of stock iirc. From everything I've read and heard the r1r is still a great tire. Maybe not the best, but definitely not ****. I've had experience with RS3s, ZIIs, RE11s, RE01rs, and a few others. On my car before this I had a 205/225 RS3 setup, and I can tell you this feels much faster. This thread was mostly for fitment though as not many people have tried a 15/17 225/255 setup.
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Lol awesome! Not sure about the camber under load, although I might stick my gopro out there to see. But, after driving it around most of the weekend, I did experience slight rub. A right hander, one of my favorites (163N to 8E), has a mild bump in the middle of it. While loaded up and hitting it bump, I rubbed a little. I'm almost positive that camber arms will eliminate this. My drivers side is slightly lower than my passenger side, and I have yet to rub on the passenger. Could have been just because I didn't hit any left as hard. I'll post more as I drive it. Installing the camber arms week after next though.
What camber arms are you gonna go with?
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Moreracecar, is your main goal more grip? In case it is, I am extremely familiar with those tires. I would not use them. Believe it or not, due to construction and compounding, the 195/50R15 makes much more grip than the 205 or the 225. Similarly, there is only one rear tire that's any good. I can't remember which one it is at this time but it's not the 255. It's a smaller size.

Also to note, as the R1R wears down to around 3/32" performance will DRAMATICALLY reduce.

And really, the best street tire out there these days is the Bridgestone Re-71R. There is no street tire competition. I'd wager that on a light car, it'd be better than an R888 but I've never seen and testing to prove this.
I dont belive they make the RE-71r in a 195/50/15.
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I dont belive they make the RE-71r in a 195/50/15.
I think he was talking about the "magical" r1r 195. They do make the RE71r in a 205/50/15 though.
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What camber arms are you gonna go with?
Heh, this is what I need to decide. I keep going back and forth on it. The T3 arms come with shims for $190, but the s111 arms have bump steer correction. The s111 arms are $190 + $100 for shims.
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