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Pat Newton Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Anybody remember the R888s? How were they in heavy rain conditions? Would you trust them on the street in a downpour (on a Miata at freeway speeds), or is that a recipe for certain death?

Thanks,

Pat

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quote:
Originally posted by Pat Newton:
Anybody remember the R888s? How were they in heavy rain conditions? Would you trust them on the street in a downpour (on a Miata at freeway speeds), or is that a recipe for certain death?

Thanks,

Pat

Very good I'd wager. Plenty of sipes to remove water and softer R compound will be great on the street in the rain compared to harder compound street tire.

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What about full tread RA1s?

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Already have the tires, just wondering if I can trust them in the rain.

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I ran full tread R888's in rain. They would be fine for normal driving.

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Just make sure you put them on the correct sides of the car!

-Juan
(Man I miss 888's.)

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I run my old R888 rains on my street E30. I don't usually drive it in the rain, but the times I have it behaved fine. YTMV.*

*your traction may vary.

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Pat, both Tom and I found my left-over full-tread R888's to be poor in the rain, compared to full-tread RA-1's (I ran them at the monsoon national on Memorial Day).

That said, I had some pretty fast laps on a very soggy track (even if I couldn't see around turn 1 in the rain), and I suspect that for street tires, they'd be just fine.

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Bump the pressure up...

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quote:
Originally posted by Pat Newton:
Already have the tires, just wondering if I can trust them in the rain.

I've been quite successful on full thread R888 in the rain races I've run over the last 5 years (we have free tires, as long as they are marked "E" and have some thread).
Starting at 1.7 bar I have no problem getting them luke warm and 2.0 bars when back in the pit (running a bit "damper controlled" with more low speed bump then normal).

Start cold at your normal warm pressure, then add some more if there's a lot of water.

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^^^ all in good faith to help i'm sure, but must read to be helpful.
Pat, put em on the street car, set at 32 psi cold and fugetahboutit.
Perfectly safe for the street in any rain conditions, bought a new set at half price 2 years ago and they stick great in the rain, on the street - under 100 MPH.

[Smile]

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Thanks guys. I was kicking around the idea of driving my street Miata 2000 miles in a couple weeks, and wanted to see if I would die in a Midwestern downpour on R888s.

I have since decided that shipping said Miata is a much better idea. [yep]

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Hey Pat, I'll get it there for $800. [Wink]

I'll even provide my own tires!

Ken

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You're on Ken. You break it, you bought it! [Big Grin]

It's a mellow little thing, nothing special really...

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She's a beauty, Pat!

I look forward to your burnout videos. [Big Grin]

   

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