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quote:
Originally posted by Cliff BDR:
I say pick a tire, that is reasonably priced new, that lets the SM show its true potential (Hoosier), did I say that out loud?

Good post and I agree, but we are stuck with Toyo for another couple of years. Now I need to get out of here because I am pretty sure the masses are going to start the "Stone Him!" chant pretty soon for this kind of talk... [Big Grin]

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Let he that is without spin cast the first stone!

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My experience last season points toward 888's being faster than RA1s. I think I had them and my driving with them really dialed in by the end of the season. In the last couple weekends I ran the rears 4lbs lower than the fronts, and had good results. I'll be curious to see how they do against RA1 during the crossover period.

Juan

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B Wilson Verified Driver Series Champ
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I heart Hoosiers...

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quote:
Originally posted by Juan Pineda:
My experience last season points toward 888's being faster than RA1s. I think I had them and my driving with them really dialed in by the end of the season. In the last couple weekends I ran the rears 4lbs lower than the fronts, and had good results. I'll be curious to see how they do against RA1 during the crossover period.

Juan

I think the R888 will be faster then new RA1's pretty easily. Afer the Ra1's get some cycles on them, I take R888's on tracks w/o long straights and ra1's with tracks with long straights

Jim

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I'm just glad that my home division, Great Lakes, decided to keep SM open tires for regional competition in 2010 (Hoosier).

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anyone wanting some new r888's $150 rebate form ...

http://cache.toyotires.com/sites/default/files/imce/R888_Rebate_1a.pdf

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Actually, another reason that I like R888's is that I think they have something to teach the driver. I had to really pay attention to what the tire was communicating through the steering wheel to get the most out of them. Some say that you have to drive smoother with them. R888's have been a useful learning experience for me, and I think I'm a better driver for learning how to drive on them.

-Juan

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Juan,
If your wallet matters, they teach you fast not to slide the car.. If you do, you will shred the tires.
Jim

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quote:
Originally posted by Drago:
If your wallet matters, they teach you fast not to slide the car.. If you do, you will shred the tires.

Well then two reasons to learn better driving habits!

Hmm. I'm thinking perhaps it was that the RA1's taught those of us that learned to race on them poor driving habits, which we are now unlearning through R888's.

-Juan

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I heart 888s

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quote:
Originally posted by Juan Pineda:
Actually, another reason that I like R888's is that I think they have something to teach the driver. I had to really pay attention to what the tire was communicating through the steering wheel to get the most out of them. Some say that you have to drive smoother with them. R888's have been a useful learning experience for me, and I think I'm a better driver for learning how to drive on them.

-Juan

I couldnt agree more, the R888's have made the majority of us pay closer attention to rotating, pressure, wear patterns, and tread depth more than any other tire before.

But if SM has taught me anything at all, WE have to still complain. Complain when we win, bitch when we loose, blame it on tires, wheels, weight, fuel, weather, hills, rocks, sand, off camber turns, oil spill, mechanical failures, beer, and need be, blame it on chickens. (long story, but I know they had to of made me loose somehow.)

I forgot what I was complaining about...
[banghead]

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quote:
Originally posted by Cliff BDR:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Juan Pineda:
[qb] But if SM has taught me anything at all, WE have to still complain. Complain when we win, bitch when we loose, blame it on tires, wheels, weight, fuel, weather, hills, rocks, sand, off camber turns, oil spill, mechanical failures, beer, and need be, blame it on chickens. (long story, but I know they had to of made me loose somehow.)

I forgot what I was complaining about...
[banghead]

Cliffy
My wife says all races, sm drivers in particular have only two stories...
A) I kicked everyones ass and they all suck
B) #$%^*&( cheaters!

Amazing what you learn sitting on the sidelines [Big Grin]

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C) All of the above [Smash]

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quote:
Originally posted by Drago:
quote:
Originally posted by Juan Pineda:
My experience last season points toward 888's being faster than RA1s. I think I had them and my driving with them really dialed in by the end of the season. In the last couple weekends I ran the rears 4lbs lower than the fronts, and had good results. I'll be curious to see how they do against RA1 during the crossover period.

Juan

I think the R888 will be faster then new RA1's pretty easily. Afer the Ra1's get some cycles on them, I take R888's on tracks w/o long straights and ra1's with tracks with long straights

Jim

Wait-just-a-minit...Are we now praising the same 888 that we were cursing just six months ago? Naw, couldn't happen. [yep]
Rick

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