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I only autocross 5-10 events per year, and right now I can't afford the Kuhmo Ecsta 710 or Hoosier race rubber I am allowed to use in class. Could you give a rundown, in your opinion, of the best tires to use for autocross in sizes 15" to 18" that will still match up with stock Passat tire diameter i.e. 195/65-15. 215/60-15, 205/60-15, 225/50-16, 205/50-17, 225/45-17 etc?

Do not take into consideration any other factors such as noise, comfort, wear, wet handling etc, just what is best for grip with balls to the wall driving.:driving:
 

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I only autocross 5-10 events per year, and right now I can't afford the Kuhmo Ecsta 710 or Hoosier race rubber I am allowed to use in class. Could you give a rundown, in your opinion, of the best tires to use for autocross in sizes 15" to 18" that will still match up with stock Passat tire diameter i.e. 195/65-15. 215/60-15, 205/60-15, 225/50-16, 205/50-17, 225/45-17 etc?

Do not take into consideration any other factors such as noise, comfort, wear, wet handling etc, just what is best for grip with balls to the wall driving.:driving:
For Autocross I would recommend 17s. There are not great options in a 15 and 16 inch. For 225/50R16 Go with the BF Goodrich G force sport.

225/45R17 is where you really get the good list of big boy autocross tires. Keep in mind none of these will last over 20k.

Rated in Rudy's top 4 with 1 being the best.

4. Kuhmo Ecsta MX
3. Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 STAR SPEC
2. Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R
1. Yokohama ADVAN AD07

How do you guys think I did? :thumbup: or :thumbdown :lol:
 

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Good suggestion on the Gforce Sports. My wife ran the Gforce Sports on her Mazda 3. Great performing tires but they are super loud.

I don't know if they make them anymore, but I autocrossed and daily drove a set of 16" BFG KDW tires on my Focus back in 2002. They were super grippy in the dry and fantastic for our wet summers here in Florida. At the time I only paid $89/tire. Great deal for the performance.
 

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There are not great options in a 15 and 16 inch. For 225/50R16 Go with the BF Goodrich G force sport.
I recently bought some 205/60-15 G force sports from Tire Rack and they are way more grippy than any other tire (mostly all season crap) I have ever owned. I guess I made the right choice.
 

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The choice of 17's for tires is odd, Rudy. Wouldn't the added weight detract from accel/braking enough to offset the gain in grip? Heh, it's pretty sad when it's hard to buy a 'good' tire in 205/225 16" size...

If you're not concerned about wear (cost), fitz, it might be worth your while to splurge on a set of rims and dedicated rubber.
 

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If you're not concerned about wear (cost), fitz, it might be worth your while to splurge on a set of rims and dedicated rubber.
That is the plan eventually, as per my original post.
 

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I have the G force sports on 225/50/16 and they are a great tire....and not noisy at all imho.

I have also had the Falkin Azenis Rs-212 in same size....GREAT tire but tread life was pretty crappy (had a full track day on them too, they were awesome on the track!).
 
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