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For 15 years I have been using 275/40R17 tires for all track & HPDE driving. Kuhmo V710's and Hankook Ventus Z214's. Both either no longer available or phasing out. So, I'm hitting a critical decision for track tires, stay with extremely limited choices for 17" rims, or go up to 18?

For those of you that use an 18" rim for HPDE/Track, what have you used, and your results/reactions/comments?
 

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I had to add a set of 18" wheels a couple of years ago due to the lack of availability of 17" tires. I run 245 or 255 up front and 315 in the rear. I was able to purchase 2 sets of BFG R1S tires at that time. Sadly they are no longer available in that size. I like these tires for track. Even though they are DOT I wouldn't use them around town, they are just too sticky. I run Nitto NT01 around town on a 17" wheel. The NT01 tires took a few spirited rides to get them softened up. I believe you can still get the NT01 tires in these sizes for a 17" wheel. That might be your best choice at this time - unless someone else has discovered a better solution.
 

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get a set of 18x10's and run 275/35/18's if you run a square setup. Tires are cheap and plentiful and you can call GT Tires and get imsa take offs for a 1/3 the price.
 

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Gordon,

Can you provide contact info for GT Tires?
 

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Gordon, that's good to know. I looked into using IMSA take offs a few years ago and the crews all told me the tires were all licensed to them and they were fined if they weren't turned back in.
 

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There are several companies out there that do this.
 
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