Please tell us all about that wheel/tire setup.
I think all the details are in the text above the photos. I got the wheels from Luke @ Lindsay, but you can get them elsewhere. For the past couple months there have been black and silver sets on Ebay for about $1150 shipped.
That is my dream track setup as well, but I figured 265s would be the widest we could run in the front. Any in-depth information on how the slicks performed (turn-in, max grip, etc.) would be much appreciated. I think it's very awesome that you are running this setup. You even have the ability to rotate the tires from front to rear, correct?
My previous setup (245/40 Nitto NT01s on GM Accessory wheels) is almost used up after only 8 days on track, and I figured they were wearing so quickly because the 245s are just too small for a 4000# car. The Bimmer and Porsche guys (and pretty much everyone else, for that matter) are running wider tires on lighter cars. "Learjet" (Bob) had told me at a previous event that he was running 275 Hoosiers up front on the TD wheels, so I knew it was possible. However, he's got stock springs/struts, so I was worried I would get rubbing with my ride height lowered on the KW coilovers. That's why I rolled the front fender lips. The car felt great, and I was definitely carrying more speed through the uphill Esses at VIR and through Hogpen (the final turn complex onto the front straight). I'm not sure how much of the improvement was due to the tires and how much was due to me just being more aggressive in a couple sections, but (based on timing on my wristwatch) I ran as quick as 2:15.xx. The last time I ran the full course a couple months ago I don't think I was even into the 2:teens. I had ordered the same type of tires (Nitto NT01s) in the 275/35, but Discount Tire Direct called me and said they didn't have the Nittos in stock, so they gave me the medium compound Hankooks for the same price. I would guess the Hankooks are stickier than the Nittos, even in the medium compound, but I really don't know.
The wheels and tires are the same all around, so they are rotate-able.
P.S. Why cover up the brake cooling ducts on the bumper?
I have brake ducts running from the stock foglight housings to the spindles, and I was trying to get some comparative rotor temps. That and it was only ~40F, and I've been warned in the past that it's possible to over-cool rotors and cause cracking when it's cold like that.
Also Mike where did you get your fenders rolled? I am looking to start making a serious effort to start driving this car in more performance events and after the last autox the 245's i have up front just arent enough tire.
My name's Pat.
I rolled the fenders myself. On the passenger side I covered the lip with tape and then used my 3# hammer to fold the lip. That resulted in lots of cracked paint. Oops. So on the driver side I did the wooden baseball bat trick, which worked out pretty well. A couple spots I had to finish up with the 3# hammer, but I don't think I cracked the paint at all.