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This has probably been discussed before, but I'm new here. I was wondering how Insights do in AutoCross events. Do they get good times? How do stock tires perform?
 

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Hi Bob and welcome to the forum. :!: :D

Yup, you've missed the thread(s). The auto-x'ers have apparently chosen to stick to a few threads here in the General forum. And then there are the auto-xing modifications in the Modifications and Technical issues forum.

Try these:

http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=2508

http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=3121

http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=2902

http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=2810

http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=2185

http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=1364

HTH! :)
 

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How do stock tires perform?
The stock Insight tires are the most fuel efficient tires available.
This comes at the expence of compromising EVERYTHING else including,
dry grip, wet grip, handling, and comfort.

So if you are new to auto-x, realise that drivers skill is the most important factor. Just compete in which ever tires you already have. It would be very difficult to win using the 165/65R14 Bridgestone RE92 Insight tires.

For lots of info, photos and exciting videos check out the Insight Racing web site:
http://www.insightracing.ca/
 

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Tires

So would you say that I should get better tires or not? Should I try one event with stock tires first?
I just bought my Insight used (2000 5spd. w/AC) and the tires are pretty bald. It would not supprise me is they are the same ones that came out of the factory.
If I should get new tires then how are these? Bridgestone Potenza RE950
Do they fit stock rims? Has anyone had experience with these?
Also there is a 1990 Acura Integra with great tires and stock rims I might be able to borrow. Does this wheel fit an Insight?
Also how much difference in milage do tires make? I heard like 12%, Is that right?
 

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A bit off topic, but it's nice to see another RX-7 owner...I have (rather, had) a '78 as well that was in not so great shape. Trying to find another 78/79 as I'm in the process of building a peripheral ported 12A that I need to stuff in something. :)

Regarding the autox, while I am not an expert by any means, the Insight is a great autox car. Very well balanced, torque where you need it, and fairly difficult to get into trouble with. As G mentioned, the stock tires SUCK for performance driving. I'm not willing to invest in another set of wheels for track use (I already have several sets for my '86 RX-7, and have no where to store any more), and even my meager driving abilities will easily outdrive the stock rubber. But for occasional fun, they do the job.
 

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[off topic] Yeah, I noticed you are a RX7 fan also. I used to frequent the RX7 Club forums quite often as Bob78rx7. I would sell you my 78 but I live in California. :cry:
My rx7 was a daily driver, but was heavily modified. The 10 MPG average was killing me. So I reciently bought a used 2000 Insight. [/off topic]

Earlier I posted a link to some High Preformance All-Season tires I was looking at. However, After some investigation I discovered that the outside diameter would be off and throw off the speedo and odo. The only other 14" size that matches stock diameeter is 195/55-14. Can anyone recommend a good tire?
 

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I would like something like a high performance all season tire. I would be using this as my normal tires and AutoX tires. So I need something that is great on dry pavement, can hold up in rain, is acceptable in snow, won't hurt my milage too much, and has a reasonable amount of tread wear.
 

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Re: Tires

InsightfulBob said:
Should I try one event with stock tires first?
Yes, try the first event with the stock tires. That way you will appreciate the difference when you try your second event on different tires.

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Also how much difference in mileage do tires make? I heard like 12%, Is that right?
Yes, about 10% on average.
But well worth it because both performance and comfort will improve with wider tires.
 

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I would like something like a high performance all season tire. I would be using this as my normal tires and AutoX tires. So I need something that is great on dry pavement, can hold up in rain, is acceptable in snow, won't hurt my milage too much, and has a reasonable amount of tread wear.
Bad news, your magical tires don't exist.
Good news:
Winter tires are fantastic and amazing on cold wet roads, snow and ice.
Ultra high performance summer tires are fantastic and amazing in summer rain storms and hot dry roads.
All season tires are "adequate" at best in most conditions.

Why compromise in safety and performance when used civic rims are so easy and cheap to buy?

I totally agree with Commuters tire recommendations, and one of his links show the Falken AZENIS Sport (RT-215) are only $47 for the 195/60R14. Great deal!

Performance tires sizes that fit the Insight include:
185/60R14
195/55R14
195/60R14

Tires are the most important safety component on any car, and most people take them for granted.
 
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