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xperu
I'm on a budget, so I'm wanting to find out what kind of rims I can run on my car. I am an armature at this, so I am not going to be running hot around the cones. Based on my current experience and talent with AC, my friend told me to go with stock steelies. Open to any advice. Thanks Mike Kelly
URY914
Save your money and learn to drive first. Enter as many events as possible.
mobymutt
Just run whatever rims you already have. I think good tires would be a much better investment.
mlindner
Yes, stock rims are fine. And like mobymutt said performance tires a much better investment. I ran stock 5 1/2 rims with low profile tires (195-50) for years with great results.
xperu
Thanks for the reality check. Mike Kelly
xperu
QUOTE(xperu @ Jun 23 2018, 05:41 PM) *

I'm on a budget, so I'm wanting to find out what kind of rims I can run on my car. I am an armature at this, so I am not going to be running hot around the cones. Based on my current experience and talent with AC, my friend told me to go with stock steelies. Open to any advice. Thanks Mike Kelly

I wanted to refresh this thread by maybe qualifying my question.
several years ago I read a thread that stated "never autocross on Riviera's". Currently I have Empi 8 spokes mounted, but I do have a set of fake 4 bolt Fuch's I bought a few years ago. So do you think the Empi's are good enough, or should I mount the Fuchs. Your opinions are very welcome.
If I am to mount new tires as suggestion, any recommendation for an novis AC. The car is driven very little on the road. Mike Kelly
mobymutt
I'm driving some kind of Empi knock-offs. I only have a 1.8L engine, so I can't imagine I could possibly damage them.
Racer
I ran steel wheels for many years. One thing to be mindful, especially as skills increase and grippy tires are used, is cracks forming, especially near the lug bolts. I had a set (all 4 wheels) develop cracks after years of use. And they are older now than when I was using them.
theer
QUOTE(xperu @ Jul 2 2018, 07:11 PM) *


If I am to mount new tires as suggestion, any recommendation for an novis AC. The car is driven very little on the road. Mike Kelly


There are some very good tires out there - the problem will be finding them in sizes that will fit your rims.

Search tirerack for the size you want and pay attention to the treadwear number. For street legal tires, anything under 200 will be very sticky and still very drivable on the road.

Here's a search for 205-50/15's - technically not the "right" size (the speedo will read faster than actual), but probably a good size for AX. We race the Dunlop Direzza's on our 944 Lemons car.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSearchRe...rearDiameter=17

mlindner
As I mentioned, I ran 195-50's......lowers the whole gear stack, making 3rd gear possible on a lot of auto-crosses. Best, mark
campbellcj
In case not mentioned yet, also be sure to check any applicable rules/classifications before you potentially go larger on wheels/tires. You might suddenly bump into a modified class where things get way more challenging and expensive in a hurry.
Mr. Olympic Blue 2 You
I had cracked Riviera's on my car when I bought it- found when getting an alignment done. This was about 1999-2000. Not sure if they were aftermarket or not but any of the replica wheels deserve a check. There used to be some very thin fuch replica's that had issues as well.
ConeDodger
QUOTE(URY914 @ Jun 23 2018, 09:14 PM) *

Save your money and learn to drive first. Enter as many events as possible.


^^^
This is the best advice you’ve gotten, and from a Florida State Autocross Champion none the less. He drives the lightest 914 known to man so...

Your goal is to drive a slow car fast. If you can accomplish that, you’ll do what I do. I regularly come in 2nd or 3rd fastest time of the day. I get beaten by race tires and dedicated cars. More important is who is slower. The twin turbos, the GT3’s, the Boxsters and the Cayman. Autocross isn’t totally about the car. The car has to be well maintained but it’s up to you to make it go fast. You have a lot of tuning to do on the ‘nut behind the wheel’ before you worry about tires, wheels, sway bars, intakes, or any of those things. Just learning the line is everything...
914z
QUOTE(ConeDodger @ Jul 26 2018, 10:36 AM) *

QUOTE(URY914 @ Jun 23 2018, 09:14 PM) *

Save your money and learn to drive first. Enter as many events as possible.


^^^
This is the best advice you’ve gotten, and from a Florida State Autocross Champion none the less. He drives the lightest 914 known to man so...

Your goal is to drive a slow car fast. If you can accomplish that, you’ll do what I do. I regularly come in 2nd or 3rd fastest time of the day. I get beaten by race tires and dedicated cars. More important is who is slower. The twin turbos, the GT3’s, the Boxsters and the Cayman. Autocross isn’t totally about the car. The car has to be well maintained but it’s up to you to make it go fast. You have a lot of tuning to do on the ‘nut behind the wheel’ before you worry about tires, wheels, sway bars, intakes, or any of those things. Just learning the line is everything...


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