miatafan
miatafan GRM+ Memberand Reader
4/11/24 9:27 p.m.

* I did post this at forum.miata.net but they have been less than helpful (shared with me a link to Tire Rack; gee thanks)

It is finally time to put tires on the FM Kogekis (17x8) I bought during their Christmas sale.

I am looking for a summer tire (will put A/S on the stock wheels for winter and was wondering what the "hot" setup is.

My '16 Club/no Brembo is my DD and I do not autocross or track it but do drive in a spirited fashion and have the FM Koni Stage 1 suspension.

Location is North Texas so good wet/rain performance is a bonus.

Thanks for your help and thoughts.

toonarmy
toonarmy New Reader
4/11/24 9:54 p.m.

Planning on something in the 200TW category or does that not matter?  Everything I've read/heard is that the Conti ExtremeContact Sport 02 is the ticket for dry/wet spirited driving, and it doesn't hurt that they are a bit cheaper than 200TW brethren. 
 

Curious why you're specifying 235/40- from what I understand, 225 works great on 17x8 for street use and you don't have as much tramline behavior. 
 

If you're intent on 200TW street tires, it's hard to wrong- so many options out there. 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) MegaDork
4/11/24 10:00 p.m.

I'm running 225/45/17 Continental ECS on my ND-RF. 17x8 Konigs and Ohlins shocks with Swift 6K/3K springs. It has way more grip than I'll use on public roads. It goes around corners with so little drama that it surprises me, and I autocrossed and road raced for decades. If the continentals are available in the size you want I'd highly recommend them. I bought the car in October and haven't driven it in the rain yet, so no comment there.

miatafan
miatafan GRM+ Memberand Reader
4/11/24 10:11 p.m.
toonarmy said:

Planning on something in the 200TW category or does that not matter? ...

Curious why you're specifying 235/40- from what I understand, 225 works great on 17x8 for street use and you don't have as much tramline behavior.

Not too hard over on the treadwear   

That's a good point, maybe I should be looking at the 225/45s also. 

Andy Hollis
Andy Hollis
4/11/24 10:16 p.m.

235/40-17 is an uncommon size and will limit choices. 
 

On an 8 it will not be any better than a 225.

225/45-17 Conti ECS02 is your droid.  We just tested these...yet to be published...and they are amazing. 

toonarmy
toonarmy New Reader
4/11/24 10:23 p.m.

Any day I can be backed up by Andy Hollis is a good day laugh

Gzwg
Gzwg New Reader
4/12/24 4:46 a.m.

I'm running Nankang NS-2R 's on the rear in that dimension on my Speedster, on a 17x9 rim.

It does work ok in the wet, but I'm not doing anything "spirited" in those conditions wink

 

Tire choice really is limited, so unless you really have to/want to use that dimension, I would also suggest using something else.

 

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