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Old 01-26-2018, 05:41 PM   #1
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Post RSRR vs. RE71R

I wanted to know if anyone has used the Federal RSRR with their GTI for autocross? I just purchased a '17 GTI DSG and I am setting it up to run GS this year. I think you can basically get 3 sets of the RSRR for the same as 2 sets of RE71R.

I know the RE71R (or the Rival) has been the safe pick for 200 tread-wear tire for a while, but for the price, I was thinking of trying the RSRR. Just curious if anyone has run them and has opinions?

Bonus question, would you go with 225/45, 235/40 or 235/45?

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Old 01-26-2018, 08:31 PM   #2
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245/40/17 is the more normal GS setup

I don't know if anyone compared those directly, but if you are looking for competitive tires the last 3 seasons have been either RE71R or BFG Rival S1.5
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:06 PM   #3
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245/40/17 is the more normal GS setup

I don't know if anyone compared those directly, but if you are looking for competitive tires the last 3 seasons have been either RE71R or BFG Rival S1.5
I'm guessing no problems with rubbing and the 245 fit find on 7.5 wide wheels?
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:29 PM   #4
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I'm guessing no problems with rubbing and the 245 fit find on 7.5 wide wheels?
No issue with rubbing, some tire shop may object to mounting them but I mount my own tires. I think Tire Rack will evens ship them mounted if you bought wheels from them too(might need to call them). 245/40/17 is actually slightly shorter than the stock size so rubbing is a non-issue. 235/45/17 is pretty tall.
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:22 AM   #5
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No issue with rubbing, some tire shop may object to mounting them but I mount my own tires. I think Tire Rack will evens ship them mounted if you bought wheels from them too(might need to call them). 245/40/17 is actually slightly shorter than the stock size so rubbing is a non-issue. 235/45/17 is pretty tall.
I just ordered a set of mounted 245/40-17 RE71-R's on Enkei Fujin 17x7.5 wheels from Tire Rack over the weekend for my G Street set-up. I got a call from a Tire Rack rep the following Monday. He REALLY didn't want to mount that size tire on that width rim- insisted I needed a wider wheel for that tire. And this was after I noted on my order that the tire/wheel set-up was going to be used for autocross and that I knew that there was a sizing mis-match between the wheels and tires! Finally, after him doing some research and asking around, he finally agreed to my order as placed.

Don't be surprised by and cave to this kind of push-back. Their legal staff &/or liability carriers must be leaning on them pretty hard. On a previous order for a different car, I made the mistake of calling them to order a replacement pair of replacement BFG All-Seasons for my Mini. They wouldn't sell me just a pair, even though it was for the same size, model and manufacturer replacement tires as those being replaced. Ended up bypassing people & ordering on-line like I should have in the first place. Geesh!
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:16 PM   #6
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The magic word is "autocross use only". You just have to say it.
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Old 05-10-2018, 03:47 PM   #7
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tire comparison

Here you know, I have run with these guys and they know their stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7CwSj-4-F0
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:32 PM   #8
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Oh hey its Danny
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:42 PM   #9
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I've heard RS-RR are brutal for daily. I went with a different semi slick because of it.
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Some history on E90Post.com regarding these tires:
https://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1259542

They seem to be a good deal and work well.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:42 PM   #11
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Hey Jen: what pressures do you recommend to start with for a new set of RE71R's? Car is a 2017 Sport with NO rear bar upgrade yet. Alignment IS dialed-in.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:50 PM   #12
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I ran my RE71s even at 32/32 normally with my rear bar. For more rotation without the bar I probably will run the rear to 38 or something..

FYI I've found RE71R needs at least a couple events under them to be considered as scrubbed in. Brand new ones at the first event may feel kinda squirmy.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:34 AM   #13
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Thanks. I was advised by an old-timer who has a few Nationals under his belt that the RE71's need a few break-in miles on them before running. He thought the 2 hr. drive to this weekend's site, Seneca Army Depot, would do them good. I don't expect to get back into Nationals shape this rear, but I should have at least a handful of regional events under my belt this year before I do the NEDIV Divisional.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:45 AM   #14
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The Rs-rr can be a rough tire for daily. Idk what class you are running but see if the RS-R is available. A much more forgiving yet grippy as FUCK tire. I use them for trackdays and non competition events. DD'ed them last year too.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:15 AM   #15
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Good advice, but I only plan to use them on the street for relatively nearby events. If I go to Cherry Valley or other CNY events, I'll mount them there. Otherwise, the OEM P7's will do for DD stuff until I wear them out.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:25 AM   #16
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The Rs-rr can be a rough tire for daily. Idk what class you are running but see if the RS-R is available. A much more forgiving yet grippy as FUCK tire. I use them for trackdays and non competition events. DD'ed them last year too.
I'd add the RE-71R's to the "not desirable for a DD tire" list. They stick really well on an autocross track, but are really loud and rough-riding for street use, even at 32psi.
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Old 07-16-2018, 05:39 PM   #17
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I just ran Laguna Seca on RE71-R’s and they were awesome. Extremely predictable grip throughout the day. I run 245/35 on 19 x 8.5 rims. My only problem was the tire contacting the fender through the corkscrew.

I’m thinking of going down to 18x8.5 and using a shorter sidewall tire. Also thinking of trying, on the advice of a race shop, Toyo R888R for track only use.

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