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My CR500's are starting to get to the wear bars which means I need to have a new set ready. I have a 2013 CSR which according to what I've read have 7" and 9" wheels with 195/45 and 245/40 tires. I understand fronts have moved to 195/50 with the ZZS and according to tirerack there are no 195/45 options so it looks like 50 series is in my future on the front.


From what I can find only the Hankook RS-4 is available in both sizes, but I'm wondering how stupid it would be to run Hoosier's on the rear? I have stupid power (300rwhp) and tq (320ft*lbs) which can be managed in 2nd gear today (with passenger), but more go-grip would be welcome.


So, what's the right path? Am I silly to walk away from Avons? I just have a hard time believing Avon has some special sauce that mainstream tire manufactures have. BFG even mentions the Rival S1.5 is an upgrade to the Rival S for lighter cars. There are plenty of race miata's out there and if Avon made a magic tire I imagine they would use them. 



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You are not silly to walk away from Avons.  They are a good tire but there are alternatives - definitely explore them.  I have over the years but usually gravitate back to Avons as I think they are better all round for road performance.   If you need more grip than the ZZS then go to the ZZR - there are two compounds to choose from.  The really soft one is quite fun.


Hoosiers on the rear on the road?  I could see a nice policeman giving you grief.  You do live in CA after all.  


If you are autocrossing or tracking then Hoosiers are enormous fun as an alternative.  


Don't know anything about the Hankooks - never heard of them to be honest.  


TRying to find tires for the CSR is a bit of a pain because of the lack of clearance under the front wings.  Measure your rolling diameter or use an online calculator and compare on that basis.  The Hoosiers I use on the front for track days only have a bee's dick of clearance.  


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Thanks Mike, good feedback as always. My auto cross buddy suggests bfg rival S1.5 which I had down selected before looking at sizes. The issue is the front where only a 205/50 is available. Do you think it would fit? What size Hoosiers are you running?


You know CA gets a bad wrap, in my experience cops don’t give nice cars much trouble. The number of bmw/merc/etc. driving around with no plates is crazy. Maybe having tires that throw stones at all the cars behind me would be different though ;).



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