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Old April 6th, 2017, 04:22 PM   #1
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Latest/Greatest Tires to buy? Please advise...

Hoping for some direction, selection seems scarce.

Rivals, Nitto, etc? Online or in-store?

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Old April 6th, 2017, 10:43 PM   #2
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The Rivals have good reviews from track guys; although I haven't read specific input from Viper guys. I would try them. I like that they are made in the USA (I assume, since they are BFG branded)
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Old April 7th, 2017, 05:18 AM   #4
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Also. have seen some comments from older posts about a JohnB or someone at Tirerack.com as a Viper tire guy?
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Gots to make up your mind, first date matter with tires, then go with the Flintstones.

Guess time to change wheels too?
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2000 GTS, wheel size recommendations?
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Use the search feature. There are eleventy billion posts on here (with pics) about wheels and tires.
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Old April 7th, 2017, 07:09 AM   #11
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2000 GTS, wheel size recommendations?
19 or 20 or 20/19 opens up many options. I prefer a little f/r stagger and am 20/19. No problem finding tires. However for track tires you will not find as many choices as you go bigger. Bigger wheels mostly enhances street selection. So if you track your car a lot you probably want a separate set of wheels for street versus track.
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Also. have seen some comments from older posts about a JohnB or someone at Tirerack.com as a Viper tire guy?
Jon at ViperPartsRack.com sells tires for Vipers as a TireRack representative or some sort of deal with them. His price is typically a little bit lower than going direct with Tirerack. [email protected] is an excellent guy to talk with and order from. He is the forums specialist for several enthusiast forums and knows his tires, and has inside information of availability of tires now and in the future. Jon is also very knowledgeable about Viper specific options for any parts you intend to buy from him.
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The Rivals have good reviews from track guys; although I haven't read specific input from Viper guys. I would try them. I like that they are made in the USA (I assume, since they are BFG branded)
Not all BFGs are made in the USA, since BFG is owned by Michelin anyways.
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i run these drag radials... i love them for everyday use also... rain or dry i drive in these.. lets face it no one take out the vipers in rain unless u get caught in it.. and if you get caught in rain , dont drive like a douche bag... 345/35R18 NEW TIRE!
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Depends on what you are after. Road course tire, Drag Radial(DR). Just an over all good driver? R888s are great, Michelins are great. Nitto NT-05s are a good DR.

Or if you want to upgrade, get a set of SRT wheels, 18 inch fronts on the the same, 19" rears are easier to find than the 18" tires.

I have a set of black NEWLY powder coated 10 spoke rims and includes center caps. PM me.
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The Rivals have good reviews from track guys; although I haven't read specific input from Viper guys. I would try them. I like that they are made in the USA (I assume, since they are BFG branded)
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Not all BFGs are made in the USA, since BFG is owned by Michelin anyways.
Thanks. I checked into it further. Based on the DOT code displayed in a photo of the tire, the Rival is made in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
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I went through the same search a few months back and landed on Gforce Rivals for my 02 ACR. I have a few hundred miles on them and love them. Great traction and they look a bit more original than a drag radial. I got them at TireRack and believe they are currently waiting on a new delivery for the fronts (the rears are no problem to find). Contact Luke Pavlick @ Tirerack for help with Viper tires:

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I have the BFGs Rivals. I bought the car with them recently installed. At first glance, I honestly thought these tires weren't able to handle the needed traction. After driving the car on the streets, they actually performed a lot better than I expected. They have plenty of grip and quiet on the highway. Although I haven't tried them at the road course, but judging them from my experience on the streets, I'm sure they will do fine at the track for what they are. My other option would be the Toyo Proxes R888.
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I've got a nice pair of 80% Michelin PS/2's in a 335/30/18 for sale, they are impossible to find and are some of the best tires ever made for the street, I can dismount them from my spare set of wheels if your interested.

Nitto's and Toyo's are subpar, the BFG Rival S is a great tire, the PS/2's and Super Sports are better though, more stability and they will pull over 1g consistently, I've run every known quality brand of tire (even Vredestein's) over the last 20 years and I would say Michelin is my favorite brand ! Bridgestone and BFG are in 2nd and 3rd.
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