Best Wet Weather Tyres

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nate-dogg

Original Poster:

18 posts

3 months

Wednesday 27th February
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What do you guys think is the best wet weather tyre to run from the MSUK 1A-C list? I'm running Toyo Proxes R888Rs for the dry, but need to choose which wets I want...

Are the Uniroyal Rainsport 3s any good? Or is there another tyre worth looking at?

shaunroche

165 posts

85 months

Wednesday 27th February
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I'm going to watch this thread with interest!

After asking pretty much the same question a while back, for sprinting, I was guided towards Rainsport3's and Avon CR28s, but asking for further opinions on these two, there was such a varying response, I pretty much feel back to square one as I was just completely bamboozled!

Almost plumping for the Uniroyals, was kinda warned off them as I suspect they're a little stiff maybe until they've warmed up which in sprinting, may not really happen until near the end of the run? Like I say, confused dot com!

I was also struggling to find a supplier for my chosen Avon's too - 185/60/13's

As a dry tyre what do you think of the Proxes btw? Very much thinking of going for them....



Edited by shaunroche on Wednesday 27th February 12:59

AdeRacing

9 posts

9 months

Wednesday 27th February
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People always seem to say go for the Uniroyals but, personally, I find them too hard. I prefer a soft compound in the wet and the Toyo R1-R's were great but they're discontinued now although you can get them in some sizes still.

Generally I don't bother with separate tyres these days and use the R888R's whatever the weather as that's the rules in one of the series I do plus, as a one man band, it's too easy to get stuck in parc ferme on wet tyres while the track drys out with no time to change.


df76

1,873 posts

217 months

Wednesday 27th February
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When you've got standing water, there won't be much better than the Uniroyal Rainsport 3s. It's that or a premium road tyre, like a Michelin Pilot Sport 4. But you'll be spending a significant chunk more.

nate-dogg

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18 posts

3 months

Thursday 28th February
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Cheers guys. I was after a set of R1Rs but can’t get them in the right size which is a shame. Leaning towards the Uniroyals then I think. My series allows whatever tyre you want off the MSUK 1a-c list so I want a good set of wets and dries to start the year.
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nate-dogg

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18 posts

3 months

Saturday 16th March
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Took the car out at Snetterton yesterday and tried the Rainsports in the morning when it was wet. Gotta say, I’m not impressed. Car was all over the shop, and the rear in particular was super twitchy on turn in (had a neat little pirouette at the bomb hole as a result). I suspect they’re the sort of tyre that would be good in monsoon-like conditions, but for damp/drying track conditions, I’m just going to use my Toyo 888r’s (which provide ridiculous grip in the dry, incidentally).

griffdude

1,514 posts

187 months

Thursday
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nate-dogg said:
Took the car out at Snetterton yesterday and tried the Rainsports in the morning when it was wet. Gotta say, I’m not impressed. Car was all over the shop, and the rear in particular was super twitchy on turn in (had a neat little pirouette at the bomb hole as a result). I suspect they’re the sort of tyre that would be good in monsoon-like conditions, but for damp/drying track conditions, I’m just going to use my Toyo 888r’s (which provide ridiculous grip in the dry, incidentally).
I found getting the Rainsports shaved made a huge change to grip/predictability without detriment to wet performance.

nate-dogg

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18 posts

3 months

griffdude said:
I found getting the Rainsports shaved made a huge change to grip/predictability without detriment to wet performance.
It's prohibited in the series I'm doing, unfortunately!

HustleRussell

15,939 posts

99 months

It always surprises me that people default to a much harder compound for wet conditions i.e. list 1Cs for dry and 1As for wet? Curious if you think about it.

Weirder still the suggestion of scrubbing them.

Sounds like a nightmare to me. Is it wet enough for tintop tyres? Will it stay wet enough for long enough? Must be galling to get six laps into a race and find yourself going backwards, lamenting putting the road car tyres on.

Depends on the car I suppose but I reckon the occasions when a 1a tyre will be quicker than a 1c tyre over a race distance are so few that it could easily never occur over a season... and all the while you’re lugging around an extra set of rims and redundant tyres which are getting older and harder...

Make your usual 1c or 1b tyres work. Carry an extra set just for full wet conditions.

Aquaplaning might be an issue if you’re running really wide tyres, not normally the case with most racing cars I’ve seen at the club level- normally about 9” at the rear maximum.

ETA: and you’re front wheel drive so you don’t have to worry about the nightmare scenario of aquaplaning, spinning up the rears and ending up in the pit wall

Edited by HustleRussell on Friday 22 March 23:36