That slippery slope has a hold on ya. LOL!Well I knew this would happen eventually. After purchasing a new helmet this year the only thing that made sense was to actually go and use the thing and that led me back to the SCCA and their new CAM-C class designed for modern ponycars to compete against one another on 200TW tires. My Michelin PS4S setup works great on the street and looks great on the car, but after consistently finishing around 2 seconds behind the local class leader it was time to step up my tire game.
Ended up with a set of 19x11 Apex wheels in a square/rotatable configuration with a set of 305/30-19 Kumho V730's mounted to them. In order to mount these up front I run a 25MM spacer from Apex as well with a set of Dorman wheel studs from an F350 dually for the time being since ARP wheel studs are on indefinite backorder apparently. Looking to give this all a good test in the next few weeks at our August autocross. The new setup is more narrow than my staggered 305/325 street tires, but should give me better rotation in the corners and will also allow me to rotate the tires for more even wear between events. The wheels also happen to match my car's pinstripes almost perfectly and I'm looking forward to getting it down on the ground and getting a glimpse of the car wearing something other than black wheels for the first time in it's life.
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Wheels...Actually Mavinsky, I have found those rims pretty easy to keep clean with just a little wheel cleaner and water. One thing I have been shocked on the EBC pads I have been testing and now are using is after two event weekends my Apex wheels and even my Apex rims ( ha) were quite clean. I just hosed them off after a little soap on a car mitt and they looked great. I am not sure of the coating Apex uses, but since the wheels are done in Taiwan it could even be proprietary, yet they are easier to clean than some other wheels I have owned -- just my personal experience. I do agree on having a car shod with Black wheels, I am getting tired of that look, so I have one set like yours and another in silver.
I know the pain. The stock Brembo pads are pretty rough. Just signed up today for the August event so look forward to trying to close the gap some more. Here was the last time I drove thr car into work on the old wheels and caught a little rain that caused the dust to actually stick more.
I've seen some discussion of it from some of the GT500 guys who are coming to the harsh realiziation that their pretty carbon fiber wheels are hard to see after a few days of spirited driving.If you cab find it, there's a product called wheel wax ( or something like that) that will make brake dust removal much easier.
FYI, no one I know of in competition actually runs carbon fiber wheels.. never seen a single one.I've seen some discussion of it from some of the GT500 guys who are coming to the harsh realiziation that their pretty carbon fiber wheels are hard to see after a few days of spirited driving.