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I've been wanting to try out the Federal 595RS-R for over 2 years now, but every time I need tires, these are always on nationwide backorder. My current Falken RT615K are toast, so I decided to see if I could get my hands on these. Finally they are available!

Anyway, I noticed they do not come in stock size for the Evo X (245/40/18). The two closest sizes are 235/40/18 and 245/35/18. I've plugged them into the tire calculator and it seems that the 245/35/18 will be about .5" shorter on the sidewall. The 235/40/18 will only be .2" shorter on the sidewall. Neither of these is really ideal. Also, I never like to run narrower than stock tires, but I've read that these particular tires run very wide, so I think a 235 in this tire will be closer to a 245 normal section width.

What do you guys think? Should I go 235/40 or 245/35?
 

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Don't get either. Get something in the right size. You'll regret it otherwise.
 

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Hell, I ran 265/35's on my stockers for half a year, even raced on them. What does the right size mean, stock only?
 

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Can you substantiate this claim? To me this means nothing.
Ok. 235s are too small on a 3600 lb car, and 245/35 have too small of a diameter. It'll look stupid. Just get decent tires in the right size IMO. Even 255/35 would work I believe.
 

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And just to add, I run 235/40 in my snow tires, and I regret it. It's like being on 4 donuts lol.
 

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Ok. 235s are too small on a 3600 lb car, and 245/35 have too small of a diameter. It'll look stupid. Just get decent tires in the right size IMO. Even 255/35 would work I believe.
Like I said, the 235 rs-r is not too narrow. It runs VERY wide and has the section width of a normal 245.
 

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Hell, I ran 265/35's on my stockers for half a year, even raced on them. What does the right size mean, stock only?
I decided to just get another set of Hankook RS-3. I've really been wanting to try the 595RS-R since I had my S2000 a few years ago, but they have always been impossible to find. Anyway, I talked to the guys who run the race program at City Tire (the only 595RS-R distributor I could find). They said that they are a great tire for the money, but the RS-3 is 3-4 seconds faster on a heavier car like the Evo. The 595RS-Rs were going to cost me $740 shipped, and I got a set of RS-3s for the same price shipped. It just seemed like the better choice. Oh well. Maybe I'll give them a shot when I pick up another S2000.
 

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I decided to just get another set of Hankook RS-3. I've really been wanting to try the 595RS-R since I had my S2000 a few years ago, but they have always been impossible to find. Anyway, I talked to the guys who run the race program at City Tire (the only 595RS-R distributor I could find). They said that they are a great tire for the money, but the RS-3 is 3-4 seconds faster on a heavier car like the Evo. The 595RS-Rs were going to cost me $740 shipped, and I got a set of RS-3s for the same price shipped. It just seemed like the better choice. Oh well. Maybe I'll give them a shot when I pick up another S2000.
They are a great tire, keep in mind they start with 8.8/32 tread...Star Spec's are 10/32 and the RS-3's have a lower treadwear rating. I don't know how the RS-3's are DD but racing they are badass. Most of the guys I race with that use R-comp and slicks drive up on Star Spec's and swap the wheels. I would hazard to guess those are their DD tires.
 
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