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@Phisaac posted:

Any recommendations for tires for my JPS 356?

Stan is "spot on" with his assessment of the Vred Sportrac5. I've been running 185/65R15 Sportrac5's on my Speedy for over a year and they've been GREAT!             Take note, though, they're DRY tires but if you're like me that's not a big deal. I NEVER put those tires in the rain...and I even avoid puddles. I see you're in Florida, so you should get in touch with 301tires in No. Miami Beach: call Michael (cell: 561-260-7020) and tell him you're with the SOC and there's a chance of a "deal." Whatever happens, you should certainly be able to avoid shipping charges.

"Vred is a Dutch company, and unknown to almost everybody outside of this little hobby"

Unless, of course, you live in Europe.  Vredstein is the Goodyear of the Netherlands, been around for over 100 years and making everything from auto and truck tires, to heavy equipment and even bicycle and motorcycle tires.  Really good company making very good products.  It has been Indian owned (Apollo) since 2005 or so, but has been managed by the same Euro team as before the acquisition.

"Vred is a Dutch company, and unknown to almost everybody outside of this little hobby"

Unless, of course, you live in Europe.  Vredstein is the Goodyear of the Netherlands, been around for over 100 years and making everything from auto and truck tires, to heavy equipment and even bicycle and motorcycle tires.  Really good company making very good products.  It has been Indian owned (Apollo) since 2005 or so, but has been managed by the same Euro team as before the acquisition.

You only know about it because they've always made killer bicycle tires, el Gordo.

I was going to order Vredstein 165/R15 for my speedster.  Was telling my buddy this last night.  He mentioned he prefers AVON on his Ferraris, Morgans and Healeys, specifically the AVON CR6ZZ, or the Michelin XZX.  

The AVON's appear quite expensive (right up a Ferrari owner's alley)  The Michelins are budget friendly.  

I didn't know if anyone has luck with either the AVON's or Michelins.  He made the AVON's to be the best thing since sliced bread.  

From the reviews I read on the AVON's, it is suggested these are superior on the track and far less superior on the road.

I ran the Avons for a while on my Intermeccanica.  This is before I want to the Subaru turbo engine and wider tires.  They are absolutely the best thing since sliced bread.  There is a compound for the street you need to specify when you order.  They are ultra soft like stated above but if you're only driving 50 to 75mi or so a week they're still going to get 3-4 years out of them.  And, they look so freaking cool. 

For what it’s worth I ended up replacing the Pirelli 185/15’s that came with my VS with the Vredestein Sprint Classic 165/15’s. This week was a “coming out party” of sorts for the new rubber......putting almost a 1000 miles on them in a week.
first impressions?  I like the 165’s. Steering is much easier. And the ride appears to be smoother. Running the car on the highway at 3,500-4,000 brought me higher speeds.
The downside was definitely cornering. I spent the past few days trying to find it’s breaking point. But that was a bit challenging, as two or the four days I had a passenger....and the car behaved much differently with the added weight of an adult passenger.

THIS^^^ Every bit of that last sentence! My wife is very small, there isn't a lot of difference between solo running and with my wife in the right seat. She isn't much over 100 pounds.

However, there is a big difference with an extra 100-150 pounds above my wife and I. I did a track day and my instructor was at least 250. It didn't affect the braking so much, and the inside ballast helped on all the righthanders at LRP(there is only one left: named The Left Hander). I could definitely feel the difference in acceleration.

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