Toyo 888 superior to Kumho's !

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  1. Neil - UK

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    Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    Spoke to Nadine who recently tried this new tire around Silverstone, Nad reckoned it was far superior than the Kumho's she's been using for the last couple of years and now is a Toyo convert and wont go back to Kumho's, they're cheap too!

    no 17's" though, road legal track tire

    http://www.toyo.co.uk/page.php?sitemap_id=377&identity=r888_image

    Designed by Toyo's Motorsport Team, the Proxes R888 gives true grip on the track and is road-legal, so you can also drive home on it.

    Our new track day tyre is the road legal Proxes R888. Design by our motorsport team using high tech computer systems has resulted in an outstanding compound that delivers perfect results in the dry and wet. The medium soft compound has performed significantly better than soft compound competitor tyres.
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    What size tires did Nadine use? I can't find any Big sizes.
    Later,
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    You say they're cheap? Anyone have a price? Where's JonB? :) That was the big thing about the Kumho's for me, you could just about buy two sets for the price of one set of Michelin PS2's.
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    Im in for a set... where can u get them in the US?
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    Those are really nice. I wonder if the rim protector would reach around on stock viper wheels. Big question as Mr. Fang asked, are they avail in the states???
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    I talked to my Toyo Dealer - a friend for many years. This about 5-6 hours ago. He called his supplier, and was told they (Proxes R888)are not currently imported to the US and didn't know when they would be available here.
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    I found this:
    http://www.toyo.co.uk/tyresales.php

    Shows cost and order - from TOYO UK

    Don't know if the price is Euro or GBPounds

    1.00 GBP = 1.96829 USD

    1.00 EUR = 1.32770 USD

    Later.
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    making enquires for costs and some pics, i wouldnt go by the internet prices (£UK GBP)
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    heh... how about a group buy from the UK to have shipped to the US? :D

    My guess is some DOT red tape thats keeping them from being sold here. :(
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    anything is possible it just needs someone to take the reins and sort it all out, our last US group buys here were a load of Mobil 1 and headers

    i guess the toyos will slowly filter across to US shores, going by the Kumhos we had them here for about 12 months before they started to appear for sale in the US
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    Do they come in size 355-19"? what's the widest 18" tire?
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    its all in the link i posted, 18's only 335 max
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    Nad said:
    Toyo's should last longer miles than Kumho for road use overall. Also, they are only better than the Kumhos after several track laps as the Kumhos can't take the heat very well lap after lap.(This is refering to the Kumho V700, not the V710 which are surperb DOT tyres that JonB supplys)

    Using the Kumho's for hill climbs and sprints as they are much softer and heat up faster, (just a few minutes long competitions) and the Toyo's for longer sessions

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    Toyo 295's on ACR rims, and Comp Coupe BBS one piece magnesium rims.
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    I'm no tire engineer, but it's wierd how there not a whole lot of treads on the tire... looks like it wouldn't handle well in the rain.
     
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    I contacted:
    ToyoTech
    Technical Department
    Toyo Tire USA Corporation

    direct via Email and received this back:

    Later,
     
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    Toyo RA-1's are a fantastic tire that the World Challenge Vipers run........and they are DOT legal.
     
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    Red,
    Yes, the RA-1's are a great tire, but there must be some reason to build the R888. Looking at the tread, perhaps better in the DRY?
    Also, wouldn't they have to be DOT legal before they could be available here?

    Later,
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    I was think the same thing. Cool looking tire, but can they handle the wet?
     
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    Re: Toyo 888 superior to Kumho\'s !

    You mean you drive your Viper in the rain? That is absurd :)
     
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    I wonder if they tear up your sidesills like the Kumhos?
     
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    I saw some of the prices in the states and I don't think they're cheap. I saw some prices in the $400 range for rear sizes.
     
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    I see them in the US for about $400 as well. Anyone else with real live experience? My car is a pretty high hp supercharged daily driver that only sees rain if there is an unexpected shower. In the dry, Pilots are like ice skating, BF drag radials can keep a good bit of power to the ground, but are terrible in the corners. My Kumho V700 have less traction than the drag radials, take the corners very well, but are very ugly on stock rims with no protective bead. So what I'm looking for is anyone that has first hand info on these tires in a similar situation to mine.
     

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