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This is a discussion on The Autocross Thread within the Focus RS Racing forums, part of the Focus RS Garage category; Originally Posted by StealthRS If a RS wins DS class at Nats this year I wonder if it changes classes again next year (back to ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthRS View Post
    If a RS wins DS class at Nats this year I wonder if it changes classes again next year (back to BS)? Or maybe we'll see more BS cars migrate to DS? So far it's dominating in Pro's and also has a nice record in Tours (2 wins each for the RS and CTR). It certainly is the car to have this year.
    It will stay in DS. The class participation has been strong. - I’m curious as to how many show at Nats


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    Yeah, I don't run in DS locally. I was thinking I would as there were some people there, but then the RS got moved (may have been beating them in Pax from BS) and the class became a vacuum. So, I'm hopped over to a local pax class called Competition, right now it will be a battle to win with the STX 08 Civic Si in there. But, that is what I wanted, to have to earn the little trophies, not get a participation award.

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    I do love how this move to DS is hyping up the competition! I bet there will be a good amount, or even a majority, of RS owners at Nats thinking they will at least walk away with a trophy. I sure hope it's true but I have seen the disappoint happen in CS when the new miata was the dominant car. I am hoping DS is a pretty large class at Nats as I was part of the CS crew when there were 86 drivers or something and that was a blast!

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    Took me a while to be convinced, but DS makes sense for most of the cars in DS (the twins are screwed, IMO) because they're all fairly similar. I'm still convinced having driven even more of the ex-BS/new DS cars this weekend that they had the pace for BS, but to get rid of some course dependency, they belong in DS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocWalt View Post
    Took me a while to be convinced, but DS makes sense for most of the cars in DS (the twins are screwed, IMO) because they're all fairly similar. I'm still convinced having driven even more of the ex-BS/new DS cars this weekend that they had the pace for BS, but to get rid of some course dependency, they belong in DS.
    Twins to ES! Lol maybe once they are 10 years old or more.

    The 350z in DS makes sense too but again probably outclassed. If a car is 15 years old wouldn't it fit into the "very affordable older sports cars with an emphasis on low cost entry and acceptable availability"?

    All of this gets thrown out since the Rx8 didn't move and was proven to still be competitive in CS... Unfortunately by one skilled driver.

    With a good setup, optimal conditions, and great driver I bet the twins could hold their own just at a narrow window of operation. So basically screwed haha.

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    Hey all, a couple of questions about the RE-71Rs. I just got a set on Friday. 255/35/18 mounted to Assetto Gara 8". As reported by others, they had a very difficult time mounting them to that wheel, & it took almost 2 hours to get it done.

    I drove my first event of the year yesterday & wanted to know what others are running for tire pressure. Last year I ran 2 events that were my first ever AX events & I was running on my (street) PS4S tires. I found that running in drift mode seemed to work the best in terms of getting the rear to come around with that setup. Yesterday, I found that the tail was more eager to come around in with the RE71Rs & I never really played with the tire pressure much except to set it at about 38 all around. The fronts were building heat & pressure a lot more than the rears. Any thoughts? I was thinking that less in the rear would help it stick more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwnerd View Post
    Hey all, a couple of questions about the RE-71Rs. I just got a set on Friday. 255/35/18 mounted to Assetto Gara 8". As reported by others, they had a very difficult time mounting them to that wheel, & it took almost 2 hours to get it done.

    I drove my first event of the year yesterday & wanted to know what others are running for tire pressure. Last year I ran 2 events that were my first ever AX events & I was running on my (street) PS4S tires. I found that running in drift mode seemed to work the best in terms of getting the rear to come around with that setup. Yesterday, I found that the tail was more eager to come around in with the RE71Rs & I never really played with the tire pressure much except to set it at about 38 all around. The fronts were building heat & pressure a lot more than the rears. Any thoughts? I was thinking that less in the rear would help it stick more?
    Track mode is best , and TP around 37/35 range


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    I ran the RE71s at F35/R32 based on the recommendation of other fast street drivers. Dropped them down after each run.

    You'll get shoulder roll/squish, but overall wear was fine as long as I flipped tires inside to out by remounting them after about 50-60 runs during the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBaron80 View Post
    Track mode is best , and TP around 37/35 range


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    I second that. Drift mode is a joke in autocross. It's trying to put power to the outside rear wheel to induce a slide... Horrible way to go faster.

    I still really dislike my 265 re71r but I am getting used to it. The 245 were just so much sharper even with lower pressures. Either way I tend to run about 38 front 36 rear generally lowering them throughout the runs. Still looking for my sweet spot but this will do for now.

    All of this should be taken with a grain of salt as everyone has a differnt driving style. Some might want more pressure in the rear but I haven't tried it so I can't comment on it.

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    Okay, I will give all of that a try the next time out. I only got 5 runs yesterday & never felt like 1) I could get the course pulled in, & 2) could not get a good feel for what was working with the car. Need more seat time than that. :/
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