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Tire Review: Toyo Proxes R888R

Fitment Industries Author | | May 15th, 2018 |

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    - What's going on, guys? Andrew here with a quick episode of Tire Talk for you. So, we finally have a autocross tire for you guys. We're gonna take a look at the Toyo Proxes, R888R. Now, these are actually gonna go on Alex's Porsche. He did a lot of research, looked into a lot of tires, and this is what he landed on. Of course, this is a extremely popular tire and if you've probably seen it before but you may not be familiar with it, it's a tire that can block, always runs on a lot of his vehicles, so the Focus, the Fiesta, the Mustang, all of his crazy Hoonigan cars are running this tire. So, we got a chance to see this one actually back at Cimas, saw a lot of cool Toyo videos and things, and the more we really looked into this, we thought, man, this is an absolutely killer tire we have to share with you guys. So, once Alex actually gets this on his vehicle and rips around a track, we'll try to do a follow-up video, so you can actually see how this thing performs on a track which is exactly what it's for. So, what Toyo did in mind here was to try to make a tire for the autocross individaul or track enthusiast to be able to slap 'em on your vehicle, drive right to the track and not have to worry about swapping tires and messing around with that headache. Now, we're looking at a absolutely massive 305/30/19, so these are the rears for Alex's Porsche, so once again we'll follow up with that. But to jump into the tire right away, you can get this in an 13-20 inch application so there's a bunch of different sizes. We'll rattle 'em off across the bottom of the screen here so you guys can see. There's a ton to choose from, so depending on what kind of vehicle you have, or what kind of wheel setup you have, there's and absolutely ton to choose from. Now, this is a semi-slick tire, so you're not gonna see a lot of really aggressive tread designs going on. It's not like your really aggressive aesthetic tire like you see with the Toyo Proxes 4 or the T1R where you have all sorts of crazy V-shaped things going on. There's just a larger contact patch, these really massive sipes here. Of course, water evacuation to get through there, a massive shoulder block on this thing. Now, the R888R is gonna have a lots differ side low on this one. This is not a tire that you're gonna want to stretch and do the whole stands thing.

    This is a tire that's absolutely made to be ran at the proper size for that wheel. Like I said, it's for the track. You don't want to be doing a lot of crazy stretch stuff for this one. Softer compound on this guy, so it's extremely grippy, and this is one of those tires of course that I wouldn't really recommend it as an absolute daily driver tire. It can be used as that, but it's typically aimed at sports cars, so if you're pulling it out, you want to drive it to work, hit the track after, I mean that's exactly what this thing is designed for. So, the tire itself is gonna have to heat up. It's not a tire where it's like an all-season where you just jump out there. It's a colder temperature, you can rip around. You're gonna have to let this bad boy heat up. So, from what I've seen in a lot of people's videos, I went out to kind of watch a lot of other reviews to see what people were saying, because I've never personally drove this tire, but I'm extremely exited to see what Alex thinks of this one after he's ripping around on a track in the Porsche.

    So, after about half a lap is kind of what the conclusion I'm seeing, about half a lap time ripping around these things will heat up to the optimum temperature, to the optimum grip you're gonna need to tear around that track. Now, dry traction and wet traction once again, kind of a controversial topic. Toyo, on their website, has a dry traction listed as a 4.5, which I think is actually pretty awesome. And then, once you jump in to the wet traction, they have it listed as a four. So, on a 5-scale, I would say it's about 50/50. Wet traction on this one is still pretty solid. So, what do you have to pay for a set of these? It's a little bit higher price point for this tire, but of course, who would want to hit the track, or use an autocross tire that was inexpensive? So, you're gonna pay a little bit more for a set of these bad boys. They are on the website, so if you want to see what sizes that they do come in, and if the application is available for your car, cruise out to fitmentindustries.com, and we will hook you up on a set of these. Now, speed rating for these guys, it's a V speed rating, so 149 miles an hour, which is more than enough to get you going where you need to go. You guys have any additional questions, drop 'em in the comment box below. Let us know what you guys think of this tire, if you are running them, and of course, we will try to do a follow-up video for you guys on this thing rippin' around the track, and see how it actually performs in person. Catch you guys next week, peace.