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Yokohama A048 Question

I would like to replace just the rear tires and wanted to know what compound OE is equivalent to. Tire rack shows 3 A048, I believe they're OE, medium, and medium Hard. So is OE medium or medium hard.

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They are specific "LTS"

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They are specific "LTS"
I know they're 'LTS', however I wanted to know what they're 'Equivalent' to.

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I can't justify the extra cost for the LTS, I'm probably going with the medium.

No expert but I think our cars might be suited more for medium compound do to their weight. we can take advantage of the softer compound.

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I wouldn't mix tires. It'll lead to unpredictable handling characteristic.
Just replace all 4 with R888's. They'are more affordable, almost as good, and last longer.

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I agree the LTS is too pricey.

I'm not sure if there will be that much of a difference to mix tires as long it's an A048 that is close to the LTS compound and yes, have I thought of buying a full set of R888's as well.

I'm still debating my choices. Any additional suggestions are welcome!

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Ok, what about a set of Yokohama A08 for mostly street and little track time?


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Medium is close to LTS. Biggest difference is the belt construction.

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Be careful if you just replace the rears. The fronts may look fine, but can be past their usable life and putting new grippy rears on can lead to sketchy handling.

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Be careful if you just replace the rears. The fronts may look fine, but can be past their usable life and putting new grippy rears on can lead to sketchy handling.
Good point!

Looks like R888 are going to be the next set for me.

Before I pull the trigger, someone tell me about the a08 yokohama's. they're not r comps, but is it a good compromise. Will I be dissapointed with them after having the a048's?

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If you can find the GS compound

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I'm not a big fan of the A048; they're slippery on the street when cold and can't touch a Hoosier on the track. The R888's have good grip when they're at ambient temp on the street. I have R888's for my street tire and haven't been tempted to go back to the A048's again. Some people like the R888's on the track, I'm not one of them as I find they get too greasy for my liking after a few hot laps.

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'Some' say the LTS spec construction is 'lighter' as well, iirc..
Well, let us know how it works out.

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Since my car doesn't see the track all that often, I'll most likely go with the r888's.

Regarding the a08's, hkfever, talked about the GS compound. I didn't know that tire had compounds to choose from. Anymore info on these tires would be appreciated!

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I know that the OE A048's have a wear rating of 60, if that helps any. Perhaps you can compare that number. Hoosier A6's, for example, have a wear rating of 40, so the OE A048's are a little harder than that. I have not seen the designations of 'medium', etc.

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Since my car doesn't see the track all that often, I'll most likely go with the r888's.

Regarding the a08's, hkfever, talked about the GS compound. I didn't know that tire had compounds to choose from. Anymore info on these tires would be appreciated!

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Ok, what about a set of Yokohama A08 for mostly street and little track time?


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FWIW: I put on a pair of rear 08's last year and have 3.5k miles on them with little wear (1 HPDE, 3 autox, mostly street use).

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FWIW: I put on a pair of rear 08's last year and have 3.5k miles on them with little wear (1 HPDE, 3 autox, mostly street use).
How different are they to the a048's? Big or small for street use? Are the sidewalks as stiff?


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A08? never heard of this tire?

did you mean yokohama AD08?

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A08? never heard of this tire?

did you mean yokohama AD08?
Yes, sorry for the confusion.


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