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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-05-2008, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Unmatched Tires-Is this a problem

I purchased two rear tire from Sector111; they just arrived. I ordered Yokohamas and they sent me Toyos.

Is it a bad idea to run Yokohamas on the front and Toyos on the back? Or do I need to send these back?

I suspected there would be trouble when the 111 chick on the phone didn't know that tires come in different sizes. Sector111 screws me again...
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send them back, they pay for all the shipping , and get what you ordered.
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As long as they are the right size and they are the same left and right, it dosn't matter if the front and back are different.
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As long as they are the right size and they are the same left and right, it dosn't matter if the front and back are different.
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The Toyos and Yokohamas have different costs. You didn't get screwed, did ya?

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As long as they are the right size and they are the same left and right, it dosn't matter if the front and back are different.
I'd disagree with you on that. Different handling characteristics on different ends of the car (especially one like these) is not something I'm looking for. I'm sure that if you do a bit of research, you might find a good number of opinions that differ with yours when it comes to performance cars and tires. fishguy's right, IMHO.
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To some extent it depends on your plans with the tires and why the (possibly) difference in opinions.

If you are talking street driving and not pushing the car, the change in grip from the tires heating up should not really be an issue. If you are doing anything that pushes the tires (track days, autocross, or spirited street/canyon driving), then the rate of the tires heating up certainly does matter and one should be very careful about mixing tires.

Simply put, you can have a situation where one end gets better grip than the other which will cause understeer (if it the rear gripping better) or oversteer (if it is the front). Oversteer specially can be problematic on this car if you drive near 10/10ths.

There are some very shady characters in the Lotus retail and aftermarket business.
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i have never talked to anyone (elise/exige) with different tire types front/rear that were happy with the handling - do yourself a favour, and have them send you the "right" tires. otherwise you may be chasing mysterious handling issues.

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