Have you GYLO'd?
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
I just went thru the long process of researching to buy new tires for my 2007 Elise. I looked at all the threads, everywhere. The Star Specs got a lot of praise. What I found, when I looked at Tire Rack, was that there are exactly TWO sizes available in that tire - 185/60R14's and 245/45ZR18's. Not a fit on my 16"/17" LSS wheels. All I can think is, they must be phasing out that tires, if that's the only sizes they have.
Complicating things further, my 2007 has the narrower front LSS wheels than was on the 2005 Elise, so even a 205 tire might rub the fender liners.
I certainly don't want to dull down the handling excessively (though I did trade the original Yoko A048's for AD07's when I bought the car new). The first rear AD07's lasted almost 18,000 miles, but the second set got less than 10K miles. I finally opted for the Dunlop DZ101's, since they were the only non-all-season tire I could get (apart from the A048's) in the correct, OEM sizes, 195/50R16 and 225/45R17.
If I had my wish, I'd have been able to get the proper size for the car (and the 'LTS' version) in the Yokohama AD07's, or maybe in the AD08's. I sent an email to Yokohama's site, and never got a response. I'm afraid that it will become more and more difficult to get the sizes and types of tires we want as time goes on. One big negative to having a fairly rare car. (I'm very happy with all the positives, though!)
I don't track the car, but autocross once a year. I understand that I am trading some traction for a bit more tread life. The original A048's wear rating is 60, my AD07's was 180. The Star Specs (if I could find one that fits) are 200 - 220. My DZ101's are 300. I could have just gone with the Yoko AD07's again - I do like them. However, the compromise was that AD07's only come in a 175 for the fronts, so I am giving up two tires sizes from OEM. Also, the DZ101's are not much more than half the cost of the Yoko's. If it turns out I don't like them, it will be less painful to switch later. I barely have 35 miles on the new Dunlops, so no opinion on them yet.
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Last edited by rcollum; 03-11-2014 at 03:47 AM.