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post #141 of 181 (permalink) Old 05-22-2018, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Another shot of the 17's up front. Adore them.


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The look of the 17" rims is also superior to the 16" IMHO. The 16 have a sharp curve to them that detracts a bit. Now I wish i had the 17" in front too.

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The look of the 17" rims is also superior to the 16" IMHO. The 16 have a sharp curve to them that detracts a bit. Now I wish i had the 17" in front too.
That's what initially turned me off to the Monolite. I love the rear, but the front design didn't match, and just looks weird beside the 17.

4 17's or 4 16's is the ticket, IMO, just for balance.

But having 4 17's is not without its issues. This car basically requires 1.5" of rake from front to back to look and handle correct. And that's a LOT, considering where the measurements are taken.

The tires I chose, the Yokohama AD08R, has a front 215 that is 23.7", and a rear tire that is 24.3", which gives me .6 of rake. So basically I'm an inch away from stock.

The car drives FINE like this, but visually it looks weird, like the rear is squatting.

I chose these tire sizes because overall the sidewall and fitments match perfectly. I could have chosen the 245 for the rear, giving me slightly more rake, but at the expense of more tire sidewall and bulge.

So what does this mean? It means the car has to be dropped an inch in the front to look and handle more like stock. So at a minimum you'd need a suspension that could be dropped at least an inch, which is a LOT on a Lotus. And beyond that, now you have no fender gap at all in the front, and an inch in the rear.

So, is it perfect? No. Is it easy? No. Is it inexpensive? No. But to my eyes it's unquestionably better than the standard 16/17. And the car drives fantastic.

I also like having the only set of 17/17 Monolites .

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New 240R's in high-power silver.


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How many rims do u have?

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How many rims do u have?
At the moment I have...

2 sets of high-power silver 240R wheels
1 set of silver 17/17 Champion Monolites
1 set of black Euro Y-Type original Exige wheels

Working a deal on a set of black 240R wheels.

I always have about 6 sets, I'm a bit low at the moment .
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I just can't get over how nice this combo looks. The 17" Monolite really just making those brakes pop. DREAMING of getting this combo on the rear.


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Went to the St. Louis European Auto Show today. Fielded questions all day long, great fun. Unfortunately I had the only Lotus in the show. There were 2 Elise's in the parking lot, but they missed registration.


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Some unobtainium parts pix coming soon...

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Had to do some Summer cleaning in the basement, so the Exige got to sit outside for a bit. Perfect opportunity for a snap .


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Always wanted a set of original Exige Y-Types, and finally got a full set about a month back. 2 were new, and the other two slightly used, but they had been refinished in a metallic gray, so I had them all powder-coated to the original semi-gloss black. Well, needless to say they turned out FABULOUS, and since they were the original Cup car wheels I had planned to keep them. But then another deal came up, as deals do, so I sold them. But before that I snapped a few pix. OEM BBK barely fits over these!





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Sick pictures!!! I always enjoy looking at your pictures!!!!!
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I'm lucky enough to have some great county roads very near my home, so pretty much every weekend I get to enjoy the Exige. I raised the front up just a bit so I could drive it harder without rubbing, so today's drive was pretty damn awesome. It's a crying shame that no one import's the correct size front AD08R for you guys using 16's, I am thoroughly enjoying them. Really, best road tire I've ever used. Probably why Lotus chose them for the Elise in the UK.


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What size is proper? I think they are available in England.


45 225/45R16 89W
F7317 4968814843106 F B 75

16 45 205/45R16 83W
F7365 4968814843762 F B 75

16 45 215/45R16 86W
F7366 4968814843779 F B 75

16 45 205/45R16 83W
R2527 4968814926328 F B 70

16 45 215/45R16 86W
R2528 4968814926335 F B 70
16 45 225/45R16 89W
R2529 4968814926342 F B 70

16 50 205/50R16 87V
F7343 4968814843366 F B 75

16 50 225/50R16 92V
F7345 4968814843564 F B 75

16 50 205/50R16 87V
R2530 4968814926359 F B 70

16 50 225/50R16 92V
R2531 4968814926366 F B 70

16 55 205/55R16 91V
R2532 4968814926373 F B 70


https://www.yokohama.co.uk/Tyres/Car...product)/AD08R

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What size is proper? I think they are available in England.


45 225/45R16 89W
F7317 4968814843106 F B 75

16 45 205/45R16 83W
F7365 4968814843762 F B 75

16 45 215/45R16 86W
F7366 4968814843779 F B 75

16 45 205/45R16 83W
R2527 4968814926328 F B 70

16 45 215/45R16 86W
R2528 4968814926335 F B 70
16 45 225/45R16 89W
R2529 4968814926342 F B 70

16 50 205/50R16 87V
F7343 4968814843366 F B 75

16 50 225/50R16 92V
F7345 4968814843564 F B 75

16 50 205/50R16 87V
R2530 4968814926359 F B 70

16 50 225/50R16 92V
R2531 4968814926366 F B 70

16 55 205/55R16 91V
R2532 4968814926373 F B 70


https://www.yokohama.co.uk/Tyres/Car...product)/AD08R
205/45/16

And of course they are available in England, they come on the Elise!

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Sasco Sports brought in tires for my hot rod Elan. Amazingly good Dunlops.

Maybe they can arrange some of the above in its container.

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Sasco Sports brought in tires for my hot rod Elan. Amazingly good Dunlops.

Maybe they can arrange some of the above in its container.
It would be great for the Lotus community for someone to import them regularly to make them available. Many people want a great street tire, but because of sizing they end up going with the ancient AD07, or a tire that doesn't suit the car or their driving style as well. It's slightly wide for the stock Elise front wheel, but works very well, adding front grip (reducing understeer) without having to add negative camber via shim removal or V2 arms. Best performance enhancement available for the car IMO.

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Considering doing something really strange with my black set of 240R wheels. Not going to make ANY friends with this one, but hey, it's not like that has ever stopped me.

Thinking of doing 17's up front, and getting the rear 17's made 1" wider. So they'd be 17x8 & 17x9. I think the 215/40 and 235/40 fits really well on those sizes.

Just considering. I know, I know, blasphemy.


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Considering doing something really strange with my black set of 240R wheels. Not going to make ANY friends with this one, but hey, it's not like that has ever stopped me.



Thinking of doing 17's up front, and getting the rear 17's made 1" wider. So they'd be 17x8 & 17x9. I think the 215/40 and 235/40 fits really well on those sizes.



Just considering. I know, I know, blasphemy.





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Where would you get something like that done? I've seen it once, TurboPhil has a set of Toybox wheels that have been widened, so clearly it can be done. I'd be terrified to hand over my cup wheels though. I'm interested in hearing about how this goes if you decide to do it!

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