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Exige LSS Wheels on an Elise

I have the opportunity to get a set of LSS wheels w/tires from and Exige and want to put them on my Elise. The tires on the LSS wheels are 205/50/16 and 245/45/17.

Any issue fitting the LSS's directly onto my Elise?

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You *should* have no issues at stock height, but both of those size tires are wrong. Try to get the wheels for less without the tires, and get the correct size. I can advise you on the exact tires you need per your use, just PM me.

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Willy - Echoing VisualEchos. Wheels should fit fine (I have Exige wheels on my Elise). Tires are a maybe, high likelihood of slight rubbing on the fender liners (front).

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Thanks for the advice. However aren’t the 245/45/17 the stock rear size for the Elise?

Sorry I can’t PM anyone yet since I’m new to this board.

Is the issue with the fronts that they may be a bit too tall or too wide? I think the Elise sports pack cars get 195/50/16’s so the fronts I’m looking at must be 10mm wider and 5mm taller, right?

However, my car does not have the sports package.

Thanks again fir any advice.
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Thanks for the advice. However arenít the 245/45/17 the stock rear size for the Elise?

Sorry I canít PM anyone yet since Iím new to this board.

Is the issue with the fronts that they may be a bit too tall or too wide? I think the Elise sports pack cars get 195/50/16ís so the fronts Iím looking at must be 10mm wider and 5mm taller, right?

However, my car does not have the sports package.

Thanks again fir any advice.
stock rear is 225/45/17, at 245, you should probably have 245/40/17

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Thanks for the advice. However arenít the 245/45/17 the stock rear size for the Elise?

Sorry I canít PM anyone yet since Iím new to this board.

Is the issue with the fronts that they may be a bit too tall or too wide? I think the Elise sports pack cars get 195/50/16ís so the fronts Iím looking at must be 10mm wider and 5mm taller, right?

However, my car does not have the sports package.

Thanks again fir any advice.
Stock Elise tires are 175/55/16 and 225/45/17.
Stock Exige tires are 195/50/16 (which are more like 205's) and 225/45/17 (which are more like 235's)

Remember that there is no standardization when it comes to tires, so every 175/185/205/etc is actually different.

Many have run a front 205 and rear 245 without issue, but it depends on the specific make/model of tire, and your ride height and alignment settings what can and can't be done.

Again, WRONG size tires, buy the wheels without them and we'll help you get the correct tires.

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As others have said, the tires on front and rear are too tall. They will fit, but have potential to rub at full lock or in cornering depending on your cars alignment and ride height. If you drive like a granny and your car is setup in a way to accept the tires this package might work for you... but I'd be more inclined to try and nab the wheels alone.

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The Exige wheels were the wheels that came with an Elise with Sport Pack option. The tires that came with them were 195 front and 225 rear. Read my blog to learn more about tire selection: HERE

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I made a mistake and the rear tires are the 225 not the 245.
So I feel confident in the size of the rear tires just wondering about the fronts now.

Thanks for everyones help and Im very excited to drive this new-to-me car back to SF from AZ this week.

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205/45/16 front and 245/40/17 rear are the typical goto sizes. I run AD08R in that size with no issue. 205/50/16 and 245/45/17 might be too tall as others have mentioned, but I don’t have any personal experience with those sizes

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