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jprockjr 10-04-2016 11:11 AM

jprockjr - 2009 Lotus Exige S240 (wheel/tire/suspension/brakes)
 
All - The purpose of this thread is to document my different setups on the car. I will cover wheel, tire, suspension, and brakes that I have purchased and experimented with. Hoping this saves folks time and money. A lot of my experimentation came from not finding answers on the internet. I will continue to add information to the thread as I continue to find answers to my questions. I also want a location where I can store my pictures.

Vehicle: 2009 Lotus Exige S240 (4 of 14)
Wheels: OEM/Toybox/TE37SL
Tires: Yokohoma AO48, Toyo R888 (several sizes)
Brakes: OEM S240 BBK, AP Racing 4-wheel BBK
Suspension: OEM Bilstein Track Pack, Fred's Penske 2-way, 500F/700R (stock aero)

I will post pictures and try to be as specific as I can with with the setup. I have not tracked the car with any of these setups. I plan to track the car sooner than later. I weigh ~200 lb and usually have a passenger who weights ~200 lb.

jprockjr 10-04-2016 11:30 AM

Setup
Wheels: OEM Wheels 16x6 ET+31 Front, 17x7.5 ET+38 Rear
Tires: OEM Yokohoma AO48 195/50/16 Front, 225/45/17 Rear
Suspension: OEM Bilstein Track Pack
Brakes: OEM S240 BBK

Note: Vehicle was equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor (TPMS).

Picture before purchasing the car
http://i.imgur.com/VxTqx.jpg

Picture of Delivery
http://i.imgur.com/k3hSgWz.jpg

Some of my fav pictures
http://i.imgur.com/M4hPY5C.png
http://i.imgur.com/s4YwgKf.png
http://i.imgur.com/tW0LWFa.jpg

jprockjr 10-04-2016 11:35 AM


CruzrMM 10-04-2016 11:42 AM

Thank you for taking the time to share this information. :up:

Having a known set of specifications will allow for further extrapolation if slightly different wheels/offset/tire size are considered.

Finally, a reliable reference! :clap:

jprockjr 10-04-2016 11:53 AM

Setup
Wheels: Outer Plus Toybox Hethel Wheels 16x7 ET+22 Front, 17x8 ET+35 Rear
Tires: Toyo R888 195/50/16 Front, 255/40/17 Rear
Suspension: Fred's Penske 2-way shocks , 500F/700R (stock aero)
Brakes: OEM S240 BBK

Thought the rear tire sidewall looked small compared to front. So I went to a 255/40. Folks on the forums said it didn't fit. It worked for me. No spacers. Sidewall on R888 also bulged less.

http://i.imgur.com/SMykbhc.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4Gany0a.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qX8eBO1.png
http://i.imgur.com/AL4dj7l.png
http://i.imgur.com/Uf4TJh9.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/la6VVg0.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DipIYtT.jpg

jprockjr 10-04-2016 12:03 PM

Setup
Wheels: Outer Plus Toybox Hethel Wheels 16x7 ET+22 Front, 17x8 ET+35 Rear
Tires: Toyo R888 195/50/16 Front, 235/45/17 Rear
Suspension: Fred's Penske 2-way shocks, 500F/700R (stock aero)
Brakes: AP Racing 4-wheel BBK

Rear Toybox wheels do not clear brakes. They required a ~10.8 mm spacer and this leaves about 2 mm of brake clearance. I was forced to downsize tires from 255/40 to 235/45. Wanted a meatier tire. Prob my favorite setup. No rubbing but clearance is tight.

http://i.imgur.com/mH3At0p.png
http://i.imgur.com/ct7WmdQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/j1SZdFK.jpg

EricH 10-04-2016 01:06 PM

Jprockjr,

1) Thanks - if this thread has 1/2 the data as it does beautiful pictures it will be great! Seriously thanks for documenting your experiences.

2) Please Please Please do track your car to verify what works or not. That is the only way to safely test and verify the set up works. Some things might work 99% on the street -then that one bump or that one evasive maneuver will take out your fender/clam or cut the sidewall of the tire.

jprockjr 10-04-2016 01:12 PM

Setup
Wheels: Volk Racing TE37 SL Wheels 16x7.5 ET+35 Front, 17x8.5 ET+33 Rear
Tires: Toyo R888 225/45/16 Front, 255/40/17 Rear
Suspension: Fred's Penske 2-way shocks, 500F/700R (stock aero)
Brakes: AP Racing 4-wheel BBK

Note: Did not use Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors, used Rays stem valves.

Shoutout to member VoiceOfReason for the wheels. Wheels were new unmounted. They were part of this group-buy. The wheels clear the AP Racing 4-wheel BBK. Plenty of brake clearance. No spacers needed front/rear. Volk had specified it would not clear the BBK on the group-buy thread.

http://i.imgur.com/icCNnNU.png
http://i.imgur.com/vBvo8Q5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/i6R9Kdj.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Ri2W1NR.jpg

jprockjr 10-04-2016 01:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CruzrMM (Post 5139594)
Thank you for taking the time to share this information. :up:

Having a known set of specifications will allow for further extrapolation if slightly different wheels/offset/tire size are considered.

Finally, a reliable reference! :clap:

Thanks CruzMM. I'm tempted to try 235/45 on the Volk Rear next.

Quote:

Originally Posted by EricH (Post 5139698)
Jprockjr,

1) Thanks - if this thread has 1/2 the data as it does beautiful pictures it will be great! Seriously thanks for documenting your experiences.

2) Please Please Please do track your car to verify what works or not. That is the only way to safely test and verify the set up works. Some things might work 99% on the street -then that one bump or that one evasive maneuver will take out your fender/clam or cut the sidewall of the tire.

Thanks. I agree. Hoping to start tracking soon (this year). I have lots of pics so bare with me.

All - Just to be clear, these setups have been tested on the street only. The car drops an additional ~1/2 inch with a passenger and myself. I don't baby the car or slow down for bumps. I like the peace of mind of driving and enjoying the car on the street. So far no issues with the clam on street use only.

rb26dett 10-04-2016 02:00 PM

Damn it. I regret not buying those volks

machine.gun.kelly 10-04-2016 07:23 PM

One of the most import bits of information you have not shared with us is the wheel's offset. Can you update your posts with each wheel's offset? TIA

jprockjr 10-05-2016 04:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by machine.gun.kelly (Post 5140002)
One of the most import bits of information you have not shared with us is the wheel's offset. Can you update your posts with each wheel's offset? TIA

Added offsets and TPMS info. I also took pictures of parts on a scale to document weight, I need to go thru camera roll.

Turbopun 10-05-2016 07:12 AM

Your. Pix. Are. Gorgeous.

Also, awesome shop, yours?

shay2nak 10-05-2016 11:37 AM

dayum, son.

I like the fitment of the Volks.

Do you know the weights?

shinoo 10-05-2016 11:54 AM

Excellent pix!

The AP brakes are awesome as we first ran them on our '06 Exige. They stop - RIGHT NOW! It is worth noting that the handbrake is lost when you go with this upgrade.

http://www.sector111.com/images/prod...poster_SM2.jpg

On track you will rub with your set-up. The wheel well liners (especially fronts) are consumables on a track driven Lotus with lower ride height. Be prepared to raise the ride height a bit at the track.

jprockjr 10-06-2016 07:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Turbopun (Post 5140402)
Your. Pix. Are. Gorgeous.
Also, awesome shop, yours?

Thanks! It's my home garage.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shay2nak (Post 5140890)
dayum, son.

I like the fitment of the Volks.

Do you know the weights?

Good question. Thought it was on the GroupBuy thread, but going thru it, I only found an approximate of 11lbs/15lbs. I'll weigh them next time I change tires.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shinoo (Post 5140930)
Excellent pix!

The AP brakes are awesome as we first ran them on our '06 Exige. They stop - RIGHT NOW! It is worth noting that the handbrake is lost when you go with this upgrade.

http://www.sector111.com/images/prod...poster_SM2.jpg

On track you will rub with your set-up. The wheel well liners (especially fronts) are consumables on a track driven Lotus with lower ride height. Be prepared to raise the ride height a bit at the track.

Thanks Shinoo! Good to know. The Sector111 car in that pic inspired my build. Brakes are awesome despite losing the e-brake like you mentioned. Wish we had a solution. Been thinking of several ideas but haven't had time to test yet.

JDsales 10-10-2016 07:48 AM

I'm in the hunt for an optimum e-brake solution too, as I have the awesome BBK set up too. Should anyone have an ebrake setup they are happy with, would you be willing to share?

Thanks much!


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shay2nak 05-23-2018 12:43 PM

What are your alignment specs on the rear to get the 255s to fit? I couldn't get the right setup with 17x8 +32 Monolites.


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