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I was going thru the N/A Evora options with my local Lotus dealer but was sort of discouraged from going for the 19/20 tires (standard on the S). Said that it's more prone to bending due to bad roads.

So I'm curious to hear from Lotus Evora owners out there on 19/20's -- any problems with bent/twisted rims?



The option I was looking at: Design Wheel, Diamond Cut, forged (19 inch Front and 20 inch Rear)
 

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I was going thru the N/A Evora options with my local Lotus dealer but was sort of discouraged from going for the 19/20 tires (standard on the S). Said that it's more prone to bending due to bad roads.

So I'm curious to hear from Lotus Evora owners out there on 19/20's -- any problems with bent/twisted rims?



The option I was looking at: Design Wheel, Diamond Cut, forged (19 inch Front and 20 inch Rear)
That claim sounds a little far fetched, but I think most will agree that those rims look the best on the Evora. How bad can the roads be in Taiwan?
 

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That claim sounds a little far fetched, but I think most will agree that those rims look the best on the Evora. How bad can the roads be in Taiwan?
Thanks for the reply. I agree these rims look best and I've always gone OEM for all my cars. My previous BMW E60, the rims were 19" but really good -- M5 concave rims and took a super beating on the roads and track without bending for 4 years and until I traded to the newer BMW F10 which I opted for 20" Kelleners but although these are said to be forged, they're nowhere close to as strong as my old M5 rims were. I've had to have my front rims straightened twice the past year!

I'm just trying to make sure that these rims will be within spec for the Evora (non-S) before I order them......
 

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I think the only drawback to the 19/20 combo is the limited tire selection and increase in weight. They do look fabulous though.
 

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I have 5K miles on mine and no problems, but the tire selection is very limited, as invictus mentioned, and also very $$$. I would have foregone this option if I'd had a choice.
 

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I have 5K miles on mine and no problems, but the tire selection is very limited, as invictus mentioned, and also very $$$. I would have foregone this option if I'd had a choice.
Is that to say that you have 5K on the tires as well? How much tread left? Any track use?
 

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They're great but the really do not like kerbs or very low round-abouts. Stay well clear. In most cars the tyres will tale a lot of the contact, with these you have to extra careful with the wheels.
 

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Agrees with ACP, you really have to be careful with the curbs as there is no room for error.

I have 8500kms on them in Toronto, have driven them from good roads to gravel roads, no issues with bent rims or tire wear (more than 1/2 treads left on rear). Blend of city and highway driving. When the fears wear out I plan to go with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports, as if I remember correctly they have the right size, and those who have used the tire are raving about it.

Interesting note on the Michelin PSS, these tires are very very popular in Hong Kong; I've seen them on everything including minivans...


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Said that it's more prone to bending due to bad roads.
That's bull. The diamond cuts are forged and aren't going to bend unless you hit a hell of a pothole. The kind, unfortunately, like I've run in to here in New York City and which have claimed three rims on my 330xi over the years. Which is why I bought my Evora with a set of both 18/19 stealth classics for normal road use and a set of 19/20 diamond cuts for track and shows. The noise at speed with the larger wheels is much higher and the handling is stiffer--not jarring or uncomfortable, but definitely stiffer. And I agree with everyone else that they look better. But the real joy in those wheels is the phenomenal handling of the P Zero Corsas. Given the long drive from New York City to Orlando and the legendary roughness of Sebring, I put the classics on for the trip to LOG 32, but if I had the diamond cuts with the P Zero Corsas on I'm sure I could have shaved off 5-10 seconds on my laps at Sebring. Anyway, if you're not doing a lot of long trips at highway speed, you'll love the larger wheels and tires.
 

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That's bull. The diamond cuts are forged and aren't going to bend unless you hit a hell of a pothole. The kind, unfortunately, like I've run in to here in New York City and which have claimed three rims on my 330xi over the years. Which is why I bought my Evora with a set of both 18/19 stealth classics for normal road use and a set of 19/20 diamond cuts for track and shows. The noise at speed with the larger wheels is much higher and the handling is stiffer--not jarring or uncomfortable, but definitely stiffer. And I agree with everyone else that they look better. But the real joy in those wheels is the phenomenal handling of the P Zero Corsas. Given the long drive from New York City to Orlando and the legendary roughness of Sebring, I put the classics on for the trip to LOG 32, but if I had the diamond cuts with the P Zero Corsas on I'm sure I could have shaved off 5-10 seconds on my laps at Sebring. Anyway, if you're not doing a lot of long trips at highway speed, you'll love the larger wheels and tires.
My 20" Kelleners Hamburg rims (on my BMW) are forged too but I've had them straightened out twice already! No potholes, no curbs, just the normal rough roads that I drive on over here, probably similar to those in NJ/NY I would suppose... lol


Somehow forged are not created equal. I completely trust BBS/MTech forged but some of the other brands are not as strong.

This is why I was asking to see how people are doing with them so far. Sounds good so I'll go ahead and get them.
 

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If your roads are rough enough to bend a few forged rims then maybe reconsider, but then again a lot of people seem to have no problems with the diamond cuts. I just went with the extra set of classics because I was gun shy after blowing so many tires and rims here.
 

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Is that to say that you have 5K on the tires as well? How much tread left? Any track use?
Yes, I have the P Zero Corsas. Originally, I had them inflated to Lotus's recommended 35/38, and at 2400 miles, there was excessive wear in the centers of the rears. Decreased the pressures to 35 in the rears, and by 4K, I had a lot of wear on the inside part of the tire. At 5K, they're down nearly to the wear bars and need to be replaced, along with an alignment. Love the tires, but haven't decided if I want another set vs the regular P Zero's vs Michelin Pilot Super Sports. A set of Corsa's every 4-5K is really going to cut into my car budget. This is all with normal driving, no track days.
 

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The Diamond Cut are way better than the standard rims. They do not - repeat do not - kerb easier because the rubber is much wider. You can take kerbs without a problem, been there, done that.

Downside? Rubber is expensive, but the Corsa tires are ace! Still you get 13-14,000km out of them including one track day.

And 400NM don't go so well with the smaller tires on the standard rim, that's at least my experience when on winter tires.
 

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. The noise at speed with the larger wheels is much higher and the handling is stiffer--not jarring or uncomfortable, but definitely stiffer. .
are these 19/20's really that much louder?

my closest experience was with my turbo cab - the large 19 inch wheels on those cabs were so noisy. evey review commented on them.

the looks of those diamond cut are amazing so i hope they don't add that much noise.
 

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Absolutely. Waaaaaay louder. I thought I might be imagining it, but I had two friends take a ride on both wheels and they agreed. I only use the larger wheels for track or show because the noise gets on my nerves. I think if I'd had them on the way to and back from NYC to Orlando for LOG 32 I would have worn earplugs.
 

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I must be deaf. Have both rims and the 19/20 are not louder than the standard tires.
 

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Please type in ALL CAPS so I can hear you.
 

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thx for the comments - strange, the newer car with more insulation has the louder noise? both have the original tires or did someone swap them out?
 

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thx for the comments - strange, the newer car with more insulation has the louder noise? both have the original tires or did someone swap them out?
May want to make sure the tires have not cupped or have a flat spot, due to improper tire inflation.
My G35 rear tires would do that unless I was vigilant on the tire pressure. Made the car extreamely loud.
 
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