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I've already read a ton of threads - some final advice would be appreciated.

Just bought a 2005 LSS Elise w/ 7k miles - original wheels on front/back (A048), fronts appear fine, backs are shot. Thinking I should replace both just for the age factor on the fronts (8+ years I assume? can't find an age on the A048 for some reason).

I might do one track day a year for kicks, but prefer to get something that works well in Colorado winter/summer, mostly around town. Won't see any rain or snow, but would like to take it out on sunny cold days (we get a lot of those).

Dunlop ZII seems to be most recommended as a replacement, but I wanted to confirm that these won't rub at the non-standard size? I saw one thread where rubbing was reported on the 205/235 setup. Any inputs, or some other tire I somehow missed? Saw the Toyo R1R mentioned, but ZII seemed more popular.
 

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If your car has only 7k miles, the front tires are most likely original. Look at the production date of your car, which could be 2004 (my 2005 was built in July 2004). Your tires could thus be approaching 10 years. I would recommend changing all 4 and having a competent shop (dealer perhaps?) check the alignment as soon as you change them.
 

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Love my ZIIs, I'm running 205 & 225 (not 235) on non LSS, and there's no rubbing at all.
 

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+1 on get new tires. Rubber gets attacked by everything known to man.

Look into temp ranges on your tires before you buy. With some brands it may get too cold for up there.
 

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Leaning towards the Dunlop ZII for now - from the posts I've read, spirited driving causes them to rub, but daily driving is alright. I'd really like to avoid rubbing if at all possible, but options sound pretty limited.

Really tough to wade through all the threads on tires, so many various reports.

I'd be fine with doing the R888, but plan on using the car in 35-45 range when it's one of those brisk sunny Colorado days, and doesn't sound like they are very much fun down there.
 

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Leaning towards the Dunlop ZII for now - from the posts I've read, spirited driving causes them to rub, but daily driving is alright. I'd really like to avoid rubbing if at all possible, but options sound pretty limited.

Really tough to wade through all the threads on tires, so many various reports.

I'd be fine with doing the R888, but plan on using the car in 35-45 range when it's one of those brisk sunny Colorado days, and doesn't sound like they are very much fun down there.
I am looking for new front tires for my 2005 elise and was wondering if you went with the Dunlop ZII's.
 
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