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has anyone use these sizes on stock LSS/Exige wheels?
there seems to be more options out there for the 205 width front tires.

I'm looking at these Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires
The diameters are .5" larger then stock on front & rear btw.
(stock diameters: 23.6"front & 24.9" rear)

opinions?

the consensus here seems to be the R888s but I'm still getting used to the car and honestly I think they would be a waste on me.

I really just want a set of tires I can beat up on that is moderately priced, moderately grippy, and doesn't embarrass me on the curves yet if I make a mistake, I'm not going superfast... opinions?
 

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I'm not sure on those. However, someone has the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1's on his LSS equipped Lotus with 205's up front, and the stock size in the rear and he says that they fit fine. They're within a few bucks of the Sport Maxxes you are looking at, and perform much better in the dry. I have them on my GTO and love them and will put them onto the Lotus after the current set of tires wear out.
 

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really? its only .5" larger diameter and mine is raised 3/8" from stock trackpack to avoid driveway scrapage.
 

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thanks riddlefox I will check out the Z1's
 

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i wouldnt go with those.stick to what other people are putting on.toyo r888 is the best or bridgestone re 1r as a second more street choice
 

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I read the bridgestones RE-1R's don't heat up to optimal running temp even at the track because our cars are so light?
 

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205/50's in the front will likely be too tall.
I tried 205/50R16's (different brand) on the front on my car, and I thought the size did look kinda tall and overall looked kind of funny on the rim, but they didn't rub and my car seemed to drive just fine. I drove on them for about a week - I drove pretty hard at times and never had any problems, but I decided to return them since I really didn't like how they looked. Since I bought them from Discount Tire, they let me return them and I ended up buying stock Yoko's in the OE size (for a lot more money that I originally wanted to spend!)

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205/50's in the front will likely be too tall.
I was thinking the same thing; I'd rather go shorter, if possible. However, I think he might be OK considering that we're taking about a total increase of 10mm. Can't speak from experience, though. I did roughly the same change in overall diameter, only I went smaller (175/55 to 195/45) so I can't speak for any rubbing issues.
 

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I didn't see the sizes I listed for the Falken's or the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1....
as for the diameter; like I said, my suspension is raised 3/8" so adding .5 to the diameter will most likely fill out the fender a bit actually... I'm not too worried about rubbing, and since both front and rear diameters are both increased by the same amount, the rake won't be affected. I'm mainly concerned about any loss of steering feel, changes in handling, abs sensors, or traction control with the sizes.
 

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My opinion is: I think the Dunlop Sport Maxx tires will work well for you given your expectations and desired use. You've done your homework and it appears to be a good tire. I've never seen a tire branded on the tread like that, kind of cool.

RE: steering; come to think of it when I was running 205/50/R16's up front I did notice a slight difference in the steering feel, my guess is because this tire wider than stock; it wasn't a bad feeling - maybe a minute amount more of steering effort at slow speeds and anyways I got used to it quickly.

Just a thought - if you buy the tires from Discount Tire, you have the option to return them if you don't like them even after you've driven on them. tirerack will not take a tire back once it's been driven on. Discount should also be able to come close to matching the tirerack price if you show it to them.

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I didn't see the sizes I listed for the Falken's or the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1....
as for the diameter; like I said, my suspension is raised 3/8" so adding .5 to the diameter will most likely fill out the fender a bit actually... I'm not too worried about rubbing, and since both front and rear diameters are both increased by the same amount, the rake won't be affected. I'm mainly concerned about any loss of steering feel, changes in handling, abs sensors, or traction control with the sizes.
The rubbing to which I refer is irrespective of whether or not your suspension is raised. I was talking about rubbing occurring when you have the wheel turned full-lock; you are increasing diameter and width, which makes that more likely. However, since I haven't had the sizes you have mentioned, I can't speak from experience.
 

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I tried 205/50R16's (different brand) on the front on my car, and I thought the size did look kinda tall and overall looked kind of funny on the rim, but they didn't rub and my car seemed to drive just fine. I drove on them for about a week - I drove pretty hard at times and never had any problems, but I decided to return them since I really didn't like how they looked. Since I bought them from Discount Tire, they let me return them and I ended up buying stock Yoko's in the OE size (for a lot more money that I originally wanted to spend!)

HTH,
Larez2
I guess I'm speaking from experience. I tried this size with 048's and had some rubbing under hard breaking and turning.
 

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So I ordered the size with the fronts shaved 4/32" just in case (the rear ones will wear out before the fronts anyway.) No issue so far but haven't cornered too hard yet.
 
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