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Thanks for the heads up John!
 

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They don't have 205/50/15 and 225/50/16 :(

what size do you guys recommend for 15/16 and 16/17 set up?
 

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The thought of putting these back on my car gives me cold chills.

Mine originally had them and driving was loud, skittish, rough and fast was terrifying. I put a new set one and complete alignment and no different

Then I realized these were designed around 1994 and I am sure they were amazing for the time but technology has changed

Not recommending any particular brand but I put on RE-11s in the closest ratio to stock. Close to the 048's if I remember and completely transformed the car.

Almost a bigger change than my $4000 shocks. Great ride, eyeball bending grip and I could talk with my passenger. The 205's were pinched on the stock rims but so much grip regardless

Not being negative, Just sharing my experiences

I'm sure no one here is using a phone or computer from 1994 btw
 

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careful with those RE-11's

I not sure if this is helpful, but had pilot super sports on my BMW & switched RE-11's and could not be happier until around 4000 miles they started to wine & howl to the point where you will more than likely see a set for sale on ebay. That bad!!! rusty
 

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The thought of putting these back on my car gives me cold chills.

Mine originally had them and driving was loud, skittish, rough and fast was terrifying. I put a new set one and complete alignment and no different

Then I realized these were designed around 1994 and I am sure they were amazing for the time but technology has changed

Not recommending any particular brand but I put on RE-11s in the closest ratio to stock. Close to the 048's if I remember and completely transformed the car.

Almost a bigger change than my $4000 shocks. Great ride, eyeball bending grip and I could talk with my passenger. The 205's were pinched on the stock rims but so much grip regardless

Not being negative, Just sharing my experiences

I'm sure no one here is using a phone or computer from 1994 btw
How long have you had yours. Notice the same problems the next poster had? I thought you were a fan of the R888, or is that only for track time?
 

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I ran the RE-11's for a summer and then went to R888's and never looked back

That took a summer and if they were loud, they were still quieter and less terrifying than the Yokos.

The Yokos were fun after a while. I could break them loose at will, 4 wheel drift and such but they were not very predictable and on spirited drives on back roads they did not instill any real confidence and hated gravel, leaves and even dust

Marius has my old set of RE-11s now

I hear the Star-Spec and other modern tires are very good too

I wasn't being specific on brand, just newer design and materials
 

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I hear the Star-Spec and other modern tires are very good too

I wasn't being specific on brand, just newer design and materials
newer tires:
The Star Specs are great. We run them on our Chump car. I've autocrossed numerous cars with them. I have them on the wife's civic. The Toyos are great. Have autocrossed numerous cars with them. Have them on my Elise. The Hankook RS3s (dunno about Lotus sizing) are also awesome. ditto autox and they are on my MR2.
 

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Clarification on RE-11's

Had to replace Michelin Super sports on my 335D. Tire Rack didn't have them in stock so I went for the RE 11's. First impressions were all positive. I thought the handling was every bit as good as the Super sports but much less harsh over railroad tracks/potholes. At the limit they would tend to let go very progressively. At around 3-4,000 miles they started to develop a whine/howl that is louder than the engine noise. I have to look down at the tachometer or shift indicator to know what gear I'm in as the tire noise exceeds the engine noise. I'm not sure any of this will help Lotus owners. Just my 2 cents worth. Rusty
 

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Just sharing a tip on LT and am not trying to incite a debate on which tire is best ect.
 
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