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Looking to purchase a set of Exige wheels to be mounted to my Elise (16" x 6.5" front, 17" x 7.5" rear)

I drive maybe 1,000 miles a year. No track. No rain. So I dont really care about thread life, noise, wet traction. Just want a great overall tire. Anyone have experience between the 3? (Conti ExtremeContact Sport, Advan A048, Proxes R888R). I see the Conti's are rated really well, weigh less, last longer, and cost 1/2 the price. But would like 1st hand experience feedback.

Or, any other tire that you may recommend thats not on this list?


Also, is it best to stick to OE Exige tire size (195/50/16 fronts .. 225/45/17 rears) or go wider? Again, these would be mounted on an Elise (stock suspension)

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If I was in your position I'd have RE71r in the sizes that would fit - 205/45 up front and 225/45, or 235/45, in the rear.

The R comp tires strictly on the road likely aren't worth it from a performance per $$ perspective.
 

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If I was in your position I'd have RE71r in the sizes that would fit - 205/45 up front and 225/45, or 235/45, in the rear.
The 225/45 is 25" tall, and the 235/45 is a whopping 25.4" tall. Both taller than stock. Yet, with your recommendation for a front tire you've gone shorter than stock at 23.2.

It's a fantastic tire, but the specs don't work as well as the R1R (23.2/24.4) IMO.
 

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If you're not visiting a track I don't see why you would even consider the A048/888R.

All things considered, if I were in your position it'd be the R1R for me.
hmmm the R1R looks like a good option. It didnt come up on tirerack when I searched by vehicle. Will add this to my list. Thanks
 

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I have a set of the Conti ECS and like them a lot. I don't track the car and the grip is all you need for a public road. If you're only driving 1000 miles a year in dry conditions I'd suggest something more aggressive like the RE71R. You may need to go with 205/45/16 fronts if you're having issues finding 195s.
 

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The 225/45 is 25" tall, and the 235/45 is a whopping 25.4" tall. Both taller than stock. Yet, with your recommendation for a front tire you've gone shorter than stock at 23.2.

It's a fantastic tire, but the specs don't work as well as the R1R (23.2/24.4) IMO.
Tire Rack quotes an A048 rear as being 24.9" and the RE71r 225/45 as being 25".... In terms of revolutions per mile the difference is far less far less than 1%... basically immaterial. We could reasonably say the rear tires match and that the front tire is shorter. The differences you've cited are accurate but they aren't material from a performance perspective.

Thus, additional criteria are to be considered. RE71R appears to be both higher performing and cheaper, but both are good tires, and OP might have other criteria to differentiate between the two.
 

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Tire Rack quotes an A048 rear as being 24.9" and the RE71r 225/45 as being 25".... In terms of revolutions per mile the difference is far less far less than 1%... basically immaterial. We could reasonably say the rear tires match and that the front tire is shorter. The differences you've cited are accurate but they aren't material from a performance perspective.

Thus, additional criteria are to be considered. RE71R appears to be both higher performing and cheaper, but both are good tires, and OP might have other criteria to differentiate between the two.
You're right, forgot the stock balloon-spec.

Having said that, I feel like both the front and rear tires are too tall from the factory, and would never suggest people fit even taller tires. If they need to do that, they bought the wrong car.

The R1R is his tire IMO.
 

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If you're not visiting a track I don't see why you would even consider the A048/888R.

All things considered, if I were in your position it'd be the R1R for me.

I noticed they dont come in OE sizes. So this is the correct upsize? How are these tires in cold or wet conditions, if I ever do get caught in rain (although this Elise hasnt seen a drop of rain in the last 13 years!). Just want to be sure its a “safe” overall tire too.
 

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I noticed they dont come in OE sizes. So this is the correct upsize? How are these tires in cold or wet conditions, if I ever do get caught in rain (although this Elise hasnt seen a drop of rain in the last 13 years!). Just want to be sure its a “safe” overall tire too.
Very common sizes.

You said you were wanting Exige wheels. The stock Exige wheels would have A048's on them, which run VERY big. So don't so much concentrate on the sizes, as all manufacturers are different. Instead, concentrate on the specs. And what I have shown you is very close to OE spec, and as I said, common.

They are a decent rain tire, but there is no Summer tire that is supposed to work in cold, so you'd be much worse off with more aggressive tires.

It's a balance you're looking for. IMO you don't want to go too far on either end, so no A048/888R, and no Conti IMO. Something in between is just what the doctor ordered, and that's this tire. Again, common in the Lotus community.

My recommendation is that you get 16x7 and 17x8 wheels if you can.
 

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Have a look at the specs. I've highlighted what you need to look at.

The stock A048 is on the top, the R1R is on the bottom.

Notice the very different sizes, but they are very close in spec, with the R1R just being the shorter tire, and a bit wider in the rear. But very close.

And the difference in rake is .1, so nominal.

 

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I noticed they dont come in OE sizes. So this is the correct upsize? How are these tires in cold or wet conditions, if I ever do get caught in rain (although this Elise hasnt seen a drop of rain in the last 13 years!). Just want to be sure its a “safe” overall tire too.
Very common sizes.

You said you were wanting Exige wheels. The stock Exige wheels would have A048's on them, which run VERY big. So don't so much concentrate on the sizes, as all manufacturers are different. Instead, concentrate on the specs. And what I have shown you is very close to OE spec, and as I said, common.

They are a decent rain tire, but there is no Summer tire that is supposed to work in cold, so you'd be much worse off with more aggressive tires.

It's a balance you're looking for. IMO you don't want to go too far on either end, so no A048/888R, and no Conti IMO. Something in between is just what the doctor ordered, and that's this tire. Again, common in the Lotus community.

My recommendation is that you get 16x7 and 17x8 wheels if you can.
Great advise and knowledgeable recommendations..thank you.

I would get 16x7 / 17x8, or even a square setup of either size, I just cant find any wheels that I like out of the whopping maybe 10 available designs that fit our cars lol. The Exige or Elise LSS wheels look great, but Im open to aftermarket as well.
 

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Great advise and knowledgeable recommendations..thank you.

I would get 16x7 / 17x8, or even a square setup of either size, I just cant find any wheels that I like out of the whopping maybe 10 available designs that fit our cars lol. The Exige or Elise LSS wheels look great, but Im open to aftermarket as well.
I had the XXR's for a while. They were 17/17 and fantastic IMO. Keep in mind that my car is lowered a bit, so yours wouldn't quite look this fantastic :D :p


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Great advise and knowledgeable recommendations..thank you.

I would get 16x7 / 17x8, or even a square setup of either size, I just cant find any wheels that I like out of the whopping maybe 10 available designs that fit our cars lol. The Exige or Elise LSS wheels look great, but Im open to aftermarket as well.
I had the XXR's for a while. They were 17/17 and fantastic IMO. Keep in mind that my car is lowered a bit, so yours wouldn't quite look this fantastic <img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> <img src="http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" />


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.. and I have an Elise, not as fantastic as an Exige lol

Do you have pics of any 16/17 or 17/17 on stock suspension?
 

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Why not go 15x7 / 17x8? That opens up a world of options. A 205/50-15 front 225/45-17 rear setup puts you in the tire market sweet spot.

And I wouldn't go R1Rs. They're really old, they don't have bleeding edge performance, but they're still not the most comfortable tire. Plus, they still heat cycle out, and for some reason they're still expensive. R1Rs were good 10 years ago, but the technology has moved on. Conti ECS is probably fine for street, but if you're going 15s, probably best to go with something like a Dunlop Z3.
 

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Why not go 15x7 / 17x8? That opens up a world of options. A 205/50-15 front 225/45-17 rear setup puts you in the tire market sweet spot.

And I wouldn't go R1Rs. They're really old, they don't have bleeding edge performance, but they're still not the most comfortable tire. Plus, they still heat cycle out, and for some reason they're still expensive. R1Rs were good 10 years ago, but the technology has moved on. Conti ECS is probably fine for street, but if you're going 15s, probably best to go with something like a Dunlop Z3.
16 already looks somewhat small, depending on the suspension setup

Id go 16/17 or 17/17

15 is not an option
 

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So looks are more important than performance...Got it..
 
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