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Hi, did spend significant time using the search function but still need help on this. 07 Exige S, track pack. Other than 6 pt harness, larini, pagids and soon to be installed engine mounts and RTDbrace it is stock. It is lowered and aligned to the OE track spec.

BTW was not 100% sure whether the proper approach was the RTDbrace vs. the Deltabrace because of the track pack?

Back on topic: need a second set of wheels and thinking of either R888 or Hoosier R6 for them. Narrowed it down to S111's stellaCorse (16x7 & 17x8 offsets 27/35) or the TR F1s (16x6.5 & 17x7.5 offsets 32/37).

On the stellaCorse Hoosiers can go as big as 225/45 16 and 245/40 17. Anyone running this setup, any issues with rubbing, ABS or anything else? Seems like a very large difference to stock.

On the TR's Hoosiers go 205/45 16 and 225/45 17, and the R888s keep the OE front and give a bit more on the rear at 235/45.

Leaning towards the TR's since it seems preferable to have the identical OE spec and maybe keep one set with R888 and the other with Hoosiers so I have a choice on track support requirements.

Unless the larger stellaCorsas offer a great usable benefit of more rubber with no issues...

And by all means open to other tested setups.

Sorry for the basic questions and thanks in advance!
 

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If your going to go with R888's as a tire choice then a 15/16 setup would be a bit better. You can run 225/45/15 and 245/45/16. This is a quicker combo than 205/225.

Volk CE28N's are the lightest wheel in this size, around 8 pounds for the fronts and about 10 pounds for the rears.
 

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Good info and I like Volks.

Have a concern though on going smaller and confusing ABS, and maybe having a conflict with alignment settings if I want the option of having 2 trackable set of wheels (OE vs. whatever the 2nd set ends up being).

Maybe I'm overthinking this?
 

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Yep. It isn't an issue.

I track both my Volks and my stock wheels with no issues at all. Volks (smaller wheel sizes) are faster.
 

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If you really want to narrow a wheel, contact James at weldcraftwheels. com. He widened a set for me a did a great job. He is located in Michigan.
 

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If you really want to narrow a wheel, contact James at weldcraftwheels. com. He widened a set for me a did a great job. He is located in Michigan.
Thanks, but meant narrowing down CHOICES, not the physical wheels...:)
 

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Dangit I saw the thread title and was going to jump in here and make the obvious joke on narrowing versus widening, only to find it's already happened. You tricky bastards are hard to beat.

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I am running 205/16 & 245/17 A6's on TR F1's on my Exige S for autocrossing. I am using spacers for clearance and therefore also longer wheels studs that I purchased from Fred at BWR. Works great for me.
 

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The problem I have with 205's in the front and 245's in the rear is the Lotus understeers like crazy from the factory. Even maxing out negative camber does not help much.

Im currently running 225F 245R with -1.8 degrees of negative camber and the car still has a bit of understeer. I can only imagine going down to 205's in the front and how much it would slow me down.
 

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Barry soften up your front swaybar one notch and see if you don't like it better then.

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Barry soften up your front swaybar one notch and see if you don't like it better then.

xtn

XTN,

What size are your volks, and what rubber do you use?

Thanks!
 

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Ok, so just to be sure because I'm the short bus guy:

I like the idea of going down to 15/16, whether Volks or S111's offering.

Lets say I just get that combo with Hoosiers, and have the OE wheels with R888.

It would be great if I could, depending on the track opportunity and track support availability, go on the track on the OE with Toyos or with the new set with Hoosiers.

So the question then boils down to:

1) Is there a height and alignment setting that I can share with both sets of wheels without compromising much?

2) Again just making sure that ABS is not going to get weird on me. Or maybe there is an easy way to disable it have not done that search yet.

Thanks,

Ralph
 

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If your going to go with R888's as a tire choice then a 15/16 setup would be a bit better. You can run 225/45/15 and 245/45/16. This is a quicker combo than 205/225.

Volk CE28N's are the lightest wheel in this size, around 8 pounds for the fronts and about 10 pounds for the rears.
What he said.....

I am trying desperately to switch to 15/16....getting the Volks.
Faster and cheaper - what more could you ask for.

I'm not adjusting my ride height or alignment as of yet.
 

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What he said.....

I am trying desperately to switch to 15/16....getting the Volks.
Faster and cheaper - what more could you ask for.

I'm not adjusting my ride height or alignment as of yet.
Hey bud how've you been? It's me Ralph.

Guess if you have not switched yet then you can't help me :D

Goal is to have one set that I can drive to the track with (R888) when I have to, and a better set that I can enjoy when I have track support (Hoosiers).

So alignment and ABS remain the concern...
 

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Hey bud how've you been? It's me Ralph.

Guess if you have not switched yet then you can't help me :D

Goal is to have one set that I can drive to the track with (R888) when I have to, and a better set that I can enjoy when I have track support (Hoosiers).

So alignment and ABS remain the concern...
ABS is not an issue. We have a good 8-10 people here in Texas running this setup with out issue. Ive also run my street 16/17 wheels on track and alignment is not an issue either.

Barry soften up your front swaybar one notch and see if you don't like it better then.

xtn
I would do that if I had an adjustable sway bar..
 

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I'll chime in... I'm one of the TX 15/16 guys... running 225/245 A6 for autox and track and 16/17 to/from track and daily driver. no issues and LOVE the 15/16 A6 combo.
 

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Great info, much appreciated folks.

Going to a smaller setup makes sense to me and has worked well with other cars, great to hear it is a proven setup.

Now just need to decide between the Volks or the S111 ones. Again I put Volks on my 997 GT3 and loved them so would lean towards them just out of familiarity.

Any recommended Volk vendors? I don't think any of our sponsors deal with them.
 

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RQ -

I am also running the 225/45-15 and 24/45-16 Toyos on the Volks CE28n (purchased from ASPEC) wheels in 15x7 and 16x8. Where do you think Chilli Red got the idea, huh?

He's right, a lot of us Texans run this setup and are very happy with it. We can outrun every vette, porshie, fuhrrari, etc. We can outrun ALMS cars and F1 cars too. We pull about 6 Gs in the turns, and the lighter rolling stock equates to about 300 extra horse power.

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