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Hi Guys,

its time for me to change my tires on my 2007 Elise.
I am thinking of the following on my stock Rims:
Yokohama S Drive
Front: 195 (stock is 175)
Rear: 245 (stock is 225)

What do you think of this? will i gain any advantages while on the track and road? are there any disadvantages?

also, i am seriously thinking of installing the rear toe link brace.

any comments or advise is welcome,

thanks guys
Jon
 

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I think you would be installing a longer lasting lower performing tire. It might be good for commuting but not so hot for the track. Do you care more about the street or the track? I would personally just stick with the stock AD07's unless you were willing to go to a bigger wheel and expand your options.
 

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Those sizes will definitely fit on the stock rims. I've actually put 205's on the front and 245's on the back and they fit fine with no rubbing. I didn't like how the 205's looked though...

I drove around on the above setup for about 500 miles I didn't notice very much of a difference in terms of driving - the steering felt a little different, not in a bad way; i figured it was just because they were wider.

good luck!
 

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I looked at them and came to the conclusion they didn't offer a tire in the same height as stock, and therefore would suffer in ride and potentially rub.

If you're looking for a better wet tire there are options. The R1R is good in the wet.
 

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if i wanted to go wider, what would be your recommendation. i do not want to downgrade from the stock tires, because i do track the car at least 4 times/summer and i avoid rain:)
 

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if i wanted to go wider, what would be your recommendation. i do not want to downgrade from the stock tires, because i do track the car at least 4 times/summer and i avoid rain:)
The S4 is not a track tire, it's a street tire, good for like an Audi Quattro. You want the Toyo R1R or R888, or perhaps the Falken AZENIS RT-615.

Your best bet is:

205/45R16 + 235/40R17 (about 1/2 inch shorter)
215/45R16 + 245/40R17 (marginally shorter)

Stock on the non sport cars is: 175/225, stock on the sport pack cars is 195/225, I'd recommend sticking with the same proportions as stock + sport.
 

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The 195/50R16 is the largest you can go on the 5.5 wheel. Squeezing the 205 or the 215 on a smaller rim isn't a good idea. If you have the 175 now, upgrading to the 195 will definatly improve performance. The 225/45R15 R888 is a reinforced tire and has a higher weight capacity than the 235/40 or the 245/40. The 225/45 is 25" tall, the 235/40 is 24.6" and the 245/4 is 24.7". Not a lot of difference but it could be enough.
Joe
 
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