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Wingless Wonder
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Hi Folks,

Tire availability for our cars has been an issue for years.

Users of another sports car I am associated with have reported good results (and prices) from various models of Nitto tires. So, I was browsing on their website and noticed that they have a 'Request a Tire' submission area. I promptly submitted a request for a summer-spec set of 15 inch NT555 G2 in OEM Esprit sizes (235/60-15 & 195/60-15).

https://www.nittotire.com/find-a-tire/request-a-tire-size/

I thought that if many of us requested sizes that we can use, perhaps they would see a potential market niche and actually MAKE some! >:) :clap:

All you owners out there should make your desires known, too. :up::up::up:

The usual disclaimers apply: I am not an employee of Nitto, nor do I stand to benefit in any way...


Post back here with the requests you made. If there are similar request areas from other brands, post that here, too! :x
 

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Wingless Wonder
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Travis, you should request the stock 15"/16" sizes for your 89. (Just in case you want to bring it back to 'stock')

That is the point of this exercise....
 

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I use Nitto P205 55R15 in front and P275 50R15 in rear. The rear tires usually need replacing more often than the front tires, and so far (knock on wood) I haven't had issues getting them.
 

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Bob, those are ~1% smaller than stock.

You didn't say which model of tire you are using, though. It's like the readily-available BFG Radial T/A: those H rated tires may not be optimal.



REMINDER:

I'm encouraging others to request the OEM sizes in a summer tire...not asking for experiences. Several times a year, owners ask what they can fit...

Some OEM sizes are not available, even in 17" sizes. If we point out a demand, the hope is that our sizes will be produced in the future!
 

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Bob, those are ~1% smaller than stock.

You didn't say which model of tire you are using, though. It's like the readily-available BFG Radial T/A: those H rated tires may not be optimal.
Front is NT 450, rear is NT 555R
I'm not impressed with the tread on the rear tires, basically they're street legal drag slicks. I've been told those are the only tires available that fits my car because my car has European suspension and sits lower to the ground than standard Esprits.
 

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Front is NT 450, rear is NT 555R
I'm not impressed with the tread on the rear tires, basically they're street legal drag slicks. I've been told those are the only tires available that fits my car because my car has European suspension and sits lower to the ground than standard Esprits.
Which kind, and size, of rims do you have?
Are these tyres noisy?
 

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Which kind, and size, of rims do you have?
Are these tyres noisy?
They're Lotus BBS rims. The tires aren't any nosier than any other tire, by today's standards it's just a noisy car interior. BTW- according to Andy Graham, this is probably my car on the flyer with the BBS rims.
 

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They're Lotus BBS rims. The tires aren't any nosier than any other tire, by today's standards it's just a noisy car interior. BTW- according to Andy Graham, this is probably my car on the flyer with the BBS rims.
So you are able to squeeze P275 50R15 on a standard 8” rim?
 

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Tire request

Atwell,
I went to the Nito website, and made the request as suggested.
I need tires all around, so I hope something comes of it.
Regards, and thanks.
Jeff
 

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Let's keep the requests coming...
 

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Front is NT 450, rear is NT 555R
[earlier post said rear was 275/50-15]

Over the years, I recall some posts saying large rear tires on Giugiaro Esprits was not recommended due to extreme heat from the exhaust/turbo section.

I had a recent flat on my 87 and here's the comparison by-the-numbers:

Rear wheels:

late 88 Esprit:
Dunlop Direzza DZ101 - 245/45-17 - got 19K miles - worn to the bars
Current 87 Esprit
Dunlop Direzza DZ102 - 245/45-17 - got 6K miles and flat - appeared to have heat damage to inner driver side sidewall - evidence of bubbling.

I searched for my late 88 Esprit pictures for the driver side heat shield - it is about 1" deeper than the 87 heat shield (the top of the shock tower more visible)

My plan is to somehow extend the heatshield (either MIG-weld extension or remove and fabricate new longer shield).

The point is - larger-than-OEM tires on my 87 with the standard heat shield and 6K miles of driving (in about 3 years) may have contributed to the flat. The late 88 Esprit had far more mileage without any evidence of heat damage. In fact, I have the Dunlop Direzza DZ102 (that replaced the late 88 DZ101) on the 87 today - it replaced the newer DZ102 that went flat after 6K miles.

The current DZ102 has about 6K miles already before the late 88 got totalled.

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Over the years, I recall some posts saying large rear tires on Giugiaro Esprits was not recommended due to extreme heat from the exhaust/turbo section.

I had a recent flat on my 87 and here's the comparison by-the-numbers:

Rear wheels:

late 88 Esprit:
Dunlop Direzza DZ101 - 245/45-17 - got 19K miles - worn to the bars
Current 87 Esprit
Dunlop Direzza DZ102 - 245/45-17 - got 6K miles and flat - appeared to have heat damage to inner driver side sidewall - evidence of bubbling.

I searched for my late 88 Esprit pictures for the driver side heat shield - it is about 1" deeper than the 87 heat shield (the top of the shock tower more visible)

My plan is to somehow extend the heatshield (either MIG-weld extension or remove and fabricate new longer shield).

The point is - larger-than-OEM tires on my 87 with the standard heat shield and 6K miles of driving (in about 3 years) may have contributed to the flat. The late 88 Esprit had far more mileage without any evidence of heat damage. In fact, I have the Dunlop Direzza DZ102 (that replaced the late 88 DZ101) on the 87 today - it replaced the newer DZ102 that went flat after 6K miles.

The current DZ102 has about 6K miles already before the late 88 got totalled.

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Why not just wrap/insulate the exhaust pipe.
I plan on do so with fiberglass insulation packed in silicone textile as a blanket. (My best description)
It is widely used on large vessels diesel engines to cover all hot spots. An IMO requirement that no hot spot must be hotter than 150C.
 

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It’s easier/cleaner to simply extend the heat shield down. My previous 19K miles on my late 88 indicates that is sufficient to protect the tire. But it definitely doesn’t add lightness ;-)


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Over the years, I recall some posts saying large rear tires on Giugiaro Esprits was not recommended due to extreme heat from the exhaust/turbo section.

I had a recent flat on my 87 and here's the comparison by-the-numbers:

Rear wheels:

late 88 Esprit:
Dunlop Direzza DZ101 - 245/45-17 - got 19K miles - worn to the bars
Current 87 Esprit
Dunlop Direzza DZ102 - 245/45-17 - got 6K miles and flat - appeared to have heat damage to inner driver side sidewall - evidence of bubbling.

I searched for my late 88 Esprit pictures for the driver side heat shield - it is about 1" deeper than the 87 heat shield (the top of the shock tower more visible)


My plan is to somehow extend the heatshield (either MIG-weld extension or remove and fabricate new longer shield).

The point is - larger-than-OEM tires on my 87 with the standard heat shield and 6K miles of driving (in about 3 years) may have contributed to the flat. The late 88 Esprit had far more mileage without any evidence of heat damage. In fact, I have the Dunlop Direzza DZ102 (that replaced the late 88 DZ101) on the 87 today - it replaced the newer DZ102 that went flat after 6K miles.

The current DZ102 has about 6K miles already before the late 88 got totalled.

FYI
I know what you're talking about with the turbo & exhaust manifold right there, but I haven't had any problems with the rear tires so far.
 

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I know what you're talking about with the turbo & exhaust manifold right there, but I haven't had any problems with the rear tires so far.


You have 275 rear tires on the OEM 15x8” wheels? How many miles on those tires? My relatively high mileage doesn’t help.


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