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Ok, I've read 100 posts about tires and got myself more confused than I was previously.

I need to replace all the rubber on my Exige.

I do not track the car and I am not looking to change the wheels or anything.

What tires would you suggest? I am not a particularly aggressive driver, but I do not want to cut corners on performance by putting some cheap POS on it.

Are there better tires than what the car came with?
Please excuse my lack of knowledge in this area.
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There are much better tires for street use. Tons of threads on this and a few choices.

My personal rec is the dunlop starspecs for warmer seasons. You will need something different if you drive the car in the winter in edmonton though.
 

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Get either the Dunlop Star Specs, Bridgestone RE-11 or Yokohama AD08.
205/45-16 in the front and 235 or 245/40-17 in the rear.

From what you describe they would all fit your driving style better than what you currently have, which I assume are the original Yokohama AO48
 

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I put Bridgestone G Force KDW on my Elise and LOVE them.

I went from sliding all over the place to have a nice amount of grip in the wet. I'm no longer concerned about rain.

I'm on the road so would have to check on exact sizes.
 

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Get either the Dunlop Star Specs, Bridgestone RE-11 or Yokohama AD08.
205/45-16 in the front and 235 or 245/40-17 in the rear.

From what you describe they would all fit your driving style better than what you currently have, which I assume are the original Yokohama AO48
I just put Toyo R1R's on and love them!! 205/45-16 and 245/40-17. No rubbing and rides better than the stock tires.


In the OP it said:
"Not an aggressive driver"
"keep the standard wheels"

How does 245/40-17 and 205/45-16 fit in with that?
I thought it would be 195/50-16 and 225/45-17?
 

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In the OP it said:
"Not an aggressive driver"
"keep the standard wheels"

How does 245/40-17 and 205/45-16 fit in with that?
I thought it would be 195/50-16 and 225/45-17?
245/40-17 - 205/45-16 fit the exige wheels, which is what it appears he has. The R1R is slightly less aggressive than the stock Exige tires, but handles better in the rain. This is a great street tire IMO. It's also a lot cheaper too.
 

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I will throw in a vote for the toyo proxes R1R tires, if for no other reason, their excellent grip in the wet.
 

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Please pardon the partial hijack. I'm looking to replace tires on my LSS Elise for aggressive street, no rain, minimal winter driving but would see temps below 32F. Would R888 heat up for street use or am I better with the Dunlop Star Specs? I have an alternative set of wheels for track use (but not a way to get them to the track - that's another story).
 

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Ok, I've read 100 posts about tires and got myself more confused than I was previously.
See, now after reading thru all those 100 posts and creating your own you finally have a definite answer about the one and only type of tire which fits your bill -poke-
 

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Please pardon the partial hijack. I'm looking to replace tires on my LSS Elise for aggressive street, no rain, minimal winter driving but would see temps below 32F. Would R888 heat up for street use or am I better with the Dunlop Star Specs? I have an alternative set of wheels for track use (but not a way to get them to the track - that's another story).
unfortunately, you would need an all season tire to work below freezing. R888's have no chance at that temperature.
 

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Get either the Dunlop Star Specs, Bridgestone RE-11 or Yokohama AD08.
205/45-16 in the front and 235 or 245/40-17 in the rear.

From what you describe they would all fit your driving style better than what you currently have, which I assume are the original Yokohama AO48
I just put Toyo R1R's on and love them!! 205/45-16 and 245/40-17. No rubbing and rides better than the stock tires.
Based on your stated usage case, I would suggest Toyo T1-Rs, but in the stock sizes.

+1 on the Star Specs, RE-11 and AD08, but I'd encourage you to look into the Toyos in Stock sizes. Given your intended use, I'd imagine you do not need to upsize to 205 / 235-245. This seems to me a rare case when more isn't necessarily better.
 

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Where are you guys finding front tires in these sizes? I can't find any of the good tires like Star specs or AD08s in a 195/50-R16 or 205/45-R16
 

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Based on your stated usage case, I would suggest Toyo T1-Rs, but in the stock sizes.

+1 on the Star Specs, RE-11 and AD08, but I'd encourage you to look into the Toyos in Stock sizes. Given your intended use, I'd imagine you do not need to upsize to 205 / 235-245. This seems to me a rare case when more isn't necessarily better.
Where are you guys finding front tires in these sizes? I can't find any of the good tires like Star specs or AD08s in a 195/50-R16 or 205/45-R16
They don't make Star specs in stock sizes. If they did, I think almost everyone would be running them. The 205/50-16 are taller than stock and have been know to rub depending on suspension setup. You can't find the RE-11 or R1Rs in stock sizes either. AD08s in stock sizes are hard to find now. They do make T1R's as Frank suggested. T1R's are 1 performance level below R1R's, or 2 levels of performance below the stock A048s.
 

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just got an entire set of continental extreme contact dw. did not have the time to really test it to its limits, but so far i'm satisfied.
 

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Thank you, everyone. This helps narrow things down for me.
Kev
 
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