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Newbie says thanks for the tyres...

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So yesterday I got rid of the (almost) original Pirellis on my 1999 Elise S1, the oldest one was 19 years old 😮

After reading everything I could find on here and on seloc I decided on a set of Yokohama AD08R in the larger 195/50/15 225/45/16 sizing. Based on more reading on tyre pressures I've set them at 23psi and 25psi cold. (Jefferies Tyres, Bromsgrove, £340 for all 4 fitted and balanced)

The car is transformed — absolutely solid, much smoother ride than before and soooooo much grip.

I drove it across from South Birmingham to Warwick around the lanes, even with the road being greasy and wet I couldn't upset things. I tried a couple of emergency stops to get a feel for things and couldn't get anything other than a totally reassuring straight line stop with no lockups.

Driving home in the dark and the rain was a little more stressful, not because the car or tyres did anything unexpected, but because I'm new to this. I did arrive at some bends that were tighter than I expected going faster than I would have liked and, well, the elise just went round them. No drama.

As a newbie to the Elise I just want to say a huge thanks for the forums and wikis and everyone's contributions — it's so helpful!

 

Edited by 99 Elise

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Good stuff.  A word of warning though, (from one who has the unfortunate experience) especially on damp roads, it is very very easy to lose the rear when turning in to corners off-throttle.  And when they go they go bloody quick.  Slow in - fast out should be your mantra

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I know what you mean. I got rid of all 4 original pirellis from my 2001 car in 2017. Transformative. 😎

Driver training aside you've made the most (cost) effective performance mod to your car... Its the law of dimishing returns from here on in.  😜

Happy driving

 

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I also use Jefferies in Bromsgrove after a tip from Dan Webster. They are top class and really careful with alloy wheels   :)

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