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Which rim / tyres?

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I have a Stevens 88 n/a and it came on a set of se rims but I have also got a set of the originals.  Not sure which to have refurbished and new rubber fitted to.  Whilst I like the deep dish rears I also prefer the way the n/a rears fill the arch slightly more.   Any opinions on which rubber  will be easier to get hold of or run better would be appreciated. 

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Hi Malcolm. Not sure where you live but my car came with the bigger tyres but I managed to get hold of the SE rims which as you say have a deeper rear dish.

The original tyres started to loose air so I decided to fit new tyres on the SE rims and they look far better, much sportier. Unfortunately the rear size is obsolete but I did some research and now have 205/50/15/V on the front and 245/50/16/V on the rear. They are NEXEN tyres and I purchased them from etyres who came out and fitted them. The fronts were £63 each and the rears £78. They seem to grip the road better as well so very pleased I changed them.

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By going up or down a width I seem to have 4 options , nexen ( as fitted to mikes car) kuhmo,  bridgestone turanza er300 or Toyo proxy T1R. Does anybody have views on these makes for use on an esprit.

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I have nexen N3000 on my turbo, they are not a bad tyre not top of the pile, but not bottom of the rung. I don't use the car much so top of the range tyres is pointless for me. They have good reviews from the states. They grip well. All depends on your budget. I swapped my wheels out for GT3/S4 ones, the originals were the same as yours. 

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Looks like its going to be the n/a rims with 195/60/15 on front and 225/60/15 on the back with continental premium contact 2 or bridgestone turanza re300 rubber all round. The rears will make it read 1.1mph under actual speed.

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