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I now need some new 235/40 x 17 fronts, as the originals have been condemned.

So far, I've found Continental Sport Contact 5 for £140. Not sure about the Toyo's, I can only find a Proxes Sport and T-1 Sport (not sure what the difference is) in that size, but they're a bit of an unknown quantity to me. As for the Pirellis, they're ridiculous prices, and must be made from unicorn's hooves.


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Pirellis are always expensive,  toyos have a good reputation for grip,  but a lot of folks say they wear quickly, i can only presume they use a slightly softer rubber for better grip that wears quicker ?

To be fair Falken tyres have always served me well and come in all esprit tyre sizes including the s4 and v8,  a lot of porsche owners now use them :)


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Looks like Falken have a potential axle matching option in the Azenis FK510 UHP tyre. They do the correct size for the rears, but they don't seem to do a front in the correct size; nearest I can get is 245/40R17,  which I believe is still okay. Whether that extra width will have an adverse effect on the steering weight/feel I don't know.

The Toyo Proxes Sport was a new tyre the came out last year I think. I wasn't a huge fan of the Toyo tyres last time I ran them, but that was T1-Rs nearly ten years ago. Things have moved on since then and maybe they're worth a try again.

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I had another look around earlier, there's a Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 on Black Circles and F1 Autocentres which appear to have good reviews, and it's available in 235/40 x 17 for £146. I like the sound of those. Not available for rears, though.

F1 has Goodyear Eagle F1 for £141 in the same size.


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I run AD08’s on the front in 245/40 x17 and AO52’s in 295/35 x 18 on the rear and find them a great tyre, just need a bit of warming in the winter 

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Very interesting!

Shame I don't need new rears because with the slightly wider rims I'll be getting, 295 would be a perfect fit.


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Indeed it would, as the 285/35-18 is actually a bit narrow for even a 10,0" rim, according to some tyre makers. And 235/40-17 is also a bit narrow for a 8,5" rim. You can even see it visually when it's installed on the Wheel, naturally depending on the brand of tyre installed.

Paul, could you tell a bit more of the pro's and con's of the AD08?

Kind regards,

Jacques


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I run the AD08R's on mine.  235 40 17  on front and 295 30 18 rear..   I do run a 10.5  rear but the tyre sits very well on that ..  The 235 40's fill the rim on the front perfect , where  some tyre brands seem a little thin and the 245 fit better.. Not sure why that is,  just is..   I also had them with the RPB  which cost a bit more but look better when fitted.     As far as performance goes, they are the best tyre I have ever had on the Esprit.. The grip level is outstanding even in the wet, which i was very pleasantly surprised with.. Important to note I have the AD08R's which are promoted as being much better in the wet than the AD08's   Obviously the ware rate will be quicker, than std road tyres, but i would prefer to pay for regular new tyres, rather than new rims or worse from an unwelcome slide..    When you consider the limited miles we do,  6k out of a set is a couple of years. When you consider a set same as I have will only knock you circa £850,  I feel is a win win..  You get ....  Matching set ...Grippy as ****.....and not a lot of Wonga.   

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Given the recommendation, I think I shall order a pair of AD08R for the fronts.

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as part of my GT3 rebuild I needed a new pair of fronts for my Nova's, as I have Goodyear F1 on the back I wanted to match, but it now seems they dont do the 235 anymore, so I have gone for 245

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