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Oh, I had to go with 195/55/15 Fronts and 245/50/16 rears (original size).  The original size for the front tires was 215/50/15, but those are nowhere to be found.  They were only $580 US (sorry don't know the quid/pounds translation) total (including mounting and balancing).   However, I had to go with new upper and lower ball joints which kicked the price to what I thought they would have been in the first place.  They are soft compound summer tires and most of the reviews I read were positive.

 

I realize your Esprit might be the For Your Eyes Only model, but I didn't see any others on the forum using Firehawks yet.

 

Thanks again,

Bill


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Just went with Toyo proxes r888

195/50/15

235/50/15

I always liked the handling of the Lotus so we will see what these do. Will need to stay out of the rain (no problem for me)

I did not want a mix-match tire set and the NCTs were starting to scare me.

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So,,, I am the crisis point of having to buy tires. My NCT tires are 32 years old with little to know wear but I don't trust them for daily driving.

Does anybody have any newer options available for this 83 Turbo Esprit

 

Jenna

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Yes you need to change those. I had mine changed at 15 years and the tyre fitter called me over to have a look, he was having trouble getting them off the rims because the fitting machine was simply punching right through the sidewalls, they were so brittle. Scary.

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235/60s aren't commonly available any more.

A few of us over here have fitted Vredstein Sportrac tyres - 225/60 - I have Sportrac 3s front and rear on my Esprit and 5s on my Excel. 

One added advantage is they are designed by Giugiaro and his name is on the tyre.

http://www.vredestein.com/car-tyres/summer/sportrac-5/info/

Chris

 

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@ChrisJ Im not sure if the Vredesteins are available in the US? I think most people from over the pond have to use something else?

Buddsy


 

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5 hours ago, Buddsy said:

Im not sure if the Vredesteins are available in the US?

I thought that too, but their website does give a list of dealers  in the US - although whether they have the full range is another matter :)

 

 

 

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To be honest it was just a cheap way for me to have a go with the new mentioning feature @ChrisJ :P

 

Buddsy


 

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how did you do that then?

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Type the @ sign then start typing the username, it will auto-populate @ChrisJ :D 


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@Kim.Poulsen sends the person a notification. 

I think this is a great feature as it will help people look at a post if you need them to etc.

 

Buddsy:thumbsup:


 

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Could get annoying....Where would it end....:whistle:dont forget Im a MOD

 

Buddsy


 

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On 10 September 2015 9:13:29 pm, tf308 said:

Just went with Toyo proxes r888

195/50/15

235/50/15

I always liked the handling of the Lotus so we will see what these do. Will need to stay out of the rain (no problem for me)

I did not want a mix-match tire set and the NCTs were starting to scare me.

Now that you've had these for 2 months how are they handling? What treadwear index is printed on the side? The 888's are well respected as one of the premium grip, but not wear, tyres here in oz.


DanR

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Well tire hunting is over and new Perilli,s P600 are sitting next to the car and Good Year's will be going on the front. Wheels and tires should be back on the car on Thursday. I have heard that 28 psi in the rear is best  not sure about the fronts. Anybody have experience with this combo you tires?

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I run 23/25 on my Vredesteins - Here's what the handbook recommends - LEW clicky

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Im running 21psi on the front and 25 psi on the rears as per the manual.

 

Buddsy


 

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