Lotus Elan


PostPost by: barefoot » Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:04 am

Can anyone recommend which make of tyre and what size is the best for the plus 2?


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PostPost by: steveww » Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:01 pm

Depends how much you are prepared to spend and what you want from a tyre.

The fact that you used "tyre" I guess you are in the UK :wink:

The best tyres are the Michelin XAS FF 165 HR 13. These are the original design that would have been fitted. However they are now made using modern processes and compound, the same compound as the Pilot Cup tyre. Very sticky but will not last long.

Another option is to go up a size to 185x70x13 where there is a greater choice. However even with this size you are still not in to the high performance tyres you need to go to 185x60x14 to start getting in to the main stream performance models.

FWIW I use the Michelin XAS on my baby Elan (155 HR 13) and I am very pleased with them. Modern levels of grip but maintaining the classic neutral handling.
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PostPost by: bengalcharlie » Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:06 am

Any tyre will do.
We are more then 30 years further down the track from the point when the car came on to the market and tyre development has been enormous.
I do use 165 kumho's.
easy to come by and cheap.


PS same argument applies to engine oil.
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PostPost by: thor » Wed Aug 17, 2005 1:28 pm

Interesting. I've got 185/70, with lovely Goodyear Eagle on the back, and some chinese on the front (!), but nice and new (just bought the car).

What tyre pressure on the 185/70's ?? (+2S130/5)

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