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What Tyres

PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:11 pm
by DaveAlmey
With my S4 SE chassis just about finished time for me to consider getting some new tyres fitted to the origional 4 1/2 J steel wheels I managed to find.

Having never driven an Elan (or even sat in one for that matter) I would welcome opinion as to what tyres (normal road use) I ought to have fitted. I'm a bit of a keep it how it was man and would hope to source something similar to origional.

Thanks in advance for the reply (s)

Dave Almey :?:
69 S4 SE DHC

Re: What Tyres

PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:08 pm
by gerrym
Speak to Longstaff tyres and explain to them what you are looking for. I guess you want to keep to 145 section. They will probably recommend some Avons. Downside is they will be costly.

If you search this forum, you'll find lots of opinions and suggestions, to suit every budget and purpose.



Re: What Tyres

PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:32 am
by Lincoln62
S4's had 155/80x13. The flared guards allow them to fit.

I have Michelin 155's and love them. They have good grip, don't squeal and look right on the car. I have tried Avon (too much sidewall flex, rubbed on rear springs) and Bridgestone (no grip, squealed like a pig).

As it can take 10 years to wear a set out you need to make the right choice.


Re: What Tyres

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:25 am
by richard sprint
Try Pat kelvedon based in Lincs for Yokohamas around 40 per corner have not tried mine yet and the rear tyre gap to spring carrier close but he assures me they are ok...

Witch tires

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:47 pm
by Jas
Hi Richard

I can't find any tires on Yokohamas web page in a size that suit our cars.
Could you please tell us witch model and size Pat sells?

Re: What Tyres

PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:02 am
by DaveAlmey

Still on the tyre chase for 155/80x13 to go on the S4

Tyres I have been offered are

Mitchillen E3B at ?50 each
Firestone 590 at ?38 each
Goodyear GT2 at ?42 each

All prices incl vat (15%) and fitting/balancing

Any menbers have an specific imut on any of these tyres to assist a decision


69 S4 SE DHC

Re: What Tyres

PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:05 pm
by bast0n
On Pat Thomas's recommendation I have fitted Yokohama "A Drive" 165/70/R13s on a 1966 S3 SE DHC and they are fantastic. I even surprised myself with the sharpness of the turn in compared to the Bridgestones that I had previously - and they were good also, but no longer made.

Best tyres I have found in 30 odd years.