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Elan S4 tires (USA)

PostPost by: dpchamp87 » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:58 pm

I have spent a lot of time searching but recent feedback is scarce as far as I can see. From the older posts the Michelin XAS FF 155/H/13 seems to be the best but expensive option. Dunlop SP10s would seem to be the reasonably priced alternative. I am looking for a standard size 155/80/13 round shouldered sweet riding tire and the overall grip level is unimportant. (If I want to pull G's I will do it in my CTS-V). Recommendations -recently purchased please?

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PostPost by: Tahoe » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:01 pm

I'm interested in this thread as well. I need tires and will probably buy some sumitomo 175/70-13's because the fenderes are flared and I know they fit, but I also plan on loosing those flares and would like to find reasonably priced stock sizes at some point. I'm curious as to where you found the Dunlaps. I haven't searched alot but I never found any.
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PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:39 pm

I purchased some 155/80 X13 tires from Discount tire in March of this year. They are called SA 4 and I have no idea who made them, but they have been great tires for over 5,000 miles. Yeah, I'm the idiot who drove to LOG 30 and back.

I was simply looking for a size and didn't care about whether they were performance rated (I have a Mallock Clubmans car that generates plenty of that) but have been pleasantly surprised. They stick pretty well are predictable and disperse water well in rainy conditions.Best of all they are $42.00 each! I chose them over the Kumho Powerstar 758 which I have on my Seven because they look more "right" as to tread pattern and sidewall to me, but the Kumhos aren't bad either.

I would bet these are every bit as good as a Dunlop SP4 was in the day because tire technology has advanced so far over the years. you can find them here:
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?tc=KAZPA2&c=1&rcz=80123&pc=15866&ar=80&rf=true&cf=false&rd=13&sw=false&rc=CODINT&cs=155
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PostPost by: RedS4 » Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:09 am

I fitted Bridgestone B245 165/75/13's to my S4. They look "period", ride well, grip nicely (with gradual slip for those who like to "push" their cars) and are not at all expensive (about AUD $90 each fitted and balanced).

While this thread is for USA tyres (tires?), understand that Bridgestone (or is it Firestone there?) is available in the USA. :wink:
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PostPost by: melvinhecht » Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:06 am

I bought Vredstein tires for my S2 Elan at Interstate Tire at 410-666-7333 in Cockeysville, near Baltimore Maryland. Great tires, $75 each in 2008.

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PostPost by: dpchamp87 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:08 pm

Melvin,

The Vredesteins seem to be the best compromise. Did the spare fit in the trunk? (155/13)

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PostPost by: pamitchell » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:29 pm

I went with the Vredestein Sprint +155/78/13 on my stock S4 rims. Very happy with them & Tires Unlimited.
My tire shop recommended going with the OE spec 155 as the sidewalls remain vertical on the small rim width.
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:08 am

Hi Phil, what is the dia of your Vredestein Sprint? I have been looking for something like 23 inches or better.

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PostPost by: pamitchell » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:27 pm

Hi Sarto

Rough measure on the tire dia is 23". You can contact Vredestein factory to get exact figures.
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PostPost by: dpchamp87 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:02 pm

Phil,

Did you buy 5 and did the spare fit in the trunk? Reason I ask is that my car is completsly dismantled and the body is at the paint shop so unable to measure...
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PostPost by: pamitchell » Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:20 pm

Hi David
No. just 4.
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