Lotus Elan

just a reminder: decent tyres for an elan look like this!

PostPost by: el-saturn » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:36 pm

......................because some elans get tyres which are adequate for cars with 40hp and not 150 like some of us NEED! so spoil your car and yourself with something other than disabled car tyres (e.f 145 80 13!!!) ---- as always some will agree others won't - what the ...... MERRY XMAS (your elan will wiggle his tail if he gets some REAL tyres!! sandy ---- this was not about any race tryes!
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PostPost by: Foxie » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:27 pm

Yokohama 539s ?
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PostPost by: miked » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:46 pm

Didn't they stop making A539's. When I tried to get them a few years back they were all old stock?
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:51 pm

yes chaps: a539, brandnew and even a bit sticky (no, not a 048, 777?) size 175 60 13 and fit perfectly (reg s3 body, except small dia. rear springs) sandy .. happy holidays, treat yr baby to a nice xmas present: 250$/4
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PostPost by: Fred Talmadge » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:33 pm

Unfortuantly these tires will rub on 1600 (S1) and S2, which limit our choices even more.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:02 am

Michelin XAS FF 8)
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:22 pm

I know you high power guys will disagree but modern cars chuck out a lot more power and are heavier than their forebears.
So I'm of the opinion that good quality hatchback tyres are sufficient for most roadgoing elans, especially if they have standard rear suspension platforms.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:36 am

I recently bought these tires (Yokohama A539. 175/60R13 77H) and they fit perfectly on my S1. Great grip!
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PostPost by: Davidb » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:04 am

Where do you get these in N.America? I can only find UK listings.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:47 am

glen - nice ta hear a s1 owner fitting them, because further up someone claimed something else!! as you stated, they stick pretty well, but also wear not too well: B U T you get what ya pay for, and i mean every single cent worth!! .....................modern tyres for veterans! sandy
PS: i payed 62$ a piece; how how are they in the states or UK??
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PostPost by: Gray » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:54 am

Hi

I thought 175 was considered too wide for 4.5 inch rims and the maximum recommended was 165.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:24 pm

these 175s are on 4,5 inch rims and are stiff enough: these tyres are well made!! sandy -- nothing looks wrong imo!
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:28 pm

Unfortunately these tires aren?t available in the US. I bought them in the UK and had them shipped over. Expensive, but well worth it ( I?m used to buying racing tires so these are ?normal price? when you include shipping). They fit just fine on the stock rims, although you should know that I have small diameter adjustable coil over springs/shocks all the way around.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:15 pm

Glen,

Do you have a stagger tape to measure the outside circumference?
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:55 pm

prezoom wrote:Glen,

Do you have a stagger tape to measure the outside circumference?


Unfortunately I don?t, but I remember that data somewhere on the web.
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