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What tyre ?

Postby Rogertol » Fri 21.10.2016, 12:00

Hi Guys, I have just bought a silver M100 with 12months MOT and now with a B service completed with no serious issues. So all is new for me and much reading and downloading is being done. Minor issue are the doors and screen seals which, as far as I can tell are not available, correct me if I am wrong. I wondered about where the tooling went and who was the original manufacturer for these parts - any knowledge out there ? More concern is the tyres which are Mohawk M112 front and Fulda Extremo Carat on the rear - both types have pretty bad reviews and I am thinking of changing them for safety reasons. Michelin offer nothing. Any thoughts ?
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby theelanman » Fri 21.10.2016, 12:15

hi
I have Yoko's on at the moment.....'c' drives.......
have had Falken and Michelin cant say Ive noticed that much difference......
altho I only use the car for 'spirited' driving on normal roads.....
I think provided you go for an upper middle to premium tyre then you should be ok......
if youre going to go on track then Id suggest looking at something completely different
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby lotusflasherman » Fri 21.10.2016, 12:32

Assuming it's an SE on 15", there's a discussion about owners preferences here ..forum.lotuselancentral.com/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=25289#p319921
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby rip » Fri 21.10.2016, 22:00

In my opinion:

I have found that tyres are a trade-off between cost, grip & longevity.
Michelin's provide good grip & longevity & their premium price reflects this.
Rubber goes stale after a few years. If you pay more for hard wearing tyres, you will effectively be paying for stale rubber.

I would therefore prioritise grip over longevity on the Elan....unless you expect to do 10,000 miles a year.
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby HJ2 » Sat 22.10.2016, 08:11

I could not agree more!

I have very good experience with the Toyo R1r's at the moment and I am thinking of buying another set. Superb grip on dry, and remarkably good in the wet also, compared to the grip in the wet with my vredestein sportrack 3 that is....

Bonus: the Toyo's look good as well :D
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby TrevorB » Sat 22.10.2016, 22:00

HJ2 wrote:I could not agree more!

I have very good experience with the Toyo R1r's at the moment and I am thinking of buying another set. Superb grip on dry, and remarkably good in the wet also, compared to the grip in the wet with my vredestein sportrack 3 that is....

Bonus: the Toyo's look good as well :D


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Re: What tyre ?

Postby JoeD » Wed 01.02.2017, 01:36

Toyo is good to buy and looks great as well. I'm currently using that tyres too.
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby GeoffSmith » Wed 01.02.2017, 10:56

JoeD wrote:Toyo is good to buy and looks great as well. I'm currently using that tyres too.

They're good for offroading are they? I might get some myself.
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby Rambo » Wed 01.02.2017, 14:09

I doubt you'll have the clearance to go off roading Geoff, despite those knobbly, big boy tyres :roll:
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby Elanthrapist » Wed 15.03.2017, 22:17

Hi Guys,
I,m new to the M100 stuff having just bought an S2. I have read up and the Toyo Proxes seem to be widely used. There are 2 Proxes T1-R tyres listed, one with rim protection edge and one without, they are both rated differently for roll resistance and wet grip. My question is.....which one is it for the M100??? I will be fitting new tyres pretty soon.
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby timlot » Mon 27.03.2017, 16:21

Elanthrapist wrote:Hi Guys,
I,m new to the M100 stuff having just bought an S2. I have read up and the Toyo Proxes seem to be widely used. There are 2 Proxes T1-R tyres listed, one with rim protection edge and one without, they are both rated differently for roll resistance and wet grip. My question is.....which one is it for the M100??? I will be fitting new tyres pretty soon.
Advice much appreciated. George.

Hi George.
I checked date (DOT) code on my recently purchased and MOT'd SE and found them to be 17 years old ! - so decided to replace all with Toyo Proxes T1-R 205/50/R15V without rim protection. They seem ideal for general use and at £215.00 a set offer good value as well. I see there are lots of postings here about all types/makes of tyres so have a read and decide but I think Toyo are fine as long as you aren't expecting too much from them. They are certainly a huge improvement on the old potentially dangerous ones. Got mine from BlackCircles but the numpty at the garage despite me telling him 26.5 PSI sent me on my way with 40 PSI all round, that made it very weird and bounced around all over the place ! ( so check pressures yourself afterwards to be sure).
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby Rambo » Tue 28.03.2017, 14:19

Rogertol wrote: More concern is the tyres which are Mohawk M112 front and Fulda Extremo Carat on the rear - both types have pretty bad reviews and I am thinking of changing them for safety reasons


Good idea so I hope you have done so by now ? These tyres would be towards the bottom of my list. Anyway, I always prefer to have the same make on both axles, particularly with the M100 :burnout:

Personally, I never compromise on rubber. I buy the best I possibly can for grip and stopping distance. Like Rip, longevity for me is not an issue as I only drive a max of 3K in both my Elan's. When you consider how little rubber is on the road at any one point in time and that your life depends on it I think it is worth paying the extra £££
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby clemo » Tue 28.03.2017, 14:22

As above .
The rubber is the first and last point of contact to the road . Make it count .
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby dapinky » Tue 28.03.2017, 14:36

:agree: - always good stuff.
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Re: What tyre ?

Postby Simon_P » Tue 28.03.2017, 20:22

rip wrote: tyres are a trade-off between cost, grip & longevity.
I would add noise to the list, particularly if you have replaced the rear rubber bushes with poly bushes.

I have had Avon's on for the last 12 years.
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