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novacaine

Year of Roadster: 2000

Rear wheels: 6.5"x15" (OEM Toyota Offset +45mm)
Rear Tyres: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 205/50/15
Front Wheels: 6" x 15" (OEM Toyota Offset +45mm)
Front Tyres: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 185/55/15

Supplier: Tanvic Tyres Loughborough
Cost: £396 for all four

Suspension mods: None

Comments:

Having had the previous owner's Pirelli P6000s  worn close to the legal limit before a long french road trip I decided to replace all four tyres (BTW P6000 are rubbish on this car, no braking grip at all!)

I went for Yokohama AD08s as I wanted something that gave very good grip but wouldn't throw me off the road at the slightest sign of water

One word : WOW

the grip once scrubbed in is phenomenal, braking performance is exceptional and I have yet to find the limit of grip on cornering (need a trackday to do this safely as there is so much grip)

to put this in context I am a Trackday/race driving instructor so I can pedal
 
wear rate is excellent for this type of tyre, Ive done 2500 miles on them so far and Ive lost about 1.5mm off the 8mm that was there to begin with - not bad at all really
Not so great in standing water and occasionally tramline but nothing drastic or unsettling, and grip in the wet/damp is very good

Verdict:

Mid to high price and worth every damn penny, these tyres are amazing and suit the car really well. Only issue (if you can call it that) is that because of the high grip it will really show up the stock suspension inadequacies with more body roll when cornering hard but with a few choice suspension mods this car will really fly with these tyres!!

Wabbitkilla

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Campovolo Grey Abarth 595 Competizione

steve430

hi, im running uniroyals at the moment and im not overly impressed, 185/55/15 on front (uniroyal rainsport)
and 215/45/16 on the back (rainsport 2)
the backs seem fine, a little wiggly when pushed, but that all adds to the fun, but the front seem to have incredibly soft sidewalls. a bit boat like. have increased pressures to 28 as apposed to 26 and have improved a bit but still dull.tryed at 30 but understeered fairly badly.
 back to re040s in the spring i think. despite the tramlining that seems to upset people.

steve

Wabbitkilla

Quote from: "Wabbitkilla"Year of Roadster: 2003

Rear wheels: 7"x17" ET37 Oz Ultraleggera SR
Rear Tyres: Marangoni Zeta Linea 215x40x17 26psi
Front Wheels: 7"x16" ET37 Oz Ultraleggera SR
Front Tyres: Marangoni Zeta Linea 195x40x16 34psi

Supplier: MyTyres (I know I said I'd never use them again but their service these days is excellent)
Cost: £240ish (sorry it's been a while)
Suspension mods: BC Racing Coilovers, Megan Racing rear Arms, Whiteline Droplinks, Cusco Uprated ARBs, Strut Tower braces from Cusco (Front), and C-One (Rear), TRD Copy front Member Brace, Corky Breastplate.

So about time for an update,

I got a year out of the rear tyres and approx 15000 miles which is actually pretty good for me.
I bought replacements from KwikFit as they were the best price and a nice bunch if guys in Skipton.

Another year on and I haven't done as many miles, the tyres still look fresh.
The front tyres don't appear to be wearing at all and this is not a good thing, it would seem the difference in age of the front -vs- rear is telling on the handling. Getting a lot of tram lining a the front and a general imbalance of cohesion front to back. This gives the sensation that most of the time you are driving on glass and you have to concentrate to avoid swapping ends.

I guess one solution would be to replace all 4 at the same time regardless of front wear, they are after all excellent tyres when new. I have experienced this a little with Toyos but the fronts do wear on those and the effect is not as extreme as the Marangoni's.

So when I change tyres I will be switching back to Toyo T1R of the same sizes of these. I will also be swapping all 4 at the same time in future, costly but necessary to safety and enjoyment IMHO.
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Campovolo Grey Abarth 595 Competizione

Conno11y

Year of Roadster 2005

Rear Tyres: Toyo Proxes 225/40/16 @ 36psi
Front Tyres: Toyo Proxes 195/50/15 @ 27psi

Price: £240.00 (Mates rates unfortunately)

I have been running these for about 800 miles now and I have to say that the handling has improved dramatically. The tram-lining and underwhelming feeling that I was getting with the Potenzas is all but gone and they have put back some confidence in driving the car how it's meant to be driven.

Thought the slightly Lower profile albeit only very very minor might affect the Speedo but my GPS speed seems to have the same difference as before at least up to 70.

Keith

Winter tyres

Year of roadster: 2000

Tyres: Michilen Alpin A4 185 60 15 (Winter tyres)

Supplier: ATS

A bit of history first: I generally run Hankook K110's and are very, very  pleased.   Continental Winter tyres on SWMBO BMW 118D and Alpin A4's were fitted to her previous Fabra VRS using 15" rims to give a higher profile.  3rd Jan, BMW arrived and Conti's fitted courtesy of ATS and privately sold the Fabia having had its summer tyres and wheels refitted.

I'd decided that my MR2 really didn't need winter tyres, in addition to the BMW I've got access to a Land Rover Defender.  Anyway the nappy will catch on any depth of snow, so couldn't see the point of winter's on mine.  Wrong; very wrong!  s:oops: :oops: s:oops:  

One week later.  Ledbury, light dusting of snow. Didn't take the Defender (which, great after heavy snow, but on very light snow is also crap (it's still only got 4 tyres in contact with the road – or not, as the case may be).   So, the MR2.  Hankooks handled the snowy up-hill climb very well, trouble was, if it kept snowing the way it was, could I get back down later in the evening?  I wasn't risking it.  I turned around.  Let's just say, odd parked cars one side and cars coming up the other, coming down, there wasn't a great deal of choice – or indeed braking.  Somehow, by not braking, then sliding as appropriate I got down without mishap.

Later that evening.... "Hi darling, you know that you were putting your old winter tyres on Ebay?   How much do you want for them?"

Now I know that 185 60 15's (as we'd fitted to the Fabia) are not standard, but the slight increase in side-wall height would help with road clearance and protect a little from pot-holes.  The narrower rear profile would also help bad weather traction.  ATS, having checked their book,  were happy to fit and the speedo had been over-reading anyway!

The outcome:  absolutely brilliant.  Light snow;  MR2 over the Landy every time – plus, you can have a bit of fun!  Generally handling is a little softer, but not to the point of being squidgy.  Grip, especially in wet,  low temperatures is superb.  More importantly it gives confidence to travel across the country of business, knowing that, assuming the traffic permits, I can get home no matter what the weather.  What's more, when it gets really bad I can get out of the way of those driving on all season or summer tyres.

And extra cost – well, not a lot, really.  Whilst I'm wearing out my winter tyres in temperature they're designed to work in, the summer ones are tucked up, not sliding around, protected from UV with no wear at all!

Just about to pick up a spare set of alloys – they'll be refurbished before the summer tyres go on.  s:D :D s:D
2000, lagoon blue, hard top, precats removed, Dev\'s keyhole covers, K & N, breatplate.  Loving it even more I\'ve had the injectors cleaned!

steve b

Quote from: "steve b"Year of Roadster: 2002

Rear wheels: 7"x16" (OEM Toyota MY03 Offset +45mm)
Rear Tyres: Yokohama Advan AD08 225/45R16
Front Wheels: 6"x15" (OEM Toyota Offset +45mm)
Front Tyres: Yokohama Advan AD08 195/50R15

Supplier: Black circles
Cost: £450

Suspension mods: None
Comments:

Did 170miles on track yesterday and initial impressions are miles better for track than the Hankook RS2, side wall is much stiffer, grip is higher in wet and dry sill nice and progressive .  Stiff side wall has ruined the ride on road though.  Great road and track tyre so far, please with the purchase.

Update, now done 5 track days on these, swapped them on to OZ ultraleggeras that are a bit wider than standard upfront after 3 track days and rotated the fronts at that time, virtually no road miles.  The car handles wonderfully on these, slides really progressively, they grip really well, they don't overheat, stiff side wall is great so little shoulder wear.  I do need to rotate the fronts before the next track day and I think I'll only get one or possibly two more days out of them before they are on the wear indicators so life of about 2500 very hard unforgiving miles, fronts and rears wearing equally and generally evenly, out side fronts get a bit more wear than inside but then that's to be expected when doing circuits so necessary to rotate them.

I will look no further than the updated AD08R when they need to be replaced brilliant tyres, the Elise lot use them loads and find them great as well.
2002 Face lifted 6 Speed UK 2ZZGE MR2 track car & 2.7T A6 Avant. CBR1000RR & CBR600F.

steve b

Had the fronts rotated again and just did another day on them.  Illegal now, still gripping and being brilliant though.  Ordered a full set of AD08R's from demon tweaks £411 to replace them.  Hope they are as good as the old AD08's.
2002 Face lifted 6 Speed UK 2ZZGE MR2 track car & 2.7T A6 Avant. CBR1000RR & CBR600F.

andyhull

Ok, I need a bit of clarification regards tyres for my 2000 roadster.
I have seen everyone posts regards Toyo's etc and have come to the conclusion they are a summer tyre, or are they good in winter too ?
Anyway, I really need a good set of all year tyres bearing in mind I dont use the car for racing and dont throw it about in any way really. I am a bit of a plodder   s:oops: :oops: s:oops:  
Can someone recomend a decent set of tyres for me plz, the wheels are stock size 15's and have different tyres on all four corners at present
front = 185 x 55r x 15
rear = 205 x 50r x 15
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Joesson

I replaced the no name tyres on my 2 in July of this year. The old tyres were legal regarding tread depth but the side walls were cracking due to age of tyres.
I read a lot on here, and various tyre reviews on line and manufacturers web sites.
I decided on Fallen ZE914 as these were available in requirred pfl stock sizes and seemed to offer overall performance, longevity and good pricing.
I checked Black  Circle and other fitted prices on the web and then asked my Mr T who supplied, fitted, balanced for £271.66 and included a 4 wheel alignment FOC.
Results in the dry only for me have been fine, it is a summer only car for me but the spec  is good overall including wet weather performance.
Have a look at there web site and the tyre reviews and compare with others.
I'm not disappointed.

ChrisGB

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peteyb

Year of roadster: 2003

Tyres: 195/45r17 at the front
             215/40r17 at the end
             Toyo Proxies 4
Alloys 17x7 et40 i think

No suspension mods

Running about 28/29psi at the front and about 35psi in the back, had them on around 1500miles now, and they defiantly got some grip to them!! Reasonably quiet on the road, being proxes4s they hav more channels to guide water out, so for me, the wet grip is awesome, cant say ive even had it slip yet, i sure it will some day  s;) ;) s;)  only gripe, slightly squidgy sidewalls, but once your used to it, it wont phase u to much, cant say about life time on them, they dont even look worn yet  s:) :) s:)  would i recommand them, yes i would  s:) :) s:)

stupink

Year of Roadster: 2001

Rear wheels: 7"x16"
Rear Tyres: yokohama AD08R 225/45/16
Front Wheels: 7" x 16"
Front Tyres: Yokohama AD08R 205/45/16

Supplier:Blackcircles
Cost: £402

Suspension mods: KYB shocks, -40mm springs, underbody braces.

Comments:
Dry = Sweet jesus.
Wet + cold= kinda like a budget tyre in the dry(nankangs etc)
Wet+hot tyres(ie been driving 15mins or more) = better than a good typical tyre in the dry ie Proxies etc.

Verdict:
Never buying any other tyre ever again.
2001 1ZZ turbo. 293hp home build all the way

ElliottTennis

Recently fitted Bridgestone Adreniline all round 205,55,15 rear and 195 50 15 front.

I couldn't track down a 185 fronts however the size in the front does have as close to the correct rolling radius possible.

The difference between these and my old tyres which the far came on is incredible. I had Marshall cheapy tyres on and these are 100% better. £260 for 4 from top tred tyres sheffield
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Mobile Tyre Services Sheffield and South Yorkshire

no1trancefan

hi are the adreniline a good subsitute for the standard potenzas that were on the 2? might get a set of those myself seem quite cheap my last potenzas were hard to get the originals that were on the car again, was about 450 fitted, few years ago though,

just to confirm these are ADRENALIN RE002?

ptennisnet

Car: 2002

Front tyres:  Maxxis MA-AS 185/55 R15 86V XL (AS)
Rear tyres:  Maxxis MA-AS 205/50 R15 89V XL (AS)

Supplier: Mytyres

Cost: £221.2 + fitting at local fitters.

I was a bit dubious as I've never used budget type brands before but these were the only V-rated M+S tyres I could find and I figured they'd be better in the cold and snow than summer tyres.  I've been running them for about 3 weeks now and I'm surprised at how good they are, once the front pressures were reduced to 26psi (fitter left them at 32psi and it was a bit understeery to say the least).

ElliottTennis

Quote from: "no1trancefan"hi are the adreniline a good subsitute for the standard potenzas that were on the 2? might get a set of those myself seem quite cheap my last potenzas were hard to get the originals that were on the car again, was about 450 fitted, few years ago though,

just to confirm these are ADRENALIN RE002?


So sorry for the lazy reply!! Yes re002 super tyres had them on a while now and all round great performance, esp on hard acceleration with budget tyres I could wheel very easily now however it hooks up really nicely.

Re002 highly recommended
02 lagoon Blue, TTE Style Bar, TTE Exhaust, Blitz Induction, Sports Springs, Red Leather, Dark Wheels

@HometyreSheff
Mobile Tyre Services Sheffield and South Yorkshire

Shaw

Quote from: "ptennisnet"Car: 2002

Front tyres:  Maxxis MA-AS 185/55 R15 86V XL (AS)
Rear tyres:  Maxxis MA-AS 205/50 R15 89V XL (AS)

Supplier: Mytyres

Cost: £221.2 + fitting at local fitters.

I was a bit dubious as I've never used budget type brands before but these were the only V-rated M+S tyres I could find and I figured they'd be better in the cold and snow than summer tyres.  I've been running them for about 3 weeks now and I'm surprised at how good they are, once the front pressures were reduced to 26psi (fitter left them at 32psi and it was a bit understeery to say the least).

Be careful. These tyres are no longer produced. I ordered some for fitting at a local halfrauds to arrive and be greeted with their 'equivelant' tyre, (with a wet grip reading of E). Needless to say I got a refund.

tricky1138

#68
Quote from: "JoshuaBatson"These tyres are amazing i have never had an issue and they grip just as well in the wet as the dry  however i am now 900 miles into the set and have a big issue , i got a puncture and put my spare on however this tyre seems to be ridiculous to get hold off, no one in the Luton/Bedfordshire area can get one in less then 3 days , be warned , maybe even buy 6 a spare for each front and back , but now i am stuck without a car because i purchased these tyres....
Josh

I have to say I really was looking at getting these tyres but I will have to see availability when I come round to replacing mine.

Glad to hear there were good, and hope availability improves.
2004 FL, Black, Matt Brace, Team Dynamics Monza R, Tein Springs, TTE Exhaust, heated black leather seats, black leather armrest,  Zunsport grills, Midship front badge,  TRD spoiler, Halo DRLs with LED fogs, large clear wind defector, Krissg kick panels,  small mongos.

HFB

Just fitted to my PFL MR2

AD08R Front 185/55/15
ADS08R Rear 205/50/15

£320 delivered from tyreleader.co.uk

fitted and balanced locally for £10 a corner

Off to test them out on a trackday at Brands on Monday so will get back here with feedback then.

HFB
2000 Roadster
Silver (Blue go faster stripe)
2ZZ, Miester Zeta CRD+ Coilovers, Megillian Custom Exhaust & Underbody Brace and 1/2 cage (and working soft top), Patrick Chambers Enclosed air intake and oil cooler, badly re-furbed alloys :D

damo66

fitted a set of Avon zv5's the other day.
£200 for a set of 4 standard PFL from tyreshopper.
they seem very good so far in the wet and the dry. not a major difference to the kumho that were on previously (so far at least)
Spoke to Avon about the production of the ZV5 and they are phasing them out soon... typical when the rears wear out twice as fast as fronts, but they told me the ZV7's that are coming will be compatible... we'll see!!

Wabbitkilla

Guys please be careful out there, these temperatures are not ideal for getting the best out of performance tyres.
I know it's colder up here in the North and i was squirming a lot on my Advans last weekend but it's really not that much warmer down South
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HFB

Quote from: "HFB"Just fitted to my PFL MR2

AD08R Front 185/55/15
ADS08R Rear 205/50/15

£320 delivered from tyreleader.co.uk

fitted and balanced locally for £10 a corner

Off to test them out on a trackday at Brands on Monday so will get back here with feedback then.

HFB

Dry but cold day at Brands on Monday (7th March) and the tyres didn't miss a beat.

Felt really stable and planted with hardly a squirm (which probably means I'm still driving too slow!   s:( :( s:(  ).

OK, so I'm not fast yet, but these tyres made about 2s per lap difference.

If they last a season of summer/occasional trackdays then I will be a very happy chap!

  s:D :D s:D  

HFB
2000 Roadster
Silver (Blue go faster stripe)
2ZZ, Miester Zeta CRD+ Coilovers, Megillian Custom Exhaust & Underbody Brace and 1/2 cage (and working soft top), Patrick Chambers Enclosed air intake and oil cooler, badly re-furbed alloys :D

norwichred

HI.

We bought our roadster 2001 in November and knew we would have to replace all four tyres,

Was hoping to replace with really good ones later in the year, when we had some more money, as we have a child due in two weeks!

However, thanks to our friendly neighbourhood psycho slashing one of our tyres we need at least one rear one.  So figured would replace both rears now.

I know that the incorrect sizes are on there at the moment so my question is, what is the best budget but correct sized tyre we could get for now?

We'll put decent ones on later in the year,

Thanks in advance.

Ardent

I totally understand what you are saying. But, still better to put a decent pair on now.
If going new. Then Toyo or Falken.

No good being minus 1 parent due to ditch finder tyres.