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1.5 Roadster Tire Thread

chadconway

2008 Roadster 1.5 - VIN 323
Jul 20, 2010
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16
San Francisco CA
How did you like the Michelin's? Were the the PS4Ss or the super sports?

They were the PS4S, great tires, but I only got 10k out of them. That said, I received warranty refund. My per tire cost was $188.99. Refund was $151.19. So I only paid $37.80 per tire which is an amazing deal. This time I’m trying the Continental Extreme Contact, but would happily go back to Michelin’s.
 

MCroadster

Member
Apr 15, 2018
76
32
California
Thanks for the info guys. Pretty sweet for the refund but 10,000 miles is a bit on low side.

What are you guys able to find the Continental Extreme Contacts? There seem to be plenty in the 225 size for the rear, but it sounds like the 195 size for the front has been out of stock for more than a year. Are you running the ADO7s in the front and Continentals in the rear?

I'm considering going with the Yokohama A052 all around. They have a front size of 195 50R16 88W (P/N 110105274) and a rear size of 225 45R17 94W (P/N 110115207). The fronts seem to match the diameter fairly closely to the OEM spec with just a wider track. Had you looked into those when you were purchasing new tires?
 

chadconway

2008 Roadster 1.5 - VIN 323
Jul 20, 2010
34
16
San Francisco CA
Thanks for the info guys. Pretty sweet for the refund but 10,000 miles is a bit on low side.

What are you guys able to find the Continental Extreme Contacts? There seem to be plenty in the 225 size for the rear, but it sounds like the 195 size for the front has been out of stock for more than a year. Are you running the ADO7s in the front and Continentals in the rear?

yes, AD07 in front and Continental in the back for me. I was hoping to switch to Continental’s in the front, but I’m seeing what you are seeing with them out of stock. If you want to focus on max milage per set and same tread, you could try the Dunlop Direzza DZ102. I’m not sure any of us has tried those yet. Be careful as they will have less grip than the max performance tires we usually use.
 

dhrivnak

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Jan 8, 2011
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3,577
NE Tennessee
Yes I too run the AD07s on the front. Since the front is light and tends to understeer I think the car feels more balanced with the stickier ADO7 on the front.
 
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MCroadster

Member
Apr 15, 2018
76
32
California
Thanks for the information. Are you typically swapping out the TPMS sensors every time you change tires? This is my first tire change. So far the TPMS sensors have been very reliable but I've heard these sensors are sensitive and and a tire change may damage them.
 

MCroadster

Member
Apr 15, 2018
76
32
California
For reference to other 1.5 owners, I decided to install the newer Yokohama A052 tires on both the front and the rear and after few months of use I can report that they are suitable options for the roadster.

This summer I picked up a set of the Yokohama A052s to replace my older AD07s that were stock on the roadster. The sizes and model numbers that I purchased were the 195 50R16 88W (P/N 110105274) and a rear size of 225 45R17 94W (P/N 110115207). By picking them up in person at the Tire Rack Sparks Nevada warehouse there was a bit savings on shipping, I purchased them for $382.36 for the pair of rears and $406.36 for the pair of front tires. Not too bad seeing that the OEM AD07s were almost $350 per tire.

The primary trade-off was bumping the front tires up to the 195 width. Considering that side wall ratio dropped from 55 to 50, the front tire diameter is almost the same only losing about 0.5% of overall diameter from the stock 175/55R16. Seeing that the size of 195/50 R16 was supported for sport model in owner's manual I felt confident that these should work.

I had these tires installed at a local shop called Custom Alignment in Mountain View as I heard that they have worked on roadsters before. An alignment and break work was completed at the same time of the tire install so I can't 100% attribute the performance differences to the change in tires. The TMPS sensors were not needed to be replaced and just had a service kit.

After the install, I immediately noticed a dramatic improvement in the smoothness of the tire. The harshness of small bumps was mostly gone, and tire drone and steering wheel vibration at high speed were dramatically reduced. I did notice a slightly longer delay to the steering input from the AD07s. I suspect this is attributed to the larger sidewalls of the front tires (see pictures) as these A052 are about 0.3" wider than a standard 195 size tire. I had to verify this a couple of times to make sure that it was actually present as the effect is very slight. Taking the car on a spirited drive up and down Skyline, there was definite improvement in grip. Without taking off traction control, I was not able to break them loose. I had to drive a bit more carefully when the AD07s were mounted.

I did notice a bit of drop in range, with the new tires. I have not given it a long drive on a full charge yet, but would suspect about 5-6mile of standard range loss.

The only other consideration about the A052 tires is that they use an extreme summer performance compound, and are a bit sensitive to the cold. They should not be stored at <14°F. In Coastal California it is not as big of an issue, but for some locations they might be a bit difficult to store.

Overall, I think these are great options for alternative tires if you are not looking for maximum efficiency.
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