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standard tires on 2.5

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by dsm363, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    What are the standard tires that are coming with the Roadster 2.5 now? I decided not to get the performance tires and was wondering what it came with. Thanks.

    Dave
     
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    Per the user manual, mine came with:

    Yokohama Neova AD07 LTS - Directional
    Front 175/55 R16
    Rear 225/45 R17
     
  3. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Thanks. Do they really go bald after 10,000 miles or so? Looked at the Tirerack.com reviews.
     
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    What other size/brand tires will replace Yokos? 10k per year is less than half normal drive miles
     
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    #5 vfx, Oct 5, 2010
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    The most unexpected cost of running the Roadster is reoccurring tire replacement.

    New rears every 5000 miles, new fronts every 10K. YMMV
     
  6. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Wow. I thought that was just the performance tires. Tirerack didn't list any other tires that fit. Are there high performance all season tires that also fit that people like? Ones that maybe last 20-30k miles? I read reviews about the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires that were good but looks like they don't fit. Thanks.
     
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    Geez, I thought all of the posts about the tires wearing out were for the performance tires as well...I was told the performance tires were noisier, and that they didn't grip well on wet roads.

    For those with experience with the performance tires, would these observations be correct?

    Thanks for any input!
     
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    The stock tires are low rolling resistance, so your range could be reduced a bit if you went with a different type.
     
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    The performance tires are softer and stickier so they will wear out faster.
     
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    Let's make use of this Tire Thread: Everyone who has perfomed at least 1 tire change answer the following questions:
    What tires did you have?
    How many miles did you get?
    Did they handle and stop well?
    Were they noisy?
    Was there a catastrophic failure, ie blow out, etc...?
    What did you get to replace them?
    How much for new tires?
     
  11. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    That's interesting. Hmm, I guess if the hit wasn't too bad, it might be worth it changing tires 20-30k instead of every 5-10k miles.
     
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    I talked with someone at TireRack.com and he said that the tire it comes with is the only tire that exactly fits it. I could go with a slightly wider front tire if I wanted something with slightly longer tread-life like the ContiSportContact 2. I guess I'll just get the car first and see how long things last. Just excited about getting the car I guess.
     
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    #13 Tdave, Oct 6, 2010
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    These would work well. Ultra high performance summer tire. Available in the right sizes. And has a 280 wear rating.

    http://www.tiresdirect.net/Toyo_Proxes_T1R_W63.cfm

    By the way, keep in mind. You non-Sport model Roadster owners should have no problem putting front tires on the car that are the same wider size as those that come with the Sport model. The wheels are the same. You'll get better front traction, which the Roadster desperately needs with its severe understeer. The front tire size on the Sport is 195/50 R16.
     
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    The above was for "2.0". It seems like some sports come with AD07s now...
     
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    #15 dsm363, Oct 6, 2010
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    Thanks. So a regular Roadster should drive fine with the same width front tires as the sport I would imagine. The 175/55 R16s are rare I guess.

    It's possible when you order the Sport to opt-out of the performance tires now and I think save $850 too which gives you the AD07s.

    Dave
     
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    Yes, that's what I did.

    I mean I'd love to have the stickys, but I need to use the vehicle as a daily driver and don't want to sacrifice the wet weather traction.


     
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    Tesla replied to my e-mail and said to be careful with going to a tire with too much treadlife since it will change the grip and might affect handling and braking.
     
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    Also, as a reminder - go easy on brand new tires. They tend to have less traction at first until the molding compound wears off.
    Maybe stay away from performance mode for the first couple hundred miles on the new tires for instance?
     
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    Thanks for the tip TEG...I knew nothing about this.
     

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