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I understand that Yokohama Advan Neova 175/55/R16 Front tyres are no longer available, however, I have seen a recommendation to use 165 instead.

I would be most grateful for any information on what tyres to purchase to replace my Yokohama Advan Neova 175/55/R16.

Regards John

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The 175 was introduced to promote some understeer in the car - or rather reduce oversteer / number of S1s written off in ditches.

I would absolutely not go down to 165.

Factory recommended replacement for the AD07 is Yokohama V105, with 195 on the front.

With ensuring your suspension geometry is setup correctly also.


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It is safe to use the 195 width on the standard rims. 

I have the V105s on my 2003 s2 Elise and they are a good all-round tyre. Not the grippiest in the dry at high speed but still good in the winter when it's cold and in the wet.

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@design4p as deanb says, there are no issues with 195s on the standard OE 5.5 inch width rims. I have V105s fitted all round on standard rims (and geo done at the same time). See a photos of the V105s on my Elise on this other thread:

Included on that thread is an excerpt from the Service Notes regarding tyre sizes and mixing the diffrent versions of Yokohama tyres. I used the tyre dimensions for the Elise 220 for the V10s fitted to my car even though it is an early 189hp 2ZZ powered Elise R S3.

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