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    Quote Originally Posted by TEG View Post
    The stock tires are low rolling resistance, so your range could be reduced a bit if you went with a different type.
    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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    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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    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.

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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.


    Quote Originally Posted by dsm363 View Post
    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.

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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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