Hello mate - once you decide give Tavistock Tyres a shout 01822 614188. If you speak to Simon Allen, he is very knowledgeable on tyres and does great prices too. Unfortunately he's a Scooby driver but we cant all be perfect eh?
My own personal view of the Yokohama AO48 is that they are very unforgiving on the limit.
I have had a couple of very worrying moments whilst pushing my car at the limit on high speed bends and as soon as the tyres break away , I have reduced power and the car carries on sliding and does not recover (usually understeer situations).
I think they are potentially lethal when fitted to an EVO.My Dunlop D98J'S are totally predictable and also bridgestone RE050 (ROAD TYRES) are brilliant.(usually fastest time of the day in the wet and not far off the pace of race rubber in the dry).
The toyo's are apparently putting in quicker lap times than Dunlops and I think I will try these next. They are also about 40 quid per tyre cheaper than the AO48.-Oh and by the way Yokohama stopped producing the soft compound (which were pretty good), have run out of the medium compound (which i have) and only have hard compound (which are probably even more lethal).
I did the lap of the Nurburgring Ring vid that can be found on this thread .. http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=79091 on the AO48 M/H compound tires - very nice good performers IMO but will be trying something different next time,as speaking to some people the Dunlop D01J is a gripppier tire.
Actually... I think A048 is overall the better performance semi slick than the other brands. In the wet, its performance is still good, but the other brands I find that is slips quite alot. myabe it is teh difference in the compound I use, which is M. In the rain, track day drivers have tried s compound and they find it really grippy. Of cuz A048 is not ultamite like it is snappy at the limit, but this is because of the high limit range the tire is capable of holding, and also quite bumpy on uneven surfaces!
If you choose A048, I'll recomand you use M compound. It can last around 1 year!