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Old 28th April 2016, 15:26   #91
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Can i fit 13" tyres on my 2002 Omni? Currently it is running on 12".
Me and my friend had tried on our 1995 Omni Flat roof(now sold off). Our's was the carburettored version with drum brakes all around.

Then the erstwhile 13-inch Zen rims were a bolt on fit. Tyres used were MRF ZVTS (i guess those tyres are now called MRF ZVTV), 145/70-13 tube type. (original Zen size). These Maruti Van's if you recall came with the old rear leaf spring configuration with two main leaves and a "helper"-leaf at the bottom.

Some of the things that were observed:

1. Straight line stability definitely improved and the "Maruti Van" felt much better to ride especially on highways.

2. Steering weighed up more due to the bigger wheels and tyres. Discomfort was felt during in low speed city driving conditions.

3. As effective wheel travel / articulation had reduced, under fully loaded conditions, with 5 people on board, the "Van"'s front wheels used to scrape when going a bit fast over undulations. Steering also felt very heavy under full load. Under full steering lock conditions there was no problem however.

4. Speedo / Odo reading went off by as much as 15-20%.

5. Another problem we had observed: When climbing hills, because the overall gearing had altered, the "Van" distinctly felt less peppy and laboured on inclines. Felt short of breath. We were studying in Darjeeling in West Bengal during that time and regularly used to drive around in the mountains regularly.

As such we decided to ditch the 13 - inchers and reverted to the stock 12-inch wheels to bring things back on an even keel.

Just thought of sharing these with you, in case its of any use.

Cheers and drive safe !
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32 Years On!



35bhp, 12"wheels, 4 gear transmission, negative safety rating .. still beats the pants off the competition in the UV segment! OMG Yeh Mera India

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I've always wondered why maruti never equipped it with an Ac.

Could anyone care the shed light on this , if possible .
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I've always wondered why maruti never equipped it with an Ac.

Could anyone care the shed light on this , if possible .
This issue has been discussed before. There was an AC version of the OMNI which was discontinued later. Though I am not sure of the reason for the same since I was not even born then, technically, I can think of this - The cabin volume of the Omni is quite big, beating compact sedans. This will require the AC to be designed for a high capacity which will sap power from the engine. The Alto 800 itself struggles with AC and it's AC is no chiller. The Omni engine couldn't have powered the car and it's AC at the same time

The AC version of the OMNI had a sliding partition behind the rear seat to isolate the boot and reduce cabin volume, but that would have just made a little improvement. Another aspect is that since the engine is under the driver seat, there is some amount of heat transferred to the cabin, which will make things worse.
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I owned one A/C Omini with passenger seats. It could accommodate 9 people. Long distance it could cool enough to make journey pleasant. It was also used as taxi in Delhi at least.
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I have a 1987 model suzuki van, all parts intact and running great.Only issue i used to face is the points and condenser used to wear out if the PMP and some other brand were used. This was later solved when a friend of my dad bought some toyota points from dubai for his van and gave us like a whole set of ten points, i still have about four of them.
Another family friend of ours has the ac version van, it used to cool reasonably well with tinted glasses and would do a great run on the pune nashik highway.
He never added any plastic sheet to isolate the rear dicky portion and yet on one of our travels while i sat in the dicky it was pleasant.
I still believe the earlier quality was top notch with zero issues.
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