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Old 7th July 2009, 18:30   #436
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Hey,

This past weekend i FINALLY got Alloys and Tyres for my Zen.

This took more than a year to happen. I was first running stock MRF ZVTS, changed that to GoodYear GP2 as MRF were cracking. And now to these.
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Old 7th July 2009, 18:46   #437
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Zenster, from your pics I'm assuming the GC is improved noticeably, so whats the tyre profile you got? are they 165/65 R13?
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Old 7th July 2009, 18:55   #438
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Yup GC is great now. They are 165/65 13 XM1's (from 145/80 R12 GP2), so with GC, handling, grip, breaking everything is awesome. Now i know this may not be the perfect spec tyre and i accept that if i go over a hump carrying considerable speed, the wheel arch directly above the tyre scraps. No other issues noticed yet on sharp turns or anything. I will get the metal rolled in due coarse of time. Also, I generally drive alone or with my better half only, so as along as i'm careful on breakers/slopes its Pure Bliss...

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Old 7th July 2009, 21:19   #439
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Zenster, IMO removing the mud flaps will looks good.
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Zenster, IMO removing the mud flaps will looks good.
Point taken Shanz and saw your baby without the flaps and on removing them soon. BTW, i read on your garage that you have stiffened suspension...Could you please enlighten me of how its done and whats involved. What are the tradeoffs and benefits if the same etc. Awaiting your resposne..
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Hi BHPians,

Need your advice. After going through all the threads on Zen tire upsizing I almost made up my mind on Bridgestone Pontenza G-III.

However, when I called up a Bridgestone dealer in Pune, the person suggested the following:

1) If I switch to 13 inch alloys from my current 12 inch alloys and go for G-III there may be chances of the wheels touching the car's body.

-- Is this correct?

My calculation is that if I switch from current 145/70 tires to 165/60 I lose 2.5cm on the height of the tire (total 2 inches in clearance)

At the same time if I switch from 12 to 13 inch alloys it will offset for an inch in the loss of clearance.

By my calculation the gap between the new tire and car body should increase by half an inch.

I am a bit confused with what the sales person is saying.

Could you please advise.

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Hi BHPians,

Need your advice. After going through all the threads on Zen tire upsizing I almost made up my mind on Bridgestone Pontenza G-III.

However, when I called up a Bridgestone dealer in Pune, the person suggested the following:

1) If I switch to 13 inch alloys from my current 12 inch alloys and go for G-III there may be chances of the wheels touching the car's body.

-- Is this correct?

My calculation is that if I switch from current 145/70 tires to 165/60 I lose 2.5cm on the height of the tire (total 2 inches in clearance)

At the same time if I switch from 12 to 13 inch alloys it will offset for an inch in the loss of clearance.

By my calculation the gap between the new tire and car body should increase by half an inch.

I am a bit confused with what the sales person is saying.

Could you please advise.

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Gunajit, right up size for zen is either 155/60 R13 or 165/60 R13.

Some bhpians are already running with the above profile and no complains of scrapping or touching from them AFAIK.
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165/60 R13 will scrape if the car is fully loaded. I suggest you stick to 155 R13. I am running 175/60 R13 with stiffened suspension but still the tyre scrapes when there are more than 3 people.

Fatter the rubber, steering gets harder. Lower the profile, bumpy and harsh ride. Excellent grip though
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Hey,

This past weekend i FINALLY got Alloys and Tyres for my Zen.

This took more than a year to happen. I was first running stock MRF ZVTS, changed that to GoodYear GP2 as MRF were cracking. And now to these.
No doubt those alloys are spanking. Care to share the prices for those ?
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No doubt those alloys are spanking. Care to share the prices for those ?
Thanks Pervez.

The prices are as follows:
Plati PY123 13" 5.5J - 11500 set of 4.
Michellin XM1 165/65 R13 - 9600 set of 4
Balancing/Allignment/Weights -500
Chrome nut (16) - 900

Total = 22500 filled with Nitrogen.
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Thanks Pervez.

The prices are as follows:
Plati PY123 13" 5.5J - 11500 set of 4.
Michellin XM1 165/65 R13 - 9600 set of 4
Balancing/Allignment/Weights -500
Chrome nut (16) - 900

Total = 22500 filled with Nitrogen.
Ohhh! 22K !! Not at all bad. So thats beauty that you can afford.
Nice package overall.
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Ohhh! 22K !! Not at all bad. So thats beauty that you can afford.
Nice package overall.
Oh Yeah, it sure is a nice package especially if u consider the other options i was offered by some other places (in excess of 25k). I give a pat on my back every time i see them bcos i'm really bad at bargaining or negotiating a deal .

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Gunajit, right up size for zen is either 155/60 R13 or 165/60 R13.
No, the right setup (where wheels would not scrap) is:

145/70 R13
155/65 R13

OR

145/80 R12
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No, the right setup (where wheels would not scrap) is:

145/70 R13
155/65 R13

OR

145/80 R12
oh I thought 165/60 are also suited unless you over load, my mistake.

best bet would be 155/65 (typo in my earlier post, mentioned 155/60) then.
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hey shanz, thanks.
engine mods - K&N performance filter. FFE in piepline.
rubber - stock 12". planning to get 155/60 R13 sometime next month

yes, will upload some stationary pics shortly.
Hi Skyliner34,

Let us know once you upgrade to - 155/60 R13 and surely with some alloy add to it -

sure but post pictures and let us know where have you done it. zen really will rock with good rubbers and alloys.i bet.

I was thinking to upgrade rather for my 2000 model zen - it badly needs good rubber and alloy to roll on -

Rubber i have decided is bridgestone - probably - 165/60 R13 - since michelin is not that all good for Indian Roads - which will really damage the side walls fast of Michelin meant for Eurpoean markets.

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