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Old 4th May 2005, 23:32   #76
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Holy cow! Really? That's really cheap of Maruti, their flag ship sedan doesn't have fuel warning light. I was actually planning to call Maruti service and complain about the malfunction...
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i guess you're just used to driving foreign cars - thats why the issue with the fuel warninig light.
your car looks great in the black colour with the alloys and the yokohama tires.
did you get some of the interiors painted green (or otherwise)?
paint on rubber/plastic looks good only for a while - then it'll either fade or crack in the heat and it'll start looking bad pretty soon.

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Yeah Monty, the suggestion of a spoiler is good......it definitely makes the car look sporty although you dont really need the downforce..hehe

aah78, that fuel warning light comes even on my poor little Indi(ca)an made car so I guess its pretty cheap stuff by Maruti-Suzuki.
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aah78, i have painted the interior plaastic and it has not cracked or peeled off. guess it depends how it is done
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aah78, i have painted the interior plaastic and it has not cracked or peeled off. guess it depends how it is done
iceman, me just speaking from experience:
i'd got a car re-painted a while ago and the painter decided he should paint the gear-boot black - as it was faded. it looked great for a while but then the paint started cracking and it looked horrible - had to change it.
i guess, the quality of paint used and workmanship do make a difference.

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The Alloys were BSA 14" x 6J with offset 38.
Tyres were 195/60R14 Yokohama, I'll tell you the model later, I am going down soon to take some snaps.
What is offset? please!

What are other option in uni-directional tyres for the Baleno considering a higher profile as 60 would be too too TOO low for Pune's potholed conditions. I fear bulb formations on side walls for semi-low profile and am looking at atleast 70 profile. What should be the best tyres for this profile with uni-directional tread pattern.
I currently have a set of 13"x5.5J BSA rims from my Zen. Should they be a good fit for the Baleno?
I will be doing a lot of expressway runs up and down from Pune every weekend hence FE does bother me with fuel prices soaring 6 Rs. over a $ for a litre here... Do the wider tyres bring down efficiency? What is it roughly that you get?

And lastly do the tyres touch any part of the body at high speeds / While taking full circle turns / in bumpy conditions / with 5 people on board, etc??

Thanks in anticipation.
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What is offset? please!
Go to this webpage and search Inset or outset.


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What are other option in uni-directional tyres for the Baleno considering a higher profile as 60 would be too too TOO low for Pune's potholed conditions.
Worse than Bangalore, the pothole of India? The 60 profile is not too too Too low, it is more like medium low. Iceman used to have 205/50R15 on his Baleno, that too in Bangalore. Recently many new Baleno owners in Bangalore went for 195/60R14, it is the most popular upsize for Baleno, the best compromise between ride comfort and handling for Baleno.

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I currently have a set of 13"x5.5J BSA rims from my Zen. Should they be a good fit for the Baleno?
If you are settling for 185mm & 13", 5.5J should be fine.

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I will be doing a lot of expressway runs up and down from Pune every weekend hence FE does bother me with fuel prices soaring 6 Rs. over a $ for a litre here... Do the wider tyres bring down efficiency? What is it roughly that you get?
The effect on FE is very limited, I get around 12, I think.

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And lastly do the tyres touch any part of the body at high speeds / While taking full circle turns / in bumpy conditions / with 5 people on board, etc??
It has been found that baleno wheel well can easily hold 205mm tyres without touching, you have nothing to worry unless you are thinking 215mm tyres.
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If you like beig slightly more conservative...go for 185/65 R 14.(I use these Goodyear Eagle NCT 5 on my baleno and the ride and grip is pretty decent with no road noise whatsover)

.however considering that you want to use your existing alloys..the best upsize would be 185/70 R 13
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I'll be booking the car in a weeks time but want the ground work to be clear...as a novice I didn't do well with my Zen and opted for 5.5j rims shod with 165/60/R13 tyres causing one of the tyres to touch the body part...
Which rim size is the best 13" or 14" .. I dont mind spending some extra bucks for the 14" rims... Will keep the 13" as a spare set for monsoons as I wouldn't be wanting to screw up the new rims....
Pls advice.
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I'll be booking the car in a weeks time but want the ground work to be clear...as a novice I didn't do well with my Zen and opted for 5.5j rims shod with 165/60/R13 tyres causing one of the tyres to touch the body part...
Which rim size is the best 13" or 14" .. I dont mind spending some extra bucks for the 14" rims... Will keep the 13" as a spare set for monsoons as I wouldn't be wanting to screw up the new rims....
Pls advice.
Neither 185/70 R 13 nor 185/65 R 14 will touch the body work even with full load. (I run 185/65 R 14) I believe Samurai seems to have 195/60 R 14 and I believe that does not touch the body in any way either.

all these are tyres with the same/very similar outer diameter so touching should not be an issue..

It really depends on what you want...ride comfort will be very good in 185/70 R 13 (actually it will be best in 165/80 R 13, the stock tyre..185/70 is the option with more grip)
as you move from 165/80 R 13 to 185/70R 13 to 185/65 R 14 thru 195/60 R 14 the ride becomes progressively firmer and the handling improves consequantially.
185/65 R 14 is a good compromise between ride and handling...though given that you live in mumbai/pune both of which have very bad roads...you can I guess try 185/70 R 13...this option will give you a very good ride and also good grip...slightly mushy handling but will help your backside weather the roads better
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go with 14" as samurai has done. it is ideal for the bad roads as well as gives a good footprint. go for it.
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How much should the set of 5 Yokohama's cost? Haven't found anyone in Pune who sells Yoko's ... will have to source it from Bombay..
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yokohama's are directional tyres..sp pls buy only 4 and let your stepney do the hard work...

alterntively buy Goodyear Eagle NCT 5 (I have them) 185/65 R 14..since they are not directional....you can have a set of 5...
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It really depends on what you want...ride comfort will be very good in 185/70 R 13 (actually it will be best in 165/80 R 13, the stock tyre..185/70 is the option with more grip)
as you move from 165/80 R 13 to 185/70R 13 to 185/65 R 14 thru 195/60 R 14 the ride becomes progressively firmer and the handling improves consequantially.
185/65 R 14 is a good compromise between ride and handling...though given that you live in mumbai/pune both of which have very bad roads...you can I guess try 185/70 R 13...this option will give you a very good ride and also good grip...slightly mushy handling but will help your backside weather the roads better [/quote]

Is it possible to fit Swift ZXI wheel rims (great looking 14" alloys) and tyres (185X70X14, JK tubeless) in the Baleno? This way, the car's height will go up too. (I find the car too low).
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Is it possible to fit Swift ZXI wheel rims (great looking 14" alloys) and tyres (185X70X14, JK tubeless) in the Baleno? This way, the car's height will go up too. (I find the car too low).
i don't think the pcd would match
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Is it possible to fit Swift ZXI wheel rims (great looking 14" alloys) and tyres (185X70X14, JK tubeless) in the Baleno? This way, the car's height will go up too. (I find the car too low).
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If height goes up..handling will go for a toss....remember that..if you like cornering hard..you are better off with the current tyres..
the Swift alloy can be fitted (I believe that PCD in most of maruti cars is same) but the tyres are larger and will touch the fenders over bumps / full turns of steering)...you ca try it out though...and maybe it may fit.. I have not tried it..just a guessIt will also change the car gearing slightly which means that the gearing will become taller (slightly less responsive) and you will get around 3% speedo error...(car will show less)

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