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Old 5th November 2008, 17:14   #421
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Default Bridgestone Potenza G3, 195/65R14 or 185/70R14 ?

I've been told Bridgestone Potenza G3 gives good ride quality compared to the other tires and surely much better than the Vxi JKs. So I decided to stick to these tires.

Now, question is - should I put 185/70R14 (the ZXI size) or 195/65R14 ? I wouldn't change rim size as I already have Neo alloys 14" on my current VXI stock tires. My priorities are (1) ride comfort (2) NO steering wheel stiffness for higher width.

Also, do anyone know where can I, or can I, get some value from my 20K stock VXI tires ?
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Old 5th November 2008, 18:12   #422
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Blinkjona,

Thats the exact same tyre with the exact same size that I have on my DDiS. Rides well, handles well, grips well. No compromise on FE... I get between 15.6 and 16.2 kpl on a city circuit.



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I am all for performance and looks and wouldn't want to compromise on FE.
I read ppl claiming ES100 to be old and that A drive maybe a better option.
I am inclined to 195/60/15 a drive?
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Old 6th November 2008, 16:35   #423
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Default Should i change my tyres?

Got a Swift VXi which is about an year old and had done around 5600Kms on the ODO till date. Have not had any problems with the stocks till date. But just after reading this forum thought that the tyre change will improve the handling and ride quality.

After going through the thread Tyre upgrade for Swift, have decided to upgrade to 185/70(stock of ZXi) on my stock rims with Michellin xm1+
Got a quote of 3800/tyre for the same.

Now my doubt is that whether an upgrade is really necessary for my kind of usage?
1) i have a very low running of around some 700-800 kms/month
2) only city driving (Chennai)
3) car has already done 5600 kms and dealer says he will not give anything for the stock tyres now which was expected.

Please advice me as what to do?

Mods: i feel this is the right thread this post should be in. If repetition of post is not allowed then can my previous post in the thread "Michellin XM1+" be moved here?

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Old 8th November 2008, 09:24   #424
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I have used JKs also on highways and at high speeds of over 120 km/hr. The tyres have been fairly decent. Hence for City driving if you are not an aggressive driver JKs are perfectly fine.
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Not necessary to change Ashvin but is recommended. You will like the sharper handling, lesser road noise and good ride comfort. Moreover the car looks better on fatter rubber rather than spindly.
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Old 25th November 2008, 23:02   #426
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Default Swift VXI (165) tire upgrade to 185 or 195 ?

I'm not able to finalize whether I should upgrade my stock 165 tire to 185 or 195 ? I have 14" alloys already running with the VXi JK tire for last 23K km. The key factor in choosing the new tire is that the steering should NOT feel hard/stiff in the traffic, and the overall dia should be same or within tolerance (3%).

So, my question is, given a choice that I'm able to keep the overall diameter same, which width should I choose, 185 or 195 ? (Bridgstone Potenza GIII has 185/70R14 and 195/65R14 which have both same overal dial)

Also, what brand (Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear) is best ? I am least concerned about how much time the tires last, but concerned about soft ride which I totally miss with the iron hard JK tires. At this time, my preference is Bridgestone Potenza G3
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Old 27th November 2008, 11:23   #427
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Guys i recently swapped my Swift Ldi for a Lxi...reasons being certain nagging engine problems...but that apart..i had 195/60/r15 michelin energy xm1's with bsa alloys on the diesel..the tyres and rims are gone with the old car..so i changed the stock jk tornado's on the lxi with 185/70/r14 Pirelli P3000's on the same steel rims...my usage is daily run of 50km +/-..and though i have changed from diesel to petrol i havent felt any difference on the effect it has on my pocket...when i did put on the pirelli's i knew it was pretty much a temporary change..now that ive gathered some vitamin M..i have been wanting to change to better tyres and alloys just for the looks...because the pirelli's are more than sufficient for the handling..
now finally i wanted to know-
1.I was keen on yokohama S drives...but how are the less commonly used brands like nankang or maxxis...
2.i know 195/55/r15 is a wrong upsize but i felt 205's would affect the power since
its stock as of now...
3.i didnt wana go in for 195/60/r15 since i didnt like the stance the 60 profile gave it...
4.so suggestions plz...about the correct upsize and the brand...thanks!
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Thank you, Ishan! This is exactly what I wanted to know. Now I have kept myself two options:

205/55 R15
205/50 R16
Adi, so what have you opted for ?? I have 205/55/15 on my Zxi and am happy with the performance and the ride quality. I have S drives and I feel they are pretty good.

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Adi, so what have you opted for ?? I have 205/55/15 on my Zxi and am happy with the performance and the ride quality. I have S drives and I feel they are pretty good.

Hey Mushroomz, I think I will go for for 15" once I change my front suspension. Actually I have a bad left front suspension and fighting with MASS to have it changed under warranty. I am sure they will blame the big tyres if I had those, so a delay in upsizing
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Thanks DieselFan and Vid6639 for your recommendation.
Now i am out of budget for the time being. So probably after 3-4 months thinking of adding alloys along with the change of tyres.
Can some one give me the list of shops in Chennai for Alloys and Tyres so that i can visit them and try to find a good deal in the mean time.
Have seen some shops in Whites Road near Satyam Cinemas. Other than those any recommeded shops by T-BHP members here?

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Hi everyone

I today fitted Yokohoma A-Drive195X60X15 and alloys.
I also tried 205X55X15. 205 tires were looking HOT, but ride was not that comfortable.

What are the downsides for 205 tyre?
I still have option to change the tyres.

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Ok...gurus don't pounce on me. I've put in AD07's on my swift. 195/60 14. Yes there is an error beyond the "recommended" percentage but the grip and braking it offers me is phenomenal. I am running the stock ZXi alloys and I have absolutely no cause for complaint. I would have been happy to put in 195/65 14 but someone manufacture the AD07's in the size please!

Let the criticism flow.
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Old 14th December 2008, 01:54   #433
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Slight effect on FE,Slight drop of power with 205.Nothing majorly noticeable i think,Im running 205/55/15 S-drive's im very much happy with them
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KK - I'll let you by on this one!
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Tyre gurus,
Final SOS call. Alloys and tyre size (195/60/R15) is confirmed. But I am really really confused between Yokohama A-Drives (AA01) and Michelin MXV8.

Both are comfort based tyres and good reviews but price diff is kinda huge (3900 for A-drives and 4800 for Mich.)

Is it really worth paying 900 more for the Michelins when there is aint really any significant benefit. Warranty and all are there in both since they are available officially.

Any pointers to finalise ? Budget is not really a consideration, but if MXV8 is a rip-off, I'd rather have the Yokos.
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