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Old 21st March 2011, 13:35   #1171
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I had contacted Yokohama and they have advised that they only have A drives in the size that I need which is 185/70/14. C drives come only in 185/65/14 which Yokohoma is not advising, citing very low ground clearance. I have seen swifts with 185/65/14, but in alloys. So does this mean that I cannot use 185/65/14 unless I change to alloys?
Michelin is increasing their prices now, so if I dont find the right tyres in Yokos then I may need to shift to Michelins before the end of this week. Can some one offer some advise?

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I had contacted Yokohama and they have advised that they only have A drives in the size that I need which is 185/70/14. C drives come only in 185/65/14 which Yokohoma is not advising, citing very low ground clearance. I have seen swifts with 185/65/14, but in alloys. So does this mean that I cannot use 185/65/14 unless I change to alloys?
Michelin is increasing their prices now, so if I dont find the right tyres in Yokos then I may need to shift to Michelins before the end of this week. Can some one offer some advise?

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185/65/14 is not a correct upsize for Swift. Please read the posts in this forum before deciding.
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Old 25th March 2011, 01:39   #1173
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Michelin XM1+ is equal to the A Drives. NOT the C drives. The C Drives are substantially better in almost every way. The only issue, if any, is that the sidewall is a little soft.
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Old 28th March 2011, 15:29   #1174
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@nikhil, I was under the impression that since both Michelin energy XM1+ and C drives are assymetric tyres they should have the same amount of performance. Michelin has increased XM1+'S prices by more than rs.350 and the tyres that im looking for 185/70/14 are now retailing at rs.4500 against Rs.4250 2 weeks earlier. A drives on the other hand cost much lesser, say around Rs.3700. Is the premium pricing of XM1+ justified? Pls advise ASAP since I plan to purchase tomorrow.
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Default Which Tires for my Swift?

Hello everyone,

I have a Dec 2005 Swift Vxi which has done 62k kms till date. I had upsized my rims from the stock shod with JK Tornado 165/80/R14 tires to 15" X 6.5" OZ Racing rims with Goodyear Eagle F1 195/60/R15 tires. This was done in 2006 and almost a year after purchase. My Goodyears lasted me for around 28k kms if I remember correctly.

I changed my tires at 42k kms to Yokohama S-Drives 205/55/R15 and covered 20k kms till date. I do find the Yokohama S-Drives to have worn off a little faster than the Goodyears. Is this due to the tire compound or mainly because of the size? Since the 195/60/R15s lasted for 28k kms, what should be the average life of a 205/55/R15 size? My driving is mostly in Mumbai city. Should I assume that I should change my tires after around 5k kms?

Please note that wheel alignment, balancing and rotation is done regularly.

Now for the main question, since I have used Goodyears and now Yokohamas, which should be the next tire I should look at? I would prefer the 205/55/R15 size as it make the car look sportier that the 195/60/R15s and of course handling is way better. I must admit that comfort is compromised to a certain extent. Is there any tire that can give me better comfort in this size without compromising on handling?
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The S drives will wear out faster because they are sporty tyres. However, 20,000 kms is a little less.... Has t worn out completely or does it still have life in it? Can you post pics just to be sure?

If you like 205/55 R15, stick to it. However, tyre options are woefully inadequate. Try to get the Michelin Primacy LC in that size.
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The S drives will wear out faster because they are sporty tyres. However, 20,000 kms is a little less.... Has t worn out completely or does it still have life in it? Can you post pics just to be sure?

If you like 205/55 R15, stick to it. However, tyre options are woefully inadequate. Try to get the Michelin Primacy LC in that size.
Hi Nikhilb2008,

Thank you for your quick reply. The tires have not worn out completely but still have around 5k kms in them I guess. I am not fond of the tire tread pattern of the Primacy LC .

Anything with a better looking tread pattern like that of the S-Drives?
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Nope. Unless you dont mind trying the Maxxis MA Z1.
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Nope. Unless you dont mind trying the Maxxis MA Z1.
I don't think I would be interested in the Maxxis tires. Do you not recommend anything in Continental, Michelin PP2/PP3, Dunlop and the likes?
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Nope. None of them have a tyre tread design like the S Drives. Michelin in that size has only the PLC.
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Finally , got new tyres for my Dzire. Bought 5 new MICHELIN ENERGY XM1+ 185/70/14 from Madhus, Langford road, Bangalore.

Thanks a ton to Nikhil!

Initial impressions--A lot more comfortable than the stock JKs. Steering has got a bit heavy, which I actually like. When the car goes over small potholes the impact seems to be less. But the tyres are a little soft when compared to the JKs so at times on uneven surfaces the effect filters through to the cabin.
All in all, a good buy I guess. Will keep updating as I cover more miles.
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Finally , got new tyres for my Dzire. Bought 5 new MICHELIN ENERGY XM1+ 185/70/14 from Madhus, Langford road, Bangalore.

Thanks a ton to Nikhil!

Initial impressions--A lot more comfortable than the stock JKs. Steering has got a bit heavy, which I actually like. When the car goes over small potholes the impact seems to be less. But the tyres are a little soft when compared to the JKs so at times on uneven surfaces the effect filters through to the cabin.
All in all, a good buy I guess. Will keep updating as I cover more miles.
Can you tell me the price? Today I enquired with one dealer and he quoted 4.6k per tyre. Did u put the 185 tyre on stock rims or purchased new set of alloys as well? And you got an exchange price for ur old tyres? Finally please tell me the location of the dealer.
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I changed to 185/70/R14 Bridgestone Turanza ER60 on the stock rims right after taking delivery of my Swift VDi. So far done about 7500 Kms. No issues whatsoever. Perfectly stable even at 120 Kmph.
any specific difference between G-3 & ER-60.. which out performs
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I had a strange experience last week.
I started early in the morning( really cool breeze) at around 6 and headed towards my native from Hosur - NH7. Checked my air pressure 36 upfront and 32 at rear(165/70R14 - Stock Tornados). Had my Breakfast in soolagiru A2B and continued driving. I had really pushed the limits and constantly maintained speed over 120KMPH.
After nearing salem I tool a diversion and entered a road towards omalur and I was enquring about the route and found my left rear was a pucture!?. then changed my spare and since the road was not ok I decided to come back to NH and continued till Bavani. Suddenly I could feel my steering was not ok.
I just stopped near by and found both front tyres were with reduced tyre pressure. Then I was quite sure that this is not puncture.
Then when checked with near by tyre showroom, I found that mouth of all tyres were cracked and failed in a single shot.
Quite impossible to believe!
Then replaced then and filled with Nitrogen and went home scary
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@ashley2: Does tyre mouth mean the valve here? Could over-tightening the valves cause this?
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