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Old 25th November 2011, 10:45   #1
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The tyres of my hyundai verna have now worn out after drivnig for 62K KM and I need to buy all four tyres. I currently have stock tyres that are bridgestone's 185/65/R14. The tyres are very good and make very less noise. I got only two punctures in last 3 years.

I went to a tyre showroom in vashi yesterday to get a quotation for the same tyres along with wheel balancing and alignment. He gave me a quote of Rs. 17,600 for four tyres. Is this ok?

He also suggested that I should buy ironman tyres which are only for Rs. 3600 each for the same specification. They come with four years of warranty. According to him these tyres have more silica that will keep the tyres cool and improve the FE and will be less noisy. I have never heard of these tyres before neither I could find any mentionin this forum. I googled up to find that ironman is a canadian company but I want to know if the tyres are good for indian roads. Has anyone on team-bhp bought these tyres or have any views on them?
Here is a link: Hercules Tire & Rubber Company

His justification of low price is that they are promoting it in India.

Please advice

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Old 25th November 2011, 16:44   #2
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I have never heard of them, but since it is an international brand, i would look for inputs from people who have used it abroad (in the USA and Canada).

The website looks nice, but has woefully less details on their Indian operations. So i assume this dealer is somehow importing the tires and selling them.

The rubber prices have gone up a lot in the last few years in India, and so importing tires might actually be cheaper then Indian made tyres. So, I am not surprised about the price being lesser than Indian ones. The only thing i would worry is reliability as we have not heard about it.
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Old 25th November 2011, 17:11   #3
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Which store in vashi has these tires??
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I'am not too sure about Ironman tyres. But what I do know is Ironman is a leading manufacturer of off road 4X4 accessories. If the Ironman Tyres in question is manufactured by the same company that i know of, then you can buy them with your eyes closed
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THBpian "rahultomahawk" has bought some major Ironman products for his Landcrusier. He buys products from a gentleman named ZAC (09611291919) I believe you can speak to Zac & get the feedback.
Here is link to Rahul's thread on his LJ78, wherein he has mentioned about Ironman products & Zac's contact details:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-ve...er-lj78-4.html (My New Baby Toyota Landcruiser Lj78)

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They're most definitely some cheap Chinese make, being rebranded by Hercules as Ironman.

I would recommend avoiding them as they're a completely unknown quantity in India. No one knows about their longevity or whether the sidewalls / compound can survive on Indian roads. Further, with absolutely no information on their dry & wet weather grip, why would you bet your life on these tyres?

Please go ahead and choose a reputable brand instead. At the end of the day, your life (and that of the other occupants in your car) depends on those 4 palm-sized contact patches that your tyre maintains with the road.
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Thank you all for your kind response and advice. I had anyway gone there to buy bridgestone but the sales guy confused me :-). But I then thought of checking it with specialists (team bhpians) before taking the final call.

Safety is far more important to me than saving few hundreds and Bridgestone has established itself over the years. so it now becomes an obvious choice for my car.


1. One of the reasons for low price was that they are directly importing these tyres to India

2. I had gone to tyre king in Vashi.

Moderator: you may now want to delete the post if you think it doesn't add value and since I now have got my answer.

Cheers to all
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They come with four years of warranty.
Abhi, please dont trust warranty offers from unknown brands. When we are struggling for warranty from known brands (Eg: Appolo Accelere side wall cut) , god knows about the the less popular brands.
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According to him these tyres have more silica that will keep the tyres cool and improve the FE and will be less noisy.
IMO, more Silica will make the tyre less grippier, but yes, more lasting.

About the FE: Would you really care about say.. .05% of FE at the expense of safety?
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His justification of low price is that they are promoting it in India.
Well, I got a quote of 22,000 for 5 NEW tyres (175/70 R13) and 5 NEW alloys for my IKON from Bombay. Which is extremely cheap, and they had the same argument, but I didnt go for it. Reason: Please don't experiment with tyres.

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+1 to GTO's post.
I remember someone on here bought a no-name branded tyre and ended up sliding too much while braking and rear ended the vehicle in front in a situation where a good branded tyre would have stopped much earlier and saved him the bucks.

Don't compromise on the only contact between the car and the road.
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