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Old 10th April 2013, 11:33   #31
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a small question , isn't the tyres without Isi mark are banned to import in India ?
That is true, but it seems for personal imports Mumbai customs has taken a rightfully liberal view which has benefited Karan.
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What I find strange is that all 3 dealer quotes are so similar !!!

Is there a nexus? Or are they all importing through the same source/middleman?

oh and btw Karan, the car looks awesome ! Am in love

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a small question , isn't the tyres without Isi mark are banned to import in India ?
That isnt a small Question

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That is true, but it seems for personal imports Mumbai customs has taken a rightfully liberal view which has benefited Karan.
Adding to what sandeep108 has said,

Yes there is an perceived ban, but as in my case as it was for personal use so may be it went through smoothly.

On the other hand if you read Bluebeems experience (Page 2, post #18) on the same is another angle too which cannot be ignored.

As far as i know there is a confirmed ban on importing "used" tires & importing tires in BULK.

IMO one can import for personal use.

Makes me think if a Ferrari goes down on a tire & suppose rim size is 20" are there any ISI/BIS marked 20" tires available in our market ?

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What I find strange is that all 3 dealer quotes are so similar !!!
Possibly the same source which could be tirerack itself.

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oh and btw Karan, the car looks awesome ! Am in love
Thanks man
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Old 12th April 2013, 15:19   #34
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The ISI mark and other import requirements apply to bulk import by resellers. One off import of tyres, spares , tools etc is permitted for personal use in a reasonable quantity unless specifically banned or illegal when related to other prevailing laws. The custom duties are payable as normal.
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No tyre without ISI mark can be imported into India. This is the rule.

the only exception is when car companies like BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, etc import tyres to be sold ONLY through their dealer network.

Of course this also means the dealer has a fat margin.

As an enthusiast, I am very excited that ordering tyres like this is possible! I am dying to get my hands on a set of high performance tyres!

But I think Karan got super lucky! I dont think 99% of the people will get this lucky if you order a set through tirerack.
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Some may grow plants, some may dry clothes, BUT I STOCK TIRES

My BMW, upgraded to Michelin Pilot Super Sports! Imported from TireRack.com, USA-photo.jpg

^ OE RFT's
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You should store tires away from sunlight. I store them under my bed
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You should store tires away from sunlight. I store them under my bed
I have wrapped them over by a cloth (bedsheet) so that acts as a cover & ensures there is no exposure to "direct" sunlight

They are posing naked just for the pic
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Hello Karan,

I am just curious to know if the Michelin Pilots are RFT's. If yes, any specific reason why you decided to stick with RFT's.
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Hello Karan,

I am just curious to know if the Michelin Pilots are RFT's. If yes, any specific reason why you decided to stick with RFT's.
Hey Jango,

The Michelins are not RFTs they are normal tubeless type
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Fitting: SUPER TYRES, Mulund (W);

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The Staggered Look (Difference in size clearly scene);

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The tires took time to get on the RIMS. The compound was "unusually soft" (as noted by the worker) & was a task for the people @ Super tires to get used to.

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However after the 1st tire was in they kinda mastered the art.

+ the 245s(for the rear) snapped on in a fairly shorter time.

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Fitting cost with balancing : Rs 800
Thanks for sharing this experience, it has saved a lot of time for me and headache plus given me confidence that this is possible. I am ordering new boots for my gurkha. thanks
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Hey Jango,

The Michelins are not RFTs they are normal tubeless type
That is good to know Karan. I was in a similar dilemma a couple of months back when I decided to change the tires of my 335xi. I finally opted for the Continental Extreme Contact DWS. I got my tires from tirerack.com for $131 per piece.

I do know lot of cases here in the US where the RFT's on brand new Bimmers had to be changed under 10,000 miles. Not many like it here and many customers opt for regular tubeless when they need to get the tires changed

Make sure to throw in a can of Fix-a-flat in your trunk in case you want to get out of a flat tire situation.

I am sure you are enjoying the improved ride quality as well
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Thanks for the information Karan! This really helps. Ive been going from pillar to post looking for Michelin 255/55/R19 tyres for the Range Rover but the ISI mark issue had me stumped.

I shall try out Tirerack and hopefully have the same luck/experience as you.

Cheers again bud!
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That is good to know Karan. I was in a similar dilemma a couple of months back when I decided to change the tires of my 335xi. I finally opted for the Continental Extreme Contact DWS. I got my tires from tirerack.com for $131 per piece.
Seeing u using an "xi" variant of 335 & DWS (all season) tires seems u stay in a snow clad region, drive safe man

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Make sure to throw in a can of Fix-a-flat in your trunk in case you want to get out of a flat tire situation.
Yup ! I have infact shall upload pics & report on the same shortly.

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I am sure you are enjoying the improved ride quality as well
Yes indeed an many other improvements, you can check this post for the same;

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...ml#post3072916 (My BMW, upgraded to Michelin Pilot Super Sports! Imported from TireRack.com, USA)


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Thanks for the information Karan! This really helps. Ive been going from pillar to post looking for Michelin 255/55/R19 tyres for the Range Rover but the ISI mark issue had me stumped.

I shall try out Tirerack and hopefully have the same luck/experience as you.

Cheers again bud!
Hey Manuuj thanks man, let me know if you need any other help

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Gone Staggered;


Front : 225, Rear 245

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Rear 3/4 stance;


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Side stance remains almost unchanged


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Michelin Super Sports;

These are the current best tires in the Michelin stable (Road tire);

OE Fitted on cars like : Ferrari 599 GTO, BMW M5 etc

Speed Rating : Y (>300 km/hr)

Other options considered;

1) Michelin Pilot Sport 3;

No stock in my size

2) Yokohama Advan Sport

No stock anywhere

Also considered as these were in stock;

3) Dunlop Direzzas - Were more than a year old (Manufacturing)

4) Potenza RE 050

^ The above two available were 245/40s (square setup) - Was available for 21.5k/ Tire

Note : OE Good Year Runflats were costing aprox 25k/Tire

Eyeing the Michelin Pilot "Super Sports";

Ever since id seen these tires on an M5 i have had a soft corner for them.

I got a quote in India for the SuperSports of Rs 1,75,000/-


^ That was way to steep IMO.

So i did a quick research on the same on TIRE RACK.com & found out they were costing aprox < 1000$

Which made me wonder why not ship them in from the US
I have had a great experience with tirerack since i first used them in 1994! Curious Karan, what about stuff like tires meant for first markets US and or EU having M+S (mud and snow) visa vi tropical tires for India...etc. Are tires now universal in compound no matter where you use them? Always figured tires sold in the US were not meant for india?! Do enlighten us. I was asked to watch out for this when buying cheap high end tires in india stating that they were cheap because they were not meant for Indian climate/roads, I am talking 10 years ago perhaps out dated/ not current
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