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Old 17th May 2006, 18:41   #1
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i have a stock silver swift vxi and am considering fitting bigger wheels + tire combo. I noticed a black swift in my office lot the other day with 205/45 R 17 tires. dont remember the make, prob. goodyear i think.. and alloys were by SA?

ofcourse they looked awesome but I wanted to get opinions from anybody whos used these sized alloys and tires and how it is compared to the stock 165/80 R 14 tires.

Do you think i should go for the above specs or a little higer profile 16 inch alloys with prob 195 or 205 width tires?

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LBM has 17" wheels on his swift and i've seen his car, it loox awesome. he could tell u more bout the ride and stuff though
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thanks aza, i'll contact him
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IF you want to put 17s ill recommend a 205/40 and not a 205/45 (too tall it will scrape). And yes your ride quality will be seriously hampered.

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...BUddy... Pls DONT!.. This is a personal opinion - but I feel 17" is a total overkill!... And with 40 profiles you will feel even the ridges of the hands that laid the road!!

And with the 17" large gaping gaps between spokes also makes the Swift look rather ungainly - almost like a spider! .. Stick to 15" or max to max 16" ... !!
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Just read this thread man, Thanks AZA for the comment. Sleepy I have talk in the other thread about the tyre size. I agree with arush about the ride quality But it not that bad as one thinks. The look of the car increases drastically.Here are the two pics of the car with stock tyre and other with 17inches. Now u can decide what do u want.....


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hey autopsyche thanks for you views.

its great LBM was able to show comparison pics of stock/R17s. are you planning to do some snazzy black vinyls? I'm thinkin some dragon shape, or tribal vinyls as in NFS autopsyche, what do you think?

i certainly dont want to 'feel the hands that laid the road' (lol) KB100. and i totally agree with kb for the alloy wheel gap thingie.

I think that when you add a aftermarket bodykit for swift, the lower rear bumper hides the gap in the wheels so that we can't see the other side!!! (just check out the swift pics with body kit on in cardomain) but in the indian swift without body kits, as seen in LBMs pic, you can see the otherside, esp.with the rear wheels. that doesnt look really good, although the alloys itself look great.

i think this can be solved if you add an aftermarket body kit. what do you guys think?

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A bodykit will solve it to some extent. But only when you lower the ride height will you notice the actual difference. But also note, its not a practical option on Indian roads...so stick with the bodykit plan.

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oh yea i forgot about ride height

yea i agree with you on that drifter, how's the ride quality with 50 profiles on bad roads? (compared to your stock tires)
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I am happy with my car looks will not do anything for outside ...... and the alloy wheel gap thingie it helps for the cleaning of the drum and disk
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Try using thicker spokes... or go in for a multi spoke wheel... or go in for solid discs - a la OHC Vtec..
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On really bad roads its jarring especially at low speeds...but no rattles yet. But this is something you have to live with. I've learnt to keep my tyre pressures at 34 and 30 front and rear. That way my wheels are safe from the potholes. The ride though not great, is still acceptable.

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are those tire pressures lesser than normal? isnt that bad for the tire??+

also i've heard horror stories of alloy rims breaking on impact with huge potholes. do you think thats possible? esp. with lower profile tyres?
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I'd suggest Ajmat Swift's tyre sizes.
195/60/R15. Or if available 195/55/R16.

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are those tire pressures lesser than normal? isnt that bad for the tire??+
No sleepy they are higher than normal tyre pressures. If i remember correctly the stock pressures were 30psi and 28psi front and back respectively.

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also i've heard horror stories of alloy rims breaking on impact with huge potholes. do you think thats possible? esp. with lower profile tyres?
I had 14inch wheels before i shifted to 15inch, my tyre pressures on 14inch were kept to the standard 30psi and 28psi. But then whenever i hit potholes at higher speeds, my rims would bend.

But having read in autocar that you should increase tyre pressure once you upsize, i increased my pressures. Now no more damage to rims.

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