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Old 22nd June 2009, 20:22   #46
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Hey Srini,

Thanks for the details. I am not too keen on upsizing the rims. Do you think 145/80/R12 (alloys) with Bridgestone Turanza should be good as the alternative ?
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Hey Srini, Thanks for the details. I am not too keen on upsizing the rims.
An inexpensive way to upgade to 13" rims is to get the stock rims of the WagonR or Estilo. Tire & rim dealers typically have a vast collection of stock rims with them (BM-Lal has hundreds of stock steel rims piled up on their terrace for example), you could try negotiating with them for a deal.
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Do you think 145/80/R12 (alloys) with Bridgestone Turanza should be good as the alternative ?
I ran with the stock Bridgestone tires on my car for quite a while, while they're good tires, 145 is a tad too narrow. The daily commute will rarely bring out the flaws in narrow stock rubber, but a few highway drives will ! If you're looking to retain the 12" rims, you could check for Yokos, Michelins, Bridgestones in 155/80R12, 155/70R12, 165/70R12, & 175/65R12 profiles.

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An inexpensive way to upgade to 13" rims is to get the stock rims of the WagonR or Estilo. Tire & rim dealers typically have a vast collection of stock rims with them (BM-Lal has hundreds of stock steel rims piled up on their terrace for example), you could try negotiating with them for a deal.
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Thanks. Its not about the price. Its really about the ride quality and steering comfort. I dont want the steering to feel heavier since my wife will also be riding the vehicle. And regarding the ride quality, there would be 4 people min most of the times. Given that, I was told the 13 inches get a hit in bad roads.

I'll check out 165/70/12 with the vendor.
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Vendor is suggesting 155/70/12 Goodyear GPS2. Any feedback (for alto) ?
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Vendor is suggesting 155/70/12 Goodyear GPS2. Any feedback (for alto) ?
Not recommended since the difference is more than 2.5% according to the chart posted above. 13-inch rims with 155/70/R13 is the best bet and ride quality will not be an issue.

EDIT: Try getting Michelin Energy XM1, very good comfort tyres.
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Not recommended since the difference is more than 2.5% according to the chart posted above. 13-inch rims with 155/70/R13 is the best bet and ride quality will not be an issue.

EDIT: Try getting Michelin Energy XM1, very good comfort tyres.
Thanks. But I heard from the vendor that xm1s are too softer to last for 25Ks max.
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Well, the earlier XM1s did not last for long. Try to get the XM1+. PErsonally, if you are going to use the vehicle for another 3 yrs or so, then the life becomes an issue. Otherwise, no problems.
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Settled for 145/80/12 GoodYear GPS2 at last.


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yesterday i had a long trip of 200 kms, Pune-Pirangut-Mulshi-Tamhini-lonavala-Pune

the dry road grip of Michelins XM1+ was amazing through the ghats. the rubber is soft and holds the grip over every surface very well.
now the real test was the 50kms shortcut from tamhini ghats to lonavala. the worst road i have ever seen. no tar at all, just sharp stones and mud. on top of that it started raining heavily. the road goes through deep valleys narrow road, steep ghats and what not. i was really worried about the soft rubbers coming apart on such a bad road.
but the ride was very comfortable and my car dint slide anywhere on the stones or the mud. the grip was also amazing.
i reached lonavala after driving at speeds on 10-20-30 through the 50 kms rough road.
lonavala was heaven with full of clouds and rains with visiblity hardly over 10 metres. even will headlights on no one was able to make out the vehicle coming from front until it came too close.
i encountered a hard braking a couple of times and the tyres hugged the wet road amazingly.
on the expressway with heavy rains i always used to fear of hydroplaning with my old tyres. this time i dint feel unsafe even for a while. even tried with speeds of 140 plus. the wet road ability of these tyres is just amazing.

with all these goodies i give THE TYRE LIFE a DAMN.
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