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Old 4th May 2014, 21:25   #91
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If I were you I would go with Earth 1, XM2 is not worth the premium. I had great expectations when I bought XM2 for my swift. But the difference is not so evident.
We have Earth 1 on our Wagon R.

I would have gone for earth 1, had it been available in 185/70/R14.
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Planning to change my Palio's XM1+ tyres (done 42k kms & 6 years), enjoyed the ride comfort it offers.
Wanted to continue with XM2, but it is quite pricey now, wanted to check other brands & Yoko Earth 1 is one of the options.

Bhpians using Earth 1, please share your feedback on the comfort factor & ride quality it offers?
Have used XM2s previously on my Ritz and recently purchased Yoko Earth1s for my Grand. These are not as quiet as the XM2s but other than that I found no negatives in the 150 odd kms I have driven with them. For the price I paid they definitely seem worth it.
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Thanks to the reviews on this thread especially the last specific ones from F150 & S2!!! and the recommendation by the resident tyre expert (Nikhilb), I got the Yoko Earth 1 installed on my Palio 1.2
Initial impressions - the previous tyre being Michelin XM1+, was spoilt by the comfort & ride quality of Michelins. On Yoko Earth 1, the comfort factor is almost at par with XM1+, if not more.
Earth 1 is pretty silent, again matching the XM1+.
Braking - didn't feel any difference with Earth 1, but when I got the new XM1+, braking improved drastically!
Yet to ride on Wet roads. Will update more as I get the hang of Yoko Earth 1.
Overall, Earth 1 seems to be a good allrounder tyre & is definitely bang for the bucks!
The tyre size is - 185 65 R14. Now some pics...
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I changed my Palio 1.6's tyres yesterday to Earth 1 from the earlier yoko A drives (the front tyres had very little tread left). The first thought that came to my mind after a few metres of driving was "Wow! These are super smooth!". Don't know if it's due to the fact that the old ones had more of a contact patch since they were bald or if it's something else. After driving them for about 20 - 25 kms since then, these feel very smooth and silent compared to the A drives. Don't know how they perform under braking or wet conditions yet.

One downside is that the steering has lightened up considerably. I prefer the heavier steering so if that is what you are looking for then these might come as a bit of a surprise! I'll be taking the car out for a short highway run on the weekend. Waiting to see how this feels at higher speeds.

One question: Does this tyre require a higher tyre pressure than recommended for the OEM ones? The OEM recommendation is 28 psi and Sai Iyenger filled these up to 32 yesterday (cold tyres).
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What I understand from changing the tyres is by the time you decide to change it, your current setup with age gets hard, has less grip and act noisy.

When you switch to new pairs you feel a world of difference even if the new pair is inferior than your older one as the rubber is softer, newer and the added cushion feel makes you happy. Its only after 20k+ running you come to know the true colors of your setup.

The best comparision would be new tyre with a new tyre and that is not possible for us consumers.
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That's what I thought as well.

Any thoughts on the tyre pressure to be maintained?
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Any thoughts on the tyre pressure to be maintained?
Whatever pressure you were maintaining for your previous tyre, the same can be maintained for new tyres.
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Got a set of 4 Yoko Earth's for Indica Vista spec 185/65/R14 @ 4300 apiece.
Sorry to be off topic, after running how many kms did you change your tyres? and what tyres did you have on your ride prior to this change?

My Indica Vista has OEM Good Year 175/65/R14 tyres done 23k kms on the odo in two years and I am being told by my friendly puncturewala that 2 out of 4 tyres are worn out. Also, I hear rumbling noise when going at speeds above 60 kmph. The tyres aren't bald yet; is it normal to have such wearing out at just 23k kms?
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In a comparo with Michelin XM2, does this tyre fare better or on par ? I noticed that on price front its cheaper than XM2.


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In a comparo with Michelin XM2, does this tyre fare better or on par ? I noticed that on price front its cheaper than XM2.
If it is for a new car & can afford a bit extra, go for Michelin XM2! It is worth it!
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In a comparo with Michelin XM2, does this tyre fare better or on par ? I noticed that on price front its cheaper than XM2.
Not much of a difference if you ask me. Performance will be at par. No point paying a premium.
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Was able to test Earth 1 on wet road today...
It performed very well, cuts through the water with ease, grip is also pretty good, prompt braking on wet surface too.
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I upgraded from 175/65/R14 TO 185/65/R14 , should I continue to maintain the same Tyre pressure that was recommended for 175 ?
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I upgraded from 175/65/R14 TO 185/65/R14 , should I continue to maintain the same Tyre pressure that was recommended for 175 ?
Basically should be reduced. reduce it by a psi or two.
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Not much of a difference if you ask me. Performance will be at par. No point paying a premium.
Is it true that A Drives will be eventually phased out ? Is Yoko still importing A Drives?
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