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Old 12th July 2006, 16:13   #1
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hi guys,
today i met a person in the tyre manufacturing sector. i consulted with him regarding fitting alloys on my esteem & he was of the strong opinion that alloys were a strict no no for small/mid cars. when i prodded him further, he said that if u can get a set of alloys which are the same weight/less than ur steel rims, then go ahead, otherwise the weight and the hardness of low profile tyres will result in a very bumpy ride. can anyone throw some light on this ??? (And i thought that alloys were lighter than converntional rims).
he also said that company fitted alloys were researched & designed to be accomodated in the car & therefore will not compromise on ride.
is it true that alloys are heavier than steel rims ??
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As a matter of fact, Alloys are lighter than steel.
What 'the person' meant should be that when changing from steel to alloys, make sure you dont exceed the original weight by getting a very huge wheel. Of course, big wheels will weigh more than smaller ones. And low profile tyres which are normally fitted with alloys will make the ride more rough. So now you get the rough part?

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he also said that company fitted alloys were researched & designed to be accomodated in the car & therefore will not compromise on ride.
is it true that alloys are heavier than steel rims ??

Hyundai alloys are actually Aura alloys,but rebadged as Hyundai.
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He has a point. Company provided steel alloys are a perfect fit for your car.

Aftermarket alloys are only better if you're going for the real performance brands like BBS etc.

The cheapers ones may not be an exact fit for your car, which can lead to some bad vibrations etc at high speed.
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[quote=Boom Shiva]Aftermarket alloys are only better if you're going for the real performance brands like BBS etc.[quote]

Are Aura alloys considered a performance brand? And is BBS an Indian brand?
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A big, firm NO to both your questions!
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I am from Mumbai too. Any suggestions as to where I might want to go to have tubeless tyres and alloys fitted?
Also, what tyres and alloys do you recommend for the Indica?
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As a matter of fact, Alloys are lighter than steel.
What 'the person' meant should be that when changing from steel to alloys, make sure you dont exceed the original weight by getting a very huge wheel. Of course, big wheels will weigh more than smaller ones. And low profile tyres which are normally fitted with alloys will make the ride more rough. So now you get the rough part?
"the person" quoted in my earlier post is in MRF for the last 35 years & comes from ur part of the world too & he was quick to tell me not to buy MRF tyres for my car too. he recommends Michelin/Bridgestone.
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I am from Mumbai too. Any suggestions as to where I might want to go to have tubeless tyres and alloys fitted?
Also, what tyres and alloys do you recommend for the Indica?
Aura alloys and Michellin certis would be my suggestion
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alloys of therite size with matched rubber will whip steel rims on performance on any given day
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I am from Mumbai too. Any suggestions as to where I might want to go to have tubeless tyres and alloys fitted?
Also, what tyres and alloys do you recommend for the Indica?
totally off the topic
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Guys have a month old Getz Prim 1.1 which came with tube tyres, i replaced them to Tubeless ones at the dealer itself, now i find the air pressure going down frm one of the tyres, do i need to get Alloy wheels for tubeless or Steel Rimms are fine? Plz enlighten , me confused.

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alloys have always been better than steel hubs esteem. All that guy you meet meant was when getting and alloy to replace the ugly steel hubs make sure the alloys dont weigh greater than the old steel hubs you used to have and if it does weigh greater then the following things he mentioned comes to play
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Guys have a month old Getz Prim 1.1 which came with tube tyres, i replaced them to Tubeless ones at the dealer itself, now i find the air pressure going down frm one of the tyres, do i need to get Alloy wheels for tubeless or Steel Rimms are fine? Plz enlighten , me confused.

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alloys are better suited to tubeless tyres than steel rims as steal rims get rusted and there could be a leak . so go for alloys they will give better look to your car and also other benefits also if chosen correctly.
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