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Old 9th October 2006, 17:08   #1
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I have currently 205/55/15 Eagle Venturas (Goodyear) on My Optra 1.8. They have just run 20,000km and worn out quite a bit. Since there was a huge nail one of the tyres has been puntured beyong repair. Only way to repair it is to go in for tube which i dont want. I have decided to change the tyres. I have zeroed in on 205/50/15. Reason being anything above 205 the Optra wont be able to take for sure. I dont want to go lower profile then 50 and on 205/55/15 on full lock the inside walls scrub. So now i have been searching a lot which tyres i should go in for.

People please throw in some inputs as this is outmust urgent i dont have a spare tyre and need to replace my rubber urgently.

Some options for 205/50/15 are : -

1. Bridgestone Potenza GIIIs - I want these tyres badly, but these tyres are not made by the company, only grey market is available and it will take around 2 weeks to come.

2. Yokohama AVS Sport - A favourite for Bhpians, These are available for a song(Rs.3150 per peace) but will they fill my reuirements?? Are they noisy? How long do they last?

3. Dunlop SP9000 - How good are they, again will they fulfill my requirements? Drifter has it on his car i guess, please throw some inputs.

4. Michelin Pilot Precedes - Are they worth the extra dough?

5. Goodyear GSDIII - Very sceptical in buying them as they dont last long after reading GTOs review.

My main requirements are :-

1. Should have excellent grip in the dry.
2. Grip in the wet should be good(not expecting it to be very good or excellent)
3. Should last atleast 30,000kms. The current set have given up at around 20,000kms so dont want to go in for Goodyears. They wear very fast.
4. Road noise should not be much (Goodyear Eagles are very noisy)
5. High speed stability.

Why i dont want to buy expensive tyres?
My current set will see me threw for another 5000kms, but since the tyre is damaged beyong repair whats the use of buying expensive tyres(Read: Michelins)

Please throw some light...
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Are they worth it? too expensive...
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What price are you willing to put on your safety?
All up to you ..
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2l8u I have been quoted Rs. 7000 for Michelins? Are they worth it, because Potenzas can be got for as low as 4200 and after all our roads are so poorely maintained if any of them are damaged beyound repair then what happens.

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My main requirements are :-

1. Should have excellent grip in the dry.
2. Grip in the wet should be good(not expecting it to be very good or excellent)
3. Should last atleast 30,000kms. The current set have given up at around 20,000kms so dont want to go in for Goodyears. They wear very fast.
4. Road noise should not be much (Goodyear Eagles are very noisy)
5. High speed stability.

Please throw some light...
I am running Bridgestone Potenza GIII on my OHC 205/50 R15 does a great Job handling/braking. I have driven across mumbai-nagpur-bihar- delhi-Amritsar-rajasthan-guj-mumbai on my previous car ikon & on some of the tortures road in bihar & rough stretches of rajasthan the tyre never let me down & also on the Track & expressway during rains. plus some other long journey trip to south. Tried & tested go in for GIII!
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hey the bridgestone potenza g-III arent grey market. they are officially available here and carry a 4yr warranty as well.
they are sold directly by bridgestone here. they are imported tyres not made here. they are manufactured in india.
you can safely go for these.
find a bridgestone performance club store in mumbai.

http://bridgestone.co.in/dealerlocator/map.asp
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I am running Bridgestone Potenza GIII on my OHC 205/50 R15 does a great Job handling/braking. I have driven across mumbai-nagpur-bihar- delhi-Amritsar-rajasthan-guj-mumbai on my previous car ikon & on some of the tortures road in bihar & rough stretches of rajasthan the tyre never let me down & also on the Track & expressway during rains. plus some other long journey trip to south. Tried & tested go in for GIII!
Thanx Rocam, i too wanna go in for the GIIIs but where are they available? Any idea?? I cant seem to find it.
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All dealers are telling me they are not available, what to do?? They are saying the have closed production.

FR can you please tell me where you bought them from??
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Manpreet at Milan Subway 9820182906 he has 195 size in stock but he can arrange for size you want.(just spoke to him).
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Manpreet at Milan Subway 9820182906 he has 195 size in stock but he can arrange for size you want.(just spoke to him).
Thanx FR, will speak to him.
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I'm quite surprised your tyres wore out so quickly.

Maybe I should watch out cause I'm running exactly the same setup and just finished 10,000kms on my Optra...not much sign of wear on my tyres though, so I'm wondering.
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Even i am wondering the same. Partly can be blamed on GM for doing poor alignment and putting the tires in the wrong rotation/direction many a times. Boom do your tyres touch the inside wall on full lock?
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Yeah they do touch slightly. However, I don't use full lock very often, so damage so far has been very minimal. Also, I don't trust GM and prefer to get my aligment/rotation etc done by a proper tyre specialist.

Ask Rudra about using 205/50 though...I think he finds the ride a little bit too stiff for his liking. Might not be a good idea with our road conditions. Maybe 195/55 is a better choice.
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Any idea how much the bridgestones would make the pocket lighter.
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