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Old 7th July 2007, 23:31   #1
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I have a 2005 Esteem VXI with stock 175/70R13 JK Tyres tubeless tyres. I have clocked above 31K kms, but my car tyres have worn out very haphazardly. Plus, I have had 4-5 punctures in the time I have driven the car.
I now have no option but to change the tyres due to balding at some places.
Can you please help me with my queries below:
1. I am confused abt whether to go for Tube tyres / tubeless. Most of the tyre shop folks say that tube tyres are better suited to Indian road and have a longer life. Pls help, what is preferable and why?
2. I have gone through lot of threads and concluded that:
Bridgestone, Michelin and Yokahama are front runners if I plan to get new set of tyres. But many of the garage folks say MRF / Apollo are the best and have a longer life.
3. Is there any money I will get for my old unevenly worn out tyres?

To give some background, I drive pretty fast... also the roads in Pune are not at all good.
One of the issue I have with the currently JK tyres are that they are very noisy, so am looking for the least noisy tyres..
Some of the threads say that I can upgrade to 185/65 R13.. is that a good idea?
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Hi Esteem77. Welcome to Team BHP!
My inputs on your queries:
1. Tubeless is far better than tubed tyres. They are more comfortable, and in principle will last longer than the tubed types (no friction between the tube and tyre means less wear & tear). However, the longevity factor is dependent on your driving style and the tyre (brand/model) that you choose. Performance tyres will wear out faster.
They are also safer, because there is no immediate loss of air after a puncture... something that is a boon at high speeds.
2. You need to decide what your priorities are and choose your tyre brand. Having said that, Michelin, Bridgestone, Yokohama and Goodyear have proven to be superior in most aspects to MRF/Apollo/JK.

This thread could prove useful:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...set-tyres.html (Best set of tyres?)

3. Wouldn't expect much!

The tyre upsize you have mentioned is fine. Go through the threads in this section to get some info on available tyre options.
Be warned, there is a LOT of info
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Old 8th July 2007, 22:00   #3
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Hard tyres like JKs, MRF etc will be noisy. Go for a softer tyre like michelin or yokos & enjoy the silent grip they provide.
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Thanks Razor4077, you have definitely cleared my confusion. Will go for Tubeless tyres now. Cheers and thanks for the welcome

Thanks Esteem Lover, some of my friends who had stock bridgestone on their cars are better off than me, who got JK tyres... will go for Bridgestone / Michelin this time
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Get rid of the JKs ASAP. They are shoddy IMHO. My Esteem moved like a breeze when I replaced the JKs with Good Year. The improvement in ride quality was very much tangible the moment I got rid off the JKs. Wish I had done them the next day after buying the car. And, yes. Go for tubeless whatever be the brand you are looking at. Dont forget to get your wheel alignment done when you replace the tyres !
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Thanks rr_zen. Will go through the tyre comparision posts and choose Bridgestone / Michelin / Good Year
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Did you upsize to 185/65? can it be done on stock rims? does it need any mods?
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Did you upsize to 185/65? can it be done on stock rims? does it need any mods?
No mods required if ur going to upsize to 185-65-R13. I used racing slicks of this size and had no issues. Can be done on stock 13inch rims.
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Tubeless always mate...but make sure u rotate, align and balance ur tyres every 5000 km....then the tyres will not worn out the way it did now...

As far as the brand goes, Simply go for Michelin or Yoko as ur first choice and then to Bridgestone...

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Thanks a lot Abhi

RMB, as n_aditya rightly said - No mods required if ur going to upsize to 185-65 on 13 inchers
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I fitted my esteem with 175/70 R13 Birdgestone Potenza. Did not upsize as these seem to be enough for the kind of use that I have. Also, esteem already has a low GC, so did not want to reduce it further

Believe me, the difference is unbelievable. So much so, that the co-passengers can also feel the exception comfort and low noise. For the person behind steering wheel - the handling, the ride, the grip, the comfort is unbelievable. I would say - do not even think of MRF/Apollo/JK etc, Bridgestone / Michelin are class apart. Michelin is better if your main criteria is comfort as they are softer. Bridgestone is the all rounder.

Have driven in both wet as well as dry conditions and am very happy with the results
Thanks to the forum for helping me out.
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are these potenza g3s? and your saying the g3s have low noise?
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are these potenza g3s? and your saying the g3s have low noise?
Yes of course if u compare it with MRFs & Jks the GIIIs have less noise..
But Michelin rules the roost in terms of road noise.
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are these potenza g3s? and your saying the g3s have low noise?
Yes, GIII s are great product from Bridgestones and I have known many car lovers fanatic about Potenza GIIIs. Noise level is definitely lesser than some other brands.. Michelin is the best as far as noise level is concerned though !

I dont know why are you laughing so loudly ???

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Yes, GIII s are great product from Bridgestones and I have known many car lovers fanatic about Potenza GIIIs. Noise level is definitely lesser than some other brands.. Michelin is the best as far as noise level is concerned though !

I dont know why are you laughing so loudly ???

Abhi
mate. look at my garage. even i love the g3s. but i dont find them silent. ive already had them on my baleno and now have them on my innova.
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