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Old 6th September 2008, 00:42   #16
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Dont go beyond 185/60/R14..i have got that on my Ikon 1.6 and i have no probs at all!

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Old 6th September 2008, 11:32   #17
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Paiyappa, I JUST finished a thread on upgrading the rims and tyres on my Ikon, so I can actually tells you from experience what will work and what won't.

Mine is the 2006 model, so she had 175/65 R14 rims. I wanted to upgrade to 15" rims and a nice set of tyres. Finally chose Lenso SHU Mirror Lip Rims and Yokohama S-drive 195/50 R15 tyres. I wanted to get a slightly taller profile (195/55), but we tested it and found that under full load in the back (3 people) there was a high chance of the rims rubbing against the wheel-wells and mudflaps.
The rims and tyres got fitted yesterday, and she rides like a dream. The grip is amazing, and yes, the ride is a little firmer, but not significantly. It's not at all uncomfortable, and it's not at all compromising the suspension.

Things to note:

1. Try to get alloys either from Lenso, League, or HiJoin. Yes, Aura rims come wmith a warranty, but that is ONLY against manufacturing defects. If you damage a rim, the warranty won't help you. The imported rims look MUCH bettter, so check them out first.

2. Don't go beyond 195/50 R15. Yes, it's possible to do that, but then you're going into dangerous territory.

3. MAKE SURE your offset on the rims is +38, and that your PCD is 108. THIS IS VITAL.

4. I have no opinion on Maxis, but the Bridgestone Potenza GIIIs are best avoided. If your budget allows, get either BF Goodrich, Michelins or Yokohamas.

5. Get 5 rims and 5 tyres. If you ever damage a rim, you have a spare.

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I talked to the dealer, he advised not to go beyond 185. He says the right size would be 185/60 R14.

He does have the Michelin Energy XM1, at around 2800 in this size but he is suggesting that I look at Federal and Good year, and another brand called Maxix.

How do you feel about these brands; havent really heard of Maxix, the dealer says it is catching the market in Bangalore. Federal I have seen on quite a few cars, nice looking threads but unsure of performance....
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Old 6th September 2008, 22:51   #18
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Paiyappa,

I just uploaded some pics if you want to see what she looks like with the new rims and tyres. Here's the link: (Upgrading my Ikon 1.6 to 15" rims... advice?).

Brilliant levels of grip, the tyres and nice and quiet, and the ride comfort is perfect.
Oh, and did mention I think they look awesome???

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Paiyappa, I JUST finished a thread on upgrading the rims and tyres on my Ikon, so I can actually tells you from experience what will work and what won't.

Mine is the 2006 model, so she had 175/65 R14 rims. I wanted to upgrade to 15" rims and a nice set of tyres. Finally chose Lenso SHU Mirror Lip Rims and Yokohama S-drive 195/50 R15 tyres. I wanted to get a slightly taller profile (195/55), but we tested it and found that under full load in the back (3 people) there was a high chance of the rims rubbing against the wheel-wells and mudflaps.
The rims and tyres got fitted yesterday, and she rides like a dream. The grip is amazing, and yes, the ride is a little firmer, but not significantly. It's not at all uncomfortable, and it's not at all compromising the suspension.

Good hunting!!
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Old 11th March 2010, 23:20   #19
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Need help in buying Tyres for my Ikon 1.6.

I bought the Car used and it is closing in on 50k and the tyres have worn out and needs replacement.

I am planning to upsize to 14" since Ikon OEM tyres are 13".

I was thinking about upsizing to 185/60-14, Michelin as per the info on the threads here but when I spoke to the guy at Sai Iyengar he said that it is not advisable to do so and suggested 175/65/14. He also quoted 3.8k per tyre.

I need to get all 5 and I am looking for 14" Steel rims as well. Any idea how much would it cost, and where to get it from? I am looking for a durable and dependable tyre with a Ladakh plan too in mind.

Now eagerly waiting for some advice
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185/60 R14 is the correct size. Whoever told you that is mistaken. Lots of guys on the forum are running 185/60 R14 and have NO problems whatsoever.

The XM1+s are too expensive in this size. Get the Yoko C drives. Will cost you about 3700 or so.

14" steel rims in 108 PCD is near impossible to find. Tata rims might be available on J C Road but stay away. They are quite soft. Ford rims are difficult to get hold of.

If you buy genuine rims from the Ford service centre, you will be charged around 3k for a set of 5.

If you are looking at a Ladakh plan, then scrap the Michelins, Yokos, etc... get the MRFs and be happy.

Dont expect ride comfort, handling, etc... though.
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Nikhilb2008, Thank you for your detailed reply.

Now the Ladakh plan is not 100% sure. I'm all for it but my friends should agree too

Which tyre would be better if it is for general use? I mean with decent handling & ride comfort? And can I buy the original 14" rims from Metro Ford or Lathangi Ford? Don't mind spending 3k for that.
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You should be able to buy it from them. For normal city use, I would recommend the Yoko A drives or the C Drives as the XM1+ is too expensive in that size.
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Nikhilb2008, Thank you for your prompt reply.

Will check with Ford dealers regarding the rims. So I guess it is safer to stick to Yoko A or C drives, is it? Which one would be better for a mix of 70% Highway + 30% City use? Is there a price difference between Yoko A drive & C drive?
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I'd say get 13" stock steelies and run 175/70/13 for Ladakh.
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Nitrous, Any particular reason for that? I'm curious . Upsizing to 14", Will it help GC?
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185/60 R14 is the correct size. Whoever told you that is mistaken. Lots of guys on the forum are running 185/60 R14 and have NO problems whatsoever.
I am one such user, running 185/60 R14 PP2s. No issues whatsoever for the past one year
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Guys,

I spoke to the spare parts guy at Lathangi Ford and he said that they have Fiesta 14" Steel rims @ Rs.1200/- apiece. Now he said that the wheel rim is not wide enough to accommodate 185/60 R14's since the Fiesta comes with 175/65R 14's and that will only fit the rim.

Any suggestions on this? I don't want to go for alloys since this vehicle is only sparingly used and wouldn't want to invest too much on it.
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I think the ikon nxt came with 14" wheels as standard.My ikon has them.You could try and source these.185/70 fits perfect on these.

You could also try getting second hand wheels from a tyre and accessories shop.But please check for any damages.
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What is the width of the rims? As long as they are 5.5 and above you should be fine running 185/60....
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Guys,

I spoke to the spare parts guy at Lathangi Ford and he said that they have Fiesta 14" Steel rims @ Rs.1200/- apiece. Now he said that the wheel rim is not wide enough to accommodate 185/60 R14's since the Fiesta comes with 175/65R 14's and that will only fit the rim.

Any suggestions on this? I don't want to go for alloys since this vehicle is only sparingly used and wouldn't want to invest too much on it.
Yes, I guess there rims are 5J and will not safely accomodate 185 section tyres.

As you don't have plans of alloys, get grippy rubber in 175/70 R13. For 185, it will be difficult for you to source rims as most of the cars that come with 185 as OE sizes also come with OE alloys (The i20, Swift Z series, etc.,)

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