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Old 17th August 2007, 12:30   #1
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Thumbs up Fiesta on Michelin Pilot Preceda PP1

Hi TBHPians,

After running my car in wet monsoon conditions I realised my MRF ZV2K were just not upto my expectation. Though the compound was pretty hard, considering my relatively low running it didnt make much sense to worry about tyre wear. I was also told by a mechanic that the MRFs really take a toll on the brakes because they need to do more work.

So began the search for new set of tyres...

My requirements were,

- Good grip at high speed (Car felt very skittish even while cornering high radius curves at 70-80kph. From reading on this forum I attributed it to the harder MRF)
- Good wet grip. (MRFs were horrible driving through water logs)
- Tyre that lasts about 20-25k kms

Budget permitted for tyres but not alloys so decided to stick to only changing tyres.

I finalized two options,

Yokohama ES-100
Michelin Pilot Preceda ( I asked for PP2 but dealer said they were not available in 14")

I finally went ahead & purchased the Michelins (195/60 R14) to replace my stock MRF (175/65 R14) thanks to TBHP reading.

I got them at 4000/- a piece & 500/- each for the set of 4 used MRFs. I will get the spare wheel changed this weekend.

So far, after 3 days of use, the difference is night & day. I never expected this level of grip in the dry. I took the same corner I mentioned earlier at a higher speed of 90 kph & the stability was amazing.

The ride comfort is actually better even though I reduced the profile to 60. I guess this is due to the softer compound.

Road noise is much improved on smooth surface but on rough surfaces I find very little reduction.

I am filling it to 30PSI as recommend at the dealer. Any suggestions in this regard would be great.

I finally got a digicam. I shall post pics this weekend.
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Old 17th August 2007, 12:38   #2
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Good choice of tyres... congrats! I have PP2 on my car, and am very happy with it. You got a very good price too!
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Old 17th August 2007, 13:05   #3
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Great. The quote i got was 4100/- Where did you get this from?
I am also looking out for 14" Lenso which is going to be released in Blore this month end. But no news in Hyd..
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But is 195/60 the right size ? 185/60 would have been ideal
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Old 17th August 2007, 16:55   #5
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I took the same corner I mentioned earlier at a higher speed of 90 kph & the stability was amazing.Road noise is much improved on smooth surface but on rough surfaces I find very little reduction.
Right choice ! Michelin has some amazing grip and has really amazing cornering ability which I felt it hands on in my car

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Now congrats on buying your digicam.

No excuses for not posting pics of the new tyres. Congrats for new tyres on hold as of now.
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Great. The quote i got was 4100/- Where did you get this from?
I am also looking out for 14" Lenso which is going to be released in Blore this month end. But no news in Hyd..
I was quoted 4150/- from Ashoka Wheels. Later went with a friend who knows him to get it reduced.

I was more surprised that he gave me something on the 3500kms used MRF. I was expecting nothing. Now Im going to bargain with the unused spare for the its replacement.
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But is 195/60 the right size ? 185/60 would have been ideal
I dint find much of a price difference between the 185 & 195. Plus I have to
accept the car looks better with the 195.

There is only a 1.1% speedo error which was minimal.
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theexister I maybe one of the prospective buyers. I need to replace abdly punctures S322 stock by full size spare. I want to have the replacement new tire to be cheap since I want to go for tubeless and michelins next year or So. I am assuming it is ok to have a spare with different pattern and brand as spare. Is your stock 175/65R14 ?

Can you also give the details of Ashoka and other dealers and prices they quoted for 185/65 and 195/60 for Michelin and Yoko ES-100 ?

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Pics of the tyre on my Fiesta
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I am currently having stock Good Year 175/65 R14. I want to change it to tubeless? what do you guys recommend?
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I am currently having stock Good Year 175/65 R14. I want to change it to tubeless? what do you guys recommend?
it depends whether you want performance or comfort. you can get 185 or 195/60 r14. for an all round tyre i suggest michelin xm1 or bridgestone turanza er60. and for performance bridgestone potenza g3 or yokohama es100.
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Congrats on the new tyres. Michelin PPs are great tyres.
Your car begs for alloys.
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Congrats on the new tires !
I used the PP1 on the skoda 3 years back.That time PP2 wasnt there. Excellent grip even on PP1.

Enjoy driving ! Good choice
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Congrats on the new tyres. Michelin PPs are great tyres.
Your car begs for alloys.
My savings account is begging me for money too plus my credit card

I will change over in another 6 months but then I would prefer to upsize it to 15" but then I have to change the tyres again.
If all goes per plan I shall keep these sets for a TBHP track day.
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