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Old 20th August 2007, 12:23   #1
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Default Swift VDI: change of Tyre size but why Alloys?

Hello All,
I am looking for a change of my Swift VDI Tyres.

Kindly give me your suggestions for:
1) Change from Stock 65/80/14 to ZXI tyres i.e 185/70/14 .
Which Brand of tyres? Goodyear? Michelin?

2) Why should i go for alloys? I am on a tight budget hence would prefer to change only the tyres on stock rim. Any good reason why i should go for alloys now?

Kindly give ur reasons considering FE and safety.
I will be having Swift VDI with ABS...

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Old 20th August 2007, 15:51   #2
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I was told by the dealer that i cannot put ZX (185) based tyre on VX rim

so i ended up getting ZX alloys


After reading a few posts some people have already managed to put 185 based tyre on VX/LX Steel RIMS - so i dont know who is right or wrong - or safe or reliable.


Also from my experience, the Steel RIMS are probably lighter that the ZX Alloys , which is good (in other words ZX alloys are meant more for looks etc)


Others, Please provide input if they have accurately weighed the Swift Steel RIM and ALooys
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Well theoretically speaking, i dont think its impossible to fit 185 tires on 165 tires on steel rims.
Its a not major upgrade in terms of width too.
I am not a pro but i say so on the basis of common sense and logic, which MIGHT be wrong
For Tires, i wouldnt look at GoodYear. Michelin, Yoko, Bridgestone G3 Potenza, there are lots of options.
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Guys, I am running 185/70 R14 on the original rims of swift Ldi and they are perfect fit, though it is 5J. I am running Michelin Energy XM1.

There is an existing thread on the same topic.

Swift : Can I upgrade the tyre on the stock rims? (Swift : Can I upgrade the tyre on the stock rims?)

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There's no problem in mounting 185 tyres on 5j rims.
I've 185 tyres on Baleno steel rims 5j..
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Prajesh I ran 205's on the baleno's stock rims without any issue's what so ever.

Still wondering why people get so paranoid about an upsize/ change in tyres .
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Prajesh I ran 205's on the baleno's stock rims without any issue's what so ever.

Still wondering why people get so paranoid about an upsize/ change in tyres .
It depends upon what i dont know but it varies from car to car.

I upsized my zen tyres to 165 on stock 4j rims and ended up having terrible handling nightmares..
Then i got the Baleno and did the same (185 on 5j rims) with crossed fingers. The result has been totally different. No handling issues whatsoever and overall a fantastic feeling.

I know what i went through with my zen , hence i dont advice anyone to upsize the tyres on small rim beyond the limits.
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I ran straight from those puny 165's to 205's and the dealer said there wont be any issues as such.

Well things worked his way and I never had any issues with that size.

A few trips to Kundapur,ECR and Wayanad I started to love those tyres even more.

Like you mentioned could be different with other cars.
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It depends upon what i dont know but it varies from car to car.

I upsized my zen tyres to 165 on stock 4j rims and ended up having terrible handling nightmares..
Then i got the Baleno and did the same (185 on 5j rims) with crossed fingers. The result has been totally different. No handling issues whatsoever and overall a fantastic feeling.

I know what i went through with my zen , hence i dont advice anyone to upsize the tyres on small rim beyond the limits.
For 185/70R14 specified rim width is from 4.5~6 J, so 5j would be good enough..
As far as your zen goes, for 165/65R13 specified rim width is 4.5~6J, so 4J is bound to trouble you..
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I ran straight from those puny 165's to 205's and the dealer said there wont be any issues as such.

Well things worked his way and I never had any issues with that size.

A few trips to Kundapur,ECR and Wayanad I started to love those tyres even more.

Like you mentioned could be different with other cars.
There are certain specified rim widths for each tyre. These are recommnded by ETRTO and JATMA(Japanese Atumotive Tyres Manufaturers Assciation).
Yeah as mentioned by KPZEN there could be slight difference from vehicle to vehicle as well..
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