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Old 11th October 2007, 23:07   #16
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Guys,

One last question: Since I'm buying unidirectional tyres (I think) what do i do about the spare wheel?

Can I retain my stock tyre (8mm greater diameter than new tyre) or do I have to find a bi-directional tyre in the exact size of the new tyre?
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Old 12th October 2007, 02:08   #17
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Retain youe stock tyre FB, should work fine as with tubeless tyres the need to use the spare is scarce.

And tell me if you need any help with the Yoko dealers, if you do go to BK Tyres, deal with Atul & say Hi to him from my side!
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Retain youe stock tyre FB, should work fine as with tubeless tyres the need to use the spare is scarce.

And tell me if you need any help with the Yoko dealers, if you do go to BK Tyres, deal with Atul & say Hi to him from my side!
@iraghava:
Now I only need to buy 4 tyres instead of 5

Thanks for all the guidance, am planning to go to BK Tyres only, will certainly say Hi to Mr.Atul from your side..
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Old 13th October 2007, 19:53   #19
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Got the tyres fitted today

Cost - Rs.4600/tyre, got Rs.6500 for old tyres (4)

Ride quality has not suffered, tyre noise seems to have reduced. Havent had a chance to check out handling yet...

Mr. Atul Kapoor of BK Tyres is a courteous, well-informed person, it was a pleasure to interact with him.
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Congratulations O' Flying device of banned substance usage!

Do post a detailed review after you've done some decent mileage on them!
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Congrats FB...!
BTW what tyres did u get ?
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BTW what tyres did u get ?
Yokohama S-Drive's I believe.
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Hey FB, Your time to post some pics of the cars with new Sdrives. I am sure it loks good.
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Hey FB, Your time to post some pics of the cars with new Sdrives. I am sure it loks good.
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Yep, it looks good :-) pics coming up...

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Congratulations O' Flying device of banned substance usage!

Do post a detailed review after you've done some decent mileage on them!
Sure, will do!

BTW, going a litle OT here, the 'Bong' in my nickname refers to natives of the state of Bengal - the full sobriquet was coined by my fellow MBA grads on account of my athletic prowess (limited though, only ran long-distance for college), you know a la 'Flying Finn/Sikh' (Paavo Nurmi/Milkha Singh) etc.

But honestly, I like your interpretation better, I really do
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Congrats Flying Bong on your purchase of Yokohama S-Drive's! I hope you got 205/55 R15 profile. I'm glad that you find ride quality unaffected.. Take in the first hundred km's easy on the new tyres.

Do post up pictures soon!

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A quick update-

Handling/cornering has improved significantly - have been putting that to the test over the Chattarpur/Faridabad road to Gurgaon, it's a good road that twists and turns through the "quasi-countryside" before entering the concrete jungle that is Gurgaon. I feel I am able to corner safely/confidently at higher speeds than before, also experience a little less body roll too.

Tyre noise has reduced, especially at high speeds. Also car feels more planted.

Surpisingly steering feel seems slightly lighter inspite of new tyres being wider. Why would this be so? Even my chauffeur has commented on this.

Will try to post pics tomorrow.
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Even my chauffeur has commented on this.
A cedia with 205 sized Yokohamas and U have a chauffeur for that??
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A cedia with 205 sized Yokohamas and U have a chauffeur for that??
Compromises, compromises

Delhi-Gurgaon commute has become quite strenuous (even with the Cedia & yokos ), mainly due to errant bikers/autorickshaws trying to squeeze past in crawling traffic situations... also parking arrangements for my office are so bad that driving oneself leads to delays/irritation and leaving the car unattended is not a great idea.

I ensure, however that I drive 3/4 times in a week, usually on the way back home if I'm leaving office late (while my chauffeur enjoys the ICE, LOL) and exclusively drive myself on Saturday & Sunday. Also I get to sit a clean, dust free car every evening when I leave work (matters coz my car is Black)!

Not the most economical compromise, but one which seems to be the best one at present.
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Surpisingly steering feel seems slightly lighter inspite of new tyres being wider. Why would this be so? Even my chauffeur has commented on this.
What tyre pressures are you running?
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Surpisingly steering feel seems slightly lighter inspite of new tyres being wider. Why would this be so? Even my chauffeur has commented on this.
Could be high tyre pressures (as noted by iraghava).

Also note that tubeless tyres will be lighter than stock tyres because there are no tubes, and your tubeless tyres are of lower diameter than stock. Secondly, brand new tyres will not attain maximum grip till they have run about 500 kms, so the steering could become a little tighter as you run in the tyres.
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