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Old 5th November 2007, 19:32   #1
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looking for tyre suggestion for ZEN LXi 2003 which has JK Ultima 145/80/R12- done 42500 km.
Travel is 60 % city & 40 % highways(about 1000 km per month ).
my expectations are
a) safety when i touch about 100 or 120 though i mostly go in the range of 70-90 only in highways .
b) fuel efficiency
c) upsize IF & ONLY if does give extra safety/good steering &
dont affect FE

Too get these A/B/C what are the options i have in TUBED & TUBELESS.
IF tubeless- can i go for NEW RIMs ( which brand ) without going for ALLOYS as i prefer not to spend for alloys.

so pl share your suggestions & expertise. TIA
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Old 5th November 2007, 20:45   #2
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Get 155/65-13 tyres and esteem steel rims. It would satisfy most of your expectations.

Tyre options in 155/65-13
1. Michelin XM1
2. Yokohama A300
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Get 155/65-13 tyres and esteem steel rims. It would satisfy most of your expectations.

Tyre options in 155/65-13
1. Michelin XM1
2. Yokohama A300
I got the same combination fitted on my ZEN as per KPZEN's advice, the results are awesome.
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thanks for the responses. can i also KNOW the pros & cons of this change & upsize.what about the effect on FE with 13 as the current ones have 12.thanks.

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I got the same combination fitted on my ZEN as per KPZEN's advice, the results are awesome.

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My zen had 155/70R12 after the stock tyres were worn out (145/80)

So, i will give my experience with all of them
Description 145/80R12 155/70R12 155/65R13

Km run 53000 29000 1800

Rim size 4j 4j 4.5j

Initial torque normal excellent 5% below normal

Top speed 125km/hr 145km/hr 135km/hr
(incl. odo error)

Handling poor good excellent

Ride good almost good marginally below average

Braking ability average good V.good

FE (Km/ltr) 17.5 16.5 15.5

Shapath,i hope the above data helps you!
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Sorry! tried to present the data in a tabulated form but upon posting the fragmantatition gone haywire!
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Which tyre did u have in 155/70-12?? Kumho??
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thanks breezy for your detailed response.
can you specify city & hiways break up reg FE and what do you mean by
" Ride - below average for 155/65R13"..pl confirm your tyre brand and RIM . which tyre SET is your fav and for what reason. TIA


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My zen had 155/70R12 after the stock tyres were worn out (145/80)

So, i will give my experience with all of them
Description 145/80R12 155/70R12 155/65R13

Km run 53000 29000 1800

Rim size 4j 4j 4.5j

Initial torque normal excellent 5% below normal

Top speed 125km/hr 145km/hr 135km/hr
(incl. odo error)

Handling poor good excellent

Ride good almost good marginally below average

Braking ability average good V.good

FE (Km/ltr) 17.5 16.5 15.5

Shapath,i hope the above data helps you!
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i read this in THE HINDU dated Sunday, Aug 26, 2007
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tubeless tyres are also notoriously unpredictable when used with steel rims and when driven on bad roads.

any opinion on THIS as im planning to go for NEW ESTEEM RIMS-13 for my ZEN LXi 2003 instead of ALLOYS ( due to its price ) . TIA

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I stand by Michelin XM1 tyres, even though that is costly. Recently I fitted Michlien XM1 - 185/70 R13 tyres in my Palio. I expereince in superb both in ride and handling. Actually I went to buy bridgestone GIII potenza, but its not best selling in chennai, hence I got a old stick (2004 manufactured). Hence I decided to go for Michelin. NOw I am extremely happy with that.
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I've used 155/70 R12 Good year Gt3 for my Zen Lxi for about 3k kms (sold my Zen after this).

When fitted, it was a little lower than the OE fitted Apollo 145/80 R12


My suggestion is to stick to the existing 12 inch rims and use 155/70 R12 radials.

In 12 inches, heard that there's a falkan tyre (chinese make) available in size 165/65.


If you do plan to upgrade to 13 inches, then go in for Michelin Energy Xm1 instead of the plain Xm1.

Energy XM1: what the company claims is that a tyre consumes about 20% of the overall fuel consumed by a car and this specific tyre consumes only about 10% (they use silica compounds to reduce friction).

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where did you buy in chennai. psbl let me know your price .

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I stand by Michelin XM1 tyres, even though that is costly. Recently I fitted Michlien XM1 - 185/70 R13 tyres in my Palio. I expereince in superb both in ride and handling. Actually I went to buy bridgestone GIII potenza, but its not best selling in chennai, hence I got a old stick (2004 manufactured). Hence I decided to go for Michelin. NOw I am extremely happy with that.
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155/65-13 Michelin XM1 would cost u Rs 2200 per tyre
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you mean 2200 in Faridabad ? what about Yokohama A300? TIA

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155/65-13 Michelin XM1 would cost u Rs 2200 per tyre
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If i remember correctly Akroy(abhi) in Bangalore got it for Rs 2175...
Yokohama A 300 would cost lesser than XM1.
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