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Older one : 145/70R13 8 61.54%
New one : 145/80R12 5 38.46%
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Old 5th January 2005, 17:45   #16
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145/80 R12 is a big no,no. Unless you plan to drive it normally and vouch, never to rip it on twisty roads.

Nothing comes close to ripping a car on the twisties than on a straight highway.

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hahaha.... the day i dont rip the car on twisting roads will come the day after the world ends.

But to get the same acceleration from 155s, i will have to go for alloys, like u said. Now would one want to fit alloys on a car thats in its middle age? hmmm... wot do u think?

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and the ride quality is really good in the new zensas compared to the older ones.
Satya, rice_tuner mentioned that the new zens have more coils in their suspension. So the better ride would be a combination of this and the 145/80 tyres, right? So how big a diff in ride quality would it make to my car which has the older suspension?

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Old 5th January 2005, 19:17   #17
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Now would one want to fit alloys on a car thats in its middle age? hmmm... wot do u think?
If straightline performance is really that great a deal for you then yes, alloys will be worth it. Plus if it's a tubeless tyre, it's always good to have alloys instead of steel.

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Old 5th January 2005, 20:29   #18
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straight line performance? in my rusty old zen? not really... i'd rather take my chances on bends and curves rather than on a straight stretch...
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Old 5th January 2005, 20:51   #19
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.. Any idea if Michelin Certis are available in 145/70 R 13???
165/60 is available but I am not willing to put 165.. on a wagonR.
155/65 not available in Michelin

anyone heard of 145/70 R 13.. in Certis? I think if these are available .. it would be a good bet for a person (like me) who is more or less satisfied with 145s.
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hey slk,

go for the 155/65 r13 that the new wagonr vxi cums with.
u can also go for 165/60r13.
avoid 145/70r13,
the next upsize will be 185/55r13.
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I do want to go for... 155/65.. r13.. but.. aren't really available... in most brands....
from what I know.. only JK and Apollo!... and I want neither of them.

probably a good quality 145/70 (tubeless) would be better than... not so good 155/65

which brand 155s do u have satya?

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i have 155/65r13 goodyear GT3 tubeless.
the new wagon r vxi cum with these.
155/65 is there in all brands.
go for it
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.. Any idea if Michelin Certis are available in 145/70 R 13???
165/60 is available but I am not willing to put 165.. on a wagonR.
155/65 not available in Michelin

anyone heard of 145/70 R 13.. in Certis? I think if these are available .. it would be a good bet for a person (like me) who is more or less satisfied with 145s.

Nope. I don't think that Michelin certis are available in 145/70 R13. During my tyre shopping last year, could not find one and i learnt that Michelins certis have their range beginning from atleast 165 profile. I myself wanted to have one. However, apart from Goodyear, no tubeless are available in that size.
BTW, 35k on zen is way to less for tyre change. I replaced my stock tyres (JK ultima) with bridgestone donuts at 78 k.

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Say, how are the donuts doing on ur car? I am thinking of going in for donuts as well...
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Never had any problems (except one puncture ) in the past 20k covered so far. My impressions and comparisons would be based on the previous jk and now donuts (145/70 R13).

Handling : I did took some stiff turns at 80-90kmph, the corners held well. No screeching and quite predictable.
Also on wet surface, they behave pretty well. Did not inspire much confidence with Jk's here.
Ride quality: improved a lot, very smooth. This has soft supple walls which helps in absorbing and go easy on suspension too.
Noise : Initially were very quite, however now i hear a bit of road noise. This could be the reason that suspension is due for an overhaul, which i am going for this weekend.
Bigger grooves : Since it has bigger grooves i learnt that these may result in increased fuel consumption. Though none that i could notice.

I would call it nice overall package , with good ride quality. Many ppl here insisted that these same could be used as tubeless, wonder what made them think so ?
This has my recommendation, however, whatever you buy, just have the right air pressure, get them aligned and balanced at regular intervals with periodic rotation. Always helps !

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