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Old 27th January 2008, 01:05   #1
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Presently I own a ZEN-VX 1998 145/70 R13 with MRF Zigma-Vt hard compound tyres that have the ability to last for eternity but are not so good grip wise ,however two of the tyres have developed problems with one of them developing a cut sidewall and another one having having developed excessive wear on one half of it maybe due to improper balancing.

Now I plan to replace these with another set of tyres preferentially tubeless, but the orignal rims are not in their prime as to say, but I plan to get these fixed and then get tubeless tyres or should I stick to tubed tyres?

I plan to use these new tyres as front ones so as to counter any understeer and moreover would prefer high grip over the tyre's ability to last for eternity,with the car having only covered 38000 km till date, and I am completely okay if the tyres tyres go bald after 20000 kms or so after which they could be used as slicks.Please suggest possible tyre choices(or any different sizes if possible would love 155's if they can be be a feasible option ) considering the above criteria.

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Old 27th January 2008, 09:37   #2
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you can go for tubeless tyres but i would prefer alloys with tubeless instead of steel rims . tubeless tyres can be used as tubed tyres also if you are not satisfied by tubeless you can put tubes in tyres. you can get different sizes in r13 if you are looking for wider tyres go for 165/65 r 13 or go for 155
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i think 165/60/r13 are also available.......
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Old 27th January 2008, 17:07   #4
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Guys would it be feasible to fit michelin pp2's on my car .
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PP/PP2's are not available in any sizes suitable for your car. Unless you want a stupid upgrade.
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The best upsize would be 155/65-13 Michelin XM1.
Forget PP2s. They are not available in 13".
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Old 27th January 2008, 20:11   #7
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since this tread is up which would be the best tires for my zen right now i have stock tires on 13" steelies of the esteem.

moderate grip level daily drive on bad roads like semi tared.
tire guru's ?????.
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Pawan

Do u have the stock suspension in your Ezen ?

Since you have a MPFI esteem engine i think u should get either 165/60-13 or even 195/45-14..But the ride quality will go for a toss with those tyres and stock suspension.
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What will be the approx price for the for the Michelin XM1 and they do not come into the performance tyre range I suppose,if yes then any other suggestions?.Since my zen is a non power steering version would the steering become significantly heavier with the 155's .
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Pawan

Do u have the stock suspension in your Ezen ?

Since you have a MPFI esteem engine i think u should get either 165/60-13 or even 195/45-14..But the ride quality will go for a toss with those tyres and stock suspension.
i have stock but stiffened suspension.

which brand would you suggest would be best.in the 165 60 r13 since i use bad roads to college and don't want to go low profile.
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What will be the approx price for the for the Michelin XM1 and they do not come into the performance tyre range I suppose,if yes then any other suggestions?.Since my zen is a non power steering version would the steering become significantly heavier with the 155's .
155/65-13 XM1 should be around 2300 per tyre.
Apollo aceleres are also available in that size and should be cheaper than XM1s.

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what about the second question kevin?
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Kevin what I meant was are't there are any performance tyres avilable for the zen since in my case the running will be low.
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hey KP

will there be any problems in steering if the upgrade is for a non PS Zen.

will it become hard or remain same etc etc

Please suggest.
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hey KP

will there be any problems in steering if the upgrade is for a non PS Zen.

will it become hard or remain same etc etc

Please suggest.
Nopes you'll not find much of difference in steering.
Anything broader than thse will be hard on steering.
The ideal upsize for 13" wheeled Zen would be 155/65-13. Anything broader than this will definetely scrap the wheel arch at the backside if your suspension is weak.
Solution for it would be adding spacers.
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