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Old 21st March 2008, 00:04   #16
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The best option if you dont want to take a chance with scraping is 165/60 r13 tires on 5j alloys.handling and braking will be good but ride will be a little harsh.

i am running 165/65 r13 tires in my zen. i have got the inside of rear wheel wells tapped flat with a plastic hammer.it does not touch anywhere.with 65 profile your ride quality will be better compared to 60 profile.
As posted earlier, you will need modifications for 165/65 R13.
And also rightly mentioned is the harsh ride if you upsize to 13inch and not stick with the stock size of 12 inch.

EDIT: Please read the last post on the previous page as well.

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Old 21st March 2008, 01:56   #17
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spinxy if you want all that you want, then you will have to sacrifice your FE, and i was told by the ashoka wheels guy ritesh that, for every 10mm increase in tyre width, you lose around 0.5kmpL.

Well there are many brands and options to choose from, so be patient and do the home work before you make the kill. I say Read all the threads available.

i say get the 165/60-13 should be just fine, as i think you are not going to do a lot of highway driving. Going any further lower profile will result in lower ride comfort as the sturts are already stiffened for the diesel zen and might just turn out to be harmful for the suspension and will have bad ride quality.

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spinxy if you want all that you want, then you will have to sacrifice your FE, and i was told by the ashoka wheels guy ritesh that, for every 10mm increase in tyre width, you lose around 0.5kmpL.

Well there are many brands and options to choose from, so be patient and do the home work before you make the kill. I say Read all the threads available.

i say get the 165/60-13 should be just fine, as i think you are not going to do a lot of highway driving. Going any further lower profile will result in lower ride comfort as the sturts are already stiffened for the diesel zen and might just turn out to be harmful for the suspension and will have bad ride quality.

KPZen where are you? We need your help, here.
A drop in the FE is not at all an issue, and I can compromise on the ride quality too as long as I get the best grip, stability and braking. If I consider 165/60, what are the other options I have apart from the Bridgestone Potenza GIII?

And now, considering the 60 and 65 sidewall height, apart from the looks nd ride quality, can someone enlighten me how does it affect braking and grip? I want to know which is better of the two.
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Old 21st March 2008, 17:59   #19
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Hi,

> Stock Size is 145/80 R12 i think.

Though I don't remember the correct size, the OEM for Zen diesels were 13 inch wheels and tyres.
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> Stock Size is 145/80 R12 i think.

Though I don't remember the correct size, the OEM for Zen diesels were 13 inch wheels and tyres.
Yes, till about '99-00 both the Zen Petrol & Diesel came equipped with 145/70 R13 as standard. Later on the size was changed to 145/80 R12.
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> Yes, till about '99-00 both the Zen Petrol & Diesel came equipped with 145/70 > R13 as standard. Later on the size was changed to 145/80 R12.

I beg to differ. The diesel engined ones continued with 13 inch wheels and tyres when the petrols went back to 12 inch rims to avoid rim bending.

I took delivery of my Zen Di on 27/07/2002 with 13 inch rims (31kms on the odo) and shifted to Aura alloys when the odo was at 262kms.
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> Yes, till about '99-00 both the Zen Petrol & Diesel came equipped with 145/70 > R13 as standard. Later on the size was changed to 145/80 R12.

I beg to differ. The diesel engined ones continued with 13 inch wheels and tyres when the petrols went back to 12 inch rims to avoid rim bending.

I took delivery of my Zen Di on 27/07/2002 with 13 inch rims (31kms on the odo) and shifted to Aura alloys when the odo was at 262kms.
Your're correct. The Diesel Zens always came with 13" wheels because they had bigger brake rotors up front and 12" wheels wouldn't fit over those.

From your list the Bridgestone Potenza GIII will give you the best grip it is a good tyre overall and will give you decent tyre life too.
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