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Old 16th July 2008, 15:38   #1
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Hi,

I was thinking of upgrading the rubber on my 2003 Zen to 14" rims and tyres.

The zen currently rides on 12" OEM rims with jk tyres 145/??(not specified) R12 which IMO are pretty crappy.Sometimes feel like the car is running on stilts.

I was looking at tyres with a specification of somewhere around 165/65r14's.

Due to budget constrains i just want to change the tyres with steel rims.

Few queries here.

1.Which 14" oem rims would be a direct fit on the zen?
2.Tyre recommendations along with prices for the same would be appreciated.
3.Will the tyres rub against the wells or body.

I usually ride alone with the occasional passenger.

I am based in Mumbai.
Budget 10g's +or- 2g's

Gurus comments will be appreciated.
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Old 16th July 2008, 16:09   #2
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Fellow bhpian rev_hard had 14 inchers(alloys) on his zen.

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Honest advice stick to stock size or R13s and get better rubber. Please refer to other threads on zen rims as well.
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i had 14" on my ezen, it was good. the size was 195/45/14
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Ofcourse it is possible and many zen rides on the forum have 14" with the tire size that iceman specified.
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14 inchers will go with zen.. But will slightly scrap the wheel archs, Best solution would be to add spacers in to the suspension. But this would effect Handling
I would rather suggest you to stick with 13" wheels.
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Old 16th July 2008, 17:28   #7
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Ya. me too thought 14 inchers would be a problem + im looking out for steel rims so finding a rim with the right PCD (114.something in this case i think).
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use low profile tyres with 14 inches
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no need to add spacers. just round the arches a bit and stiffen the current suspension.
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@Forged_Piston

I'm using 165/65/13 on my Zen with steel rims.
Even these does foul with the wheel arches sometimes and when I got the car upon the ramp inspected the arches clear marks were visible. Nothing serious but it only happens when you hit the odd huge bump/pothole or take a 'U' turn a bit too fast.

I'm not sure if there are any steel rims available for Zen.
You might be able to go in for 14" (165/55/14) but I you ask me its not worth the risks/limitations involved, unless you want to go in for alloys
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optra rim can be used on a zen and 165/45/r14 would be to small for a 14" rim as far as i know this size is almost impossible to get

the min. size you will get is 195 45 r14
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I'm using 165/65/13 on my Zen with steel rims.
Even these does foul with the wheel arches sometimes and when I got the car upon the ramp inspected the arches clear marks were visible.
Just get your suspension checked. May be your shocks are weak that's y they might be scraping your wheel archs
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I remember Amitoj's goldie running on 195/45/R14.
It had a suspension package from Psycho with all the works.
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@sushrutha

Thanks for the advice.

I was thinking the same and told service guys to check the suspension.
No problems with the shocks, Got the car serviced like 2 weeks back.
Maybe its the way I drive

As I said its not like reallllly bad, I can see the trye marks that all.
Was never able to hear anything or feel any rubbing while I drive.
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