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Old 16th August 2008, 10:26   #1
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I am going for a change of tyres from my Bridgestone S322 (175/70/R13) to GT Radial (185/70/R13) - Champiro. Has anyone any experience (good or bad) with this brand ?
Also, I am assuming that I will get a few mm increase in ground clearance with this - 185/70/R13 instead of 185/65/R13 (correct upsize). Will this cause any problems ? Tyres touching the wheel well edges etc. Appreciate your inputs.
Looking at changing this soon, though my old tyres have been excellant through their 38K journey so far.

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IIRC fellow bhpian Harsh87 had these tires for sometime and he was not happy with there performance.
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IIRC fellow bhpian Harsh87 had these tires for sometime and he was not happy with there performance.
Thanks for the reply.Is there any thread about his experience anywhere on Team-BHP ?
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Are you look for just tyres? or good tyres?
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i have gt radial champiro in my car . tyres are ok . wear and tear is less as i think they are harder . road grip is ok . never faced any problem with these tyres
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I figure you're going for this brand for the size and price. I've seen them "perform" in my opinion stay away from it and go for brands like Goodyear,Michelin,Pirelli or Bridgestone. To do a simple comparo ask your retailer to keep the GT,and any of these side by side and see the diff in sidewall construction and overall weight of the tyre.
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I figure you're going for this brand for the size and price. I've seen them "perform" in my opinion stay away from it and go for brands like Goodyear,Michelin,Pirelli or Bridgestone. To do a simple comparo ask your retailer to keep the GT,and any of these side by side and see the diff in sidewall construction and overall weight of the tyre.
Are you saying that the GTs are not a good brand to trust ?
Well, I have this "wholesale" dealer in Pune who is offering me these (GT) tyres at Rs 2100/- per tyre (185/70R13). Says, he can offer these rates because he imports them himself. I checked out the Bridgestone turanza ER-60 and those cost Rs 3200 per tyre. You see there is a huge difference in the costs.
(I have Bridgestone S322 and these have been very good all through their 3700+ km with me).
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Headers uses 185/70/R13 Michelin XM1+ on his accent CRDI and he's happy.
He used the Yokohamas of the same size for about 1500kms before this and gave them back.
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i have gt radial champiro in my car . tyres are ok . wear and tear is less as i think they are harder . road grip is ok . never faced any problem with these tyres
Which car have you put this on & what size ? In short do you recommend these tyres ?

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Headers uses 185/70/R13 Michelin XM1+ on his accent CRDI and he's happy.
He used the Yokohamas of the same size for about 1500kms before this and gave them back.
XM1+ cost Rs 3600 per tyre.....too costly. Turanza ER-60 in the same size cost Rs 3200/- ......so if I don't go for the GTs (way too cheap at Rs 2100), I may go in for the turanza. Hear they are as good as the XM1+


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Turanzas have recieved good reviews on here. I would suggest you stay away from GT radials.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/access...st-worthy.html
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Try the YOKO A-drives.
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Which car have you put this on & what size ? In short do you recommend these tyres ?



XM1+ cost Rs 3600 per tyre.....too costly. Turanza ER-60 in the same size cost Rs 3200/- ......so if I don't go for the GTs (way too cheap at Rs 2100), I may go in for the turanza. Hear they are as good as the XM1+


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i have those on my m800 size is 165/65 r13. i would recommed these tyres if you want normal tyres . these tyres are ok wear and tear is less ,braking is good . i have driven 10000 km above with these tyres and there is no sign of any wear and tear
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There is no importer of GT in Pune. He's giving u hogwash. The importer is in delhi. And by far you cannot compare bridgestones with Champiro !! The diff in price exists 'coz there is a diff in technology, rubber compound and of course marketing blitz
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Thanks Harry for your feedback with this brand. Looks ok to me. And yes, I am not going to waste my money just for the sake of a brand.

I have also PMed Harsh87 and waiting to hear on his experience with this brand.

Wasava, don't care much if this person is not an importer, but he is giving me the tyres dead cheap. So will not drop this idea before I hear really bad reviews from anyone on this brand. So far, except for the advice not to go for these tyres, I have not heard any negative things/accidents etc.

Maybe I can check out the weight & construction stuff that you mentioned. Not that I wil lbe able to figure out physically. But may be search the internet for more info. Thanks.
nitrous, thanks for the link

Thanks again.
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Scorp - What is more important to you? A few thousand rupees or your life in event of a tyre failure? The choice is yours to make my friend. But if I were you, I would spend a few thousand more primarily for the peace of mind that it would give me.
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