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View Poll Results: Which is the smarter choice?
Buy 5 new tyres and use one off them as a spare 18 51.43%
Buy 4 new tyres and use one off the old tyres as the spare. 12 34.29%
Buy 5 new tyres and keep one off the old ones on a steel rim so that it can be used in emergencies (on a long journey). 5 14.29%
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Old 15th March 2005, 10:08   #1
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Default Which is the smarter way of buying new tyres.

Since my older tyres were multi directional, i can probably use the best among them as my spare for the new tyres i'll be buying and..... i won't have problems when faced with a flat tyre on a lonely stretch, as the older tyre can be fitted on either sides of the car.

Only problem is, i somehow don't think this would be the right move. What do you guys have to say?

Or, how about if i buy 5 new ones and keep one of the old ones too (on a steel rim) so that it can be used under emergencies, especially when the conditions are wet (since i hate the idea of fitting the wrong tyres on the wrong side).

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Old 15th March 2005, 10:24   #2
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for my dad's city i recently switched to tubeless pirellis. its a multi directional ones. but since he was a bit apprehensive about using tubeless, i got 4 new tires. retained one of the old ones as a spare. and put another old one on a spare rim so that he could use the tube type ones in case there is an accident.

didnt want the road side tyre walla on the high way spoiling my new pirellis BTW i have put a puncture repair kit in the car so that i can just fix the puncture myself and just get the air filled up at the puncture walla's.

as a additional redundancy i also have a new tube in the car. well i gotta make sure bcas my dad frequently travels to remote places and most of the times alone. so wanted to make sure there were no surprises.

shan if you are gonna drive the car then instead of getting the 5th tire, get a foot pump. the puncture repair kit comes alongwith the tires. so you can fix the puncture in 10 mins and get going. that will be more safe too.

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Old 15th March 2005, 11:37   #3
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If you are buying a popular tyre that should be around on the market for another couple of years, then just buy 4 and use the old stepnee for emergencies.

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If u get proper warranty and stuff then maybe buy 4. But i would advice u to buy 5 since i had a problem with one of the tyres in my accord, i had mentioend in a thread long back almost a year back that my front tyre had a small bludge sort of thing in the rubber which would eventually expand and burst. Luckily i spotted it well before it got bad and had it repaired by michellin but then again i would never risk something like tyres as repaired i just put the repaired tyre as my spare and took the spare and fitted it in the front. So i was glad that when my car came i exchanged all my 5 tyres for 5 upgraded size michellins.
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Old 15th March 2005, 14:29   #5
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hi shan
what we generally do is buy four new ones and use an good one out of the old

but i would suggest you to buy five brand new ones and rotate them regurarly for even tyre wear.

we dont do it coz of the less man power for too many cars,we take the easy way out,which i hate but cant complaint against!
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shan,

my way of doing things is simple ! when u r buying 4 new tyres why leave out the 5th?

i get all 5 new ones ..and rotate them as per schedule !
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shan,

my way of doing things is simple ! when u r buying 4 new tyres why leave out the 5th?

i get all 5 new ones ..and rotate them as per schedule !



with normally crazy if your going out and getting 4 why not get the 5th one too unless you have a really tight budget.

but i would definitly get all 5 as far aspossible.

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Well, if you are buying unidirectional or asymmetric tread patterns, it does not make sense to buy 5. Rather keep a spare tyre which can be fitted on any side of the car, in any direction.

Ofcourse, if you buying regular tyres to begine with, go for 5.
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Well, if you are buying unidirectional or asymmetric tread patterns, it does not make sense to buy 5.
Actually, 5 asymmetric is not a problem

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Actually, 5 asymmetric is not a problem
So asymmetric tyres can go on either sides? Cool.

And yeah they do provide massive lateral grip. It's only the braking that i didn't like.

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ok Mr. nitpicker....unidirectional AND asymmetric :P
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all five fer me ... 4 in handone in the bush ...oops i mean 4 on road one in the boot
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All 5 for me-
Look at it this way.
You have 4 good ones on yr alloys,
and one old one (in good shape) on yr steel rim
You are on a expressway / highway and have a puncture

you then put in the spare - now you have to drive slower,
your tyres are different types, so you may be dragging stightly to one side,
The car may drift / pull hard under an emergency brake situation (Never a possibility
to be discounted on indian highways).
Not worth the risj or hassle if you can afford it.
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if upsizing,then the wider tire can occupy more space in the dicky or may not fit properly in the space for the spare tire.
in such cases its advisable to buy 4 tires and stick to the OE size as the spare one.
and when u have tubeless tires,i dont think you will ever need to go for the spare tire at all.
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What I've done is bought 4 GIIs and kept a Donut as a spare, because its an upgrade over the S322s and its multi-directional... planning to get a puncture repair kit also... Harrie, where did you get your kit from?
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