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Old 27th August 2008, 19:59   #1
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Hello everyone,our 2005 OPTRA Ls presently runs on complete stock tyre setup,185/65 R14 Good Year Eagle NCT5.The car has clocked about 27000 kms.Since the car has not run much the rubber compound has become hard and lot of road noise is being heard even though 40% of the thread life is left.

So,I feel the time has come to change the tires,my main priorities which I would like to find in the new set of Tyres are extrmely good ride comfort,zero road noise,acceptable levels of grip and handling.The car is never gonna be driven hard and rash.Which tyres would you all recomend me to go for.I dont mind upsizing the rims as I would be throwing out the steel rims and going in for alloys.Please help.
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Hi D.V.R, I upsized my Optra's wheels to 15" from stock wheels, now I have Michelin Energy MXV8 195/60/15, along with Lenso alloys.
Absolutely no tyre noise, and great ride comfort.
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I completely agree. The best cost vs. improvement arguement lies in the 195/60 R 15 upgrade and the best tires for the job are the MXV8s

That being said, if you don't mind spluring a bit more, get a set of 205/ 55 R16 MXV8s on 16 inch rims. The ride will be the same as the 15s but the looks will be much better!
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For your requirement it should be MXV8 tyre because its for comfort without compromising handling/grip. Since already LukeskyWalker has same setup you can go head with 195 60R15 MXV8. Make sure you buy sutiable alloy for this.

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Hello everyone,our 2005 OPTRA Ls presently runs on complete stock tyre setup,185/65 R14 Good Year Eagle NCT5.The car has clocked about 27000 kms.Since the car has not run much the rubber compound has become hard and lot of road noise is being heard even though 40% of the thread life is left.

So,I feel the time has come to change the tires,my main priorities which I would like to find in the new set of Tyres are extrmely good ride comfort,zero road noise,acceptable levels of grip and handling.The car is never gonna be driven hard and rash.Which tyres would you all recomend me to go for.I dont mind upsizing the rims as I would be throwing out the steel rims and going in for alloys.Please help.
If ride comfort is priority, stick to 14".
195/65 R14 should be one very good option for you.
Do not switch to 15" ....
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Hi D.V.R, I upsized my Optra's wheels to 15" from stock wheels
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I That being said, if you don't mind spluring a bit more, get a set of 205/ 55 R16 MXV8s on 16 inch rims.
D.V.R. clearly wants ONLY ride comfort. How would an upsize to 15" or 16" help that cause? If anything, the ride will become far more stiff.

D.V.R., check out the Energy XM1's from Michelin.

As itzzme recommended, stick to a 14" size itself.
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Hi all ,Thanks for replying I am sure that I will stick to 14".And according to itzzme is 195/65 R 14 better or the stock 185/65 R 14.I had a ride in one of my friends brand new swift Zxi running MXV8 in the stock size,but saying honestly I didnt quite like the tyres they felt pretty ordinary like any other tyre would be when new,on the contrary when I changed to michelin certis on my zen around 5-6 years back the ride comfort was great.

When I wnt to my tyre dealer he asked me to go for Michelin Energy XMI+ or Pilot Preceda II if I was inclined towards Michelin,If I was more inclined towards the tread pattern he suggested the Yokohama Es-100 or GoodYear Eagle F1 but also warned me that they might be a bit noisy.But he advised me to go foe the Yokohama S-drives,is he right?
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For pure comfort stick to either Michelin XM1 or Yokohama A.Drive or Apollo Acceleres. XM1+ & Accelere are available in 195/60 R14, A.Drive in 195/65 R14.
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Pilot Preceda II if I was inclined towards Michelin,
Though I have the PP2's (and love them), they aren't the tyres for ride quality. XM1 it is.
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Allright have decided to go in for the XM1's.Thanks to everyone for helping me make my decision.
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Allright have decided to go in for the XM1's.Thanks to everyone for helping me make my decision.
If comfort is your priority, i strongly recommend 195/65 R14..
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Allright have decided to go in for the XM1's.Thanks to everyone for helping me make my decision.
My Sept 2004 Optra 1.6 (base model) has done 29000 kms. Due to low use (and possibly some lack of alignment), the stock tyres (Goodyear NCT5 Eagle 185/65R15 86H) have worn out unevenly.

Want your advice:
1. Whether to replace only the worn-outs or all 5.
2. I would like to keep the same rims, and am looking for ride comfort above all else. From other threads, it looks like I should get Michelin XM1 185/65R14.


Here are the pictures of the 5 tyres (in order): Front left, Front right, Rear Left, Rear right, Spare wheel
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Though I have the PP2's (and love them), they aren't the tyres for ride quality. XM1 it is.
GTO, off the track...you are running PP2s on which car and what size?
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falcons have a super quiet ride and they fit directly on stock wheels. you should have a look at them.
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