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Old 31st August 2009, 18:22   #1
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Picking up my new Cedia Sports tomorrow, it has factory fitted Bridgestone Potenza RE88. Being a Michelin fan I am drawn towards Primacy LC.

I request you all for advice whether it is worth changing to Pimacy LC or to continue with Potenzas. Thanks.

Tyre size: 195/65 R-15
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This is a no brainer. Michelin wins hands down anyday.
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This is a no brainer. Michelin wins hands down anyday.
Thanks Nishant, I am looking for experts' advice on advantages and any info that I may be missing.
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No brainer! It's like asking, "what do you want? Ferrari or Maruti?"!!

Primacy LC is quieter, brakes better, is more comfortable. Grip is more or less equal with RE 88.

However, given the fact that you are going for a Cedia, I would recommend a Continental CPC2 at the very least or if you can afford it, a Michelin PP2.

Both these tyres will grip very well which you need given the fact that the Cedia is a fantastic driver's car. CPC2 is cheaper but doesnt grip as well as the PP2. The PP2 is quite a bit more expensive, but it's one of the best tyres available in the market as of now.
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No brainer! It's like asking, "what do you want? Ferrari or Maruti?"!!

Primacy LC is quieter, brakes better, is more comfortable. Grip is more or less equal with RE 88.

However, given the fact that you are going for a Cedia, I would recommend a Continental CPC2 at the very least or if you can afford it, a Michelin PP2.

Both these tyres will grip very well which you need given the fact that the Cedia is a fantastic driver's car. CPC2 is cheaper but doesnt grip as well as the PP2. The PP2 is quite a bit more expensive, but it's one of the best tyres available in the market as of now.
Thanks Nikhil, PP2 is not available in 195/60 R15 profile and I dont want to change the profile or original OZ alloys. By the way, the car is for my wife, I am very happy with Invex till I upgrade to Outlander
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Aaah. My bad! I would still suggest you upsize to the PP2.

However, seeing that this car is going to be for your wife, then the Primacy LC is a wonderful choice! But when you do drive it, dont expect too much grip from the tyres!
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I am using Michelin Primacy LC 195/60 R15 on my Elantra and i am very happy and satisfied with the comfort and noise levels so far..
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Rishi,
I assume the Cedia comes with 195/60/R15 and not the 65 profile as mentioned in your 1st post.

In that case you can upsize to 205/55/R15, since both have 88 profile. And the PP2s are the best here!
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You can use 205/60 R15 PP2. I've been using the same for a couple of years. No scraping problems or anything. Fills the wheel well a bit more and hence the car looks nicer too.

The grip is way way better than RE88, way less road noise and surprisingly much better ride quality. Try PP2, you'd not be disappointed.

@Fountainheader: 88 is the load index. Anything higher will do as well.

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Aaah. My bad! I would still suggest you upsize to the PP2.

However, seeing that this car is going to be for your wife, then the Primacy LC is a wonderful choice! But when you do drive it, dont expect too much grip from the tyres!
I would second that. I changed from Bridgestone Potenzas to Michelin Primacy LC on my Corolla recently and I have to say the noise levels are much much lower,and comfort has increased manifolds. But at high speeds ( above 140 kmph )the grip does not inspire too much confidence. This is a combination effect of Corolla also, so, may not be entirely Tyre's fault. Cedia should definitely be better. Around 120 kmph, it is much much better than Bridgestone. So make your choice based on the driving habits., Wifey driving, not beyond 100-120 kmph, Michelin Primacy LC will be a good choice.

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Hi guys,

I drive a Magnum Diesel - which I am surely most of you would agree is an outright driver's car. Now the stock tyres are GT3 (don't want to debate on them at all!!!) I have front two tyres as RE 88 and rear two as GT3s (OE). Now I am thinking of buying two new tyres and put them in the front.

Although your arguments above would convince me that Michelin Primacy LC could be the best choice but if I were to say that I do a lot of weekend getaways wher the roads are not the best at times, wouldn't Michelines with a softer compund (in my opinion ) be inferior to the harder Bridgestones.

I would prefer a tyre with decent grip and little tyre noise - basically it would be Micheline Primacy LC or RE 88 as I have geard g3s being unidirectional may be pose problems while rotating and also on tyre noise
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