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Old 16th January 2012, 12:16   #151
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What tire pressure are you maintaining ?

You would hardly get anything for your 14k done XM1
I maintain 30 all around.

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Hi...i don't think 195/55 is a practical option for the Figo. You car will look good, but such a low aspect of 55 may not be Ok for Trivandrum narrow roads where you often have to drop the offside tyres off the tarred roads.
Pl. also check if you will be further lowering GClearance with 195/55.

Also refer to expert Nikhil's post 127 in this very thread.

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Lets put some numbers on the table, and let them do the talking. You interpret these numbers according to your situation.

175/65R14 (stock)
Rolling Radius = 291.55mm
sidewall height = 113.75mm

195/55R15 (upsize)
Rolling Radius = 297.75mm (+6.2mm, +2.08% when compared to stock)
sidewall height = 107.25mm (-6.5mm when compared to stock)
Exactly what i was thinking.


Doesnt that mean that i would get a higher ground clearance of around 6mm and loose a similar sidewall height. The increase in GC would surely be great. But will the 6mm decrease in sidewall make such a huge difference in comfort / more importantly rim protection? Need your feedback on this.
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Old 16th January 2012, 12:47   #152
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I maintain 30 all around.
Is that the prescribed psi for Figo ?
IMO 30psi is on the lower side for a front heavy diesel car.


6mm shouldn't impact the comfort much but will have show its affect on driveability of the car.
gemi, why do you want 15" ? Figo in stock form (14" wheels) itself is a good handler.
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Old 16th January 2012, 13:25   #153
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Doesnt that mean that i would get a higher ground clearance of around 6mm and loose a similar sidewall height. The increase in GC would surely be great. But will the 6mm decrease in sidewall make such a huge difference in comfort / more importantly rim protection? Need your feedback on this.
Let me put it this way. The Tata Indica (old model - V2/Indicab) used to have 165/65R13 tyres as standard. These tyres have exactly the same sidewall height as the 195/55R15 tyres. If you want to find out the effect of this sidewall height on the rim, and incidences of rim damage, why don't you poll the cabbies in your area?
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Is that the prescribed psi for Figo ?
IMO 30psi is on the lower side for a front heavy diesel car.


6mm shouldn't impact the comfort much but will have show its affect on driveability of the car.
gemi, why do you want 15" ? Figo in stock form (14" wheels) itself is a good handler.
Anything above 30 makes the car very bouncy. I have seen maruti recommend 36 for Ritz D. But i guess Ford recommends only 30 for single to double passenger.

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Let me put it this way. The Tata Indica (old model - V2/Indicab) used to have 165/65R13 tyres as standard. These tyres have exactly the same sidewall height as the 195/55R15 tyres. If you want to find out the effect of this sidewall height on the rim, and incidences of rim damage, why don't you poll the cabbies in your area?
So are you saying that 195/55 would be more prone to rim damage than 175/65 eventhough the difference on paper is just 6mm.
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So are you saying that 195/55 would be more prone to rim damage than 175/65 eventhough the difference on paper is just 6mm.
Theoretically, yes. But also depends on the type of tyre you fit ...

But I meant exactly what I said - I don't know the condition of the roads in your neck of the woods, so ask people running cars that have the same tyre sidewall height as the 195/55. I gave the example of cabs because they clock up astronomical kilometres on all sorts of roads, and hence will be a statistically representative sample set.

The first generation Zen came with 145/70R13 tyres, with a sidewall height of 6mm less than 195/55. LOTS of complaints of rim damage later, Maruti moved to 145/80R12 with the facelifted version.

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Anything above 30 makes the car very bouncy. I have seen maruti recommend 36 for Ritz D. But i guess Ford recommends only 30 for single to double passenger.
The tyre quality and type of road also can be considered for tyre pressure. I am also using Michelin XM1+ (185/65 R14) and the roads i drove regularly are good with some bad patches. I always keep 32 PSI (nitrogen) and it is very smooth (mostly i drive alone) and also gives less bottom scrape than 30 PSI.
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do we have any one with the 16 inchers on?
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do we have any one with the 16 inchers on?
Are you asking if someone on this forum has a Figo with 16" wheels? I am not sure we do ...

Anyway, if someone were to fit 16" wheels on the Figo, tyre choices will be:
175/50
185/50
195/45
205/45
215/40

Which leaves me with one question. Why?
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i have 195/60/14 on the car rite now, i would love to Upsize just for the looks sakes, i am thinking 15, but would like to get a insight on the 16 before i take the step. i am aware that the 15's are very comfy, i still have another 5-8 K Kms before i change tyres, i am running CONTI.
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Planning on getting 205/50/17 for my figo diesel ZXI... suggestions??
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Planning on getting 205/50/17 for my figo diesel ZXI... suggestions??
Are you sure about the wheel diameter of 17" ? Or was it a typo, and you meant 15?

If you really did mean 205/50R17 then - in one word - don't. Size is way off, you are definitely going to have issues with scraping suspension/bodywork.

Tyre width of 205 is a bit of overkill for Figo IMHO. I wouldn't go beyond 195, given the power and torque of that diesel engine. 195/55R15 is max for me.
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Thanks for the input KilpAlpha.. I was actually refering to 17... however, basis what you have just said, any idea how much the 195/55/15 would cost me? also if you could guide me to the right person would be highly appreciated.!!

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Are you sure about the wheel diameter of 17" ? Or was it a typo, and you meant 15?

If you really did mean 205/50R17 then - in one word - don't. Size is way off, you are definitely going to have issues with scraping suspension/bodywork.

Tyre width of 205 is a bit of overkill for Figo IMHO. I wouldn't go beyond 195, given the power and torque of that diesel engine. 195/55R15 is max for me.
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Thanks for the input KilpAlpha.. I was actually refering to 17... however, basis what you have just said, any idea how much the 195/55/15 would cost me? also if you could guide me to the right person would be highly appreciated.!!
195/55R15 generally costs around 4-4.5K per tyre, I think. Best person to ask is @nikhilb2008, our resident tyre expert.
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Thanks KA! Will certainly touchbase with him...
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Dear Enthusiasts,
I wrote before about my car's tire upgrade from stock to Goodyear 185/70 R14.
After 4+ months and 11,000 km of pliant ride and zero under-scrapping, I am happy to report average fuel efficiency figures of 15-16 km/l City and 18-19 km/l highway. Air-conditioning switched ON 90% of drive time.

In my opinion and experience the size 185/70 R14 is arguably the best suited for the car. I am beginning to wonder why the company doesn't use the same as standard fitment owing to the constant woes of under-belly scrapping. The ride is also much improved with the tire upgrade.
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