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Old 16th July 2015, 00:49   #406
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I went ahead with the tyre upsize on my figo today. I opted for Bridgestone Turanza AR20 of 185/65/R14 size as the ER 60 is difficult to procure and a bit pricey compared to AR 20. Though i can notice a significant change in the GC, it's too early for me to comment on any other factors. Will post a detailed report after munching few more miles.

Cost: 19000 for set of 4(including WA,WB, nitrogen & new valves)
Place: eZee drive wheels, bollaram road, miyapur,Hyd.

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Looking to change my tyres since the stock Apollo Acelere 175/65R14's are now past their prime.

They've served me well, haven't faced a single issue in the last 3 years, covered 49k.

Any suggestions and the expected prices in Pune ?
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Planning to change the front tyres of my figo as two of the OEM Goodyears have shaped-out. There is enough tread left in them for another 15 k or so but will have to get them replaced anyway.

Should I change only the front tyres or go for all the fours?

Which is the best tyre w.r.t comfort n durability?

Yoko Earth1 in 175/65/R14 size are retailing for 4k whereas Michelin XM2 are for 4.6k apiece. Or are there better options available?

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Planning to change the front tyres of my figo as two of the OEM Goodyears have shaped-out. There is enough tread left in them for another 15 k or so but will have to get them replaced anyway.

Should I change only the front tyres or go for all the fours?

Which is the best tyre w.r.t comfort n durability?

Yoko Earth1 in 175/65/R14 size are retailing for 4k whereas Michelin XM2 are for 4.6k apiece. Or are there better options available?
I am not sure about Yokos but I have Michelin XM2 on my figo for almost more than a year now. Really worth the price. My suggestion would be to go for a change in all 4 tyres, so that you can get the benefit. Tyre noise is greatly reduced and ride quality is also better, apart from the better road grip. I would suggest go for 185/65/R14 instead. gives you that wee bit extra GC.
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I recently upsized from company fitted Apollo Accelere to Michelin XM2 (185/65 R14)

Had done ~ 35k in the Apollos. They were satisfactory, but due to mal alignment, wore off sooner I guess.

Michelins cost 5k/tyre - fitting & alignment free, but weights cost extra.
I got it done from a dealer recommended by friend - but only after I finished fitting, I came to know that he's not THE AUTHORISED dealer for Michelin. Doesnt matter, but apparently there's some contest going on for those who buy Michelin from authorised dealers. Missed out on that.

Also had to change the valves & fill up Nitro. Dont know if it makes any difference though!!

After changing, first thing I noticed is that the steering is a lot more smoother - dont know because the earlier tyres were worn out & hence felt hard!!

Have done about 3k in the new tyres, and they sure feel good. GC definitely appears better.

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Should I change only the front tyres or go for all the fours?

Which is the best tyre w.r.t comfort n durability?

Yoko Earth1 in 175/65/R14 size are retailing for 4k whereas Michelin XM2 are for 4.6k apiece. Or are there better options available?

1. I'm no expert, but common sense says, change all if you feel they're worn out.

2. Yokos & Michelin have very good reviews. Even Bridgestone also is good - probably gives much better Tyre mileage compared to others. I stuck to M MX2 as I travel over ghats & in rains and wanted the "most recommended" brand.

3. Michelins are always expensive - Yokos seem reasonable in comparison, with BS in between.
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1. I'm no expert, but common sense says, change all if you feel they're worn out.
Thanks for your expert opinion stating that I need to change the tyres if they are worn-out. But I would request you to read my post properly. I have clearly mentioned that ONLY two of the tyres have shaped-out. Rest are ok. And there is enough tread remaining in all of them for another 15,000 kms or so. That's why popped the question as to whether I should change two of them or all the fours.
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I went ahead with the tyre upsize on my figo today. I opted for Bridgestone Turanza AR20 of 185/65/R14 size as the ER 60 is difficult to procure and a bit pricey compared to AR 20. Though i can notice a significant change in the GC, it's too early for me to comment on any other factors. Will post a detailed report after munching few more miles.

Cost: 19000 for set of 4(including WA,WB, nitrogen & new valves)
Place: eZee drive wheels, bollaram road, miyapur,Hyd.

Mods, please merge this into my earlier post if need be.


Sorry if I'm repeating an already answered query? Can someone help me in understanding how any GC improvement happens with the same profile tyre with a 10mm increase in just the tyre width.

As per diyaneesh the stock was 175/65/R14 which he changed to 185/65/R14, and in both the sidewall measurement stands at 65 itself, then how can it help in increasing the ground clearance??
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If you are looking at an upsize on the stock rims which is 14", dont go beyond 185/65, thats the perfect upsize on the Figo. If you really want wider tires, 195/55 R15 is the best upsize, the same size that came in the 1.6S

Hi anachronix,

Will the same be applicable on Ford Classic too?? , which has a stock tyre set- 175/65/R14, if I plan to upsize the tyres, can I go ahead with 185/65/R14?

I majorly drive on highways and the stock goodyears are taking me pretty neatly till 140s though noisy over 100s. Please advise.
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Sorry if I'm repeating an already answered query? Can someone help me in understanding how any GC improvement happens with the same profile tyre with a 10mm increase in just the tyre width.

As per diyaneesh the stock was 175/65/R14 which he changed to 185/65/R14, and in both the sidewall measurement stands at 65 itself, then how can it help in increasing the ground clearance??
Sidewall height is width multiplied by profile and divided by 100.

So 175/65R14 tyre has sidewall height of 175*65/100 = 113.75mm
A 185/65R14 tyre has sidewall height of 185*65/100 = 120.25mm
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Sidewall height is width multiplied by profile and divided by 100.

So 175/65R14 tyre has sidewall height of 175*65/100 = 113.75mm
A 185/65R14 tyre has sidewall height of 185*65/100 = 120.25mm
So tyre profile and sidewall height are different?
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So tyre profile and sidewall height are different?
Please read through this thread:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...-your-car.html (READ FIRST: Choosing The Right Set Of Tyres for your Car)

All is explained in this post, and in the other web pages linked from this post.
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Thanks KiloAlpha for that thread.
So will you recommend increasing the tyre sidewall height (by getting a more wider tyre) in a car which I use extensively on highways on higher speeds, or stock ones are recommended, leave the cases of performance, cornering, handling etc apart. Please think from tyre's health point of view ( is it more prone to get heated up, more chances of blowouts on higher speeds if over/under inflated when comparing with the stock counterparts.)
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Thanks KiloAlpha for that thread.
So will you recommend increasing the tyre sidewall height (by getting a more wider tyre) in a car which I use extensively on highways on higher speeds, or stock ones are recommended, leave the cases of performance, cornering, handling etc apart. Please think from tyre's health point of view ( is it more prone to get heated up, more chances of blowouts on higher speeds if over/under inflated when comparing with the stock counterparts.)
If you are on stock tyres on your Figo (MRF/Goodyear), and you are running your car on smooth highways a lot, then please do seriously consider an upgrade to 185/65R14 tyres. Please buy a tyre with a slightly softer compound, i.e., a tyre model considered "sporty". Factory fit tyres are usually lower quality, hard compound tyres - cheaper and long lasting but not very good on highways.
You will get better braking performance and the tyre will run a bit cooler. Both are vitally important for sustained high speed runs on Indian highways.

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Hi anachronix,

Will the same be applicable on Ford Classic too?? , which has a stock tyre set- 175/65/R14, if I plan to upsize the tyres, can I go ahead with 185/65/R14?

I majorly drive on highways and the stock good years are taking me pretty neatly till 140s though noisy over 100s. Please advise.
Yes, you can go for 185/65-R14. I first shifted to 195/60-R14 when I first got car in 2010. Which had lesser side wall. No issue, in second replacement I went to 198/65-R14 as 195 profile was not available in Earth1. As KiloAlpha mentioned go for little softer tyres like Earth1 or XM2+. You won't regret it. Over all handling will improve with 185/65-r14 (compared to stick size). 195/60-R14 had better cornering than 185/65-R14, but 185 was better in cushioning. Unfortunately same can be taken as by rule, as both tyres where different (one A-drive another earth).
There a down factor with "softer" tyres, they wear out faster. My A-drives lasted 41K kms.
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