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Old 8th June 2010, 11:31   #16
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13" rims will scrape without spacers. I wouldn't recommend spacers because there are a lot of suspect quality materials available in the market & also because it significantly impacts the handling & steering and also, comfort. However, if you're only driving at <70 speeds and mostly city, then you can get it done from an expert suspension mechanic. I suggest do test 13" Wagon R type stock rims & tires(Available at your friendly neighborhood tyreshop) before jumping onto alloys.

13" alloys have the maximum variety in India, the size you mentioned may be a bit hard to get, Aura brand made them, see if you have these at your location

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Commonly available 13" x 5.5J will scrape. How about 13" x 5J?
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I found the following 2 models.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ml#post1927625 (Modding an Alto)
Kindly advice.
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Why take chances, put suspension spacers from a reputed shocker waala. 4.5J is the sweet spot, so it will not hit the springs/cause turning problems. 155/65 R13 is fine. The second one is the alloy model I wish to put in my Alto at the next tire change. The first one is good if the 5-star could be a bit recessed & a bit lean. Good choice of upsize & alloys, I found it hard to find flaws in either of them.
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What's a 5-star? I liked the first one. Now to see if any of these models are available in Bangalore. I always liked big chunky alloys. Another point-How would 145/70 R13 be?
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What's a 5-star? I liked the first one. Now to see if any of these models are available in Bangalore. I always liked big chunky alloys. Another point-How would 145/70 R13 be?
No problem if using spacers, the drop in ground clearance will be compensated by them. The first model alloy you mentioned in the other thread is a Five pointed star and hence are addressed as 5 star alloys. Lets not hijack this thread, we can continue on the Alto mods thread.

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GC would not change. So no need for spacers.
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My Alto is shod with MRF ZVTS and clocked 5500 KM so far. Looks like there is a long way to go if I wait for them to wear out before an upgrade. A friend tells me his boss's Alto did 100 K KM on the stock MRF tyres before he changed them! Can this be true?
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About 1 lac on MRF :
Unbelievable. MRFs are generally noisy and inconsistent performing rubbers. The MRFs in my old 800 clocked just 25+ and they became almost flat. I sold the 800 anyway.
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MRF ZVTSs are the hardest rubber you can get. IIRC, there was a review posted a while back in the tire section, I think its here. (MRF ZVTS Review !)

They also are the worst tires to have in case of panic braking, they are simply not built for such a scenario. Michelins are soft & Yokos are too, which prevent me from driving over 'unforgiving' terrain if I get one of those.

Sundaram's review is eagerly awaited.
I am sure it is true, as MRF is the hardest rubber you can get around here in India as JustCause rightly said.
I did around 65K on my stock Alto tyres, which were JK.

And they are a very good choice for off-roading as well just because of the kind of rubber they use.

@all: I have a question that how come Ceat is never listed as even an option? Is it a bad brand?

Thanks.

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Here is the review based on my trip to Yelagiri. It got bit lengthier than expected. So I made it into a new post.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...w-500-kms.html (Michelin XM1+ 145/80 R12 - Initial Ownership Review (500 kms))

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Where exactly is Rao tyres on GST Road?

My Alto is shod with MRF ZVTS and clocked 5500 KM so far. Looks like there is a long way to go if I wait for them to wear out before an upgrade. A friend tells me his boss's Alto did 100 K KM on the stock MRF tyres before he changed them! Can this be true?
Well, I have ZVTS on my alto and I've done 54k kms till now and I feel they can go another 10k. I however plan to change them shortly. I'm bored of them now. They're noisy but pretty durable. I 've had cases where the rims have bent but the tyre survived

I'm confused between the Bridgestone Turanza 60 and the XM1+. I was till now leaning on the XM1+, but the Turanza seem to be superior in certain respects like highway drives. I'm confused as ever now
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XM 1+ any day. Better even on highways.
Turanza's are harder and cheaper.
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XM 1+ any day. Better even on highways.
Turanza's are harder and cheaper.
Are the Turanzas tubeless or tube type?
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All, thanks for the good inputs.I took the plunge and went for XM1+. These are the best tyres I have used. I've put the initial comments in another thread. I was upgrading from the MRF ZVTS, which came as OEM and lasted for 60k kms. Somehow I just wish the MRF's died earlier so that I could experience this bliss I'm now having using the XM1+
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Guys, need your valuable inputs.

I need to replace the tyres of my 2008 Alto Lxi. As soon as I got the car, I replaced the stock MRF’s with XM1+, same profile 145/80 R12 which were just launched that time in these profile.

Though I am pretty happy with the performance of the tyres – comfort, handling, noise etc. I am really disappointed with the puncture resistance considering most of my driving is on well paved roads. I have had numerous punctures on every tyre in all these 5 years and 45,000 KMs.

Even though the tread is still there (can easily go 8-10K more) but recently there were 3 more punctures found in one of the tyre. I just don’t want to take any more chances and replace all the tyres.

I have mostly seen people recommending XM2 these days, but I am not too keen on going for Michelins now.

Please suggest any other worthy options in the stock profile (145/80 R12).

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You might check out: http://www.apollotyres.com/india/pro...spx?id=17&pt=2
Amazer 3G from Apollo.
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