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Old 12th April 2016, 21:55   #46
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Advise please!!

I am in my hometown, Vijayawada, A.P for vacation. Noticed that my father's A Star tyres are out of shape, not that tread is worn out but they are just out of shape (a bulge on the side walls as if air is less). I felt the car vibrating even at around 40-50 KMPH speed. Noticed the front tyre shape when they were removed for replacing disc calipers.

A-Star, bought in Sep 2009, ran for 15k KMs so far. Tyres were never changed.

A dealer is offering Good Year 155/80R 13 for Rs 3100 each. It must be GT3 I think.

Advise on the below please!
1) Is that a good deal?
2) Is Good Year good enough for my parents' short runs with the car? Any other suggestions around this budget are welcome - Bridgestone, JK, MRF etc?
3) Will any buy our current older tyres?
4) Any recommended tyre shops in Vijayawada?

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hi Kanth,
the price seems to be ok.

however, if budget is not a constraint pls check 175/70 R13 instead. I am using 175's and it makes a difference to the handling.

You would not get much for your old tyres, esp with the bulges.
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hi Kanth,
the price seems to be ok.

however, if budget is not a constraint pls check 175/70 R13 instead. I am using 175's and it makes a difference to the handling.

You would not get much for your old tyres, esp with the bulges.
other than handling does it change anything else regarding FE ?
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@Kippu, Very little . I am getting almost same FE as before. I say almost because traffic conditions keep changing.
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2) Is Good Year good enough for my parents' short runs with the car? Any other suggestions around this budget are welcome - Bridgestone, JK, MRF etc?

I own a July 2009 Black Star with about 43k on the odo.

It is shroud with Apollo Accleres of stock 155/80 R13 size. They have served me well in the last 11k that the car has been with me.

Looks pretty good from the sides too when detailed.
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My 2009 A-star vxi with 195/55-15s radar rpx900 tires. the car now handles like its running on rails or Velcro or something close. Takes corners at insane speeds that i would not attempt with the original 155/80-13 set up. No scrubbing or fouling with the body panels so far. got my inspiration from a few celerios (thats the a-star in the Philippines)

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Old 1st November 2016, 00:21   #52
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My A-star is 5+ years old and has done only 16000 kms. It has the OEM JK vectras and I have been quite content with them. Two of them have punctures with one among the two developing a bulge recently.

Since the tyres are all 5+ years old am thinking of replacing all 5 of them. My major criteria is they should last for another 4-5 years. The car is not driven much and is used mostly in city,with maybe once a year highway run and some monthly airport run along the ORR.
Which brand to go for, does paying extra for the likes of michelins and bridgestone justify my usage.My main concern with michelins are the sidewalls.
Should i go for the jk vectras again as I had nothing much to complain of them except the hard rubber ride/noise. I would stick to 155/80 R13. How are the apollos?

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My major criteria is they should last for another 4-5 years.
Most tyres will last that long, unless there is a manufacturing defect, or the usage is high.

Regarding the size, go for 175/70 R13. My personal experience is - the car bounces lesser & the ride is better.

You can look at Apollo 4G / Goodyear Assurance / Yoko Earth-1 ..
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Got the front tyres changed to yokohama Earth today. Costed 3400 each with free allignment, balancing and nitrogen. Stuck to the stock size of 155/80 R13.

Initial impressions include reduced noise level over the vectras. I dont feel any difference in ride quality. Steering seems to be a bit lighter now!
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This is a great info dear friend.
How was the ride over bad roads after going for low profile tyres?

We have a A Star Automatic, mostly driven by my wife, it's a 2013 model done around 21K KM. I am also going to replace the tyres with Michelin 175 / 70 R 13.

On a separate note - I feel that A star rides well. whenever I switch from my XUV 500 to A star , I never feel disappointed. Many times I felt better with A star over few bad surfaces. ( My drives were short though and smoothness of petrol is another factor).
If you are on strict budget, I think A star is the best in the used car segment among the smaller Marutis as it can give you ABS and Airbag and ensure a decent ride as well. I would say , one should opt for a good pre-owned ZXI A star over many other cheaper built new cars. ( It was exported to European Markets as ALTO, so I would expect a better overall quality in Maruti A Stars)

As I noticed, the tyres on A star Automatic seems to have faster wear and tear.
May be the upsize Michelins would make some difference.
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My 2009 A-star vxi with 195/55-15s radar rpx900 tires. the car now handles like its running on rails or Velcro or something close. Takes corners at insane speeds that i would not attempt with the original 155/80-13 set up. No scrubbing or fouling with the body panels so far. got my inspiration from a few celerios (thats the a-star in the Philippines)

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Got the front tyres changed to yokohama Earth today. Costed 3400 each with free allignment, balancing and nitrogen. Stuck to the stock size of 155/80 R13.

Initial impressions include reduced noise level over the vectras. I dont feel any difference in ride quality. Steering seems to be a bit lighter now!
I have always experienced a lighter steering with new tyres ( even when I did a tyre upsize on my Optra Magnum, with Yokos)
Are Earth dreams as soft and comfy as Michelins?
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I have always experienced a lighter steering with new tyres ( even when I did a tyre upsize on my Optra Magnum, with Yokos)
Are Earth dreams as soft and comfy as Michelins?
Sorry I never had Michelin on the A-star but one of my friend has them(XM2) on the Ritz(which I have driven extensively).
The Michelins seems to be a lot quieter and softer compared to the Yoko Earth.

The Yoko Earth probably fits somewhere in between the OEM JK and the Michelins.(Which IMO is perfect positioning for the product)

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