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Old 7th November 2011, 19:45   #61
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Where did you find P7's in 205/55? Let me know the place and cost and I shall try to get the feedback for you. Sorry, I have no feedback about hankook though I have seen hankook venturas in some SUV's.

Why do you think 195/60 is a compromise? You are within the tolerance limit of 2% and if any your ride comfort will improve with a negligible impact on the handling due to more sidewall flux.

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I am considering Pirelli P7 in 205 profile as well. I couldn't find much feedback on P7 in this forum (may be my search wasn't as good). Did you do some research on Pirelli P7 ? Also, there is another tyre shop that I know in Egmore where I got to hear about a Korean tyre brand named Hankook (with 205/55/15 profile). Any thoughts ?

One thing is common - which ever tyre shop you talk to seem to be persuading for a 195/60/15 upgrade (PLC or C-Drive). Not sure if this upgrade will work well (is that a wise compromise to make?) .
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Where did you find P7's in 205/55? Let me know the place and cost and I shall try to get the feedback for you. Sorry, I have no feedback about hankook though I have seen hankook venturas in some SUV's.

Why do you think 195/60 is a compromise? You are within the tolerance limit of 2% and if any your ride comfort will improve with a negligible impact on the handling due to more sidewall flux.
OK, this is getting interesting. As I have informed earlier, I am getting the Trendline model which has 175/70/14. If you calculate the upsize based on that, you get a different percentage. If you calculate the upsize based on the Highline spec (185/60/15), you get a different percentage.. See two attachments. I said 195/60 is a compromise because, as you can see for that base spec, the 195/60 upgrade is over 2% but for Highline base spec, it is less than 2% (but only just)... more confusion
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Old 7th November 2011, 21:47   #63
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Ahh, I get your point now and you are right in your observations. There is anyways an deviation of around 0.43 between TL and HL and thats the reason your overall deviation goes above 2% if you upgrade to 195/60/15. Logically, If this is a acceptable upgrade for an HL, it should be for an TL too, irrespective of the deviation from the original size.

While I agree to you that 205/55/15 is the best upsize, we dont have much options under this spec. Are you able to find p7's under this spec?

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OK, this is getting interesting. As I have informed earlier, I am getting the Trendline model which has 175/70/14. If you calculate the upsize based on that, you get a different percentage. If you calculate the upsize based on the Highline spec (185/60/15), you get a different percentage..
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Bala,

I have enquired at a couple of outlets and they have promised to get back to me in a day or two on P7. Will keep this thread updated once I get the info.
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If I were looking for ride I would choose the Yoko C drives. The increased sidewall will ensure better comfort.
Or else check for Bridgestone Turanza. Heard a lot of +ve reviews about these.
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The DOT code on my Michelin PP2s read 4908, should I be worried? Car bibles state tyres have a shelf life of six years.
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The DOT code on my Michelin PP2s read 4908, should I be worried? Car bibles state tyres have a shelf life of six years.
You bought them now? Either way, dont worry about it. Yes, it's very old but try to drive as much as possible so you wear out the tyres in a couple of years time! :P
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You bought them now? Either way, dont worry about it. Yes, it's very old but try to drive as much as possible so you wear out the tyres in a couple of years time! :P
Thanks Nikhil, I'll do that. Two and a half months and 5000 kilometers already.
The tyres do show up on the Michelin website, it has been phased out right? - Michelin Pilot Preceda

Assuming mine would reach the end of its life cycle at around 40,000 kilometers, I've already started looking into options for the new ones. Which one would you recommend? What does two years from now have for us? Would Pilot Sport 3 be available in 205/55/15?
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Hello guys,

I booked a Vento Trendline TDi a couple of days ago. I am planning to go for a tire upgrade on it. From the stock 175/70R14's, I will be going on to the 195/60 R15's with 15" alloys.

Since the Highline variant has R15's, the upgrade will not hurt too much I guess. I am having the same dilemma as that of krish.sathish as he has made a breakdown of the the tire upgrades and the surprising difference between the Trendline and Highline tires.
krish.sathish, did you get the upgrades done?

I got a quote for the alloys and tires from a dealer here in Bangalore. I don't want to name the dealer as of now since he may feel I am snitching around with his work, but he is quite a known name here on the forum. The cost breakup is as follows:

15" alloys - Rs. 21000 (alloys not finalized yet)
Yokohama A-drives 195/60 R15 - Rs. 22500
Wheel nuts + Installation - Rs. 1700

Do all of you think that this is a reasonable upgrade?
Do you also think that it is a good deal on the price front?

Cheers.
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^^ How can you get a quote for alloys without finalising them first?

My 185/70 R14 A-drives cost me 3500 each but that was a year ago. If I remember correctly the 15 inchers would have been 700 more each, so your quote seems OK.

Wheel nuts should be free (mine cost 800 but I convinced them to toss it in). "Installation"- why should this be charged? They are getting 40K+ business from you, surely they can toss this in?

Edit: I am referring to my Swift, not Vento. Sorry if I caused any confusion!

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^^ How can you get a quote for alloys without finalising them first?

My 185/70 R14 A-drives cost me 3500 each but that was a year ago. If I remember correctly the 15 inchers would have been 700 more each, so your quote seems OK.

Wheel nuts should be free (mine cost 800 but I convinced them to toss it in). "Installation"- why should this be charged? They are getting 40K+ business from you, surely they can toss this in?

Edit: I am referring to my Swift, not Vento. Sorry if I caused any confusion!
Thanks Noopster,
Well, this is a tentative price for the alloys. I will have to ask him to slash it down considerably and it will depend on the design and make.
Good view on the installation part. He said the nuts will be Vanadium nuts, so if they are special they might be expensive. I even asked for the blue colored nuts and he said they might cost even more. Anyhow, I will have a talk with him regarding the installation charges.
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If it is of any help, I got my 195/60/15 C drives for 4900 a piece couple of weeks ago with a jabra bluetooth headset thrown in for free. If I recollect right, A drives retails for little less than C drives.

Unless you are mentioning the price for 5 tyres, I see this on the higher side. Personally, 5 tyres and alloys is simply waste of money, you can comfortably settle for 4 alloys and tyres and use the saved cash for something else.


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15" alloys - Rs. 21000 (alloys not finalized yet)
Yokohama A-drives 195/60 R15 - Rs. 22500
Wheel nuts + Installation - Rs. 1700
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If it is of any help, I got my 195/60/15 C drives for 4900 a piece couple of weeks ago with a jabra bluetooth headset thrown in for free. If I recollect right, A drives retails for little less than C drives.

Unless you are mentioning the price for 5 tyres, I see this on the higher side. Personally, 5 tyres and alloys is simply waste of money, you can comfortably settle for 4 alloys and tyres and use the saved cash for something else.
Thanks Bala....I got a quote of Rs 4800 per tire for the Yoko A Drives..it may vary by 100 bucks between dealers. Yet, I have to decide between the A drives and GIII's and Primacy.
Nope, I will definitely go for 5 wheels as I will feel secure in case of a puncture or sudden tire burst...the fifth alloy will become a headache when searched for in case I go for just 4.
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Got these off the VW manuals

- PG 67 gives Polo which holds good for the vento too. What is interesting is that the stock tyres for the trendline dont even show up on the VW manuals

- The specs also talk about an offset, that is more about the wheels I guess than the tyres. Does anyone have any idea what that means.

If anyone can make some sense out of this, feel free to elaborate!
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Hi Everyone,

Just coughed up all my savings for the Highline TDI, but couldn't help it. Fell in love with the car on first looks and have SO wanted to make this mistake . Anyways, since my driving isn't going to be a lot (20-30 kms/ day + odd day / weekend trip), and I'm a bit of a newbie driver too, would the people here recommend a tire upgrade? If yes, it seems the common denominator seems to be Yoko 205/55/15 C-Drives. Also, since I'd be driving in Mumbai and the tired and broken Western Express has all but killed my i10, how do I provide for that with better tires?

Thanks much!
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