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Old 5th May 2017, 23:30   #511
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Stepney- MRF ZV2K which came along with the car.
Current age of my car- Completing 5 yrs this October.

Here are the below option which I am thinking of:
Option1> Replace the damaged tyre with another B290. With this option my car will have 3 tyres old and 1 new. I often do rotation every 5000kms and I might face issues of right/left pull when I do it next time as I will have one tyre which is new.

Option 2> Replace the damaged tyre with MRF and place the stepney tyre in the left side rear wheel. Keep the original tyre in the left rear wheel as the stepney.

Stepney might have been used for 1000kms and considering the fact it was unused for most of the period, what are the risk factors in going with option 2.
1) As a general rule any tire, whether being used or not used, should be replaced in 6 years time, because the rubber degenerates. So the four and half year old MRF ZV2K Spare tire that came along with the car has at least one and half year/ approximately 18,000 Kms left, considering your average yearly usage. This spare tire may be used to replace the damaged rear right tire. The side wall bulged tire, if it is very minor (please post picture), may be kept as spare. After 1.5 years, you could replace all the tires. An austere man in a financial position like me would do that

2) As per your option 1, buy a new B290 tire and replace your damaged tire. In a year and half's time when you got to change all tires, you may retain this approximately 1.5 year old tire as spare and get four new tires. The pulling won't be that bad at all, in my humble opinion. If you are on a tight budget, this would work.

3) Option 2 would work fine, but you still need to replace your MRF spare tire, which you are planning to use in the rear left, in one and half year's time.

4) Or if you absolutely don't want to take any chances at all, you may go for replacement of both the rear left and right tires with new 175/65 R14s. So you won't face any pulling issues that way.

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Old 9th May 2017, 08:11   #512
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1)This spare tire may be used to replace the damaged rear right tire. The side wall bulged tire, if it is very minor (please post picture), may be kept as spare. After 1.5 years, you could replace all the tires. An austere man in a financial position like me would do that
Sorry for the delayed reply!

Here is the pic, if you can notice there is a cut underneath the bulge and this is what makes me think to go for replacement.

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Sorry for the delayed reply!

Here is the pic, if you can notice there is a cut underneath the bulge and this is what makes me think to go for replacement.

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Good that you have noticed the bulge. Even though it is apparently smaller it is a potential safety hazard, since the inside of the sidewall is damaged. Since there is a small cut also, it is safe to replace it as early as possible.

Also I re-read your earlier post and I noted a point which I had overlooked earlier. Since majority of your drive involves highway trips, it is not advisable to use the side wall bulged tire as a spare tire, as I had suggested earlier.

Please dispose the damaged tire and replace it with a new one.

After all safety is of paramount importance.

Cheers ! Love and Live to Drive !!
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Hi,

I am planning to change the tyres on my 2010 Figo and upsize them and and had a query. (Have changed it once before from stock MRF to Michellen)

Can I simply upsize the tyre to 185/65 R14 or is there anything else required to be done ? Does it require alloy wheels ?
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Hi,

I am planning to change the tyres on my 2010 Figo and upsize them and and had a query. (Have changed it once before from stock MRF to Michellen)

Can I simply upsize the tyre to 185/65 R14 or is there anything else required to be done ? Does it require alloy wheels ?
You can upsize to 185/65/R14 tires from the stock size of 175/65/R14 on your existing rims itself.You can go for Michelins again or Yokohama Earth 1 tires. Apollos perform decently and they come cheaper, if you are on a budget.
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So, based on the advice on this thread I decided to upsize the tyres on my Figo.
Some background: My Figo is 2011 TDCi. The stock Apollo Aceleres had run 56k. In the 6year service last month, the SA had told that the tyres might last for another 5k. I took his advice at face value and went on a trip to Udupi in the first week of July. While returning, I was doing good speeds on the Hassan stretch. I could feel the front right tyre giving a humming noise on patchy roads.
Decided to get the tyres checked and changed independently.

On Friday visited Madhus Ent. and they showed me the extent of damage on the front right tyre. The edges were completely flat!

Had anyway made up my mind to change if there was any sign of damage. Went with 4 Michelin XM2 185/65R14 and kept the best one of the stock as spare.

The service and fitting was very good and fast. I got 1417 manufactured tyres. Balancing and alignment was also completed. Set me back by total of 21k.

Went on a trip to Mysore the next day and could immediately fell the difference in ride - more comfortable /softer than earlier. Wierdly felt that the handling was slightly nervous compared to stock size. Small corrections needed more often on sweeping curves. Road noise was absent on smooth surfaces but not much of a difference on roads that are not super smooth.

Anyway will observe for some more time and report back here.

Thanks for all the advice guys and sharing your experiences here!
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You can upsize to 185/65/R14 tires from the stock size of 175/65/R14 on your existing rims itself.You can go for Michelins again or Yokohama Earth 1 tires. Apollos perform decently and they come cheaper, if you are on a budget.
Thanks Blackblade. Got the tyres upsized to 185/65/R14. Went for Yokohama Earth1 (Rs 4500 per piece)

Few things observed:
1. The braking has changed somehow. I feel there is a bit of a lag when i apply the brakes as compared to my earlier tyres
2. When i had first changed from stock MRF to Michelin, i could notice a significant difference in the ride. With the new Yokohama, i am not feeling any difference at all (was expecting some difference with new tyres)
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Folks, need some info here. I want to change by FIGO tyres which is more than 6 years now. Decided on Michelin 185/65 R14. Can anyone suggest a good dealer in Jayanagar with a good price point as well?
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Anyone looked up the pirelli p1 cinturato tyres for the figo? Tad bit cheaper than the xm2. Feedback?
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I have a 2012 Figo that came fitted with MRF ZV2K tyres and currently have about 44k mileage. According to the technician there may be another 5K left in them. A few days back, one of the prior puncture repairs started leaking again and so I exchanged it (by converting it as tubed tyre) with the Stepney tyre. Just a few days later, this same tyre got damaged with a chunk of the tread breaking off. Considering that it was mostly unused while sitting as Stepney, it probably just "expired" in storage (is there such a thing?).

Considering that there is only 5k mileage left on the tyres, the technician advised me to change all, or at least two together, and use one of the old ones as a Stepney (since the current Stepney has a tube). I am now wondering if I should just go with the same MRF tyres or go for one of those other brands that are supposed to be better. I have actually been satisfied with the stock tyres and MRF service so far. With in the first two years, one of the tyres developed a bulge on the sidewall and got it exchanged under warranty and the cost was prorated. I haven't driven on any other tyres so I don't really know what I am missing, but for the type of driving I am used to if I haven't found any complaints so far with the MRF tyres, is there any reason to not just go back to the same brand and model and in the process also save some money?
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The Figo (old version) has the best handling <10lacs cars.
I upsized (when I did 45k Kms)) to85 but did not like the braking and handling.
At 85k Kms went back to 175 and the car felt better.
MRF is good enough, it OEM on most cars. And the original MRF on my Figo was pretty good
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The Figo (old version) has the best handling <10lacs cars.
I upsized (when I did 45k Kms)) to85 but did not like the braking and handling.
At 85k Kms went back to 175 and the car felt better.
MRF is good enough, it OEM on most cars. And the original MRF on my Figo was pretty good
Thank you, you gave me confidence to go back to MRF.

Just curious, is the newer Figo not as good in handling? When I researched back in 2012, that was one of the reasons I chose Figo.
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Guys,

Got delivery of figo aspire on 30th Jul and upgraded tyres to 185/65/r14 but now spare tyre screw is not getting tightened. There are many on this thread who upgraded to same size, anyone else facing the same problem? And what could be the potential solution?
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Guys,

Got delivery of figo aspire on 30th Jul and upgraded tyres to 185/65/r14 but now spare tyre screw is not getting tightened. There are many on this thread who upgraded to same size, anyone else facing the same problem? And what could be the potential solution?
Try to source a longer screw. Ask the Ford Service Centre for the screw of the Figo Sports or the Freestyle as both of them have 195mm tyres. Apart from this, you can consult a welding professional. He may suggest any alternative to extend the screw.
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Guys,

Got delivery of figo aspire on 30th Jul and upgraded tyres to 185/65/r14 but now spare tyre screw is not getting tightened. There are many on this thread who upgraded to same size, anyone else facing the same problem? And what could be the potential solution?
When I upgraded the wheels of my Figo (all 5) to alloys, I faced the same issue - spare tyre screw wouldn't get tightened. For a while, since I am super talented at procrastination, I simply left it as is. Did not face any rattles from the boot area, so my solution was "do nothing". I finally threw away the screw.
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