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Tyre Upgrade - Discussion

Discussion in 'Tyres & Alloys' started by Andy, Jun 18, 2010.

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  1. ashtek

    ashtek Amatore

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    Bangalore
    Grande Punto 1.3
    185/70/R14 Or 195/70/R14

    I need to change the tyres on my Punto Emotion (2011 model with 165/80/R14 JK tyres) soon and I have shortlisted the following
    1. 195/70/R14
    - Yokohoma A drive
    - Bridgestone (there are a few options here)
    2. 185/70/R14
    - Yokohoma A drive
    - Bridgestone (there are a few options here)
    Current tyres have run 27K and recently when I went for a puncture repair @ tyre-empire Whitefield, Bangalore, he said tyres need to be replaced immediately, however when I checked with others, they say that it should be good for another 5K unless I go for long drive. So planning to change by this month end.
    I have seen many people suggesting 185/70/r14 and not seen anyone using/suggesting 195/70/r14, any specific issues with 195/70/r14?
    195 will give slightly more ground clearance (4mm more, +1.45% diff) compared to 185 which is -2.5mm (or -0.81%).
    Usage - 40% bad road (daily) and long drive (ghat road) once in 3-4 months. Pls suggest.
  2. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Rather than any issues, the 185 70 14 is more recommended because it keeps the overall tire size roughly similar to the stock tires. And for all practical purposes, it is a very good choice of tire size. Since it's widely available, the prices are better.

    The only point worth noting with the 195 70 14's is that it is going to make the final drive ratio a slight bit taller. Other than that, if the tyre does not rub anywhere, install it and enjoy the comfort of high profile tyres.

    Don't pay too much of an extra premium for the 195's over the 185's, though. That won't be worth it.

    Cheers.
  3. ashtek

    ashtek Amatore

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    Bangalore
    Bangalore
    Grande Punto 1.3
    Thanks Gurjinder
    When I check online (changemytyre.com and tyreonwheels.com) I see these prices -

    Yoko A Drive
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    185/70/r14 > Rs 4451
    195/70/r14 > Rs 5171

    Bridgestone
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    185/70/r14 > Rs 4376 to Rs 4612 (taurenza, potenza, etc)
    195/70/r14 > Rs 5140 to Rs 5419 (potenza, taurenza)

    So the difference is around Rs 700.
    I need to call dealers and find out if prices are similar (today seems to be holiday for everyone)
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2013
  4. aashish_19

    aashish_19 Amatore

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    Noida
    Grande Punto 1.2
    @Ashtek

    You might get good differences when you call number of dealers for best price. I have done the same for Apollo Acelere(185/70R14) and found good differences

    On changemytyre.com it has - Rs. 4312
    Through dealers i got various quotation like 4100, 3900, 3850 and last from Gurgaon Rs. 3500(this i will be considering in coming weekend :)

    So my advice is to reach maximum dealer nearby you and do your calculation :cool
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  5. pradeepg245

    pradeepg245 Amatore

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    Hyderabad
    Hi Ashtek,

    I got A drive (185/70/R14) for Rs. 4050/tyre in Hyderabad 4 months back. Also got a Jabra Bluetooth headset free.

    Regards
    Pradeep
  6. aashish_19

    aashish_19 Amatore

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    Noida
    Grande Punto 1.2
    Folks!!!!

    gr8 news... latest price for YOKO a DRIVE for Rs. 3800 and Acelere for Rs. 3500..

    So, mine will be Yokossssss :dancing:car:dancing
  7. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Good move on the A-drives. :up
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  8. ashtek

    ashtek Amatore

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    Bangalore
    Bangalore
    Grande Punto 1.3
    @Aashish,
    Is this for 185/70/14?
    I called few dealers here and the cheapest quote was Rs 4300/tyre. I think the price will differ from state ot state?
    As per dealers, 195/70/14 will be too big for Punto (it'll touch when fully loaded), so I have decided to go with 185/70/14 Yokohama Adrives.

    Reliance Autozone > 4550 (free alignment, balancing, nitrogen)
    Millivisions > 4100 (600 for alignment, balancing, nitrogen)
    SLNP > 4300 (free alignment, balancing, nitrogen)
    Tyre Empire > 4000 (approx 1000 for alignment & balancing, nitrogen) - when I mentioned that it has come down to 3800, he says he can match it.


    Folks in Bangalore,
    Has anyone got wheel alignment/balancing done in Tyre Empire, Whitefield? Last time when I went there for a puncture repair, the guy saw the tyre and said there's uneven wearing and it requires alignment & balancing. After doing it, I experienced steering vibrations at high speeds and finally I had to replace brake disc (after many trips to serive station) - not sure if it was because of the alignment done by them...
    Pls suggest who is the best for alignment/balancing? I dont want to keep going back with issues like steering vibration, etc...
  9. aashish_19

    aashish_19 Amatore

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    Noida
    Grande Punto 1.2
    @Ashtek

    it is for 185/70/14.

    And it includes only balancing. (though i have done my wheel balancing and alignment 200-300 kms before so i am ok with only balancing :) )
  10. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    If your car is driving fine, skip the alignment step altogether. Just get the tires balanced and drive off.
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