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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    Quote Originally Posted by Grandeur
    My GP is now 26000 KM old. August is due with couple of trips (atleast 2-3) to Baroda/Ahemdabad and it will make my GP another 1000-2000 KM older + daily city drive. My recent past couple of distant travel to Delhi and Jaipur, made my tyre wear fast. The front tyres has lost more grips (which are now been shifted to rear). I'm assuming by next month, I had to get new shoes for my car.

    Time to look out for 15" tyres . I have set 3 options for now:

    Micheline, Primacy LC.
    Yokohama, A or S Drive.
    Bridgestone Potenza G3.


    What you guys, suggest?

    You must be wondering how come 15"??? Well you may call me Lucky for that. I recently got an FREE deal with a guy, whom I know very well at Kharghar. He has upgraded his new Punto alloys with after market stuff. And the original alloys have been gifted to me . Amogh are you listening!!!

    What I have done to my earlier Alloys?
    Well, I have shifted back to steel rims, until I put 15" alloys. If anyone interested in those 14", PM me .

    Sandeep as i understand . You have pressed 5.5J steel rims with stock tyres ?

    If your not apprehensive , with +1 upsize ....against those H325 alloys i would advise
    the tyres need to be well thought of ...I seems you are traveling alot and on that basis you
    need a rugged profile tyre.

    IMO , 195 /60 R15 with Michelin Primacy LC is expensive deal which is a fact will not last.
    In lieu to that YOk's are better !!! Much better than Bridgestone which will last as well with
    road noise as you churn them.

    If u have to pick YOk's go with C drive , A drive with prolong rolling resistance
    will again cause Road noise but more of these 2 are VFM compared to MICHELIN's & co ...

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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    A small input from my side:

    All car speedos/odos are calibrated with a certain wheel radius - normally measured with the tyre fully inflated and no load. If one sees the wheel variations on the GP this point will come out. 165/80 R14s, 175/70 R14s, and 195/60 R15s have practically the same wheel radius. This is probably the wheel radius for which the GP is calibrated.

    Other combinations like 205/60 R15 will result in a change in the wheel radius (in this case an increase by about 6 mm). As I understand, this variation will cause errors in the speedo/odo readings. I am not sure whether it will have any other adverse effects.

    It would therefore be prudent for potential 'upsizers' to go into this aspect before making changes to the company recommended sizes.

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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    Andy , whats happening on this thread ?
    Have you thought of tyre change ?

    lemme me know...

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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    Quote Originally Posted by Grandeur
    Well, I have shifted back to steel rims, until I put 15" alloys. If anyone interested in those 14", PM me .
    Sandeep, why you shifted to steel rim? Any issue with 14" alloys?

    Anybody has any experience/knowledge of BF Goodrich g-Force sport tyre??
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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi
    Anybody has any experience/knowledge of BF Goodrich g-Force sport tyre??

    I had this as an option for my car , the dealer was a Michelin dealer as Goodrich is
    a performance tyre (sister concern Michelin Tyres)
    I had done some research on this over various forums and results was perdy much an avg
    performer nothing too great , in terms of handling and traction on wet& dry surfaces
    the tread pattern was neither sporty as compared to CPC2 or A drives

    The tyre was priced almost 500 bucks cheaper to Michelin Primacy LC and
    it was almost 1050 bucks expensive than A drives 2 months back.
    Also the tyre profile was out of standard size on a 5.5 J Stock Rim
    (195/60R14) .I backed out of this deal as i was not convinced for the ensuing Monsoon & overall
    life of the tyre i wish to choose.

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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    Quote Originally Posted by TORQUEY_TND
    Andy , whats happening on this thread ?
    Have you thought of tyre change ?

    lemme me know...

    TND

    I did think of a tyre change but since i didnt get a gd price for my old ones ive put it on hold...

    Waiting for my GT3 to ware out so that i can jump into a diff brand of shoes...
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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    I think Fiat has removed 175/70 R14 profile tyre, which was coming in Emotion variants.
    [attachment=0:2nlz20ax]punto_tyre.JPG[/attachment:2nlz20ax]

    What should be best upgrade for 175 tyre, if I would like to retain the steel rim (5.5J)?
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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny
    A small input from my side:

    All car speedos/odos are calibrated with a certain wheel radius - normally measured with the tyre fully inflated and no load. If one sees the wheel variations on the GP this point will come out. 165/80 R14s, 175/70 R14s, and 195/60 R15s have practically the same wheel radius. This is probably the wheel radius for which the GP is calibrated.

    Other combinations like 205/60 R15 will result in a change in the wheel radius (in this case an increase by about 6 mm). As I understand, this variation will cause errors in the speedo/odo readings. I am not sure whether it will have any other adverse effects.

    It would therefore be prudent for potential 'upsizers' to go into this aspect before making changes to the company recommended sizes.

    Johnny
    Johnny, Hi! I checked up the Speedo of GP has a +5 % error so I believe it is caliberated for 16" tyres. I am not so sure as I checked with my car only. Request guys who have GPS to check and report. and guys this is the approx difference of 4% with 16" tyres

    tyre specs 195 65% 15
    rad of tyre 190.5
    wall ht 126.75
    wdith of tyre 195

    circum 1993.340539

    Tyre specs 195 65% 16
    rad of tyre 203.2
    wall ht 126.75
    wdith of tyre 195

    circum 2073.136992

    del Circum 79.7964534
    % diff 4%
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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    I am not sure how 165/80 R14 and 175/70 R14 has same ground clearance??
    165*0.8 = 132
    175*0.7=122.5
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    Re: Replacement of stock TYRES for the PUNTO

    @Axn : 16" !! you said 16"? I have seen GP 195/55R16 when I was in UK. It was just the perfect size for the GP. And the multi-spoke alloys was just icing on the cake for the black GP that I used to keep watching daily through my office window then.

    We already have difficulty in finding a proper 14" or 15" with 98PCD and on top of that 195/55R16 was not a common size available too. Mostly 16" comes in 205 so that was again against my idea of upsizing. Any one here with the 16"-ers here.
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