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Tyre sizes: India vs. USA/Europe

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    Default Tyre sizes: India vs. USA/Europe

    You may have occasionally seen a car with oversize tyres and wondered:
    • Is it a fad?
    • Is it good for the car?
    • Does it improve the ride quality?
    • What effect does it have on fuel consumption?

    And a visit to many website on Cars and Bikes would tell you - the manufacturer always fits the best/optimum spec'ed equipment to the product; don't change it.

    So what is the truth, especially about tyres? Here is a comparison:

    Suzuki Swift: India=165/80 R14 and 185/70 R14, UK=185/60 R15
    Hyundai i20: India=175/70 R14 and 175/65 R14, UK=185/60 R15

    What is the deal behind larger tyres?
    Larger tyres help in the following:
    • better grip due to larger contact area with ground
    • better traction
    • improved response to steering
    • better control
    • reduced braking distance
    • looks good (especially with chrome-steel alloyed rims)


    So why this difference?
    Car manufacturers reduce the size for many reasons that especially make a difference in India:
    • smaller tyres = reduced cost
    • reduced cost = lesser excise = lower price
    • smaller tyres yield better fuel efficiency - very sensitive for the Indian buyer
    • Indian road are narrow and average speeds are not great - large tyres do not necessarily make a difference

    Should you upgrade?
    Definitely not if the tyres are brand new. It will cost you a lot to change rims and tyres. It is pointless to do so for new car or new tyres. A full set change of 5 tyres/rims will cost anything from 30K to 70K.

    If your car tyres are up for changes then it may make sense if you do a lot of highway driving. But do consult the authorized service center on the best possible size upgrades. After all, you cannot fit a Swift tyre to an M800.

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    nice post! real informative. repped.
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    Good information. rep'd and rated.

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    Thanks strider and Freddie.

    (Freddie, welcome back after some absence )
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Thanks strider and Freddie.

    (Freddie, welcome back after some absence )
    thanks Kix. Freddie will be my serious, mature and reasonable poster.
    unlike the wacky ones
    Last edited by Freddie; 2nd August 2009 at 10:02 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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