. This is a discussion on Replacing the Tyres of Maruti Alto within Accessories & Modifications. Part of The Mech's Garage category; I have a 2004 Alto and my tyres are stock MRF ZVTS 145/80 R12 74S mounted on stock 4J rims.
I have a 2004 Alto and my tyres are stock MRF ZVTS 145/80 R12 74S mounted on stock 4J rims.
The tyres are 6 years old and has shown cracks all around. The material has hardened and makes a lot of noise. Even chips of rubber come off in bad roads.
The good thing is that the tread is as good as new even after half-lakh kilometers and no braking or puncture issue at all.
I have decided to change both the rims and the tyres. Recent Alto (not the K10) comes with same size tubeless (mine is tubed). Now I am not keen on upsizing as my car does not have a PS (LX version) and think that wider tyres will increase steering effort. Also upgrading to Alloys is out of budget.
So, I was wondering if it is possible to buy stock rims from MASC and install a same sized tubeless tyre ? Will it be a good option?
Out of the tyres I have googled out Bridgestone turanza ER60, JK Ultima NXT, Apollo amazer 3G, Goodyear Ducaro Hi-miler. Any review or any suggestions on my plan ?
I would suggest you to go for cheaper rims,I remember seeing 12" NEO alloy wheels at Rs 11 k for a set of five rims.
If you are not alright with that price,then go for some used rims and paint it ni your car's contrast color,and then buy 155/70/R 12 or 155/80/R 12 tyres.
As far I have knowledge stock rims of Alto (12X4) are Rs600/piece. So that is a lot cheaper than any Alloys make.
Try sourcing seconds of the 0/E steel wheels,13 inchers from any alloy or tyre shop,I was quoted 1500/- for four of my old steel wheels including the factory tyres by the tyre shop guy when I upgraded to alloys and fatter rubber. But sice the tyres were almost 80 percent new. I decided to keep it and use them alternately.
But many people give the old steel wheels and tyres to the tyre shop for a small discount on the new set and these sets can be bought from the shop. Just see if they are available at such shops when you are going to get the new tyres or look around a seconds shop. Just ensure that the wheels are not bent or damaged. A little rust is ok if there is,you can always get it painted...maybe apply a new colour.
Last edited by jalex; 12th August 2010 at 10:13 AM.
if you really wanna upsize the tyre without going in for alloys, just get a set of wagon-r rims and put 13 inchers on them. you will have to do some slight mods so that the tyre won't scrape the underbody.
There is hardly any 155/70 R12 available with reputed brands. The only choices are Michelin Bridgestone or JK. 145/80 is available for all three. 155/65 available only with bridgestone but it is the old tubed type S322.