I got reply from fellow member Doc to my PM. It reads "under heavy loads of all 4 people in the car the front tires used to touch the fender lining. i would suggest u drop 5mm sidewall height if ur going for 195's".
That is trouble. So I've decided to stick with Mr. Han (OEM
size of 185/65 R15). I cast my vote now.
Now, over to my experiences with tyre dealers and Falken guys. Bridgestone:
Bridgestone guy near MS Ramaiah Hospital signal, disapproved with Capt Jack. Still he made a nice offer. That he'd fit 195/65 tyres & check if they are touching the wheel arch. If they did, he'd go with Mr. Han size. He recommended Bridgestone Turanza T001 or ER300 (@5400 & 5700 respectively). But, the guys looked down at my current Kumho tyres. You don't do that to a set of tyres that held its own for 51600 + km, on a 1300kg car, on variety of roads with me throwing them at all sorts of curves, at moderator deletable speeds. Heck, they inspired me to continue beyond 170. So it is bye bye Bridgestone. Michelin:
Only ₹ 100/- separates XM2 & Primacy 3 ST. I liked 3ST, but, ... ... ... the net is full of sidewall damage stories in Michelin's tyres in India. With me in the habit of going wherever Google maps takes me to, would they last our Country (pun intended) Roads ? Goodyear:
One dealer vouched for GY Assurance TripleMax (@ 5400). Tyre temperature rating was B, if I'm correct. When I enquired about BS, Mich, Conti & Yokos, he used the words "Maruti mentality" for people preferring these brands. I didn't like THAT & just walked out without saying further. Yokohama :
I liked the tread pattern on Yoko Earth 1. There's a dedicated thread in Team-BHP. Maximum praises, specially for the sidewall.
Our bhvm in TAI
, is also positive about these tyres ([Honest Review] Yokohama Earth 1 Tyres: Really Designed For India
). "Earth 1" in Jack Sparrow size got almost fitted. I didn't want to wait for an hour for the tyres to arrive at the shop & so I left. Falken Sincera SN835:
Meanwhile at SLNP Pitstop, checked these and also liked the pattern. Later on, sent Falken a query from their website (about increasing to 195/65). Today I got 3 calls from them. 1st was from HQ, to inform me that a Tech expert from Bangalore will call. The Expert (Mr Sundar) was very reluctant for 195/65. But, what he told was really interesting. Excerpts below :
1. Falken is owned by Sumitomo Brand of Japan.
2. This is the 6th largest Tyre Co in the world, by Brand Value in 2015. BTW
, BS is 1st, Mich is 2nd, Conti is 3rd, followed by GY & Pirelli. Hankook is at 7th, Dunlop is 8th, Yokohama is the 9th largest. Some CST from Taiwan is 10th. Where are our Apollo, MRF, JK, CEAT etc ?
3. Falken offers an interesting Prorato Warranty in the first two years. If the tyres get damaged due to road hazard, Falken will replace the tyres by charging equivalent to the "tread wear", as long as it is within 50% wear. Say, wear is 40%, one needs to pay 40% cost of tyre to get a new tyre. THAT, I would say, is really exciting.
4. As these tyres are targeted for Asian markets, there's not much of reviews in USA, UK, European sites. Which tyre?
Currently it is 70-30 between Earth 1 & SN 835, in OEM
size. That 30% is because of the calls from Mr Sundar. He spoke well. When ?
With little help from God, I'll find time tomorrow and fit them. Which one ? Yoko leading, as you can see. Thanks for reading.