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      Hyundai Getz Tyre & Alloy Wheel Upgrade Guide

      Was the you meant for me ;P . Yeah afaik i do need alloys and i am sporting cpc2s thanks to you know who. Nice tyres, was sporting the BF Goodrich gforce sport before this it was a nice tyre too but then was a tab bit too uncomfortable so switched to contis . All said nice post their nikhil darn informative
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      Hyundai Getz Tyre & Alloy Wheel Upgrade Guide

      Well, this is my review of the Falken tyre.

      We bought the Getz in 2008 for my mom. It still is my mom's car. There are a few occassions when I get to drive it and enjoy it if it involves long distance highway driving. It's a pain in the traffic. Will explain later. We immediately changed to 14" Aura alloys and 195/60 R14 Falken ZIEX ZE 912 tyres.

      It's covered 14890 kms as of today and I've driven this car extensively. City, highway, hard cornering and I thought it's time to heap praise on a poor, unappreciated piece of rubber!

      The tyre looks like this. It's got an asymmetrical design and I love the pattern. The feel of the tyre when it's new is also very nice. Exactly like a Michelin. It's got a very high end feel to it. I cant describe it in words. People who have experienced the feel of a Michelin and then compared it with a Bridgestone, Goodyear, even a Yoko will understand.

      It has that smooth feel even after almost 15,000 kms.

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      These are pics of our car with alloys. I think it looks really fantastic! These black magic alloys were stunning looking alloys. Almost two years and the finish on them is EXACTLY like how it was on day one. This is why I say Aura's quality is unmatched by most alloy wheel manufacturers!

      In our car, the red goes superbly with the alloys.

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      This car was bought and fitted with the tyres before I got into the business! So, I was like a total noobie. I wanted a red Getz as the red was a brilliant vibrant red. Thankfully, my parents agreed. Then, my dad brought home two different alloy wheels to take our opinion. We agreed on this particular model and the next day, everything was fitted.

      I didnt know, nor did I care which tyre was installed and what size! It was only many months later that I actually got interested!

      Anyway, coming to the tyre.

      The ZE912 is marketed and sold as a mid-high end tyre. It's priced very well when compared to bigger brands like Michelin. The ZE912 is the highest selling tyre for Falken in India. Not only in India, but even outside India. This tyre is made in the Stamford Tyre factory outside Bangkok in Thailand.

      Basically Sumitomo Rubber Corporation own the Falken company. SRC has an agreement with Stamford Tyres of Thailand. Stamford Tyres have the rights to the Falken brand name in a few countries like Thailand, India, etc. Also, SRC has tied up with Stamford to manufacture the tyres in Thailand.

      In India, the Falken tyres are marketed and sold by the Stamford Tyres India Pvt Ltd. So, we get the ZE912s made in their Thailand factory. I've visited their factory and it is completely modern. As an outsider, I obviously couldnt take pics and being my first visit to a tyre factory had nothing in my mind to compare it to. But with my limited knowledge, I could gather that this was a very high tech operation.

      Hardly 10 people inside the factory. Usually tyres are made in two halves and then the two halves are joined together. This ZE912 is made by a different process where the entire tyre is made in one shot. This feature is touted a lot by the company.

      However, now, with my slightly increased knowledge, I can say that this is not the only reason for the tyre being this good. It is also due to the tyre compound.

      The sidewall of the tyre is pretty soft. You can feel the softness when you apply pressure on the sidewall. However, the 195/60 is reasonably high profile and we have never had any sidewall bulge or anything. It also helps that this car isnt used much on the highways.

      The tyre is extremely comfortable. Inspite of upsizing from 13" to 14", the ride quality is really good. It is also extremely silent. Even at 120kmph, the engine makes more noise even in 5th gear. It's really silent.

      The Getz that we have is the top end version. Comes with ABS(no EBD or Airbags though). I have never felt the ABS kick in with these tyres. And trust me, I've tried! In wet and dry conditions. The braking is absolutely superb. ZERO complaints there.

      The cornering is something I hadnt tried very aggressively until a few weeks ago and again today. It is very very good. Much better than any XM1+ or BS. The steering feedback is also fantastic! The steering feels perfectly weighted(as much as possible given that it is still a Getz). When you are pushing hard, you can push confidently. You feel connected to the tyres.

      The tyres squeal when pushed really hard, but they dont lose grip. I've pushed hard enough to make the NHC with AD07s slide, but I havent managed to make the Getz with the ZE912s slide yet. Of course, I've driven a lot more in the Vtec and I've pushed it much harder than I've pushed the Getz, but every time I corner harder and harder on the Getz, I'm pleasantly surprised.

      This tyre has incredible amounts of grip and most normal people on our roads will not be able to break it unless you try to take a 180 degree tightening curve at 80kmph and above!!!

      The only thing which I dont like about the car is that the upsize from 155 to 195 section tyres has resulted in a massive drop in low end torque. This makes it a pain in city traffic. Also, the engine in this is rubbish. It doesnt have any power in 1st gear and once you shift to 2nd, there is no torque in the lower rpms. You need to keep shifting and it's a pain. The NHC or even the Santro on the other hand are so much better in the city. The gearbox is also not the best. It's very rubbery. Initially I loved it as it was so smooth and light. But now, with the driving experiences of more cars under my belt, I dont like it. It's too smooth and doesnt click into place like the NHC or the Mitsubishis.

      Now, I dont have any bad thing to say about this tyre from my personal experience, but since a lot of people ask me for my opinions on various tyres and being in the business, it's my moral right to reveal that these ZE 912s have had a few sidewall bulges. All on customer cars. In ALL these cases it is due to an external hit, but these are not as rugged as the Michelin XM1+s and the Bridgestones.

      However, our car also has been driven in the same Bangalore that we share with all our customers and we havent had a single problem. I have always said that imported high end tyres need to be treated with some TLC. I stand by my words.

      All in all, this is a fantastic tyre in my experience. It is extremely comfortable, silent and grippy. Highly recommended. Just dont expect it to stand upto driving over potholes at high speed like MRFs and Bridgestones!
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      planning to get 205/50R15 s drives for GetzCrazys Getz! any thoughts?!

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      s drives are too noisy and I hear tire life is bad so why dont you try bfgoodrich?

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      the problem with those tyres was noticed while running at speeds over 150 on stretches right? this car is in kerala most of the time and hence wont be able to do such speeds which is why this seemed to be a viable option. and since it is doing pretty well on Docs car is why we decided to go this way ..

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      The BF Goodrich's on Shyam's car did a pretty decent job at even higher speeds. The CPC2s were a big let down.

      I had a few scary experiences with the S-drives while traveling to TVM in the hilly sections. Those tyres had no grip whatsoever under braking once they had heated up, they are good in the wet and in lateral grip its the braking bit that worries me the most. And the Getz braking isn't the best in the world.
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      Folks my Getz CRDi is running on stock 175/65/r14 Good years and have clocked 26k as of now and am planning on changing to upsize tyres for more stability.My stock tyres have been a problem since 17k with lot of wobbling and had to do constant wheel rotation still of no help

      Also a peculiar problem I face every morning is that the first time I take the car our or on a cold engine..the steering feels as if my car's gonna drop on the left..I mean as if the left front wheel is running on 1 bolt.But surprisingly it corrects in sometime...Please advise !!

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      about your peculiar problem. do you mean a grinding noise when you start the car in the morning? that will be your left front brake pads sticking to the rotors. not a huge issue, unless you find that the
      left front pads are wearing out super quick, or
      that the car is pulling left consistently or
      there is abnormal left front tire wear
      or car is pulling to left under braking

      about the tire upsize, wait for the tire guy to come by.
      Using the tire size calculator- the best upsize on the 14 inch rims will be 185/60/R14
      but wait for someone else to confirm that.

      what speed does the car wobble at?
      have you had the suspension checked?
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      hi. use this tyre size calculator for tyre upsizing.

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