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      Gearheads,
      We've an A-Star AT, primarily used by ladies - wife & sister. Both new to driving (have been having licenses for long).
      Car does about 5000 kms / year. Mostly city. Occasionally it is also driven by a paid driver when the ladies or me are not available or the distance is long (140 km round trip via highway).

      Time has come to tyre change.
      The stock is 155/80/r13. JK Vectra now.
      I wish to up-size to 175/70/r13.

      Q1. Will 175/70/r13 be too grippy for the ladies that their confidence may be hit?

      Given its low usage, I do not want to put money in premium (michelin,etc) tyres.
      Q2. Which are the decent brand suggestions?

      Forgot to add, I like to drive this car and at speeds above 60 it's fun.
      Q3. Wouldn't 175/70/r13 from a decent brand be enough to keep that fun?
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      Take a look at the handy tyre sizing calculator Tyre Upsizing,

      Get new wheels with the correct width too. Also if the tyres protude from the wheel arches, it will splatter mud on the doors during rain.
      Last edited by ramakant; 9th May 2019 at 00:19.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ramakant View Post
      Take a look at the handy tyre sizing calculator Tyre Upsizing,

      Get new wheels with the correct width too. Also if the tyres protude from the wheel arches, it will splatter mud on the doors during rain.
      I have already checked that 155/80/13 => 175/70/13 is the right upgrade (-0.5%) variation in circumference lot less than recommended (2%).
      Also, 175/70/13 are used by many without problems, confirmed in this thread and other places too.
      Splashing issue checked with a colleague to be fine.

      Am looking for responses to the queries..

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      I don't think any of the cheaper brands are meant for fun driving. Most of them are hard and meant for long mileage customers. Fun to drive to me would mean more grippy tyres and low noise too.
      Usually that means Bridgestone, Yoko or Michelin.

      Wouldn't your power steering take care of most issues with the steering after the upsize? I felt my car had better steering after the upsize.

      But I change my tyres every 3 years or 25 k kms. So just my opinion.

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      I went ahead and put Chinese tyre - Joyroad Tour Rx1 175/70/r13 at 2200/- a piece. Since the price was mouthwatering.
      Got prices of min 3800 for Apollo and JK with the same profile. The review I found was positive. Joyroad TOUR RX1 review and test rating @ Tiretest.com
      Also, met a professor who put tyres from same company in his ertiga, who was happy. All tyres are with manufacturing date of 1319.

      Initially I put 33psi and found the ride to be bumpy. Reduced to 30psi from internet advice and it is comfortable now.
      At slow speeds(parking/reverse etc) I can feel the steering goes tight. Otherwise it is OK.

      A pic of Joyroad 175/70/r13 vs JK Vectra 155/80/r13.

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      Hope the tyre lasts for 25000 kms.

      The tyre is made by Zhongyityres, China.
      http://www.zhongyityres.com/
      Last edited by limraj; 14th May 2019 at 10:08. Reason: added link

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      Quote Originally Posted by limraj View Post
      Hope the tyre lasts for 25000 kms.
      Please do share how these fare over time. Would be useful information for lots of folks.
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      While searching for tyres recently, I came across these tyres in plenty. To be frank, this brand was the most easily available, and also the cheapest.
      Though they were available in 205/55/15, I went ahead and bought Forceum brand which is Indonesian.
      Not sure how long they will last. Wait and watch.

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      Joyroad seems to be fast moving one. The shop owner told me that I was given the stock arrived that day morning.
      Linglong tyres (from Thailand factory) were out of stock too.

      For the 500 odd kms we have done, its holding good.

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      Quote Originally Posted by limraj View Post
      Joyroad seems to be fast moving one
      After visiting many tyre shops the general impression is that there must be something good to be so much in high demand. Market always adapts to customer demands, and if it is so high supply, obviously there must be high demand.

      Now the high demand and easy availability means customers are buying it heavily. That can happen only when there is something very good in this tyre, less cost, more kilometres or even easy availability. Bulk of the customers would prefer low cost, the taxi segment, or long life.
      Too early to comment on whether they prove good in the long run. Only time can tell.
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      Ling long? I hope the company owner is not Indian by any chance. But how is the joyroad? The 50-0 braking distance? Is it better than your older tyres? What about cornering? Do you get wheel spin when suddenly taking off or is it grippy?

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