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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2001, 07:24 PM
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I have a 99' model Grand Vitara V6. I live outside the U.S. & finding difficulty in finding replacement tires. Is it recommendable to put road tires but in the same OEM size(235/60/16). The car bounces quite a lot with the current tires (Bridgestone H/T Duelers), if I use road tires M+S will it effect the ride, i.e. will the car get more bouncy? The only tires I could find so far are the Mercedes S-Class (92-98') tires that have the same size but in ZR rating. Are the road tires actually lower in profile than the factory fitted tires? I need your urgent help on this please as I've already manager to squeeze out of them 65K miles. PS: Car is 99% used on paved roads.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-05-2001, 01:07 AM
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Re: Tires ... HELP PLS

If you spend 99% of your time on paved roads than you should be happy with just about any tire you choose. My opinion is a ZR rated tire on a Vitara unwarranted. The profile of the tire is denoted by the aspect ratio on the tires. So a 235/60/16 M+S tire should have no real profile difference over any other type of 235/60/16. HTH

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Scott thankfully replied to the profile question, now can anyone pls tell me if I use road tyres, will the car feel more bouncy?
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-05-2001, 02:47 AM
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Whew, 65k miles in two years. There's no moss growing on you. "Bouncy" is kind of of a relative term so please don't hold it against anyone for not jumping right up with an answer. Not to mention most folks are asleep at the moment. Freshly balanced new tires of all most any sort are more than likely going to give you an improved ride over what you have right now. If bouncy was what I wanted to improve, I would look into shocks, struts, and/or springs to alleviate the problem. HTH

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A/T, M/T, A/S, H/T. It doesn't matter what you get. If you think you're bouncy adjust the air pressure. I run the front at 40 and the rears at 30 on my chevy. If you're on the road 99% of the time get a all-seasonal tire and forget about it.

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since the time I bought the car almost 18 months ago, I've been using the manufacturers suggested pressure of 26 psi for both front and rear and that does help quite a lot with the cars jumping disposition !!! I guess I should go for road tires instead of just moving up with higher profile off road tyres?! Basically I dont want to add to the problem of the jumpiness of the car by replacing the current tires with the wrong ones.

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Re: Tires ... HELP PLS

For driving on the road, tire size won't make that muchdifference. Jumpiness? The Suzuki is a light vehicle. It's gonna drive differently than most cars. Depending on the tire type, air pressure will make it ride smoother or rougher. I had 30 psi in my tires and it was like driving with Fred Flintstone wheels! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I now run 20 psi and it's a lot smoother ride. If you're "bouncing"around, you may have bad shocks or spring problems

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Re: Tires ... HELP PLS

I was going to mention that. The bouncing is due more to the shocks than the tires. They dampen the bouncing and make it a little stiffer and more responsive.

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