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Ramit Anand

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rajnish dogravia Google

Will up sizing my car tyres, help in more ground clearence for my honda city ivtec 2009 model.

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Hello Rajnish,

If you want to improve ground clearance of your vehicles then upsizing will not solve the problem. That is becasue upsizing can increase diameter by only 3% at max, which will have negligible impact on the ground clearance.

So, I would suggest that you go for after-market spacers, which are not costly but highly effective. 


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Mohan Kumarvia Facebook

Ramit, I am using a Honda diesel City 2014 with 175 65 R15 84T on original stock non-alloy rim. The good year tyre has worn out in less than 28000kms and the front tyres are bald totally. Honda did not do tyre rotation at all, which I also not knew since i am not an expert in this domain. Now, I need to change the tyres for the good... Honda SA tell me that i can only go for stock specs of 175 65 R15 84T where as I have seen some of the Honda idtec diesel 2014 SV models have replaced to 185 65 R15, which I also want to ... ( but the honda SA says this will affect some thing like the axle pin or EPS or some tech stuff... ) please advise as it is due today. and i would request your answer even in my whatsapp 9840401304

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Hello Mohan,

 Upsizing is a very common practice and if done correctly, has no side-effects. On the contrary, it helps you get better traction and more effective braking. You can very well go for 185/65 R15 84T as it is a valid upsize.

And if the stock Goodyear tyres haven't performed up to your expectations then you can go for other brands as well. Honda uses Bridgestone tyres also for OEM.  You can go for Bridgestone B290.

In fact, many Honda vehicles come equipped with Michelin Tyres also. So, you not necessarily have to stick to the stock specs. 

The usual trade off in upsizing is that the steering feels heavy, fuel efficiency drops and handling loses its precision. But this happens only when the upsize is not valid or the tyres are very wide. In your case, the increment is only of 10mm in width, nothing big.

And the stock Goodyear Assurance tyres are not bad, so, they shouldn't have worn out so easily. This time when you get new tyres make sure you get wheels properly balanced and tyres aligned.

Also, make it a habit of rotating tyres after every 5000 kms. This way, you will be able to extract mazimum tread life out of each tyre.


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Gaurav Bajpaivia Google

honda city ivtec sv ... plese recomand what tyre i purchase

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Hello Gaurav,

If you are looking at an economical tyre which offer oretty good performance then I would recommend that you go for Goodyear Assurance Triplemax tyre. It comes equipped with a slilca based tread compound that offers good wet and dry traction.

In case you want something better then go for Bridgestone Turanza AR20 tyre. If offers pretty amazing performance, superior wet and dry traction along with great ride comfort and long tyre life.

If you want a tyre that is fuel efficienct, then Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 would be a good choice. The company claims that this tyre can improve the fuel efficiency of a vehicle by up to 7-10%. The grip level on  this are quite good, although not as good as Turanza AR20. 




harvohra@rediffmail.comvia Google

Hi Ramit, I want to change my Honda city tyres..kindly advise size, brand, cost, place available in ludhiana and cost of old tyres jQuery22307787281128328545_1500610995875 Urgent please. Thanks

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I will be more than happy to assist you. But in order to do that, I would require a bit more input from your ends, as to what exactly are your priority areas while choosing a tyre- is it grip, comfort, tyre life, budget etc.

Let me know a bit more about these and I will try to assist you in best way possible.


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Hello Roshan,

If you want tyres that offer decent performance but have longer tread life, then MRF ZV2K would be a good option. The downside is that these tyres are a bit noisy, especially at high speeds.

In case you want something better, then Yokohama Earth-1 would be a very good option. Not only are these tyres reasonably priced, but they also offer great traction, comfort and handling. Even the tread life is quite good.

However, if you want something top of the line, then go for Michelin Energy XM2 or Bridgestone Turanza AR20. 

Both these tyres offer superior traction, excellent handling and a very comfortable ride quality. While Bridgestone is more durable on rough roads, Michelin tyres offer better ride comfort and enhanced tyre life.



Saumitra Shuklavia Facebook

Which Tyre is best for Honda city 2014

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Hi Saumitra,

You can look at Apollo Alnac 4G S.  It is a good economic option and offers good traction and comfort.

If you want something better then go for Bridgestone Turanza AR20. It offers great traction, comfort and enhanced tyre life.

In case you want a tyre that gives superior comfort along with superior traction and budget is not a constraint for you then Michelin Energy XM2 would be a pretty good option.


Naveen Bondvia Google

I am driving Honda city Diesel 2015 vx I at present. I am using 175/65 R15 size tyres and I am having problem of low ground clareance. please help me

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Hi Naveen,

Tyre upsizing is not a recommended method to raise the ride height of any vehicle. However, you can safely upsize to 195/60R15. The diameter variant of this size is 2.86 (we recommend anything under 3%). This will only raise the ground clearance negligibly. I am afraid you will have to make modification to the suspenssion mounts by installing spacers if the ground clearance is bothering you that much. That said, we don't recommend it as it alters the driving dynamics of the vehicle. To checkout other tyre upsize options follow this link-


aloy bharali

Suggest me the best tyres for honda city diesel please. Any special care or precaution to enhance tyre durability?

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Hi Aloy,

I will suggest you to go for  Bridgestone Turanza tyres. Bridgestone Turanza has been in the market for long time and has a reputation of being a silent tyre.

To get more out of your tyre once you use them follow basic maintenace like checking tyre pressures regularly, get balancing and alignment done when you install the tyres and drive smoothly. 


Senthil kumar

I have 2014 honda new city I want to upsize my tyre from 175/65/R15 to 195/65/R15 can u suggest its ok to change will have any impact ?

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Hi Senthil,

I will not recommend you to upsize your tyres from 175/65R15 to 195/65R15. The diameter difference between these two tyres is 4.27% (we recommend diameter difference of under 3%). I will suggest you to go for 195/60R15 tyre size. 


s Rahman

Planning to change my honda city oem tyres 165/65 15 inches to 185/65 r15 your suggestions please...

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The correct upsize option for your car would be 185/60R15. Do consider the Bridgestone Ecopia tyres for the replacement.


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