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1. Size/Width/Weight: You are in safe zone as the 15" rim and the tyres you've installed are hopefully as per the manufacturer's recommended specification (195/65-R15). A slight deviation in tyre size would have its effects but not the extent that people make it a horror movie or freak show. Width would definitely play an important role though. If your rim is 6" to 6.5", its okay but any thing above that and you'll have a rattle cage after a year or so. Same goes for the weight. When I had my XLI/GLi and purchased the rims, I literally took along a "kaanta" and weighed the rims just to see if there were not drastically heavier.
2. Design: This is something which is both personal in taste as well as universal. Personal, because every person has got a unique individual taste for everything. From clothes to fragrances, from food to cars and so on. Though I am in favour of what you personally like yet we have to understand that one size does not fit all. Every car has its unique design/personality and every rims would not suit them well. Starting from just okay to magnificent, will be the situation you'll come across while dealing with such issues. For example, when I bought this Xli in early 2010, I was one of the few who had these rims installed. Now even Mehran has got this design in 16". Locally it is called 528:
Even today, if I were to select rims for a Corolla, I would definitely choose this design despite a gazillion of cars now sporting the same design. Why? The design simply fascinates me. But that's just me.
3. Current Design: The rims you got on Laadli are not bad at all. But they could have been better. Keeping in view the efforts and heart n sould you put in "Laadli", I suggest , its time to go for a design and quality that perfectly compliments the work you have done so far. While I strongly suggest you keep away from 17", if at all you want to upgrade go for 16". Select good tyres and you'll see the difference yourself. Do keep in mind, you already have weight in the boot. So don't opt for a shorter sidewall.
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I don't know if you have seen Bro Spitfire's travelogue thread ... we had a detailed discussion on the importance of a "BMW" in life while we still have a Corolla there ...
The "Corolla" in our life provides us with the confidence, the trust, the utility ... but on the side, if we have a "BMW", it triggers inspiration, a reason to smile without a cause, .... and BTW, this discussion is not about "cars"
I am perfectly happy with the Corolla and its 15" wheels ... laikin ... still want to have a head-turner ... lets see when I can find such a beautiful thing in my life ..
^^Khokhar bhai, I believe and trust your choice of products, the vision and idea conceived behind them and above all the motivation and will-power you and your team has, Absolutely unparalleled. I will try to find some quality stuff here in Peshawar. Since I've owned and driven the same Corolla (there was one which I sold later completely converted to Corolla S Islamabad SK-454) so I know what kind would suit "Laadli". Stay in touch. Rim hunting project in Peshawar zone is on me.
Fouad bhai can you please confirm the price of the 3m tints....
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I think yesterday was a slow day for both Viper and Laadli ... :-)
Alhamdulillah, got the delivery of the car yesterday...with 16.85 invoice. 40k ki dhuzz sey bachat ho gaye The slope of the house is also ready; its 13" aligned; perfect for Civic; climbs up nice and clean even with 2 person
Guys suggest the tyres; I have also started a thread https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/whe...gen-aka-reborn for this. Given I am unable to find a nice 16" rims yet; I think I better change the tyres quick keeping 15" profile. As EuroStar will not sell as the time passes? Please suggest brand / model / profile.
I am thinking Yokohoma dB with 205/65R15. Its considered good; is soft (good for Civic' suspension) and most importantly many shops have Yokohoma stock (its a running item) so will be able to find the most fresh piece in the market easily.
So obviously, your choice of 205/65-R15 is the closest to stock in this case. Now few basic aspects to consider are the following:
1. Tyre Brand
2. Date of Manufacturing
3. Road Grip
4. Comfort Level
5. Noise Level
Your choice of Yokohama dB is good one but I'd suggest you also look around for other brands. Whatever your selection is just remember that the profile should be closer to the recommended size, the profile/size and brand should be commonly available in case you need to replace a tyre out of the four. Do not go for the insanely expensive ones just for the sake of name only.
205/65/15 in dB will be a very hard find....it normally comes in 195/65 and 205/60
lemme know if u find it...i was forced to opt for c-drive in 205/65 despite having my heart set on dBs, due to non avalibility
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Could not found fresh Yokohama dB..only A-Drive and that only in 195/65/15. Found at one place in 205/60 but they had very old stamp. Market is flooded with Maxxiss. In 195/65 the options were Dunlop LM703, A-Drive, C-Drive etc. Found Goodyear Assurance which seemed nice..it even had 2010 last weeks stamp. Went to Goodyear shop and they even had 2011 fresh imported ones...i have opted for this Goodyear Assurance thing..its 195/65/15; paid 7200 a piece, traded the stock EuroStar for 4000 a piece. I have got a contact of a shop in Lahore as well who has the Oriel rims.
Yes...these might not be jaw dropping decisions but they are according to my budget I have funds now for registration and InshaAllah in next few days will be going to Lahore for registration and if I am lucky that those rims are new will also pick them.
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Well so far so good then. Goodyears are good performers. Good decision to have kept clear of A Drives and LM703s. I'll check for Oriel rims here too and let you know if its in the condition and budget of your choice.
Post some pictures of the new arrival.
^^ Will try this evening...The car is not cleaned Have plan to go to Lahore Insha-Allah tomorrow and then on Saturday will take it for waxing as suggested...Few notes
- Hand Brake and Gear Lever are awkwardly positioned; their position might work in Auto configuration; but for Manual the lever is "far"; you have to reach to it...and for person with longer legs; the hand brake touches to the knee
- The emtpy space adjacent to lighter is of no use; the plastic thing there is also very light
- Took my mom and kids for drive last evening; she commented A/C is "better"; I can feel chilled air in back seat; she also commented that the leg space in back seats is more!
- My wife tried the car this morning when we went to drop kids to school..she thinks its clutch is heavy; City had same; so no difference for me; but she drives Automatic car in routine and some time my dad's Corolla; in its comparison; clutch is heavier
- My wife liked its driving seat; you can move the base up/down etc
- She also liked its different acceleration pedal; she commented that its good for driving with sandals with heels
- 195/65/15 is not a good configuration for the car; you need to have bigger and wider tyres; took the car on highway for short trip
- The engine blows some kind of air underneath; its noticeable when you are parking the car on kacha
- The deck angle is not good; during day driving; you cannt read what its displaying; the stock audio system, Kenwood + stock speakers etc are nice...not top notch; but they work fine!
- The build quality of Atlas has detoriated; the "finish" at certain spots is noticable; under the bonnet; under the trunk etc especially. The City has some plasticy covering for some air-flow under the bonnet; there is no such thing in Civic?
- The trunk size is small; especially the height; in comparison to Corolla, as well as even City. City has biggest trunk I guess!
- "City" is more fun to drive within city; its power/weight ratio is better; and its "smart size" is more friendly for maneuvering!