zakwan wheelstyre

Do larger wheels and lower profile tyres give better performance?

A common practice for manufacturers when it comes to differentiating their model trim or specification level is to have different wheel sizes. Higher rung models often have larger wheels thus having lower profile tyre, and the general consensus is that larger wheels look better. But are there actual benefits of having larger wheels? First, let’s take a brief through what exactly is the profile of a tyre. It refers to the gap or distance between the edge of the rim and edge of the tyre, it is ref


Apr 13, 2020

Are bigger wheels good for your car? Or just all show but no go?

A simple way to give your car a fresh look is to fit it with a set of new wheels. It is the easiest form of “modification” and window shopping the right fit for your car can be fun. While the design/pattern of the wheel is subject to individual taste, one common “upgrade” is to go for wheels with a bigger diameter. Bigger wheels are aesthetically pleasing and give the car a more athletic look. Even manufacturers seem to agree to this and fit bigger wheels on range-topping variants. If the car wa


Dec 17, 2020

Why is my tyre shop trying to sell me nitrogen gas inflation?

You might have come across this scenario while sending your car to your neighbourhood tyre shop – after the job is done, whatever it may be, the tyre shop will try to upsell you nitrogen gas inflation for your tyres. You will mostly be shown some materials or be told that it is better to fill your tyres with pure nitrogen rather than regular air. You will also be told that nitrogen-filled tyres will save you fuel, prolong the lifespan of your tyre, require lesser maintenance, and are better for


Sep 6, 2019

Run flat tyres, tyre repair kits, or spare tyres. Which is best?

Your car ownership experience isn’t complete without having at least one flat tyre incident. For this, manufacturers have given us full-sized spares, space-savers, run-flat tyres, and even tyre repair kits. What you have in your car has been pre-determined by the manufacturer. The question is, which is the best? The answer depends on the type of driver you are, the type of commute you do, and where you live. Each option offers its own pros and cons. 1. Full-sized spares A full-sized spare is ide


Jun 9, 2020

Owner Review: Follow-up story of Proton Waja tyre burst out at 180km/h -Full story

** This article is the personal experience of a 2002 Proton Waja owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Sharviin Sasasey Manigam Since everybody was asking about my busted tyre situation... here you go....a brief explanation about that incident. If you haven't read the previous story, here is the link. Okay before that please bear in mind that all my mechanicals were stock. Brakes, engine, gearbox, no e-manage, no fuel regulators and etc etc.... So back then in 201

Owner ReviewOwner Review

Aug 4, 2020

How sneaker makers like Nike can teach tyre companies about influencing its buyers

It is amazing how much time and internet juice is spent trying to explain that tyre choices matter. Not too long ago we made a post about why when it comes to tyres you get what you pay for. And it is good to see that for many of our readers, it isn’t news to them. This time around let’s outline a suggestion that may make people care more about the tyres they buy. And for that, we will use an economic theory known as the Diamond-Water Paradox, or better known as the Paradox of Value. The Diamond


Oct 9, 2020

When was the last time you checked your tyre pressure?

I know I haven’t checked mine in a while, to be fair. I also can’t remember the last time I pumped air into my tyres, let alone checking the tyre pressure. It wasn’t until my colleague Adrian pointed out that the ride of my car felt odd, and recommended that I checked my tyre pressure just to be sure. I swung by a nearby petrol station to get my tyre pressure checked, and yes, all four of my tyres had really low pressure, one of them as low as 23 PSI. Yup, 23 PSI. That is much lower than the man


Oct 12, 2019

Owner Review: Tyre blown out at 180km/h - Near-miss experience in my Proton Waja

** This article is the personal experience of a 2002 Proton Waja owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Sharviin Sasasey Manigam ↓↓↓ Press Here To Share Your Story ↓↓↓ It all started when my dad drove home a 2nd-hand bought 2002 Proton Waja. It was bought in 2005, and was in Artic Blue (still maintaining the same colour).... At first, I was excited because it was a Waja man.... And straight away I sat in the Waja and started to touch and feel the dashboard and all

Owner ReviewOwner Review

Jul 30, 2020

Have you ever wondered what Bibendum on your tyre wall is pointing at?

How do you check your tyre wear? Universally, we are taught to hold a coin within the grove of the tyre to check the depth of the treads. It took quite a bit of digging before I found the Malaysian coin version of the test. If all the alphabets of the words Bank Negara Malaysia on your 10 cent coin is on show when you hold the coin to the tread, it means it’s time to change your tyres. But did you not know that there is an even better fool proof test you can carry out without the use of coins? A


Oct 30, 2019

Tyre blowout while driving: This is how you maintain control and avoid crashing

You’re driving on the highway at 90 km/h, listening to your favourite tune and jamming along to the lyrics, when all of a sudden you heard a loud boom coming from the rear. In that split second, you noticed the rear end of your car and steering doesn’t feel quite right, and your natural instinct is to brake amidst the chaos. It that the right action though? In this article, we’re going to take a look on how tyre blowout occurs, and what is the appropriate response that will either save you and/o

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

May 14, 2020

Save money and drive safe with these three tyre care tips

They’re the only part connecting you to the road yet so easily forgotten. Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car, so take care of them through these three simple steps and they’ll take care of you. 1. Don’t forget to inflate! It’s a simple tip but one of the most important things you’ll need to know - inflate your tyres! It’s super simple - just know the basics of your tyre size and follow the correct pressure guide, usually located on the driver’s door pillar. It’s just a matter


Jul 12, 2020

J.D. Power study: Michelin is best tyre brand of 2021, outranks Pirelli, Goodyear

Customers are very happy when it comes to Michelin tyres, according to J.D. Power's 2021 Original Equipment Tyre Customer Satisfaction Survey. So happy, that they've voted it to be the most satisfactory original equipment manufacturer (OEM) brand in every category, trumping brands like Pirelli and Goodyear. The U.S.-based study is based on responses from 26,131 owners of 2018 and 2019 model-year vehicles. Metrics of the study factor in the absence of tyre-related issues, as well as appearance an


Apr 2, 2021

A "cheap tyre” is going to kill you, here is why good tyres costs more

I don’t know about you, but tyres are a fascinating subject to me. I spend hours researching on what sort of tyre should I go for next. Full-on performance rubber? Or maybe I should give my back and ears a break and opt for a more comfortable option. One thing is for sure, I will be splashing my cash for one from a manufacturer of repute. And thankfully I’m not alone on that opinion. The responses from our dear fans and readers on WapCar Forum topic of cheap vs premium tyres were very encouragin


Sep 24, 2020

Here's the top tyre choices for 13- to 17-inches in 2020!

Tyres. It's a longtime topic. Yes, other parts exist, yes they are equally important but tyres are the only parts connecting you to the road. Which is why it's very important to make the right choices, especially in a market that's absolutely flooded with subpar-quality tyres for not much cheaper, really. Recommendations Not all tyres are equal, so in this guide we'll list five main tyre categories and recommend one tyre for each size. The prices are taken from several online tyre shops. For thi


Sep 19, 2020

NZ Wheels adds an outlet in Setapak

NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Naza Group and an authorised dealer for Mercedes-Benz in Malaysia, expands their coverage in Klang Valley after acquiring the Setapak dealership. The NZ Wheels Setapak Autohaus sits on 13,866 sq ft of land and boasts a built-up area of 9,200 sq ft, housing five mechanical work bays and one wheel alignment bay. The service centre is capable of handling up to 250 vehicles a month for both general and specialized repair. It is manned by 10 highly-trained personnel


Oct 8, 2019

BBS wheels files for bankruptcy, soon to be no more?

We’ve seen their beautiful weave patterns. Expensive as they are, they could get rarer as renowned wheel manufacturer, BBS, filed for bankruptcy a couple of days ago according to Hypebeast’s report. Currently owned by South Korea’s NICE Holdings Co., the brand has specifically filed for a bankruptcy in Germany. According to the translated filing, this will “give the company breathing space” and cites the bankruptcy is due to falling demands and strain from COVID-19. Acquired by the South Korean


Jul 18, 2020

Spied: Bigger wheels on 2021 Proton Iriz and Persona - improved looks for both cars?

Proton is not making any bones about testing the upcoming Proton Persona and Proton Iriz facelifts - we've seen them touring around Malaysia many times, and now we have info that they'll be getting bigger wheels. Last year, both cars were spotted rolling on new wheels and courtesy of our friends at Funtasticko, we've learnt that they're 16-inch units. That's a small size bump from the current 15-inch wheels both cars come with. The wheels are just small part of the facelift exercise. Recall that


Jan 29, 2021

Spied: 2021 Proton Persona and Proton Iriz – New wheels on the Persona

A lot has happened in the B-segment (sedan and hatchback) this year. Following the updates on the Japanese competitors (Honda City, Nissan Almera, Toyota Vios), Proton will be revealing some updates too on the Proton Persona and Proton Iriz. Facebook user, Suhaimi Zamil has uploaded some pictures of both Proton B-segment cars in camouflage. Images of thee camouflaged cars have surfaced previously, but this time we get a better look at the wheel design of the Proton Persona. In previous photos, t


Nov 30, 2020

Unpopular opinion: Carmakers don't care about your comfort anymore

There has been a trend I have been observing for the past decade or so in the automotive industry. Almost every car that leaves the factory gates, is equipped with wheels that are one size too big. Why is that? The cynic in me would simply say that this trend is just carmakers finding more ways to lighten your pockets by charging an exorbitant amount for wheels and tyres. Audi will even mandate 22-inch wheels if you option carbon-ceramic brakes with the new RS6. Who are the biggest winners? Tyre


Jan 13, 2021

Balancing and alignment, do you really need it?

Whenever you install a fresh set of tyres, your tyre shop operator will most definitely perform wheel balancing and alignment. Of course, it always comes at an extra cost. Your question would be, is it necessary to do balancing and alignment? Or is it just a gimmick for your tyre shop operator to make a quick buck? Before you make a conclusion, let’s first understand what is balancing and alignment. You know how your tyre operator puts your wheel onto a machine and stick some weights onto your r

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Sep 27, 2019

More spyshots of the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V - powered tailgate, better wheels?

With the all-new Honda HR-V set to make its world debut on 18-February, more spyshots and details have emerged of the SUV. Uniquely, the spyshots this time shows a pair of the HR-Vs, but look closer - you’ll notice that both are rolling on different-sized wheels, such as the one above that purportedly wears 16-inch wheels. Meanwhile, another unit seems to be getting differently-designed 18-inch units. Also, Japanese sources mentioned that the very car you see pictured above has a powered tailgat


Jan 26, 2021

Does the Perodua Ativa (D55L) come with a spare wheel?

Although spare wheels are no longer offered in many premium cars (replaced with either run-flat tyres or tyre repair kits), spare wheels are still important for consumers shopping at the lower-end of the price spectrum. Prior to the Perodua Ativa’s (D55L) local launch, many Facebook users were saying that the Perodua Ativa doesn’t come with a spare wheel. This is not true. All variants of the Perodua Ativa come with a spare wheel. Full sized ones too, not those skinny 60 – 80 km/h speed limit sp


Mar 3, 2021

Are wider tires better for your car or just plain stupid?

From an aesthetic point of view, wider tyres always look better. High performance cars always use wider tyres too, so the general perception is that they offer better performance as well. On the surface, upsizing to wider tyres is a no brainer (looks AND performance combined? Sign me up!). You might even consider “upgrading” to wider tyres on your car. However... While the idea seems exciting, you might want to think twice before doing that. Why? Well, wider tyres do offer certain advantages, bu


Nov 28, 2020

Wheel alignment - what is camber, caster and toe?

Wheel alignment, also known as tyre alignment can help your tyres function properly, achieve even wear on all four tyres, plusing making them last longer. It’s an elaborate process and each car manufacturer has their own designated alignment angles. Maintaining the correct wheel alignment is crucial to avoid your vehicle from pulling in one direction or vibrating strangely on the road. The basics of wheel alignment is made up of three basic adjustments – camber, caster, and toe. Each has a speci

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

May 29, 2020

 Are there any good tyres for 13-inch rims?

Plenty of reputable brands available 175/70 R13 tyres often seen on Proton Saga and Wira Prices range between RM 100 to RM 200 per tyre Small rim sizes are often fitted onto more budget-friendly cars not just for model variant differentiation but also lower costs when it comes to tyre replacement. The last new car sold in Malaysia that came with a 13-inch wheel was the 2016 Proton Saga 1.3L Standard. Since the new 2019 Proton Saga facelift, every new passenger car now comes with a minimum wheel

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Oct 7, 2019

Pros and Cons: 2020 Toyota Vios GR-S – Superb suspension, lackluster powertrain

New to the 2020 Toyota Vios facelift is the addition of the GR-Sport (GR-S) variant, sitting on top of the G variant. The Toyota Vios GR-S adds a few goodies like a reprogrammed CVT with 10 virtual ratios, sports-tuned suspension, and 17-inch wheels just to name a few. Trade in User's Car Form If you’re pondering on whether to fork out another RM 8k over the G variant – we’ve listed pros and cons to help on your buying decision. Pros Superb suspension tuning Aggressive exterior styling Cons Slow


Apr 12, 2021

Impul package for Nissan X-Trail priced at RM 11k, includes sports springs and 18" wheels

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) has introduced a new package for the Nissan X-Trail; the New Nissan X-Trail Tuned by IMPUL. The package includes Dual Tone IMPUL Front and Rear Aero Bumper Spoilers, Gloss Black V-Motion Grille Cladding, Side Skirts, Split Mounted Rear Spoilers, sport springs, and 18” IMPUL Aura SX-50 wheels. Apart from the expressive exterior and performance parts, the new Nissan X-Trail Tuned by IMPUL is uplifted and adorned with new Maroon Nappa Leather interior which inc


Jul 6, 2020

Powered by Android, looks like Hot Wheels – Polestar Precept EV to enter production in 2023

What you’re looking at is the future. Literally. Polestar, the electric vehicle (EV) joint venture between Volvo and Geely has announced that the Polestar Precept will be seeing production in around 3 years’ time. The four-door electric grand tourer concept was supposed to be unveiled publicly at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show before it got canceled. The Precept was a showcase for the ambitious Chinese-Swedish brand in both design and the use of sustainable materials. The design got so much rave rea

CY FoongCY Foong

Sep 28, 2020

From Hot Wheels-inspired hypercars to a modern VW Bus – The gems of Porsche Unseen

Porsche is more than just a maker of an uber fast version of the Volkswagen Beetle, it’s an innovative carmaker. Look at the Taycan, it has a name that sounds like a monster that blasts lightning from its mouth with tech that sounds better than Tesla. But Porsche has quite a few interesting concepts throughout history from an environmentally-friendly hatchback in the 1970s that has a body made out of wires to its own idea of a car designed for the then growing Chinese car market in the 1990s. Ev

CY FoongCY Foong

Nov 15, 2020

All-new 2020 Nissan Almera – 8 Features we get that Thailand doesn’t

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM), the official distributor of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia, has given selected members of the media a preview of the upcoming all-new 2020 Nissan Almera. This comes roughly a week after Honda Malaysia previewed the equally-new Honda City RS i-MMD. After spending some time checking the all-new Nissan Almera out, here are the eight features we get that Thailand doesn’t get. Keep in mind that the reason why Thailand misses out on these features is due to weight constrain


Sep 4, 2020