How to find tyres in Malaysia
Tyres are by far and away, the most underrated component in the automotive world. Just finding the right tyres for your vehicle can improve performance, safety, stability, traction, comfort, and a magnitude of other metrics tenfold. So if your tyres are beginning to look a bit worse for wear, here’s everything you need to know to find tyres in Malaysia.
Purchasing tyres is the relatively easy part, even in Malaysia, knowing what kind exactly to purchase for your vehicle is the tricky bit. You know that weird combinations of letters and numbers you find written on the side of your tyres, well they actually provided information on your tyres specifications and capabilities. Take the text below as a prime example, you’ll often find something very similar written on the sidewalls of your vehicle’s tyres.
P195/55R16 87V M+S
P: Type of tyre, in this case, P stands for Passenger car, LT for Light Truck
195: Width of the tyre in millimetres.
55: Aspect ratio of the height of the tyre’s cross-section to its width. In this case, 55 means the height of the tyre is equal to 55% of its width
R: This letter will define its construction type, R is for Radial Construction, while B stands for bias construction.
16: The rim size in inches, in this case, 16.
87: A Tyres load rating if properly inflated. The higher the number, the more weight the tyres can support.
V: This defines the maximum rated speed for a tyre. V is around 240 km/h, whereas a letter higher up in the alphabet such as W is rated for 270 km/h.
M + S: All season tyres.
Now that you know the exact specifications of your current setup, you know exactly what tyres will fit your vehicle and what won’t. However, it’s important to note that not all tyres are created equal in this world. Two sets of tyres with the same specifications from two different brands might be vastly different when it comes to on-road performance on our Malaysian roads.
There are a plethora of established tyre brands on the market from Michelin all the way to Yokohama in Malaysia. Chances are if you go with one of these manufacturers, you’ll be getting a decent set of tyres that’ll last you for thousands of kilometers. Though, each brand still comes with its own list of perks and drawbacks.
Pirelli for example gives great tread-life warranty on their tyres, though options for vehicles such as light trucks are limited. Michelin tyres can help greatly improve your vehicles on-road performance and stability, but they are a bit pricier than most of its competitors.
Once you’ve decided which tyres you want to purchase, the next hurdle to overcome is where to purchase them from. An easy option is to go to a dealer, however, they’ve been known to massively overcharge on occasion. A small tyre shop will be able to service your needs just as well and at a fraction of the cost, though if your tyres come with a warranty. Make sure to purchase them from an authorized retailer to take advantage of it.
A little bit of research online on tyre shops around your area should give you a good idea of what to expect price-wise. Though don’t be afraid to shop online either, you can often save yourself a pretty hefty chunk of cash in the process, even if you do have to find a tyre shop to get them mounted and balanced after delivery.