Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 22:29:59 +0100
From: Jeremy <JeremynopsamVEelmc.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Big wheels


What tyres and wheels do you have Bob? After my recent disaster with the Eibach springs, I was thinking of going down to 205/45 on 17" and maybe the konis in due course. Not sure what the *disadvantages* of wider low profile tyres are apart from cost. Jeremy In article <iu8hkt8vp78nmh1r0i9ejglrrpfhdln3bcnopsamcom>, Bob <uctraingnopsamanet.com> wrote: >On Fri, 06 Jul 2001 21:37:22 -0400, "Kenneth S." <nimrodnopsams.com> >wrote: > >>I have a 1996 900SE, which I bought about six months ago. I would like >>to have a less firm ride, and I wonder if the low-profile tires are a >>factor. > >You must really like 'em squishy. The '96 900SE is no hotbed of >firmness. You might want to replace the shocks... new shocks can >make a big difference. Yours are definitely worn out on a '96 with >more than 40K miles. I'd recommend Koni's, but you could go with >a KYB or stock shock for less money. > >>Also, I don't like the "boy racer" appearance of the >>low-profile tires. > >You are driving a car that can exceed 140mph. It's a "man racer", >not a "boy racer". The tires are there for a reason. > >>I don't want to go to the expense of buying new smaller wheels, in >>order to be able to use conventional tires. But are there any tires >>that would give me a less harsh, quieter ride? > >As mentioned, the 215 size will give you more padding but also will >throw the speedo off a bit. Check this URL to make sure it's not >off too far. Watch the width to avoid rubbing. > http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html > >Bob >

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