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Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 18:32:57 +0100
From: (Fredrik Borch Lynghaug)
Subject: Re: 2004 9-3 aero bad in snow

SuoTimo <> wrote: > > I realize snow tires would help, but would they markedly improve snow > > weather performance? It's disastrous, as of right now in the snow. > > > > - tex > > ___________________________ > > As previously mentioned the winter tires need to be less wider (=higher > profile) than summer tires - I'd go to 15" rims and probably 60 or 65 / > max 185... > > In snow & ice conditions narrower has actually more friction and tire > doesn't start to act as a pair of skies in slush. I heavily support this. Narrower wheels and higher profile gets you better grip on snowy roads. Higher profile is no point alone, but is conected with the with of the tires, which makes the difference. Therefore wintertyres are much softer. The better gip on snow, the softer on asphalt. When I in the autumn put on the wintertyres (with narrower rims) I always make a braketest to get an idea of what the difference is. It's huge! On my Saab 99, 1983, I use 185/65 R15 tyres on 15" rims. -I know, it's a very different car to drive. Fredrik Norway

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