Date: Sun, 12 Sep 1999 21:57:10 GMT
From: (Kevin Reader)
Subject: Re: how to improve traction??

I thought I'd mention that I've got a 9-5 Wagon running on 215/45 17 with Bridgestone S02 PP. Its only done 5k miles so its hard to comment on wear. Grip seems phenominal - although I've not got much experience to compare them with. They are probably a bit overrated for the 2.3 engine but they are great for now. I'd be interested to hear how you all get on. Daniel Tucker <> wrote: >Liam, > >How long have you had the S02's (mileage)? How is the tread wear? I'm planning >on putting a set on my Abbottized '97 900 convertible next spring. I'll planning >on making the leap to 215/45/17's rather than going with the 205/55/16's which >are the closest available size to the stock 205/50/16 Pilot HX's. I've been >trying very hard to wear out the Pilots! > >The HX's are a fine touring tire, but not precise enough, and as you say, >horrendous in the rain. I've heard nothing but good things about the S02's. >However, you're the first person I've run across with a set on any Saab. I'm >very happy to hear your direct comparison to the HX, particularly the on bad >pavement. That's been a major concern about going to a +1 size. I'd be grateful >to hear any more detailed comparisons you might offer. > >Dan Tucker > > >Liam Boyle wrote: > >> >> >number one is certainly decent wheels and tyres! >> > >> When I got my 9000 Aero it had Michelin Pilot HX Sport's, Z rated on the >> 16" Super Aero wheel, they gave quite a bit of wheel spin getting out of >> junctions and were awful for understeer in the wet, especially when the >> road was partially wet. >> >> I switched to Bridgestone S02 Potenza Pole Position (what a fanciful >> name for tyre), but they were the same price as new HX's and have much >> more grip in the dry and are absolutely fabulous in the wet, especially >> when the rain is really heavy and at higher speed (90+ MPH). Also I find >> them to be noticeably quieter on good surfaces and no different on >> poorer surfaces. I am seriously impressed with way they handle uneven >> tarmac, far less shudder than the HX's when pressing on hard. >> >> I would recommend these tyres to anyone with a 9000 CSE/Aero with 16" >> wheels who drives in mixed dry/wet conditions, typical British weather. >> -- >> Liam Boyle > Kevin Reader, UK --------------------------------------------------------- Looking for where Microsoft "made it all make sense". PS: Still looking...

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