Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 04:27:53 GMT
From: "Sheldon Rabin" <srabinnopsamdnet.att.net>
Subject: Re: 15 inch rims and question about ABS was-Re: Do I need new tires or snow tires


I use Yokohama Guardex 600's sized at 185/65/15 in sets of 4 with SAAB steel wheels (used on 9000's) on our '89 900 turbo, '91 900 spg and a '93 9000 aero! with no problems. ABS works as well as expected and then some. The Aero could probably use 195's but the snow traction on all cars is outstanding! The Ice slippage is close to zero, with hyroplaning nevel a problem. The high speed stability is however not too good! All this over a time interval of 34 seasons. SRABIN Robert Brown <rjbnopsamnet_nospam.se> wrote in message news:3891FB6B.CDDA58F8nopsamnet_nospam.se... > Hi, > Wonder why using steel rims would worsen ABS performance (or ruin the ABS). I > wouldn't mind hearing your tyre dealer's explanation for that one! Have _you_ > noticed any ABS failures when braking on ice? Our 9-3 is shod with steel rims > and 185/65 x 15 winter tyres and the ABS works well under all conditions. > > Over here (Sweden) a clear majority of winter tyres (both studded and unstudded) > are mounted on steel rims, even if the summer tyres on the same car would be on > alloy rims. Might have to do with the effects of salt and sand on alloy rims, or > the fact that winter road dirt is so gunky that the rims become hard to clean. > Could also be a cost issue - no point using flashy rims if the sun's up for only > 0 to 6 hours per day (late December) depending on where you live - no one will > see them anyway . . . > > Regards, > Robert > > Julie Wardell wrote: > > > when we got our blizzak's mounted on steel rims, the people who did it for > > us were a bit leary and tried very hard to persuade us NOT to do this on the > > basis that it would "do strange things with/ruin" our ABS. i have yet to > > see a real problem with the braking system, although i was wondering if > > anyone else did this and the problems encountered, if any. our winter set: > > 4 blizzaks on steel-15 inch. our other set: something or other on 16 inch. > > the car is a '91 9000 turbo. > > > > btw, Matt, i've been using the blizzarks for three seasons-winter only-and > > am quite pleased with them. particularly if you find a patch of ice under > > snow. > > > > Julie > > Matt Pokress <pmatt69nopsamail.com> wrote in message > > news:Pj4k4.13610$la6.531850nopsams01.ne.mediaone.net... > > > Thanks for the input. I ordered a set of 195/60R15 Bridgestone Blizzak > > > MZ-02s mounted on steel rims today. After I get them on the car I will > > > report on my experience. I was tempted to try the Saab Gislaved combo, > > but > > > it cost $200 more than the Bridgestones. I have a feeling the dealers are > > > doing quite well selling these. > > > > > > Matt > > > Matt Pokress <pmatt69nopsamail.com> wrote in message > > > news:aPNj4.13380$la6.519786nopsams01.ne.mediaone.net... > > > > I have a '96 900 SE with ~50K miles on the stock 205/50/16s. Now that > > it > > > is > > > > winter in Boston we are having some traction problems. My question is > > do > > > I > > > > really need winter tires, or will replacing the existing tires make a > > big > > > > enough difference. I live in a condo, so the extra set of wheels will > > be > > > > difficult to store, that is why I would like to try and avoid the spare > > > set. > > > > > > > > Matt Pokress > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

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