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Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 20:18:13 GMT
From: (Goran Larsson)
Subject: Re: 900 vs 9-3

In article <>, Daniel Tucker <> wrote: > True, but the only exceptions are the Viggen and the 9-5 Aero, which > cannot run 15" wheels due to their larger brakes. The Viggen and The Swedish Saab accessory for Y2000 has 22 light metal wheels. Of these Saab says: 8 of them fit 9-3 ONLY 6 of them fit 9-3 AND 9-5 7 of them fit 9-5 ONLY They don't list any reasons, but there are 16" wheels that will fit both 9-3 and 9-5, but also 15" wheels that only fit 9-5. Take the 15x6 three spoke for example, it is only for the 9-5 but the identical looking 15x6.6 three spoke is only for the 9-3. > My '97 convertible is currently running 205/50 Pirelli winters on the > 16x6.5 five spokes that came on my wife's '99 9-5 wagon, and her car That wheel is one of the wheels that Saab says fit both 9-3 and 9-5. You have to remember that Saab has to guarantee that the car/wheel combination will work with any tire that fits in all driving conditions without any rubbing or similar type of problems. It could also be related to suspension parts as happened with the 17x7 wheels Saab sold with the sport kit for M99. The cars were delivered with 16" wheels and the 17x7 were delivered later. The explanation I heard was that the 17x7 caused different forces in the suspension and one suspension part didn't survive a 0.5 m (1.5 feet) pothole. After strengthening the suspension part the 17x7 could be delivered. Similar problems may be the reason why some wheels is 9-5 only or 9-3 only. But that is only known to Saab... -- Göran Larsson hoh AT approve DOT se Senior Systems Analyst

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