Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 04:48:40 GMT
From: S London <srlondonnopsamail.com>
Subject: Re: Doubts about the 9-3's "nervousness"


In article <FO3O5.4674$%%1.285521nopsamsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net>, "Brian Greene" <Delinquent1nopsamdnet.att.net> wrote: > I have to agree with Steve on this issue. The most appealing aspect of a > 17" wheel is not comfort, it is not additional weight...it is the fact > that > the bigger the wheel, the more rubber touches the asphalt. As we all > know, > the more rubber that makes contact with the asphalt, the better the > handling. This is the main reason that Porsches come from the factory > with > 17" & 18" wheels with low profile tires. Ever seen a Viggen? Saab > installs > 17" wheels on Viggens for a reason. The more rubber on the asphalt means > less torque drive (torque drive definition: speed wobbles when you stomp > the > gas). Low profile tires are not only utilized because of the rigidity of > the sidewall but because there's not a whole lot of room in the Saab > wheel > well. The 9-3's wheel well was designed to fit a 15" wheel with a > standard > z rated tire. > > Brian > Perhaps this is an acadmeic point, but a 17" tire does not automatically have a greater amount of road contact than a 16" tire. It is more the width of the tires than the wheel diameter.

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