Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2000 01:21:36 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: Doubts about the 9-3's "nervousness"

On Sat, 04 Nov 2000 20:06:12 -0800, Johannes H Andersen <> wrote: > Very low profile >tires is a fashion statement at the moment, Agreed. 17" tires are not necessary for good handling - only for fashion. 17" wheels weigh more and increase unsprung weight - a really bad idea. The sidewall is too short for *any* pot hole protection. They ride hard. Check out a few race teams... if you find an 17" tires on a professional car I'll buy you lunch. 'nuff said. It sounds like they setup the tires with a very high air pressure. That would create the odd combination you found of "fast" handling and a bouncy "make me seasick" ride. You can make almost any car act like this simply by adding about 5lbs more air pressure than the manufacturer specifies. I have a pre 9-3 (late model 900) with 205/50/16's on it and the ride is silky smooth and comfortable. So, try a standard 9-3 with 16" tires. Bob

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