Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 14:23:50 GMT
From: "Bill Jackson" <>
Subject: Re: 9-5 tires

I'm approaching this from a "get more rubber against the road" standpoint, and wanted a wider set of tires on the car. Sure I could jump up to a 17" tire (like the Aero has) which I'd love to do but I'm not too interested in buying wheels AND tires. So, wider tires is the next best thing. But I do agree with you that this trick will NOT change the height of the sidewalls. "Retro Bob" <> wrote in message news:4hbpp0puf5nofnn6ci61ji71hc0lf23413nospamcom... > On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 00:38:15 GMT, "Bill Jackson" > <> wrote: > >>My 215/55-16 summer tires are worn out. Put the snows on yesterday. >> >>When I get new tires, I'm thinking "bigger" >> >>235/50 is essentially the same outer diameter as 215/55, 245/45 is a >>little >>bit smaller, but not much. The 245 is about an inch wider though. >> >>1: will they fit on the stock Saab alloy's that came with the 9-5? I >>assume >>they will, even though they're an inch wider. >> >>2: will they rub on something? > > I think you are thinking the wrong way about this. Unless you just > want to look kueler, you should approach this from a handling/ride > perspective. That is, you can generally increase handling by going to > a shorter sidewall tire. You can increase ride quality by going to > a taller sidewall tire. Generally that requires changing wheels to > do either correctly, but there is a little leeway. > > What are your goals ? >

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