Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2005 03:09:09 GMT
From: "Dexter J" <>
Subject: Re: Another winter tire question...frost heaves

Salutations: Salutations: Please see my reply on your previous thread. Yes - putting the highest profile tire on you can fit will help greatly with the frost heaves and pot-holes (which are legend up here - north of Northern Maine). However, you should be aware that one of the important things about owning a sports sedan - is that you can and should do what you can to steer around the obstacles while remaining in your lane - and slow it on down. Because the very worst ones will be completely invisible until the last moment. That's why people from Vermont congenitally drive at 5mph under the speed limit at all times and their cars last well in excess of the manufacturer's 10 year agreed best before date. .. :) .. -- Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Santana - Lowrider all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in no sign up required - all the Time Dexter J's fab SAAB 900 for sale: On Sun, 6 Mar 2005 19:55:52 -0500, Tex <> wrote: > A couple weeks back, I had posted a question in regards to my 2004 9-3 > Aero's that they were obviously not meant for winter > driving. I > received many good recommendations for winter tires/rims. Thanks! > > However, one other less obvious requirement for winter driving > > that I hadn't really thought of until this weekend. ...Ability to handle > "frost heaves". "Frost heaves" are those nasty bumps in the pavement > due to > freezing/refreezing. I ran into many on my trip to northern Maine this > weekend. My guests and I nearly became nauseated while driving in the > car...feeling every little bump on my 17" rims/low profile P Zeros. > > If I were to get 16" rims with higher profile/winter tires would this > help > the car to better absorb those frost heaves? Or better yet, would moving > all the way down to 15" with all-season tires, absorb those bumps even > better (and still maintain good snow/ice driving ability)? > > I realize the Aero's springs are a bit tighter as well...I admit, I have > few > clues about the mechanics, is there a way to loosen up the springs (ok, > this > admittedly defeats the purpose of owning an Aero)? I'm not sure if this > is > something that is even adjustable. Is this going too far to resolve the > problem? > > - tex

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