Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005 21:22:35 +0100
From: Pooh Bear <>
Subject: Re: slightly smaller wheels for a Saab 9-3?

Johannes wrote: > "Icarus Q. Anybody" wrote: > > > > I need new tires for my 1999 9-3 5-door coupe. I drive the car > > gently, but I like a sporty feel for exit ramps/sharp curves, etc. > > I'd like more low-end torque - the car feels a bit slow to get going > > (automatic transmission). Would it be a bad idea for me to switch > > from 195/60r15s to 195/55r15s as a way of getting a sportier ride with > > tires that are slightly easier to turn and lighter? This way I > > wouldn't have to go to larger wheels or upgrade my breaks. Should I > > be concerned that the smaller tires have a lower load rating (85) than > > the OEM tires (87)? > > > > I'm assuming that the smaller tires would only make things easier on > > the transmission and suspension - not throw it all out of whack. I'm > > also guessing that any decrease in gas milage while cruising at > > highway speeds (due to higher tire-rpms) would be offeset by having an > > easier time in stop-and-go traffic (I live in New York City). > > > > I am obsessing over nothing? I know the difference in total diameter > > is only about .75 inches (2cm). Or will I end up squealing all over > > the nighborhood and become know as the guy with the skimpy tires? > > > > TIA > > The closest match would be 205/50/16, then the diameter would only be > reduced by 0.36cm. (see tire calculator). But you will need 16" wheels. > However, this is the normal route if you want to fit lower profiles. > Yes, Saab wheels are expensive and non-original after market wheels > don't look the part for a Saab. However, you could look out for special > offers at Saab dealers, even part exchange your existing wheels. Ebay even maybe ? No idea where the OP lives but it's worth checking specialist dealers for 'one-off' deals for a set of special wheels too. Graham

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