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Re: 1970 Ford Maverick Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:13:32
In Reply to: Re: 1970 Ford Maverick, No Snaab, Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:07:15 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
from the responses here, I suspect the differences I'm noticing with the 9-5 are primarily due to the increased weight and wider tires... 205's on a c900 are wide (and one starts to think about axle adjustments etc to avoid fender rubbing), whereas 205's on a 9-5 are narrow... the weight difference is significant - 3500lbs vs 2800lbs!
anti-lock brakes really just prevent lock up + thereby allow greater steering control (than locked up brakes - of course one would normally threshold brake, yielding the same result as ABS anyway)... locked up brakes actually stop faster in some circumstances (eg loose snow) and I like having that option... I do have 2 virtually identical c900s: a 1989 (no abs) and a 1993 (abs)... I haven't done a quantitative study, but qualitatively, the 1989 seems to stop a bit faster. That said, the only time I drove the 2 back to back in 1 winter, they were using different tires and the 1989's were studded... that said, the 1989 has the same hakkas on it now that the 1993 had on before (when the tires were newer), and the 1989 seems to stop better on ice. Even with older worn out winters (last year), the 1989 stopped pretty well on ice (I'd say a hair better than the 1993 with abs + new hakkas, and certainly better than the 9-5 with either HakkaR's or Michelin PA3's). Unfortunately, this is only perception over various conditions with a time gap in between, none of which is very useful scientifically! The 1993 body is in good enough shape that now I take it off the road over the winter... so back to back testing (with actual measurements) is not likely to happen here... sorry!
maybe there is a way to disable abs for testing purposes... hmmm... I'm not sure I was actually able to accelerate the 9-5 faster without tcs, at least around corners... I got a lot more wheel spin than in the c900 and it was much harder to keep from ending up sideways - this may simply be driver training - I haven't driven the 9-5 much at all in snow without tcs and otoh I have tons of experience in the 1989 (I have no choice but!)... I probably should drive the 9-5 without tcs a bit more before commenting!
I will say though, that 1989 is a blast in snow, and it was even more fun back when it had studded hakkas on it! cornering at speed uphill on glare ice like it was dry! albeit really noisy and squirmy on bare pavement...
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