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RE: A4Q tire oddities

That doesn't quite jive with my list of experiences: Saab 9000 (large
car, long wheelbase), Mazda 626 (smaller car, shorter wheelbase) and
Acura Legend (large car, tremendously long wheelbase) - they all are
skittish on, say (for the Seattleites), the Montlake Cut bridge, whereas
the 200 barely twitches.

peter, peterhe@microsoft.com, issaquah, wa, usa

>Original Message-----
From:        	Mike Miller (Volt Comp) (Exchange) 
Sent:         	Friday, August 02, 1996 2:32 PM
To:            	Peter Henriksen; griebel_ed@jpmorgan.com;
Subject:   	RE: A4Q tire oddities

My experience says that it is wheelbase size that causes that


From: 	Peter Henriksen
Sent: 	Friday, August 02, 1996 12:49 PM
To: 	'Edward E. Griebel Jr'; 'quattro'
Subject: 	RE: A4Q tire oddities

I have seen the same thing (extreme skittishness on grated bridges -
"solution" was to just not touch anything; no gas, no braking, no
steering corrections) with our 88 Saab, 94 Acura, 80 Mazda and other
vehicles on a variety of tires (in order: Dunlop D40 M2, XGTV4, generic
somethings), but the 91 200qw does nothing of the sort on Dunlop D40
M2s. I guess what I'm trying to say is that since I've seen it with FWD
and RWD both and with the Dunlops on FWD and AWD, I would say that it's
the AWD that makes the difference, but in your case that doesn't seem to
be it. Maybe better tires *and* quattro would cure it.
peter, peterhe@microsoft.com, issaquah, wa, usa

>Original Message-----
From:        	Edward E. Griebel Jr [SMTP:griebel_ed@jpmorgan.com]
Sent:         	Friday, August 02, 1996 7:23 AM
To:            	quattro
Subject:   	A4Q tire oddities


Weird thing with the stock Conti tires (sorry, can't be more 
specific than that, maybe someone else knows). As far as 
performance, they seem "fine", but I haven't had a chance to give 
them a good thrashing yet. 

However, whenever I get on grooved pavement or on "open bottom" 
metal bridges (called viaduct ?) the car is *extremely* 
skittish. It's very unsettled, and feels almost like it's jumping a 
couple of inches back and forth. Since I only notice this in situations 
above, I'm not worried. Has anybody else experienced this?

96 A4Q
89 Celica