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Re: 17s on Michigan roads?
On Sat, 3 Aug 1996 AUDIDUDI@delphi.com wrote:
> > As a matter of fact, I had to admit to myself that the handling
> > difference between 215/45-17s and my 215/60-15s was barely noticable, and
> > definitely not worth the extra expense, but the appearance was incredible.
> Hmmm ... I found the difference between my old 215/55-15 Yokohama A008Gs on
> the OEM 6x15 wheels and the new 215/45-17 BFG Comp TAs on 8x17 wheels to be
> *VERY* noticeable. Night and day, in fact. Perhaps the extra inch on your
> 7x15 BBS wheels helps your 215/60s a lot?
Yes, the extra inch does help alot. I am not saying that there
was no difference between your 17s and my 15s, just that the difference
wasn't as big as I thought it might be. I've noticed the same thing on
my RX7. I have had everything from 70 series street tires and race tires
down to 6x20-13 slicks which would work out to 25 or 30 series probably.
I found it depended more on tire construction and make than aspect
ratio. I found that 185/60-13 A008RS tires on the RX7 were very crisp
handling despite their seemingly large aspect ratio.
> To be honest, I was kind of surprised you didn't drive it harder ... but it
> didn't seem too smart to encourage you to hammer on it, either. Maybe next
That's good to know for next time :-) I have full confidence in my
own driving, but often when driving someone else's car, I have to remind
myself that they may not have the same confidence in my driving that I
have. I try to be mindful of that.
> Again, I would disagree and that's based on my car with the OEM suspension
> still on it; stiffen the springs & shock damping and the difference should
> be even more noticeable.
That's very true. My car has a stiffened suspension, so it really
isn't an apples to apples comparison. When you get the suspension done,
it will be a very direct, precise car. Thanks for the drive, BTW - I
thoroughly enjoyed it. I still think that our 10 year old Audis handle
better than the '98 Cadillac that I drove on the Proving Grounds this week!
Graydon D. Stuckey '85 Mazda RX7 GS, no toys
firstname.lastname@example.org '86 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, has toys
Flint, Michigan USA '89 Thunderbird SC, lotsa toys