[200q20v] Oversteer in stock 91 200tq

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Wed Nov 29 11:18:06 EST 2000

At 9:19 PM -0500 11/28/00, Chris Covington wrote:
>I don't see how the model of tires matters one bit, so long as the
>diameter is the same.  I had different brands all together (Yoko and
>Goodyear) before I got my 16" rims and didn't have any oversteer
>problems...  I'd look beyond the tires

I disagree. If your assumption were true (although I don't doubt your
personal experience), then wouldn't it be an easy leap to also believe that
handling and grip are generally unaffected by tire choice? Things like
rubber compounding, tread design, depth and even tire age would cease to be
considerations. I doubt you'd think 225x up front and 195x in the rear
would leave oversteer tendency unaffected as long as the diameters are the
same. While that may seem an absurd stretch, the problem Derek describes is
in the wet, where traction is at a minimum and F/R tire differences will be

In any event, it's always best to first eliminate the "easy" potential
causes of a problem, and I'd imagine that testing with four identical tires
is probably much simpler than suspension rebushing, alignment, etc.


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