[200q20v] Re: Oversteer

Edward J Kellock ekellock at juno.com
Thu Nov 30 22:43:39 EST 2000

BTDT on both sides of the equation.
My '91 Avant had 205's on it when I bought it.
It didn't seem to be an issue, but they were relatively
new and all four the same.  I ran them for over a year.
I then went to 225's which I liked, but on my 2nd trip
to Pikes Peak (AudiFest98) I noticed a definite decrease
in mpg.

My V8 had the stock size (215-60's) when I bought it
and I have gone to 225's since due to the dirth of tire
options in the stock size.  Hard to define what difference
was realized as a result since the V8 has quite different
power characteristics than the 20vt (i.e. torque).

Anyway, I still think 205's are being really taxed by 
4000 pounds of Audi.

Colorado Springs

On Thu, 30 Nov 2000 09:45:11 EST C1J1Miller at aol.com writes:
> In a message dated Thu, 30 Nov 2000  9:33:28 AM Eastern Standard 
> Time, Edward J Kellock <ekellock at juno.com> writes:
> << Glad to hear you seem to have solved the conundrum.
> I'm sure you're aware that your tires are one size smaller
> than recommended.  I speak from direct personal experience
> when I say, get a matching set of tires in the right size, as soon
> as is reasonable for you.  
> Ed
> Colorado Springs
>  >>
> The 205 width tires are typically what is used for winter rubber 
> (snow tires), as well as the stock size for the 200 quattro non-20v, 
> so they're not that bad.  You're sacrificing some ultimate grip in 
> cornering, while reducing unsprung weight and rolling resistance 
> slightly.
> Many people with 200q20vs go up a size to 225's; some of us push the 
> envelope with even wider rubber, but that's on larger diameter 
> rims...
> One issue is finding good performance rubber in the 215/60r15 size; 
> there's only a few options.  I recommend perusing the 
> www.tirerack.com site under tires for available options.  I've also 
> got a tire size comparison calculator on my site, that lets you find 
> a tire with similar rolling diameter to the stock size.
> Chris
> http://members.aol.com/c1j1miller/
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