Summer tires mess up handling

Phil Rose pjrose at
Sat Apr 21 19:05:50 EDT 2007

At 12:22 PM -0600 4/21/07, Ed Kellock wrote:
>Out of all the tires/wheels I have I only have 2 sets of 16's that will fit
>over the brakes, and even then I am measuring the clearance between wheel
>and brake caliper in thicknesses of paper, which does not make me very
That sounds very much like my wheel-clearance situation using the 
BIRA Sys 3 brake setup. I also use 16" wheels, which barely clear (by 
about 2 mm) and I must take care about placement of any glue-on wheel 
weights, lest they be gouged or even dislodged by the calipers. I 
avoided going to 17" wheels in the belief that the shallow(er) rubber 
wouldn't offer adequate protection against wheel damage from our 
pot-holed streets and rural roads. But last week (after 3 seasons of 
use)  I managed to find a pothole that did some wheel damage (both 
driver-side wheels!) as well as damaging both tires! Not a very deep 
pothole either. I think I wasn't going fast enough. ;-)


Phil Rose.....Rochester, NY USA
'06 A3q 3.2 V6 (6K, silver)
'91 200q	(160K, Lago blue)

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