help! type44 squirrly on the road with front snow tires

B Vibert blur at
Fri Dec 13 23:09:08 EST 2002

Of course it will be squirrely, the tires are probably quite different
in construction so that one will lean more with a certain amount of
lateral force than the other one will. Makes for weird transitions,
coupled with the probably looseness of a typical type 44 suspension it
may be very noticeable.

Also, depending on the weather, one end will always have more grip
than the other, you'll be spinning out on turns in the snow and
understeering when it's drier.
While you can get by with only 2 snows, it's not a good idea.

Burl Vibert
1987 5kcstq
Kingston, Ontario

Dave C wrote:
> Jordan wrote...
> ".   rear tires are all season, just fronts are snow.  she says car handles
> "squirrely" sometimes."
> Chris,
> I think you already know the answer. but I can reinforce that it's a bad
> combination.  The rear will tend to lose traction with your set up.  The
> rear will kick out on curves and especially under braking on a curve...
> very unsafe.
> I have two fwd type 44's and first bought a set of four snows for the one
> that was being driven daily.  Later when both were being driven daily I
> decided to try snows only on front for both of them.  We learned quickly
> that it wasn't safe... very squirrely in slippery conditions.
> Dave C.
> Columbus, OH
> 89 200Q
> 89 100
> 87 5KTQ
> 87 5KS

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