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Re: Augered in my 5000s wagon!

At 09:36 AM 12/9/94 -0500,  John Greenstreet <jgreenst@motown.ge.com> wrote:

>Keep in mind that traction is still determined by the tyre-road contact
>patch, weight, type of tyre, etc.  Both ABS and quattro are still
>subject to the laws of physics.  So don't expect miracles.  Learn
>the limits of your vehicle and keep them in mind.
>John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
>Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
>WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

Tires are especially critical for making a comparison of stopping abilities 
with and without ABS.  In my 90Q, with very *poor* snow tires (Bridgestone 
RE71s  fantastic wet or dry, but terrible in snow), ABS was all but useless 
in certian situations - not because of ABS, but because  the tires had no 
grip in snow.  But, turn off ABS (Handy switch on dash!  :) ) , and the car 
snowplowed to a stop much better - in certian situations.  I *NEVER* ran 
with ABS off, only toyed with it....

Why did I use RE71s in the snow?   In VIrginia, where I lived at the time, 
it did not snow enough to warrant "real" snow tires, and the RE71s were 
fantastic the other 360 days of the year....Besides the 90Q, with 
differential locked, would go just about anywhere I wanted to, and far past 
where I needed to....