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Old 19th November 2009
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I have a 1996 vert and I need to put new tires on it. I have always put the size the manual suggests. However, this size is pretty pricey and I am wondering what size can I get away with since the car has over 230,000 miles as my daily driver.
The manual suggests 205 50 16 low profile high performance. OK so can I go with a 205 55 16?
Any knowledge would be appreciated. Thanks Joel
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Well if you want to go with a mushier tire, that should not be a problem, that's not much diffrence. 6.5" wide wheels ?
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Sure. Power loss should be minimal. They probably won't turn in as quickly as the 50 series tires.
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Yeah, a bit. But they should fit fine though for relaxed driving, and you'll have ever so slightly taller gearing. I have not owned a previous gen SAAB so I can't guarantee anything. Just make sure to run your hand around your current tire and make sure it's not too tight a squeeze, espescially around the top of the front tires at the struts.
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The 9-3 switched to 205/55R16 tires partway through its life, so that size shouldn't cause any problems on a 900.
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OK I think I will go with the 205 55 16 since they are $55 cheaper.
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Definitely go with 205/55's as the original Viking wheels are so easily bent, the 55 should be easier on them...
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You can go to the 1010tires.com Tire Size Calculator and see at a glance exactly which tires are a good match for you; you type in your stock size and the alternate size you're considering, and it will report back differences in rolling diameter and expected speedometer variability, etc. It's a nice little tool!
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