Stock Wheels Weight - SaabCentral Forums
*
Home Saab Pictures Saab Classifieds Saab Dealer Listings Saab Forum Saab Forum


Go Back   SaabCentral Forums > Saab 9-3 SportSedan, Cabrio ('04+), Combi & 9-3X, 2003-2012 > 9-3 Sedan, Cabrio ('04+)/Combi & 9-3X Performance Mods & Tuning - ALL ENGINES

9-3 Sedan, Cabrio ('04+)/Combi & 9-3X Performance Mods & Tuning - ALL ENGINES Covers GENERAL Tuning & Performance modifications that are *non-engine specific* in nature

SaabCentral.com is the premier Saab Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 3rd January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default Stock Wheels Weight

I am considering to have a go at the local F1 tracks to compare lap times with some of the road cars that go there.
For a start, I will not drive on my tires, so I need to get a set of tires for track day use. I will also need wheels for easy swap. My current wheels are 18, I think I better go with 17" for lower costs and maybe better performance.

I would like to know how much my current wheels weigh in order to be able to judge how beneficial would be to invest in low weight wheels such as OZ Alleggerita at 16.2 lb for the 17x8".

Also should I go with 245/45R17 or 225/45R17. My current are 225/45R18.




Thank you
__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners

Last edited by Fahad_H; 3rd January 2011 at 09:37 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 3rd January 2011
kanundrum's Avatar
kanundrum kanundrum is offline
Saab Lunatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2009                                                
Location: Laurel, MD
My Saabs: 2011 Saab 9-4x
Posts: 3,442
Default

Your Looking at about 24lbs give or take a few lbs. I recommend something light weight about 17lbs.
__________________
New Whip 2011 9-4x Aero XWD
My TurboX 02/08/2009 - 8/26/2012 RIP

3" Downpipe and Midpipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ3nPLrEeRk
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 3rd January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default

going from 24 to 17 per each wheel should be great. Any idea about weight differences in these tires of the same model 225/45 R18, 245/45R17, 225/45R17?

245/45 R17 would look good on the car, would it fit straight away?

I am thinking to use some kind of track day tires from Nitto.

Thank you
__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 3rd January 2011
kanundrum's Avatar
kanundrum kanundrum is offline
Saab Lunatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2009                                                
Location: Laurel, MD
My Saabs: 2011 Saab 9-4x
Posts: 3,442
Default

Tire weights are minimal I think but I am upgrading to 245 with a different wheel my self in the summer time. I am thinking something like OZ ultraleggera's with a 35 offset. That should fit a 245 Nice, its all about the offset.
__________________
New Whip 2011 9-4x Aero XWD
My TurboX 02/08/2009 - 8/26/2012 RIP

3" Downpipe and Midpipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ3nPLrEeRk
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 3rd January 2011
Silver0393's Avatar
Silver0393 Silver0393 is offline
Saab Crazy
 
Join Date: Jun 2009                                                
Location: Born In Atlanta, GA. Lives In Tupelo, MS
My Saabs: 2003 Saab 9-3 2.0t
Posts: 960
Default

The NT555's from Nitto are good performance tires you could even run a 235 and have solid grip/handling.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 4th January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default

this is the sizes recommended by Tire Rack for my car

Offset: 40mm
Bolt Pattern: 5-110
Rec. Tire Size:235/45-17

Should I go with 35mm and 245/45?

if my car has 225/45 R18 (25.97 in), I need at least 245/45 R17 (25.68 in) to maintain the height, I don't want the rim/tire package to look very small.


thanks
__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 4th January 2011
Silver0393's Avatar
Silver0393 Silver0393 is offline
Saab Crazy
 
Join Date: Jun 2009                                                
Location: Born In Atlanta, GA. Lives In Tupelo, MS
My Saabs: 2003 Saab 9-3 2.0t
Posts: 960
Default

I would go with the recommend tire size with an 8" wide wheel the widest you should go is 245, but 235 will insure you don't have rubbing isssues and as for weight is concerned I think 235 would be wide enough especially with a light weight wheel. I would hate to tell you that 245 is perfect, and then you end up with rubbing issues. I have 225/60/15's right now and I'm rubbing slightly on the drivers side. I think you get a 17" wheel with 235's on it and you will be set.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 4th January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default

The tire I am looking to buy has only 225/45R17, 235/40R17 245/45R17 for my application.

here is a comparison between my stock tires and the the sizes available.

advice please


__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9  
Old 4th January 2011
kanundrum's Avatar
kanundrum kanundrum is offline
Saab Lunatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2009                                                
Location: Laurel, MD
My Saabs: 2011 Saab 9-4x
Posts: 3,442
Default

I would stick with Tires that are 245/45/17 (you always want to go below a 3% difference because of the spedometer)

Make sure the Rim is a 17 x 8 Rim with a proper offset (35 to max 38)

You shouldn't have too much rubbing issues.
__________________
New Whip 2011 9-4x Aero XWD
My TurboX 02/08/2009 - 8/26/2012 RIP

3" Downpipe and Midpipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ3nPLrEeRk
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10  
Old 4th January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default

That's my choice too, I don't want to go with very small tires. The 235/45 would be ideal, but not available.

Would the 35 offset make the wheels stick out?

I am going to place the order early Feb.

Thanks
__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11  
Old 4th January 2011
jim808 jim808 is offline
Saab Crazy
 
Join Date: Jan 2010                                                
Location: Honolulu
My Saabs: 2007 9-3 Aero VTuned Stage 0
Posts: 575
Default

Don't know the exact weight of your rim but I'll give you an example of how much mine weigh. I took one off recently and weighed it. 17x7.5 inch 5 spoke aero rim with stock conti pro contact 2/32" was 44 pounds.

So the rim alone should be about 23-24 pounds.

This is a pretty good article to read.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...sted-tech_dept
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12  
Old 4th January 2011
kanundrum's Avatar
kanundrum kanundrum is offline
Saab Lunatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2009                                                
Location: Laurel, MD
My Saabs: 2011 Saab 9-4x
Posts: 3,442
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fahad_H View Post
That's my choice too, I don't want to go with very small tires. The 235/45 would be ideal, but not available.

Would the 35 offset make the wheels stick out?

I am going to place the order early Feb.

Thanks

I don't think they would stick out too much I would say best to talk to tirerack and see what they recommend
__________________
New Whip 2011 9-4x Aero XWD
My TurboX 02/08/2009 - 8/26/2012 RIP

3" Downpipe and Midpipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ3nPLrEeRk
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13  
Old 4th January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jim808 View Post
Don't know the exact weight of your rim but I'll give you an example of how much mine weigh. I took one off recently and weighed it. 17x7.5 inch 5 spoke aero rim with stock conti pro contact 2/32" was 44 pounds.

So the rim alone should be about 23-24 pounds.

This is a pretty good article to read.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...sted-tech_dept
I weighed my steel spare with tire today, it was 20kg. I really want to know my 18" weight. too bad the dealership don't have it in the parts store, otherwise I would love to go weigh it.

I need to know the difference between my current package and what I am planning to get. That article is very informative. Saving weight on the wheels is very important.

I decided to go with OZ Alleggerita HLT at 16.2lb each. For the tires, I will go with Nitto semi slick road course tires. I assume they are lighter than road tires, So maybe going with 245/45R17 will not be heavier than 225/45R18?

Quote:
Originally Posted by kanundrum View Post
I don't think they would stick out too much I would say best to talk to tirerack and see what they recommend
Cool, I went to take a look at my car, I think there is room in the fender well for wider wheels/tires.

thanks
__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14  
Old 4th January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default

Following the article about saving weight in wheels helps in acceleration, I replaced the wheels in my MX5 during the middle of the season to something like 2kg lighter per wheel while keeping the same sizes and tires. It helped a lot.

__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15  
Old 18th January 2011
ACC ACC is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003                                                
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 60
Default

You definitely want the widest tire possible, it will prove much more important than weight. I have 245/45/17's and they don't rub. Not sure if you can go wider. I would have if I knew they wouldn't rub.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #16  
Old 18th January 2011
Fahad_H's Avatar
Fahad_H Fahad_H is offline
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009                                                
Location: Saudi Arabia
My Saabs: 2008 9-3 V6
Posts: 59
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ACC View Post
You definitely want the widest tire possible, it will prove much more important than weight. I have 245/45/17's and they don't rub. Not sure if you can go wider. I would have if I knew they wouldn't rub.
245/45R17 seems like the way to go. Unfortunately my car is the one going.
__________________
2008 9-3 Aero 2.8T V6 Auto - HP Tuners
Building the car for track days and drag racing
Video: Before and After HP Tuners
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SaabCentral Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stock Seat Weight golfitup NG900 & OG9-3 Performance, Mods & Tuning 11 19th July 2010 05:08 PM
Stock Wheel Weight saabcog 9-5 Performance, Mods & Tuning 19 14th August 2008 01:10 PM
Stock Wheel Weight? saabcentric 9-3 Sedan, Cabrio ('04+)/Combi & 9-3X Performance Mods & Tuning - ALL ENGINES 2 21st September 2007 04:54 PM
Stock Weheel Weight... liketheword NG900 & OG9-3 Performance, Mods & Tuning 8 21st August 2006 04:18 PM
Stock Wheel Weight? JamaicanGanja 9-3 Sedan, Cabrio ('04+)/Combi & 9-3X Workshop 2 12th August 2005 01:46 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:26 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

top of page | sitemap | email us



copyright © 2003 - 2011 saabcentral.com, All rights reserved http://www.whiter.co.uk - valid xhtml - valid css
SaabCentral is an independently run website and is not affiliated in any way to Saab Automobile AB.


Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.