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Hi guys, new to the OG game here, not new to Saab. I've had my 02 SE since January after moving on from my 06 ss. Love this one so much better. She's in need of a few things, like tires, suspension, and brakes, so I figured while I was in there I'd do the upgrading all at once. Did some research but can't find many definite answers. So here goes:

1. Anyone run a 225/50/16 size tire? I'd like a wider foot print but not a whole lot of extra tire. This being my daily/mobile detailing rig I don't want to bother with 17s. Just a slightly wider tire than the 205/55/16.

2. I had 1" spacers on my 06 with stock ride height and loved it. I'm purchasing the vogtland springs with my new shocks for this one though, and I feel a 1" spacer will probably rub front fender. What's everyone running on theirs? 15mm? The 1" converts to lug nuts which I also liked, but I can live with longer bolts. Anyone with a lowered car and spacers have any input?

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I don't care for spacers, but 225/50-16 should be fine. I run 225/45-17 on the Viggen and have plenty room.
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Instead go 215/55/16. Stock 9-5 size.
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I run 235/45/17 which is about 5mm taller than yours. Plenty of room.
225/45/17 would be closer to standard height but 235s are so common (inexpensive).
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I found some lady on FB marketplace selling 4 basically new Cooper tires for $10 a piece. They're 205/55/16. If she's still got them this afternoon I may just have to live with factory size for now because thats just too good to pass up lol
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Just FYI... worn and out of round cheap tires are no bargain on a Saab. The vibration will be trouble. If you buy them then get Road Force Balancing to compensate.
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I don't care for spacers, but 225/50-16 should be fine. I run 225/45-17 on the Viggen and have plenty room.

225/50-15 on stock 49mm offset rims will rub a hole in an NG900 fuel filler tube in a jiffy*. It needed a 10mm spacer to sort of clear. On a different OG9-3, I couldn't say.



*In an autocross. Then again, why put on 225 tires unless they're going to get used?
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Availability?
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225/50-15 on stock 49mm offset rims will rub a hole in an NG900 fuel filler tube in a jiffy*. It needed a 10mm spacer to sort of clear. On a different OG9-3, I couldn't say.

OG 9-3 doesn't have the fuel filler issue like the NG900.
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Just FYI... worn and out of round cheap tires are no bargain on a Saab. The vibration will be trouble. If you buy them then get Road Force Balancing to compensate.
I did a pretty thorough check on them. No bubbles and only slight wear on the tread. The old lady's husband passed and she was just clearing out his shed. The tires that came on the car when I got it are dry rotted and one of them just about came apart on me already. I was fortunate enough to catch it before it actually did while I was driving. So I've been running it on a used tire (my spare was flat) for a couple of weeks now. It'll be nice to have a matching set again. And at $10 a tire, its hard to pass up.
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