Vintage Saab Tire Sizes/Tire Info Needed - The Saab Link Forums

Go Back   The Saab Link Forums > Saab Vintage Forum > General 92, 93, 95, 96 & Sonett Posts and Information

General 92, 93, 95, 96 & Sonett Posts and Information Please post general and technical information pertaining to the Saab 92,93,95,96 & Sonett.

SaabLink.net is the premier Saab Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-09-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
Elder
 
BurnsSide42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 10,044
Vintage Saab Tire Sizes/Tire Info Needed

OK - time to get tires on the old 15" Steelies for Carlisle

Has on it now - 165R15 86T crap

Want to buy best bang for the $$ These rub on lock to lock as it is (parking) So I figure I can't go wider.

Looking at some overpriced tires from cooker for $105 each for Radials H rated plus $75 shipping

Found on tire rack some 165/80/15 87T Kumho Power Stars for $45 each.... (will they fit?)

Anyone got tips and suggestions - would like some Soccer Ball wheels if anyone has some 5 lugs

White walls are $156 each for Bias Ply....




My car -
__________________
Original TSL Founding Member
Check out
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
for your repair needs
BurnsSide42 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-09-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
Elder
 
viggenkid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: In the trenches taking grenades
Posts: 4,853
Send a message via AIM to viggenkid
175/65HR 15's

thats what we run on our soccerballs and Chromodora's
__________________
Quote:
So, in summary...who gives a flying fack.
viggenkid is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
Elder
 
PaulH's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Reading, PA
Posts: 5,805
Send a message via AIM to PaulH
check www.tires-easy.com they stock some peculiar sizes on there, might be able to get some cheap ones. I've got the soccerballs from my 99 still, but they're 4 lug. They do have some decentish Michelin XZX's on em if you want em, i think they might be 165's.

Paul
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PaulH is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-09-2009, 05:32 PM   #4
Elder
 
aireeca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In a bowl. Looking delicious.
Posts: 7,067
Send a message via Yahoo to aireeca
You might also try shooting a PM to either notchback (Jon) or Powar on where they get tires for their vintages.
aireeca is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 06:07 PM   #5
Elder
 
Moonracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Meyer Iowa
Posts: 2,451
the stock size for the VSAABs was 155/15 and they are impossable to find. A tire that I like to use is the spare tire out of the 91-92 TCS cars. The size is 175/70/15. With this size your speedometer will be just about dead on. As far as rubbing when turning, I wouldn't get too wigged out about it. They ALL will rub when turned to lock no matter what size tire you put on them.
Moonracer is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 06:09 PM   #6
Avid TSL User
 
73Sonett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 151
Ditto on the 175/65HR 15's. They are closest to original size.
__________________
"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it"
73Sonett is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 06:11 PM   #7
Elder
 
BurnsSide42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 10,044
Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by viggenkid View Post
175/65HR 15's

thats what we run on our soccerballs and Chromodora's
yeah - but on a stock steel rim and suspension on a 95/96 body would they rub in the front end? Like I said - the Metric 165/15 does already. Are the 165/80/15 the same height as a "metric" 165R15 I don't know tires without the height on there, is it default 80? If i can fit the 175/65/15 I could get a real tire like continental contiprocontact

Other wise I like the Federal SS-657 165/80 R15 87T CN Tire for $48 and I assue it'd fit as well as what I have now.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
check www.tires-easy.com they stock some peculiar sizes on there, might be able to get some cheap ones. I've got the soccerballs from my 99 still, but they're 4 lug. They do have some decentish Michelin XZX's on em if you want em, i think they might be 165's.

Paul
I might be interested in free cause it could buy me some time for other work and and axle swaps I want to do to fit 4 lug c900 wheels.... Good site too - I like the cheap selection!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 73Sonett View Post
Ditto on the 175/65HR 15's. They are closest to original size.
Original was 155R15
__________________
Original TSL Founding Member
Check out
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
for your repair needs
BurnsSide42 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 06:12 PM   #8
Elder
 
BurnsSide42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 10,044
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moonracer View Post
the stock size for the VSAABs was 155/15 and they are impossable to find. A tire that I like to use is the spare tire out of the 91-92 TCS cars. The size is 175/70/15. With this size your speedometer will be just about dead on. As far as rubbing when turning, I wouldn't get too wigged out about it. They ALL will rub when turned to lock no matter what size tire you put on them.
VALUABLE INFORMATION! Thanks

You think a 175/65 R15 84H would work?
__________________
Original TSL Founding Member
Check out
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
for your repair needs
BurnsSide42 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 06:30 PM   #9
Avid TSL User
 
73Sonett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 151
Quote:
Originally Posted by BurnsSide42 View Post

Original was 155R15
Well, yes. I meant closest to the original replacement size. Anyway, as to the rubbing, 165's shouldn't rub unless your springs are sagging. I know people running 185's that don't rub, but they also have new springs.
__________________
"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it"
73Sonett is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 06:30 PM   #10
Elder
 
Moonracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Meyer Iowa
Posts: 2,451
All you can do is try them. I've run 185/65/15's and 195/60/15's with no problems too. The speedo is pretty close with them too. The only problem with the 185/195 is the steering is very heavy during parking. Another hint, when you do get the tires mounted, play with your tire pressure, it makes a world of differance in the way the car rides especially on a wagon. I ran 28psi in the front on most of my cars to help soften the front end on rough roads and about 20psi in the rear to keep it from hopping on the same roads
Moonracer is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-09-2009, 06:32 PM   #11
Elder
 
Moonracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Meyer Iowa
Posts: 2,451
Quote:
Originally Posted by 73Sonett View Post
Well, yes. I meant closest to the original replacement size. Anyway, as to the rubbing, 165's shouldn't rub unless your springs are sagging. I know people running 185's that don't rub, but they also have new springs.


I think he's talking about them rubbing on the inside of the front fender well during locked turns. Every VSAAB I've owned has rubbed there. On Sonetts they will rub in the rear on the outside of the fenders if the rear springs are bad.
Moonracer is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-10-2009, 08:48 PM   #12
Flirting With TSL Addiction
 
Sedan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 800
Send a message via AIM to Sedan
First, let me say I am very jealous, Carolina Blue is one of my favorite Saab colors.

I'm assuming you have the 4 inch steel rims, you'd want the 165/R15 size, that's what I have on my 96 steelies. I have some no-name Korean "Signets" that I bought a few years ago, around $200 installed at a local shop. I know Kumho makes a tire in that size and might be better. The biggest problem with that size is sidewall flex, they are very tall.

If you go with soccerballs I would recommend 175/R15, same size as the base Mini Cooper. These are what I plan on getting for my soccerballs that I will hopefully get on there before Carlisle.

Can't wait to see your car!
__________________
'64 96/'72 96/'86 9000 Turbo/'89 900S/'01 9-5 Aero

The Saab enthusiast formerly known as Notchback.
Sedan is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-10-2009, 05:29 AM   #13
Elder
 
Moonracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Meyer Iowa
Posts: 2,451
What tires did you finally go with?
Moonracer is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-11-2009, 09:57 AM   #14
Elder
 
BurnsSide42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 10,044
I picked up a set of Soccer Ball wheels with all mounting hardware (OEM) and center caps with a set of used Cooper Sport 165/80/15 on them with about 6/32 tread left for $240





Makes the car look much nicer w/out those steelies.
__________________
Original TSL Founding Member
Check out
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
for your repair needs
BurnsSide42 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-16-2009, 03:19 PM   #15
Avid TSL User
 
andrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 223
Quote:
Originally Posted by 73Sonett View Post
Ditto on the 175/65HR 15's. They are closest to original size.
I finally put 175/65-15's on my soccerballs today. They're quite a bit smaller in diameter than the 165R15s that I was running prior, but now my speedometer is deal on. I ran into a cop running radar on my street right after mounting them on the car, and he offered to clock me going both ways. I kept it at a steady 30 on the speedo, and the gun had me at 29.
andrew is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-16-2009, 03:37 PM   #16
Elder
 
viggenkid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: In the trenches taking grenades
Posts: 4,853
Send a message via AIM to viggenkid
nice!

i want a build thread. kthnx.
__________________
Quote:
So, in summary...who gives a flying fack.
viggenkid is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-16-2009, 05:56 PM   #17
Avid TSL User
 
andrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 223
Soon.. I'm not going to be restoring the car just yet, but I've got some stuff in mind for this summer. I'll definitely be posting some details shortly.
andrew is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-26-2010, 02:08 AM   #18
Elder
 
BurnsSide42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 10,044
All sizes will rub lock to lock - no way to avoid, aside from not going full lock.

Factory size is stupid - 155/15

My soccer balls as seen have the same size MOST people tend to run, 165/80/15

When I replace them (when I decide to re-do the wheels next year maybe) I will be stepping up to the 175 series since it's a very common size in comparision to the other sizes. You can run 185 also mind you, and a 195 might have rub issues.

Price them out - see which you can find cheapest if that is all you are looking for, but the OEM size of 155 is silly small and will cost the most more then likely.
__________________
Original TSL Founding Member
Check out
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
for your repair needs
BurnsSide42 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-26-2010, 04:01 PM   #19
Avid TSL User
 
plasticfoodwrap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: media pa
Posts: 177
Quote:
Originally Posted by BurnsSide42 View Post
All sizes will rub lock to lock - no way to avoid, aside from not going full lock.

Factory size is stupid - 155/15

My soccer balls as seen have the same size MOST people tend to run, 165/80/15

When I replace them (when I decide to re-do the wheels next year maybe) I will be stepping up to the 175 series since it's a very common size in comparision to the other sizes. You can run 185 also mind you, and a 195 might have rub issues.

Price them out - see which you can find cheapest if that is all you are looking for, but the OEM size of 155 is silly small and will cost the most more then likely.
Are you talking about rubbing in the rear? Now I only have a 96 and run 185 65 on soccor balls, but I have never had a rubbing problem. The only problem I have with the bigger tires is taking the rear off tires takes a little wiggling to get the out from behind the fenders, besides that the make my car handle and ride better. My mufler did start banging against my trunk on hard right hand turns after the change but all I did to fix that is to make a hanger that pulled the mufler away from the trunk.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Plasticfoodwrap SE Pennsylvania Saab Club
Cars
72 Sonnet
72 96
90 miata
plasticfoodwrap is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2012, 10:32 AM   #20
SAABeginner
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3
Use of Sonett rims on your 96 will give more clearance. The extra width is all on the outside, so it displaces the tire about 1/4" outboard. I have early steel Sonett rims on my 67 96. (If anybody has any more they want to get rid of, I'd like..)

On a Sonett, you can raise the fender lip quite stealthily. I raised mine 1 1/2 inch, and you probably wouldn't notice unless it was parked beside a stocker.
hardhatz is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Saab Link 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:
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:
Vehicle Info.
Enter your vehicle information (year, model, mods)
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

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

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
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
All content is copyright The Saab Link and it's original authors.


 

Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.