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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:31 am 
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I have just purchased a 2006 9-3 Vector (1.8LTR Turbo) and its running on the original 15"wheels

I picked up a set of 17" Saab rims and there seems to be mixed opinions on tyre size choices - I do a mixture of rural and motorway driving - mostly rural so low profile - run flat type tyres work be best for me

It seems 215/45/17s or maybe 215/50/17s are best option - so I am split between both

Will I have any issues on either size

Any advice greatly appreciated thanks

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:47 am 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero 2001,1.9TID x 2
You should have no issues...which wheels did you buy ...9-3 wheels are mostly offset 41 and 9-5 wheels offset 49 more or less interchangeable on standard running gear.
I am currently running 225/50/17's but have used 225/40/18 and 215/55/16 etc...10mm narrower tyre at 215mm wont change anything much.
Not a fan of run flats due to inflated(no pun intended) cost and the fact if you do have a puncture they arent repairable.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:31 am 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero est. 9-3 Carlsson
The standard tyre for the 17 inch wheel is 225/45 17 94W XL. Saab specify the extra load version in that size.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:08 pm 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero 2001,1.9TID x 2
From the WIS
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A lot of folk choose XL tyres but to get the benefits and equivalent loads to standard tyres they should be run at approx 10% higher pressures...Saab didnt specify a higher pressure so they effectively run at a lower load capacity versus the standard tyre.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:46 pm 
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cjapeterborough wrote:
You should have no issues...which wheels did you buy ...9-3 wheels are mostly offset 41 and 9-5 wheels offset 49 more or less interchangeable on standard running gear.
I am currently running 225/50/17's but have used 225/40/18 and 215/55/16 etc...10mm narrower tyre at 215mm wont change anything much.
Not a fan of run flats due to inflated(no pun intended) cost and the fact if you do have a puncture they arent repairable.


Thanks for your reply - I think the rims I got were from a 9-5 ... and it seems the 225/45/17 is the most popular and should be ok for more backroad rural driving

I will try and put up an image on the thread -

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:52 pm 
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cjapeterborough wrote:
You should have no issues...which wheels did you buy ...9-3 wheels are mostly offset 41 and 9-5 wheels offset 49 more or less interchangeable on standard running gear.
I am currently running 225/50/17's but have used 225/40/18 and 215/55/16 etc...10mm narrower tyre at 215mm wont change anything much.
Not a fan of run flats due to inflated(no pun intended) cost and the fact if you do have a puncture they arent repairable.


I need to get the rims cleaned up - they will do me and no buckles

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:06 pm 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero est. 9-3 Carlsson
The 9-5 wheels sit about 8mm further in towards the centre of the car, so the track is narrowed and there is a risk of the tyres hitting the wheel arch liners on full lock.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:19 pm 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero 2001,1.9TID x 2
I swap them around 9-3/9-5 all the time and never had an issue..I can only see it being significant if the suspension has been altered ie lowered etc.
It also makes it less likely to curb the wheels which is a good thing when the missus uses the car!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:55 pm 
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cjapeterborough wrote:
I swap them around 9-3/9-5 all the time and never had an issue..I can only see it being significant if the suspension has been altered ie lowered etc.
It also makes it less likely to curb the wheels which is a good thing when the missus uses the car!

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Thanks for your reply and assistance - the car is stock and no mods at all, so hopefully the 17s will fit using 225/45/17 tyres without hitting bodywork or suspension parts.

I also need to get a a spare key for it - any idea what the best way to top about this, I've read some information on here and it seems there are a few ways to get a spare key sorted without costing an arm and a leg

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:24 pm 
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Car Model: 9-5 Aero 2001,1.9TID x 2
Maybe start another thread but the only safe option is to purchase a new oem key 12783781 and have it paired to the car with Tech2.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAAB-9-3-200 ... 0507.m3226
Beware the cheap 433mhz chinese keys they cant be programmed with Tech2 but allegedly can be used to clone with the appropriate computer kit.
Old keys can be reprogrammed with Tech2 if the main rfid chip is replaced ..termed virginising...but the saving would be small compared to buying a new one.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unlocking-Se ... 1990632356
For a hard key you can either get a key cut to your VIN or buy a blank (ebay) and have someone with a laser cutting machine copy it.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:49 pm 
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cjapeterborough wrote:
Maybe start another thread but the only safe option is to purchase a new oem key 12783781 and have it paired to the car with Tech2.
eg
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAAB-9-3-200 ... 0507.m3226
Beware the cheap 433mhz chinese keys they cant be programmed with Tech2 but allegedly can be used to clone with the appropriate computer kit.
Old keys can be reprogrammed with Tech2 if the main rfid chip is replaced ..termed virginising...but the saving would be small compared to buying a new one.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unlocking-Se ... 1990632356
For a hard key you can either get a key cut to your VIN or buy a blank (ebay) and have someone with a laser cutting machine copy it.


Thank you for that information about the key - I will buy that genuine Saab key -not Chinese copy and I can get a colleague how uses Tech2 to program - my colleagues first question was -make sure its not a Chinese copy ..

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:21 pm 
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Car Model: 2003 Saab 9-3 1.8t Vector
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Cheap for quality tyres and stick to the road wet or dry. I know this because I drove 46k miles in 18 months rural and motorway.
If you know a friendly tyre fitter, Camskill had them at best price recently.


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