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I'm starting a matrix of wheels... any help is welcomed...
LOTS of technical information at the bottom of this page!
Early (V4, 99, 900)
95/96/97 Soccerballs
99 Inca
Manhole
Silver Star
900 SPG/Aero
9000 15 Spoke A
Cross Spoke
 
Diamond Spoke
Super Inca!
99 Soccerball
Silver Spoke
Ronal Silver Vane
GB Wheels for 99 / early 900
Late (900, 9000)
9000 3-spoke
Short 15 spoke a
Short 15 Spoke b
Short 15 Spoke c
3-spoke directional
9000 8 spoke
9000 5-spoke a
 
9000 5-spoke b
9000 super spoke
9000 16" Aero!
Super Aero
3 Spoke Exposed
New 9000 Cross Spoke
NG900 / GM900 5 Lug! =>>>
NG Long Spoke
NG 15 Spoke
NG Viking Aero
NG Tri Spoke
SAAB vs. TRX
Odd bits and pieces

The Primax wheels from my 9000 are sold, sorry!

Name/Description
Image
Specs
Works With
SAAB 99 Inca - Standard 99 Turbo wheel - very light, but also very soft. Factory installed on 99 Turbos from 1978 & 900 Turbo 3 doors 1979 & 1980
99 Inca

1979>1980
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 22343
Hubcap # 22483
Hubcap # 89 85 483
Lugnut # 11973
Lugnut # 02 05 021
Weight: ~15.5 lbs

1969>1984 99
1978>1987 900

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SAAB 900 US Turbo Wheel - otherwise known as the "24 spoker" or "manhole cover." First Saab wheel with conical seat lugnuts [excluding the TRX, of course!]. Factory installed on 1982-1984 900 Turbo & 1982-1986 900S. Factory installed on 1982-1984 900 Turbo & 1982-1986 900S.

1982>1987
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 89 45 909 OR
SAAB # 00 24 489
Hubcap # 89 85 483
Lugnut # 89 47 277
Plug # 89 47 780
Spring Ring # 89 38 458
Weight: ~18 lbs

1978>1987 900
1969>1984 99 (with hub modifications to wheel*)

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SAAB 900 Silver Star Wheel - Rare in the US
Silver Star

198?>198?
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # ?
Hubcap # ?
Lugnut # 89 47 277
Plug # 89 47 780
Weight: ? lbs

1978>1987 900
1969>1984 99 (with hub modifications to wheel*)

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SAAB 900 SPG/Aero Wheel - My favorite, I have these on my 1994 C900CV. These came stock on the SPG or Aero 900's.
Came in Silver, Grey or Pearl

900 SPG/Aero

1985>1987
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 89 85 970 - Grey
SAAB # 91 00 579 - Silver
SAAB # 91 00 660 - Pearl
Hubcap # 89 87 620 - Grey
Hubcap # 89 85 996 - Silver
Hubcap # 89 88 677 - Pearl
Lugnut # 89 47 277
Plug # 89 47 780
Weight: ~19 lbs

1988>
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 91 03 219
Hubcap # 02 81 535
Bolt # 89 65 907
Weight: ~19 lbs

1978>1987 900 [nut style]
1988>1993-1/2 900 [bolt style]
1969>1984 99 (with hub modifications to wheel*)

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SAAB "Sunburst" 15-spoke wheels - standard on most early 9000's. There are two 5.5 varieties. One for -87 99/900 and one for 88- 900. [Thanks to Larry West for update]. First offered in 1985.


According to Eirik O. SkjŠveland, in Norway, these are called "Turbo85" wheels. Thanks, Eirik!

9000 15 Spoke A

<1987
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 91 00 587
Hubcap # 02 81 535
Lugnut # 89 47 277
Plug # 89 47 780
Weight: ~18 lbs

1988>
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 91 03 524
Hubcap # 89 87 620 - Grey
Hubcap # 02 81 53
5 - ?
Bolt # 89 65 907
Weight: ~18 lbs

15"x6", 4-hole
1986>1990
SAAB # 89 65 212
SAAB # 89 58 910
Hubcap # 02 81 535
Hubcap # 89 87 620
Weight: ~ ? lbs

For 15"x5.5:
1978>1987 900 [nut style]
1988>1993-1/2 900 [bolt style]
1969>1984 99 (with hub modifications to wheel*)

For 15"x6:
1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "Cross Spoke" Wheels - came on various early 9000 models, especially the CD. A special version with a Griffin Head hubcap came on the Griffin Edition.

The 16"x6.5" version had a polished rim in 1990.

Cross Spoke

Cross Spoke

15"x6", 4-hole
SAAB # 40 02 408
Hubcap #41 99 360
Hubcap # 89 69 545 - Griffin Cap # ?
Weight: ~? lbs

16"x 6.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 02 49 607
Hubcap # 02 70 900

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "Diamond Spoke" Wheels - came on various early 90's 9000 models.

Diamond Spoke

Diamond Spoke
5"x6.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 89 70 980
SAAB # 88 83 874
Hubcap # 89 87 620

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "Super Inca" - the 5.5" was "nut style" and the 6" "bolt style" - some people love these, but most folks hate them. I had them on my 1984 900t and I thought they looked fine. The EPC lists these as "Sports Package" Wheels for MY 1990.

Super Inca!

15"x5.5", 4-hole, nut style
SAAB # 91 03 870
                105 122 600
SAAB # 91 02 484
                105 121 701
Hubcap # 91 02 492
                  105 121 305
Hubcap # 89 87 620
                  105 123 400

15"x6", 4-hole, bolt style
SAAB # 02 81 691?
SAAB # 105-121-909
SAAB # 105-122-204
Hubcap # 105-121-404
                  (locking)

nut style...
1978>1987 900
1969>1984 99 (with hub modifications to wheel*)

bolt style...
1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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Goes Nowhere...

SAAB 99 & 900 EMS Soccerball - Standard EMS wheel - Very strong. Looks like the Sonett wheel, but is 4-hole. Since it's narrow, it's good for ice racing or snow tires for your 900. Factory installed on 99 EMS & 900 EMS up to 1980. There is also a GLE variant that has gold paint instead of black. Factory installed on 99 GLE & 900 GLE up to 1980.




15"x5", 4-hole

SAAB # 22319 - Black
SAAB # 17772 - Gold
Bolt/Cap # 16170

 

 

1969>1984 99
1978>1987 900

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99 Soccerball

And let's not forget the 5-lug soccerballs for the 95, 96 and 97 (Sonett)! 5" in width was a big step up from the 4.5" width of the steel wheels...

Generally, the Sonett had the inner honeycomb painted black, and the 95/96's were a solid color. Many exceptions.

These take a special bolt/washer combo.

95, 96, 97 (Sonett) Soccerball 95, 96, 97 (Sonett) Soccerball 95, 96, 97 (Sonett) Soccerball 95, 96, 97 (Sonett) Soccerball

15"x5", 5-hole

SAAB # ?
Cap (blue) # ?
Cap (black) # ?

1956>1974 93, 95, 96, 97 [Sonett]

SAAB 99 Minilite 8 Spoke. Looking for some better pix! Came in Silver and Yellow [S&R Catalog option]

Thanks to Larry West for the part numbers and to James Fox for the S&R info

15"x5.5", 4-hole
15"x6", 4-hole

SAAB # 22376 [came with centercap]
SAAB # 00 22 044
Hubcap # 00 23 069
Lugnut # 11973

1969>1984 99 1978>1987 900 [nut style]

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SAAB Ronal Silverspoke Sport Wheel - See the SilverVane below


Ronal Logo

Silver Spoke

15"x5.5", 4-hole
15"x6", 4-hole

SAAB # 00 24 380

1969>1984 99 1978>1987 900 [nut style]

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SAAB SilverVane by Ronal Logo - Mike White's favorite wheel!

I *think* there were three other styles [other than the Silverspoke]:

"Silvervane Shelby Sport Wheel" 02 05 393 - Silver with machined lip
"Goldvane Shelby Sport Wheel" 02 05 401 - Gold with machined lip
"? Shelby Sport Wheel" - Black with machined lip

The Catalog calls the Shelby's "Metalux"

And, yes, there is a 9000 version! Note the wider lip. These would be KILLER on a 900! Thanks to David Cornwall for the pics

Ronal Silver Vane
SAAB Ronal 8-spoke
 SAAB Ronal 8-spoke
SAAB Ronal 8-spoke

15"x5.5", 4-hole
15"x6", 4-hole

SAAB # 02 05 393 - Silvervane
SAAB # 02 05 401- Goldvane
SAAB # ? -Black

"9000" version
SAAB# 105122709
Size: 6Jx15H2ET33

Weight: ~15 lbs

1969>1984 99 1978>1987 900 [nut style]

 

 

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB 9000 3-spoke wheel. Kind of like an SPG wheel on steroids. Also known as the "soft spoke".

Thanks to Nik Batruch for the new pix.
Thanks to Stephen Lewis for the pix with the wheels on a Cabrio/Vert!!!

9000 3-spoke 9000 3-spoke 9000 3-spoke
Click for full size

Stephen Lewis Cabrio

15"x6.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 45 45 687
Centercap # 89 87 620
Centercap # 44 25 476

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "short spoke" or "round spoke" 15 spoke wheels - came on various early 90's 900's. Original wheels on WSAABI!

Short 15 spoke

Short 15 spoke

1992>1993/94 CV
15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 40 04 594

SAAB # 40 04 602

Hubcap # 44 25 476
Hubcap # 41 04 287

Bolt # 89 65 907

15"x6", 4-hole

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "short spoke" or "square spoke" 15 spoke wheel - mostly seen on 9000's, but available for the 900 [shown here]

Short 15 Spoke 5.5"

15"x5.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 40 02 382

Hubcap # 44 25 476
SAAB # 46 48 036

Hubcap # 89 87 620

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "short spoke" or "square spoke" 15 spoke wheel - mostly seen on 9000's [shown here], but available for the 900.

Short 15 Spoke - 6"

1991>1994
15"x6", 4-hole
SAAB # 40 02 390
Hubcap # 89 87 620

Hubcap # 44 25 476

Hubcap # 02 81 535

1995>1998
15"x6", 4-hole
SAAB # 02 48 864
Hubcap # 44 25 476

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB Directionals from the early 1990's - Gray was stock with Silver reserved for the 900 Turbos of the same years [including the 1994T Convertible]. Personally, I think they're hideous.

According to Eirik O. Skjæveland, in Norway, these are called "Aero92"
wheels. Thanks, Eirik!

3-spoke directional
900 directional - left 900 directional - right

1992 - Turbo
15"x5.5" Silver
SAAB #s
40 04 750 (LH)
40 04 743 (RH)
Hubcap # 44 25 476

1993/1994 CV
15"x5.5" Gray
SAAB #s
44 24 651 (LH)
44 24 644 (RH)
Hubcap # 44 25 450

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB Directionals from the early 1990's - Stock on the 1992/95 9000 CS. I couldn't wait to take them off our 1993 9000CS - but the new owner thought they were great!

3-spoke directional 2
1993>1995
15"x6.5", 4-hole
SAAB #'s
40 04 735 (LH)
40 04 727 (RH)
Hubcap # 44 25 476
Griffen Hubcap-1998
          # 45 66 311

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB 9000 8-spoke wheel. A nice, strong option, reminiscent of the old Ronal and Minilites.

9000 8 Spoke

15"x6", 4-hole
SAAB # 46 47 475
Centercap # 46 48 424
Centercap # 45 66 311 - Griffins

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB 9000 "smooth spoke" 5-spoke wheel. Available starting in 1994. Very fat rim, for very fat tires! May have some fit problems on a 900.

9000 5 spoke a
15"x7", 4-hole
SAAB # 86 77 395
Centercap # 86 77 403

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB 9000 "square spoke" 5-spoke wheel. Available starting in 1994

Thanks to Robert Lomitola for some updated info.

9000 5 spoke b

15"x6.5", 4-hole

Center cap #02 44 673

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB 9000 "directional star" or "super spoke" 5-spoke wheel. Not sure if this was ever sold in the US.
9000 super spoke
15"x7", 4-hole

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB 9000 "Aero" - came with a couple of different grays, lip was polished. Highly desired wheel because it's 16".

9000 Aero

1986>1993 "Aero"
16"x6.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 89 67 036
Hubcap # 89 73 018

1996>1997 CS/CSE
16"x6.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 45 45 687
Hubcap # 44 25 476

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB 9000 "Super Aero" - same style was available in both the 5-hole [900NG] and the 4-hole [9000] styles.
9000 Super Aero

1994>1998
16"x6.5", 4-hole
SAAB # 44 25 310
1998 CSE
SAAB # 44 25 310
Hubcap # 44 25 476
Weight: ~24 lbs

1996>1998
15"x6", 4-hole
SAAB # 45 45 687
Hubcap # 44 25 476

16"x6.5", 5-hole

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000
1994>1998 NG 900
1999>? 9^3/9^5 ?

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SAAB 9000 "Super Aero" with exposed lugnuts. Came in 15" and 16". Same design as the 15x6.5 5-lug NG wheel

Thanks to Mark Winchester & Gary Coe for the pix.

3 Spoke Exposed 4838751
Gary Coe's 1997 Anniversary

1997>1998 9000
15"x6", 4-hole
SAAB # 48 38 751
Centercap # 46 48 424
Centercap # 45 66 311 - "Griffin"

1997>1998 9000
16"x6/5", 4-hole
SAAB # ?


1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "Cross Spoke" Wheels - came on late 9000 models, especially the CD. A special version with a Griffin Head hubcap came on the Griffin Edition. Similar, but not quite the same as the original Cross Spoke. Silver-painted light-alloy with clear coat. Center cap and special tool required to remove center cap, both sold separately.

15"x7", 4-hole
SAAB # 02-51-157
Centercap # 02-51-124
Tool # 02-51-140

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB "Thin Spoke" Wheels - came on the '94 9000 CDE - 14 spokes!

Alternate photo:

SAAB 9000 14 spoke wheel

SAAB 9000 14 spoke wheel

15"x6." 4-hole, 14-spoke
SAAB # 44-26-854
Centercap # NONE

1988>1993-1/2 900
1986>1998 9000

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SAAB NG/GM 900 "long spoke" - stock wheel on the early base NG 900's
NG Long spoke

15"x6", 5-hole

SAAB # 42-41-642
Centercap # 44-25-476
Spring Ring # 89-87-802
Bolt # 43-98-277 ('94-'97)
Bolt # 49-08-067 ('98)

1994>1998 NG 900
1999>? 9^3/9^5 ?

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SAAB NG/GM 900 15-spoke - stock rim on the '94-96 SE (turbo) models.
NG 900 15 Spoke

15"x6", 5-hole

SAAB # 42-40-859
Centercap # 44-25-476
Bolt # 43-98-277 ('94-'97)
Bolt # 49-08-067 ('98)

1994>1998 NG 900
1999>2001 9^3/9^5 - except Aero models

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SAAB NG/GM 900 "long spoke" or "Viking"- stock wheel on the NG 900SET's - wheel change in 1997 - uses the new smaller, standard centercap.

According to Eirik O. SkjŠveland, in Norway, these are called "VikingAero" wheels. Thanks, Eirik!

NG Viking Aero

16"x6.5", 5-hole

94>96
SAAB # 42-41-667
Centercap # 41-99-980
Spring Ring # 89-87-802
Bolt # 43-98-277 ('94-'97)
Bolt # 49-08-067 ('98)

97>98
SAAB # 46-48-028
Centercap # 45-66-311
Bolt # 43-98-277 ('94-'97)
Bolt # 49-08-067 ('98)

1994>1998 NG 900
1999>2001 9^3/9^5 - except Aero models

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SAAB NG/GM 900 "tri spoke" - 15" on the 1997 900, 16" on the 9^5
NG 900 Tri-Spoke

15"x6.5", 5-hole

SAAB # 45-66-048
Centercap # 45-66-311
Bolt # 43-98-277 ('94-'97)
Bolt # 49-08-067 ('98)

1994>1998 NG 900
1999>2001 9^3/9^5 - except Aero models

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SAAB 9^5 "tri spoke" - looks like the 15" on the NG/GM 900. Standard on 1998-2000 Models. In 2001, the centercap changed from the "SAAB/Scania" design to the plain "SAAB" roundel.
9-5 Tri-Spoke

16"x6.5", 5-hole

SAAB # 45-66-055
Centercap # 400-106-522 ('98-2000)
Centercap # 45-66-31 ('98-2000)
Centercap # 400-129-748 (2001)
Centercap # 52-36-294 (2001)
Bolt # 49-08-067

1994>1998 NG 900
1999>2001 9^3/9^5 - except Aero models

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Note on Wheel Modifications - these *only* need to be done on early Soccerball/EMS wheels to fit mid 1978 & later 99s & 900s. All other wheels will bolt up to any 99 & 900. Centering may be an issue with some, and the center caps (see next item) - 900 alloy wheels after the Inca to 1987 may not properly fit the front of the 99 & 900 up through 1980 (possibly later on the 99). The wheel bolts up fine, however, the nut that holds the hub and CV together may protrude far enough to prevent mounting of the center cap. The only solution is to convert to 1981 or later 900 front spindles (hub, steering knuckle, wheel bearing, CV). Rear axle fit is fine. [Again, Thanks to Larry West!]

Note on Nuts and Bolts: Different nuts & bolts may be required for older wheels. Incas, Soccerballs, TRX & Shelby wheels use a flat-seat (shouldered) nut. All later Alloy wheels for the C900 use conical-seat nuts. The proper nuts must be used with the wheels. Also, there were, for a time, two different bolts for the later wheels. The short bolts for the steel wheels must not be used with Alloys. Long bolts can be used on either steel or alloy wheels.

Pre-1988, SAAB used lugs and nuts for the 900/99 with a lug pattern 4x114.3mm, or 4x4.5", 71mm centerbore
The 9000 always used a bolt system with a lug pattern of 4x108mm, or 4x4.25"
Post-1987 [1988 model year], the 900 used the 9000 hubs/brakes with bolts
NG900, 9^3, 9^5 are all 5x110mm

9000 wheels will bolt right up to a post-1987 900 - the clearance is correct as well. That fact, combined with the better brakes, is why many people put 1988+ hubs on their early 900's.

[Again, Thanks to Larry West!]

Note on Insertion Depth (ET): ET = Einpre▀tiefe or "Insertion Depth" in German - SAAB decreased the offset as the rim got wider in order to maintain the same backset, as in this quick chart:

Width
Offset
ET#
Notes
5.0" 45mm ET45 Early 99 rims
5.5" 40mm ET40 Stock 99/900 rims
6" 33mm ET33 Stock 9000 rims
6.5" 27mm ET27 6.5Jx16 Aero and Super-Aero Rims
Ronal USA Logo

A great source for SAAB wheels is Ronal - www.ronalusa.com . Ronal made many of the original SAAB wheels and still makes compatible ones for Classic SAABs as well as for NG 900's, 9-3's and 9-5's. They offer 14-17" wheels even for older SAABs. See their wheel selections on their web site, INDEX of CARS section, Saab--older 4 lug...or go to Ford Focus for most current wheel styles and sizes. These same wheels and sizes, in different offsets are available for older Saabs. [thanks to Gary Allison, General Manager, Ronal USA]. Pricing is available in the "Internet Pricing" section

Ronal Logo
The Mutter-Companie is in Germany... http://www.ronal.de/ 
There's a nice visual catalog there as well. Ronal Logo

Some Sources for Used or NOS SAAB Wheels:

Sports Car Service often have NOS stuff: www.sportscarservice.com
Folks have reported good experiences with getting things like center caps, etc., AND they're starting a new SAAB-oriented wheel service, Viking Wheel Service. They sell reconditioned Saab wheels, repair and powdercoat all types of wheels. For more information please call Wally Eriksson at +302-764-4041 in Delaware, 866-392-5569 Toll Free (US).

Wheel Collision Center has quite a large selection: www.wheelcollision.com

Goldwing is always worth calling: www.goldwingsaab.com

Always check the Saabnet postings: www.saabnet.com

And don't forget EBAY!

Looking for a hubcap for your SAAB alloy wheel, or a wheel cover for your steel rims? If your local junkyard or SAAB nut doesn't have them, try these folks, April Ezell - Hubcaps.com (800) 826-5880:

Hubcaps.com
Some local (to me!) wheel straightening shops:
MC Wheel, Keene, NH
165 Martel Court
Keene, NH 03431
Toll free, 1-888-MC-WHEEL
Local, 1-(603)-355-3901
markmoran@mindspring.com
Rim & Wheel Works, Inc.
285 Newtonville Avenue
Newton, MA 02460
800-261-0495
rimandwheelworks@earthlink.net

Torque specs for SAAB wheels (incomplete - any help is more than welcomed)
Classic (2-digit, 900, 9000)
New Generation (NG900 or GM900, 9-3, 9-5)

9000 models 1994-98 90 ft-lbs
9000 models 1986-93 90 ft-lbs
900 models 1988-93/94 convertible 90 ft-lbs
900 models 1979-87 80 ft-lbs
99 models 1969-80 80 ft-lbs
95 & 96 V4 models 1967-80 58-72 ft-lbs
97 (Sonett) models 1966-70 58-72 ft-lbs

900 models 1995-98 80 ft-lbs (Steel Wheels)
900 models 1995-98 85 ft-lbs (Aluminum Wheels)

Saab 9-3 / 9-5 1999-03 80 ft-lbs


Just what does all the verbiage on the sidewall mean?

Speed Ratings

M... 130 km/h / 81 mph
N... 140 km/h / 87 mph*
P... 150kmh / 93mph
Q... 160kmh / 100mph
R... 170kmh / 106mph
S... 180kmh / 112mph
T... 190kmh / 118mph
U... 200kmh / 124mph
H... 210kmh / 130mph
V... 240kmh / 149mph
Z... +240kmh / +149mph
W... 270 km/h / 168 mph
Y... 300 km/h / 186 mph

 

*Temporary Spare Tires

Load Index

P195/60R15 87S - The load index (87) is the tire size's assigned numerical value used to compare relative load carrying capabilities. In the case of a stock SAAB 9000 tire, the 87 identifies the tires ability to carry approximately 1,201 pounds. The higher the tire's load index number, the greater its load carrying capacity.

 

 

85 = 1,135 pounds
86 = 1,168 pounds
87 = 1,201 pounds
88 = 1,235 pounds
89 = 1,279 pounds

Treadwear, Traction and Temperature:

The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test track. A tire graded 200 would wear twice as long on the government test course under specified test conditions as one graded 100. It is wrong to link treadwear grades with your projected tire mileage. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use and may vary due to driving habits, service practices, differences in road characteristics and climate.
Traction grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B and C. They represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete.
Temperature grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B and C. These represent the tire's resistance to the generation of heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel.
For both Traction and Temperature, A = Best, B = Intermediate and C = Acceptable

More Tire Trivia - R is for Radial!

A "B" in place of the "R" would mean the tire is of belted bias construction. A "D" in place of the "R" means diagonal bias construction.
P=Passenger Car, as in "P185". LT=Light Truck, as in "LT235"


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