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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-03, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Question Tyre woes/ Did the late E series cars ever come with Traction Control?

Did the late (1996 ->) E - Series cars ever come with traction control? I cant remember that they did but a bloke at work swore to god that the EL GT and the EL XR cars had traction control. I don't think that they did. But if they did how tricky would it be to install into a 96 Ghia?

At the moment the sh*t tyres are really letting the rest of the package down. They have no grip what so ever! (Toyo cheap crap) Today in the rain I took off as carefully as I could and the bloody wheels would spin over the white lines at the intersection no matter how gently I accelerated! Not only is it annoying but you look like a tryhard! Plus in the dry they squeal and carry on when cornering. They are at the right pressure and pretty good tread wise.

Could someone recommend some decent tyres and prices? I have some Dunlop tyres on my other car (MKI Capri with 15 inch minilites) that cost a bit ($1000 for a set) but are bloody excellent. However they wont fit on the Falc cause they are too small (205 by 60 me thinks). Anyone got any advice? Thanks

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The first Falcon to be fitted with traction control was the AU Fairmont Ghia. I've wondered to myself if the system could be fitted in an older model, but my 2.7 diff will have to do until then.

I'm not sure what tyres are best, but if you're happy with your Dunlops, maybe ask your local tyre retailer for the same model but in the 205/65 size to fit the Falcon.

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I have run Yokohama A539 225's and they were really good, but wear very quickly. I have just changed to Bridgestone GIII Potenza's which so far have been great, although I have not driven with them in the wet.
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Most EA's came out with traction control. The 3 speed auto, and the 2.77 LSD.......WILL NOT NOT TO SPIN!!!

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Hey, give the Yokohama A539'S a go.

When I first got my car they had a crappy set of tyres on it & it was too easy to spin them when pulling away from the lights in the dry.

Now I have a set of the A539's. The only thing is they wear alot quicker & a little noisier but work really well.


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You can get traction control if your running Motec....

Oh, when I had 215/60/15 A539s I could get wheelspin (LSD) in 3rd gear in the wet. The 235/45/17 FM901s are better, but I still get wheelspin going over the white lines if im not careful in 1st and 2nd when wet. I think adding some weight in the boot may help aid traction?....

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i just put goodyear eagle venturas on my ef and they are great IMO. really quiet and a mean looking tread patern. also they are not too expensive for 205/65 R15
so far no troubles on my completely stock ef
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