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Got my first non-running alfa home (from in-laws), and checked these...wah wah.
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Today was a good Alfa Romeo day. 6am top up, drove to work into San Francisco. Left work at 4pm 75 deg top down. Best part was I was driving along on the freeway with a new Fiat 124 Spider. He gave me a thumbs up! There has been a lot of debate about the (worse color for a spider) Will the Fiat spider was brown and look great. I hope everyone can get the cars out for the weekend.


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Today was a good Alfa Romeo day. 6am top up, drove to work into San Francisco. Left work at 4pm 75 deg top down. Best part was I was driving along on the freeway with a new Fiat 124 Spider. He gave me a thumbs up! There has been a lot of debate about the (worse color for a spider) Will the Fiat spider was brown and look great. I hope everyone can get the cars out for the weekend.


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Did you ever increase your tire pressures?

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Did you ever increase your tire pressures?



I have not yet, but today I am on it. I run all of the rest of my cars at 32 psi. I am wondering why Alfa is wanting such low tire pressure?


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I have not yet, but today I am on it. I run all of the rest of my cars at 32 psi. I am wondering why Alfa is wanting such low tire pressure?


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For a nice ride on old technology tires?

do 32 front and 30 rear as a starting point. Go haul ***.

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I have not yet, but today I am on it. I run all of the rest of my cars at 32 psi. I am wondering why Alfa is wanting such low tire pressure?


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I believe it's because these cars were designed in an era in which tire pressures were often recommended to be in the 20s psi and the suspensions were designed for that. I find if I inflate them too much, it makes steering lighter but decreases handling.

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I've been progressively lowering my pressures on my 205 Contis. Currently at 30 front, 28 rear. It feels great when scooting along at a sporting pace and seems to have reduced the tendency to tramline.

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I've been progressively lowering my pressures on my 205 Contis. Currently at 30 front, 28 rear. It feels great when scooting along at a sporting pace and seems to have reduced the tendency to tramline.
Yep. He could start there also.

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I've been progressively lowering my pressures on my 205 Contis. Currently at 30 front, 28 rear. It feels great when scooting along at a sporting pace and seems to have reduced the tendency to tramline.
Can you explain why higher pressure in front than rear? Only reason I ask is that my other cars that have different front/rear pressure use higher pressure in the rear. Thanks.

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Higher pressure in the front tires of an understeering car such as our Spiders tends to minimize that tendency to "push" as the higher pressure can give slightly better grip to the front tires making the steering a little more positive. For a car with rearward weight bias higher pressures are sometimes used in the rear tires. Tire pressures might make little difference for "little old lady" drivers. The harder a driver pushes on twisty roads the more important tire pressure becomes in terms of grip and steering response.

Front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and all wheel drive autos generally have differing front and rear tire pressure bias. Carrying heavy loads can also call for juggling the pressures.
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In a nutshell, higher pressures where the higher weight is.

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For a nice ride on old technology tires?

do 32 front and 30 rear as a starting point. Go haul ***.
Air adjustment worked great. 32 in front and 30 in the rear. I noticed it right away when I was backing out of the driveway on to the street. The steering seems lighter and a little easier to turn the wheel at low speed. As luck would have it Crystal Spring Road (short twisty from El Camino to HWY 280) was empty and I was able to test out. Much improved. Thank for the help!

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