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The picts are from last week's snow here in D.C. I got the rims on the day before. I think my tire pressure was too high, 32psi. They were less responsive laterally than I anticipated. I'll drop the pressure to 28psi and see if that helps on the next snow fall.<p>My wife said I need to find some 16" hub caps. Nah, kinda gives it the MadMax look. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.icstew.com/v70R/steels_01.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.icstew.com/v70R/steels_02.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.icstew.com/v70R/steels_03.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (83caddy16v)

Yea, skip the hub caps!<p>
 

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Do I see a tire flap or mud guard inboard of the rear wheel? I think Saabs used to have them also.
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (Wayne T5)

yup, there are flaps back there. those help with downforce, yeah that's what they do improve downforcee. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (83caddy16v)

wow Chris, the R looks very baaaaad like that..<p>you gotta get the black leather pants...<p>...those rims and snows look way better than the 17" Satellite R rims<p>it's very cool...very stylin'<p>i think you've stumbled on to something...now where did you get those steel 16" rims?!<p>so you went with the WR50s....like 'em?<p>i decided on the LM22 but couldn't get them mounted in time for the 8" we got here. ended-up driving around with my summer set of well-worn Y-speed Pilots and the set of brand-new LM22's riding in the back still sealed in their plastic bags. <p> pisser was that the summer tires worked suprisingly well in the snow and ice! of course, stopping was a bit dodgey but had no problems with traction and steering...these AWD Rs are great snow cars! had some big fun spinning the car in a parking lot and fish-tailing around the neighborhood...still, not as much fun as a RWD car in the snow...(sigh).<p>anyway now i have the LM22 Blizzaks on and i think it reached 50F today when we went out for the x-mas tree...haven't even thought about shopping yet...got nine days to wait for a storm to clear out the mall.<p>i have a feeling we've seen the last snowfall of this season...which means i'll have to do all my x-mas shopping at the corner 7-11....or there's always the drugstore...you'd be surprised how inspired you can get on Christmas Eve in an all-night drugstore when you're shopping for the wife and kids!<p>yesterday i received the photos of the Y2K R dual exhaust system next to the TME dual system. just need a place to host them.<p>oh, and i'm running the Blizzaks at 41psi all around...<p>the horror!<p>happy solstice<p>pete<p><BR><BR>
[Modified by petew, 7:36 PM 12-15-2002]
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (petew)

LOL, always the joker. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>WR50s had great forward traction. I think I suprised a few folks when I launched away from a couple snow filled stoplights-- where is that Z06 Corvette now, huh? <p>The WR50s are a little lofty on dry roads-- there is a definate wiggle when we walk as compared to the 17" Nittos or Pilots. I have switched back to the Pilots for now and will try them when it snows again... it better snow again.<p>On that snow day, when I dropped of my son at day care a BMW 5 series wagon owner said to me "It's nice to see someone else who appreciates snow tires." His car also had a set on a set snow tires, although they were on BMW rims. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcrook.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>tires & rims fresh from TireRack. I'm glad I went with 16s. I have since measured my brakes and I've got the 12" (302mm) discs and I think 15s would have been a tad small.<p>41psi? hmm, that is track pressure there but maybe I'll give it a shot. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Email me the picts and I'll host'em & post'em for you.<p>Cheers,<br>Chris<p><br>
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (83caddy16v)

Chris,<p>Your wagon looks bad-arse like that man. How is the AWD system performing in the snow BTW?<p>Oh also, the reason that Volvo's and Saab's have that in-board flap is not really for downforce. It is there to help keep debris away from the rear rotors and brake system.<p>-Drew
 

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you know I was joking about downforce right? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I was very happy with the AWD system. I have owned several AWD cars, SVX, Legacy, Eclipse GSX -- I didn't drive my S4 in the snow to see how it drove. The Mistu was a frickn' tank and a blast in the snow (Blizzard of '96)-- had great confidence with it. <p>The V70 performed excellent in the snow - pulled straight even when I gunned the throttle...unlike my former SVX that would kick out the rear end. I hope we get some more snow so I can get more experience with the Volvo AWD system.<br>
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (83caddy16v)

Wow, you switch them back based on the weather? Boy, I really am a slacker- I put the Gislaveds on in December and take 'em off in March. But then again, we get a little more snow in Upstate NY. Happy Holidays!
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (Wayne T5)

if there is an opportunity to escape diaper changing duty I am all over it. Honey, I need to change the tires back. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>you know I was joking about downforce right? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"><br><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>DOH!<p>-Homer Simpson a.k.a. Drew<p>
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (83caddy16v)

I recall reading that the larger rotors on R and AWD models required the use of 16" wheels, Chris. Yet, old XC models are also AWD models and came with 15" so I can't reconcile this recollection with reality. Only guess is that XC did not have the same hi-po brake package, but that does not make sense to me since an XC, AWD and R are all close in the heavyweight V70 class. Any insight?
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (mustbejay)

There was a 2000 XC that came with 16" wheels -- I forget the trim package, but that's all it was...trim. I think the main reason the Rs came with improved breaking was to better match the engine's power and the increased chance of the cars being driven harder and the need for improved stopping power. <br>
 

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Re: 16" steel wheel picts from first snow fall (83caddy16v)

Reminds me of my '83 with the steelies on there <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmilep.gif" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.itr-nc.com/volvo/wagon1.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>
 
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