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My spacers are backordered, but I'll throw them in the car for this weekend's GTG anyway. I think they're going to look pretty rad on the car. <p><IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/george/steelies_1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/george/steelies_2.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

Wow, George, I really like the look of those. Especially with the red center caps. I'd never considered going the steelies route, but with that look you may have convinced me. I look forward to seeing pics of those on the car.<p>Nicely done,<p>Brian <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

I like those!!! Where can i get some? I'll take those over some 17's. Why do you need spacers?
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps (brickhead)

They are from the P2-based cars (S60, S80, new V70). The offset on the 240 is 20mm and 40mm on regular FWD wheels though P2 wheels tend to be 48mm offset. I'll be posting how the 25mm spacers go and if there's rubbing etc.<p>You can source them several places. I've found them at Tire Rack, Discount Tire Direct and Volvo dealers. The best price I've found is at Discount.<p>I ordered mine from Tire Rack, though it comes with one caveat. They will NOT sell them to you if they know that it is not the correct wheel for the car for liability reasons (that's likely to be so whichever the three you buy from) so use FWD wheels on a RWD car at your own risk. <p>They come in a black finish. I sprayed them silver.<p>George
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps (alterego)

The ones I bought are 16-inch. If I were you I'd call Tire Rack ( <A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com</a> ) or Discount Tire Direct ( <A HREF="http://www.discounttiredirect.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.discounttiredirect.com</a> ). I sourced mine through Tire Rack, but I believe they stock the same wheels.<p>I guess I'd ask you... are you simply looking for replacement wheels for snow tires, or are you looking for steel wheels with that particular look?<p>Here's why. You should be able to find 14-inch steelies virtually everywhere (stock Volvo rims). I have two extras as we speak in my garage. Additionally, most parts yards will have 15" 740 wheels as well that look similar to mine (the round holes) but are the correct offset and won't necessitate spacers like mine will (less cost). If you are interested in those, try <A HREF="http://www.volvousedparts.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvousedparts.com</a> .<p>George
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

I found those wheels on Ebay. The seller is selling them as winter tires.They are blk. Are these the same wheels? Where can i get the 25mm? spacers from? Thanks.
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps (brickhead)

They're backordered right now (my prob). BTW, I'll caution you, I have not fitted them to the car yet, so I can NOT tell you whether they rub, or even fit right with the 25mm spacer, but it "should" fit. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>You can get H&R Spacers from <A HREF="http://www.parts4vws.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.parts4vws.com</a> . <p>Call them and ask for Kristen. She should be able to help you out.
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

its like that with wheels, yuo prayer and hope that the ultimate look will work, somtimes bolt patterns are out by bee's di......... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>michael.
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps (devalmyth)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>its like that with wheels, yuo prayer and hope that the ultimate look will work, somtimes bolt patterns are out by bee's di......... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>michael.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>And that's a small amount. Unless he's a well hung bee.
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

Those wheels look pretty cool. Wish I had them back when I had my trusty 240. Oh well.... I wonder how they'd look as winter wheels on my 855?<p>I saw you mentioned the offset. I wonder if that'd bolt right onto an 850 with no rubbing?
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

George, I applaude you for your creativity. I can't speak for everyone here but it is safe to say that almost all of us would only think of alloy wheels for an upgrade. But your idea works, and it works quite well. In fact I believe that this route stays more inline with the venerable character that a 240 has. I want to shake your hand (figuratively speaking), your idea is fantastic!<p>-Poritz<p>P.S. What is the product number for the center caps that you have and where did you get yours. Also, what kind of paint did you use on the wheels? Rust-Oleum?<BR><BR>
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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps (Poritz)

Thanks man, that's very kind of you. I am also a contributing editor on VWvortex and there are those with theo older cars ( Chris, 83Caddy16V on this board) who've done it with 15-inch Corrado steelies on older VWs. The look is simple, clean and somewhat retro, and the price is right. So when they did it, I just started looking to see how big the steelies got. I've seen 15s for the 700/900. I saw those on an 1800 race prepped car and they looked amazing. That's the look I want.<p>As for my caps, I spotted them in an old 240 sales brochure. They were also found on the 140 series (saw a pristine one at Carlisle with these on it, but his centers didn't have the red paint). I don't know a part number, and if anyone can figure that out, please post.<p>I found mine in the swap meet area at the spring Carlisle Import Auto Show. Generally, it's the guys who sell parts for the older cars (pre 240). There were several vendors there, but the guy with the older stuff was the only one who had them. He had about 20 of them, but they were pretty much all red painted. Now seeing them by the car, I think I am going to leave them red paint.<p>As for paint, I considered powder coating as it is more durable, but that gets pricey and would have cost me more than the wheels. I also considered the paint/bake process (you can find those kits from Eastwood). In the end, I figured I'd try the cheapest route to keep with the "on a budget" nature of this modification. I ended up picking up some wheel specific paint at Pep Boys for $4 a can. It took less than a can to paint all the wheels. This paint is more heat resistant and supposedly more durable than regular paint for wheel use. It's not as bright as I would have chosen initially, but I think it looks good in the end.
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>As for paint... In the end, I figured I'd try the cheapest route to keep with the "on a budget" nature of this modification. I ended up picking up some wheel specific paint at Pep Boys for $4 a can. It took less than a can to paint all the wheels. This paint is more heat resistant and supposedly more durable than regular paint for wheel use. It's not as bright as I would have chosen initially, but I think it looks good in the end.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>I think you should have used more paint. I usually ended up with about 3 coats on my wheels, using a little less than 2 cans for a set.<p>Dupli-Color silver is a bright silver. Give it a try next time. It held up very well on my Virgo wheels, two of which I still use for auto-x.
 

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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps (towerymt)

What was the brand of paint you picked up at Pep Boys, George? Earlier this evening I took advantage of a sale at work to buy some Rust-Oleum Auto Primer and Satin Black Paints. I think that I may go back and exchange for Gloss Black if I think it too dull. I am planning to do this to my 740<p>-Poritz<BR><BR>
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Re: 16" Steelies Painted, w/ Tires, Balanced & Center Caps ([email protected])

I received my spacers in the mail today. The H&R kit comes iwth lug nuts that will fit on the original threading and hold the spacer to the hub. The old nuts hold the wheel to the spacer. They're very good looking. I'm excited to get them on the car. Sadly, it was raining today, and I'll be gone all day tomorrow. I suppose it'll have to wait until this weekend.
 
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