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What is the max size rim @ 17" ? 17X7.5 or 17.8?

Also for a non sport suspension model, will 215/45/17 work? What is the max size without rubbing?
 

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I've got 17" x 8" with 215s with no rubbing at all. *see sig*

Some people seem to have 225s with a little rub but not enough to get worried about. 215s are safe though. I imagine correct offset can make all the difference too, especially when cutting it close in size.
 

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What offset do you use?

I suppose if we lower the suspension then 215 will probably rub tho wouldn't it?

hehe btw I am the guy who just mailed you :>

Thanks for the help man, you're great.
 

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Oh, I actually missed the 45 profile part, mine are 40 profile and don't rub, maybe the 45 do a little but I still think with 215s you would be ok. And a little more cushion between the road and rim
 

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quote:

Originally posted by xtremepsionic:
What offset do you use?

I suppose if we lower the suspension then 215 will probably rub tho wouldn't it?

hehe btw I am the guy who just mailed you :>

Thanks for the help man, you're great.
No problem!

I actually don't know my offset, I ordered the rim speced to the 850 GLE so it just came with four ring spacers to fit inbetween the rim and hub. Next time I'm the place where I bought them I'll see if I can look it up for you.
Cheers.


Oh, they may rub a little depending on how much drop the new suspension would have. I think an inch would still not rub. Have to try and find out I guess!
 

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hehe thats right, I've heard some people say they blew out their 40 series tires so I was a bit worried.. but they look nicer tho
 

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ah, no wonder why your wheels looks a bit budged out than mine.

so how does these 17 inch wheels differ in terms of performance and feel over the stock?
 

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Well considering 15" steel rims came with the car (now winter wheels) it feels like a totaly different car! A little bit stiffer, doesn't have near the body roll in a corner despite the same suspension set-up. Also oogles of grip, I can take corners comfortably (without sliding) no joke about 40% faster, this is in conjunction with V rated tires too. My 15" rims have cheap Canadian tire tires so the comparison results aren't exactly surprising.
15" rims - came with the car.
17" rims - $1600 cnd
15" tires - $50 dollars per tire
17" tires (V rated) - $275 cnd per tire

So all in all it was a $2700 upgrade. I am sure glad they make the difference I thought they would!!!


Check out the "chip for 10 valve" thread if you want to see more pics and different angles.
 

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215-40-17 most likely won't rub, 215-45-17 may or maynot, differs. a side note u may wanna consider is if ur area is pothole ridden or lousy pavement exists... 215-40-17 may not have enough load rating to withstand all that pounding and result in blown tires. offset is anywhere from 35mm-43mm...check this out perhaps at tires.com
 

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so what is the recommended load rating for a volvo 850 wagon?

I couldn't find it in the owner's manual, however it does seem that a 40 series tire porbably doesn't have enough @ only 83 (1074lbs)

The tires I have currently are Goodyear Eagle HP with load raiting of 87 (1190lbs)
 

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I drive an 850r and I wasn't so thrilled with the rough ride on the 205's. I put on the Cannisto rims from the C70. I am riding on 225/45 r17. A little rub on hard turns but I can't tell you how much better the ride feels. Increased sidewall, more rubber on the road. Pretty cool looking too.
 

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To be sure, there is a little bit of rubbing on the plastic liner on the outer wheel wells, but it never bothered me that much. At some point, it wears as much as its going to wear but it never rubbed so much as to bulge out the outer fender or anything like that. I'll be honest, though, the increased sidewall is great. For the record, I have an unused set of Pirelli P-Zeros for anybody that wants them.
 
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