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Hi all, I am driving a 98 V70 LPT with IPD sways, Bilsteins, standard springs, 17x7 comets, and 215/45/17s Yokohama Avids.<p>The ride is a little harsh, but the tyres are very old (both in age and in mileage).<p>Seeing I must replace the tyres very soon:<p><I><B> 1. Will I find the ride more comfortable on NEW tyres?<br> 2. Should I go to 215/50/17s in order to get some more comfort?</B></I><p>Any other suggestions?<p>Thanks everyone!
 

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Re: Another Tyre Topic - 45s or 50s on 17s? (98V70T)

You want a nicer ride... buy Conti Extreme Contacts 215/45/17, a great riding tire for Volvos and they're pretty cheap<br>215/50 is too tall a tire
 

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I believe the factory 17" wheels came with 225/45/17 tires.
 

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Factory came with dinky <B>205/</B>45/17<br>225/45's will fit with the right offset wheel and using a tire brand with a narrow tread block
 

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235,45, 17 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/R410a/shop%20meet/Vovoshopmeet015.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Chilled Man</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">235,45, 17 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/R410a/shop%20meet/Vovoshopmeet015.jpg" BORDER="0"><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, that fills up the ol' fenderwells, but can you turn the wheel?
 

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? no clue so far the car has only been pushed forward and backwards in and out of the garage lol
 

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Thanks Chilled, JRL and BIIIIIG Will! <p>Conti's are very hard to find and expensive here in Oz. <p>Looks like I'll try to find some 215/45s and be happy with that. <p>I just hope that new tyres will result in a less "harsh" ride!<p>Here in Oz, the most available brands are Kumho, Bridgestone, Pirelli and Michelin (not for me).
 

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Re: (98V70T)

Some of these ride hard, be careful
 

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Bridgestone, Pirelli
 

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I just put Kumho a/s on my R and they ride much better than the stock pirelli tires FWIW they are the Kumho ecsta asx and the cost was very reasonable <A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Sizes.jsp?make=Kumho&model=Ecsta+ASX" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com/tires/...a+ASX</A>
 

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Re: (98V70T)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>98V70T</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Also Falken.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you have access to Falken's full line, see if you can get their Azenis ST-115 in the 215/45/17. It's a great tire for daily use. I just replaced my last set, which had about 30K on them. Strong sidewall with decent compliance (I have a lowered suspension, too), quiet (except when they get old, but all tires with performance tread pattern will do that), incredible grip in the wet, and not terribly expensive.
 

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Re: (98V70T)

Do you have General tires over there? I've been given grief because they are inexpensive but I have to say I've been pleased with them on my P2 V70R as 19s and the 17s on my Gen 1 T5.<p>With the 17s on my T5 and H&R springs and I am very pleased with the handling in the dry and wet. With all the heavy rain we've been having the past several weeks, I am getting a lot of seat time and I am pleasantly surprised by their surefooted feel. <p>
 

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Re: (JRL)

Not according to VADIS/VIDA or Volvo they didn't. They all state 225/45/17 though tirerack.com agrees with you about the 205 size.<p>I think I'll be faced with this decision at some point soon as well. 215s or 225s...
 

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Re: (Big Will)

Well, they're wrong.<br>You can do 225's as long as it's not a wide shouldered tire but I have driven a 98 R with them on and you really felt the<I> heaviness</I> of the tire!<br>I prefer 215's as a perfect compromise. They still ride well and handle decently.<p>(Why Volvo put 205's on all 17" R wheels from 95-2000 is beyond me!)
 

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Thanks Jim I appreciate the opinion. I certainly don't want to have a heavy feel in the steering or anything. 215s will probably knock the speedo off a bit more than the 225s so Volvo can re-calibrate that through the VST I guess.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Big Will</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Volvo can re-calibrate that through the VST I guess.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>NOPE, not in the system.<br>They told me if I want then to get involved with this it will cost me (big time)<br>One of my R's, the speedo is off from the factory (even using stock 16's) there was nothing they knew of to fix it and this is Keystone Volvo, one of the better service depts!
 

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Sumotumos 215.45.17 - all my cars with 17" wheels <br><IMG SRC="http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/R410a/shop%20meet/Vovoshopmeet006.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Front <br><IMG SRC="http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/R410a/carlislepics011.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Rear <br><IMG SRC="http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/R410a/carlislepics010.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>NOPE, not in the system.<br>They told me if I want then to get involved with this it will cost me (big time)<br>One of my R's, the speedo is off from the factory (even using stock 16's) there was nothing they knew of to fix it and this is Keystone Volvo, one of the better service depts!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I presume everyone here has used this tire size calculator:<p><A HREF="http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html</A><p>If not, this is a useful tool that will help you figure out how much a size change will throw off your speedo.
 
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