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I'm really close to ordering my R5 wheels from evolve. part of me says 18 x 8,5 all around seems like the best choice , but part of me really wants a 18 x 9,5 in the rear w/ 265 35 18 (call me stupid because it's FWD) just the same. I know at least one S40 awd dude has this but any fwd V50 people have this? photos please, am I going to be the first?
 

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Why would you do this? The car will understeer even more than it already does if you do... <p>Just run the same in both front and rear. Based on what I see you should at least be able to run a 245 in the front and rear. <p>But you realize there's no reason to run wider tires unless you're going to track or autox your car, right? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><br>-Chris
 

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To add, I've heard some arguments for going wide in front and more NARROW in back (205 stock width, or even narrower???!!!) to optimize FWD sport driving. Perhaps even going to a HIGHER offset in the back might help the turning sharpness. Safety becomes an issue eventually, of course.<p>V50_T5, are going to keep your V50 when you get the GTO? Somehow I thought the V50 was history.<p>(You can see from other postings and my signature I eventually chose 17x7.5 Shuk wheels with 225/45/17. Pretty much just like Evolve R5 except 3 mm closer to stock offset. I'm really happy with the change!)<p>Bassman<br>
 

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Ok, thanks, now I'm starting to think this over. I guess, the BEST route would be 18 x 8,5 all around w / the 235 40 18s that I already have. thanks for the feedback. <p>BTW , I didn't sell the V50 . I had the bsr stage 3 on the way and had to turn down a real good deal (twice!) while I may not be the best business man, I'm glad I kept the Volvo. GTO is actually on the back burner for the time being, I'm going to concentrait on the V50 for now. speaking of signitures , I should probably change mine. <p>A few years ago, I almost had centerline custom build 2 forged 17 x 5,5 to go with a 175 55 17 on the rear of my sunfire.(17 x7s w 225 45 17s) up front. odd sized tire? yes the opel speedster runs this size up front. too bad the load rating was like 80 where as I needed at least an 84. would have been OK IMO for Drag racing.
 

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Staggered offset can look really good but yes it will change your handling so depends what your into. My recomendation is if you DO go staggered is go staggered LOOK as in, keep the wheel width the same but change the offset so you can still rotate the tires with some effort.<p>Honestly though, really there's no use to go staggered other than for looks (obviously) and the wheel design doesn't have any lip there's really no point. I ran staggered on another car but it was noticable as the rear had more of a lip than the front.<p>Good luck.
 

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Yes. One company that I know of that does this is Axis. They make something called an Maxis lip, which adjusts the offset, but not the width. They don't have Volvo fitments, but they are willing to measure the car and custom drill them if the backspacing will clear the calipers.<p>I just bought some 19" MOD rims from them that they custom drilled. I didn't have time to have them measure for a staggered fitment so I have standard all around. But they gave me the option to do it, if I wanted to.<p>If you want, talk to Mark Singer. He was very helpful and gave me a great deal in my opinion. <A HREF="http://www.axiswheels.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.axiswheels.com</A>.<p>Oh, if you need to get custom drilled, they will only do it on rims that have center covers over the lugs, because the drilling process is not pretty. If you REALLY want, they will drill an exposed lug rim, but they won't guarantee the quality of the drilling.
 
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