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This question concerns mounting SVT Cobra wheels on my 240. It's not like I need them, I just gave her a set of new Virgos nine months ago. <p> My sister's boyfriend has replaced the factory wheels on his SVT Cobra and has offered to sell them to me if they will fit the Vo'. I have heard somewhere that Ford, some Volvos and stangely enough some Ferraris use the same bolt pattern. Whether that's true or not, will his Cobra wheels fit my 240? I don't know the year as I can't remember and do not know Mustangs that well. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emhammer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> I know there are a couple of Mustang owners out there with Volvos that might help, but I wouldn't blame you if you couldn't type a response either from laughing too hard or from being too appalled that someone would actually want to do this! If it works, I'll have new center caps made with the oval and 'Volvo' inside it like the Don Beyer Falls Church parts dept. trucks.
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (kowalski)

Find out the wheel size and offset. Someone might be able to tell you that just from the model year. The bolt pattern is 4x4.5" (114.3mm), so you will need adapters.<p>I'm guessing that they're wide, maybe 8" or 9". If they're only 17x8, you're in good shape. 9" will be pushing it, and you really don't need that much wheel anyway. A 35mm offset or greater would be good. Less than that, and you may need to trim the fender lips in the rear. What size tires did you have in mind?
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (towerymt)

245-45-17's on 8" wheels are what's on them right now. Fortunately, My sister's boyfriend is visiting this week(end) and is here to give me info. The correct year for the car is 1994. If there's any more information you need, I'm sure I can get it from him.<p>Are the 245-45-17's roughly the same overall diameter as the factory rolling stock? I guess I could do the math, but I feel better getting the info and expertise from someone who has more experience no matter how easy it may be to calculate.<p>
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (kowalski)

I suspect 245s might give you some greif. I have 17" x 8" rims with 215 on my 850 that work well. 225s also work good. Not sure how wide a tire the 240 can take but I wouldn't think it would be wider than the 850 wheel wells without modification. See if you can try them out before buying the tires with the rims. Maybe just buy the rims and get some new rubber? I'm not against experimentation and you'll have amazing traction if you pull it off but I would be weiry of that kind of tire width.
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (Spearzy)

You can fit 225s on a 240, with some fender lip rolling in the rear. Bigger than that, you'll need to flare the fenders.
 

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You can fit 245s on the rear, except that 245/45 is a bit too tall without a little modification. Cut or rolled fender lips are required, and an adjustable panhard rod is helpful because the axle needs to be centered. There's a cheap way to create plenty of space in the rear, but I'm not sure on the details. 245/45 won't work on the front because they will hit the lower spring seat, and if you push them out far enough to clear, then they may hit the fender and they will stick out past the fender.<p>Those tires are of little use to a 240 owner.<p>Check out this old thread from the turbobricks board about fitting large tires:<p><A HREF="http://pub122.ezboard.com/fturbobricksfrm4.showMessage?topicID=39.topic" TARGET="_blank">http://pub122.ezboard.com/fturbobricksfrm4.showMessage?topicID=39.topic</a>
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (towerymt)

Much Thanks to you all!<br> I will see what the situation is once I test fit them on the car. I'm sure it wouldn't be too much of a hard thing to get the set brought up to my house by the owner for a test. If they don't work, oh well. I enjoy my Virgos anyway. But I'll be sure to let you all know how things go.
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (kowalski)

Good luck! Let us know how it turns out. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Like your sig. BTW, just watched the dune mini series on DVD, the spice must flow <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (Spearzy)

Thanks. The Mini-series was good, the original is cool and the extended original is really cool and the book is the best. Like most movies (even the good ones) the book is more of a delight. <br> I got the Alan Smithee version taped from a Japanese Laser disc. The bummer is that it has Japanese subtitles throughout the movie. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmilep.gif" BORDER="0"> It's kind of funny though.
 

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Re: Cobra wheels on my 240??? (kowalski)

In 1968 or so Volvo changed the 4 1/2" diameter 5-lug pattern to the less-common 4 1/4" diameter 5-lug pattern. I had a set of 15"x7" Weld Draglites on my 1963 Volvo 122SS, and they were a perfect bolt-on fit without any modifications having to be performed.<p>However, you could have your rotors re-lugged for the 4 1/2" diameter 5-lugg pattern (for a price), yet depending on the offset of the Ford wheels, you may have to either tub the inner fenderwells or use spacers in order for them to fit without rubbing.<p>-he who stacks pork
 
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