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ok, so some tires at 225 will fit 17x7" rims. some fender lipping, wheel sensor/speedometer changes, and maybe spacers will be need...anything else? has anyone actually tried this? didn't the c70 have a set of 225-45-17? is there a different sensor for that or just need a little reprogramming?
 

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I just came back from the local import salvage yard and they had a 1997 960 with C70 rims . The tire size was a 225/45/17. The car didn't look to bad with them on .I have a 1997 850 GLT with 17"x7 and the largest tire I could fit was a 215/50/17. I don't think I could fit 225s on my 850 without major lip cutting .<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by petew:<BR><B>until then...just what wheels/tires fit Volvos of any model or vintage...that is still a closely guarded secret!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>While I enjoy your tire size rants, I can't help but wonder if you might have a sizing question of your own. Were your queries ignored on alternatives for the OEM 245 tire size? Were you ridiculed for suggesting 19 inchers on a Volvo? Or did someone tell you 205/55/16 would fit your 850R?<P>What do you want to know?<P>
 

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umm...huh...ok...<P>just wanted to improve the pothole resistance with a thicker 17" tire on my 95 855 turbo (brembo brakes require 17" clearance) so i don't have to be squirming left and right so badly just to avoid them. i know the c70 came with 225-45-17 and optional 18". can't imagine an 850 with 19"...the ride must be horrible. with lowered suspension and stiffer shocks, ouch.
 

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haha =)<P>just wish the old 850/70 series platform had little more fender clearance. i have seen a few 225-45-17, but they don't say what they did to alleviate the fender rub, or off speedometers. the new 70 series have plush 235-45-17, in addition to a chassis being torsionally stiffer. oh well.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by petew:<BR><B>yes! you see steve, I know where you are comming from. but you see, no matter how many times or ways we ask these tire size questions, we get no answers.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Read my post above. I already asked you what you wanted to know, but you seem to enjoy complaining, so don't let me interrupt you.<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>i can only conclude that we are the very first to even consider larger sized tires for our Volvos.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That's true. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif"><P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>anyway steve it's clear that we aren't going to get any help from the gang here.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Not likely now.<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by petew:<BR><B>i checked out your car and it seems they want to steer you towards a narrower tire than they do with the V70.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yes, because the 850 will not accept tires much wider and/or taller than stock. 205/55/16 will rub on a lowered 850. 215/45/17 will rub too. This means that you may have to do some (gasp!) modifications to fit a 225 width that's equally tall. Most people can't be bothered with doing what it takes to fit wider tires, so perhaps this is why you've had a hard time finding information.<P>It's not like you want to squeeze 16x9's on an 850 lowered 3". There's no fender pulling involved. Maybe some fender liner trimming, maybe some fender lip cutting/bending, maybe some small spacers will be necessary.<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>there is another thing to consider besides "fitment"...one of the auto magazines...took a BMW and ran timed laps using three different wheel sizes. it turns out the fastest lap times were turned in by the "stock" 15" tires--both the 16" and the 17" tires weren't able to keep up.<P>the BMW tech rep. said: "well what did you expect? we tuned the suspension for the 15" wheels that came on the car!"</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Larger wheels/tires on a stock suspension have several down sides. They may look funny on some cars depending on tire size. They're usually heavier, so the car will be slower. And they're heavier (did I mention that?), so a stock suspension with soft shocks can't control the unsprung weight nearly as precisely. At least fit some decent sport shocks if you upgrade to a much heavier wheel/tire combo, especially if the car has a few miles on it. If a decision on what tires to buy comes down to a couple of choices, find out which one is lighter.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by petew:<BR><B> *********<P>hey steve, i was posting on the same theme over on the V70 "old" forum and got a confirmation from a '99 V70 owner who's running 225/45/17s and claims no problems. this is the tire size IPD claims to have put on their "lowered" 98V70XC.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>if i remembered correctly, the xc had fenders that were larger for "off-road" use...<P>sigh...stock size on my 95 855 is 205-50-16, not 55. yeah, i've got sport springs and bilstein hds and 5 mm spacers. the 215-45-17 i have up front rubs slightly on the left fender (outer side), not on the right. weird...i'm not that heavy... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">.
 

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I just purchased a set of 225-45-17 tires for my 17 X 8 wheels. I also had the bilsten sports installed today. I'll take some snap shots tomorrow. Finally done=)
 

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I have a 1996 850r. I have been using 225-45 r17 tires mounted to the c70's Cannisto rims. I like the feel much better than the 205-44-r17's that came stock on my Volans. The increased sidewall and better footprint are great. Maybe its slower, but not enough that I would notice. there was a little rub at the beginning on the inner fender wall but that is it. Looks good, rides great.
 

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Original Tire Sizes <BR>195/60-15 <BR>Suggested Tire Size Upgrade <P>205/55-16<BR>205/50-16<BR>205/45-17<BR>215/45-17<BR>225/35-18 <P>Original Tire Sizes <BR>205/55-16 <BR>Suggested Tire Size Upgrade <P>205/50-16<BR>205/45-17<BR>215/40-17<BR>215/45-17<BR>225/35-18<P>Original Tire Sizes <BR>205/50-16<BR>Suggested Tire Size Upgrade <P>205/40-17<BR>205/45-17<BR>215/40-17<BR>215/45-17<BR>225/35-18<P>Upgraded sizes are withing +/- 3% of original tire size<P><BR>For more info see <BR> <A HREF="http://www.volvotuning.com/rims.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.volvotuning.com/rims.html</A> <BR>
 

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i know, just wondering if anyone's tried doing more to help soften up a 17" ride with thicker tires.
 

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Yah I know what you mean. I had $130 fix from a flat spot a manhole cover gave my 17s with 40 profile tires. A bit more cushion could come in handy. Sounds like it can be done. Keep us posted as to how they work for you.<P>
 

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spearzy, u can claim that against ur city. i've done it 3 times and all three times were successful, fully paid (except stupid san francisco took off $50 for a tire that was used 5000 miles).
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by steve s:<BR><B>spearzy, u can claim that against ur city. i've done it 3 times and all three times were successful, fully paid (except stupid san francisco took off $50 for a tire that was used 5000 miles).</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>(!) Wow, I didn't know that. Kinda ticks me off the tire shop didn't let me know about that either. The rim fix was out of my pocket completely. The tire actually bulged but I got a new one for free + a $50 service charge (I can't remember what that was actually for)from the tire shop I bought it from. It was a $275 tire, so I was happy.<P>Next summer I might try different tire sizes because I'm going to go with a lighter make of rim. I like the OZ or Team Dynamic racing type rim and they are quite a bit lighter than my TSWs. I am going to try either 17" x 7" wide rims (vs. my current 17" x 8") or 18" x 7.5" wide. If I go 18"s I definately will over size the tires a little for some cushion.<P><BR>
 
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