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I found this site yesterday and spent HOURS looking through the S60 forum, as I'm about to order my 1st Volvo. My company car is up for renewal and after borrowing an S60 D5 SE last weekend I fell in love and cancelled the Audi A4 test drive.<P>I had decided EXACTLY what I wanted and was ready to order....and then I saw Iceman's Silver S60 with the Thor(!?) wheels in the 'Dilemma: Silver or Nautic Blue' post. They seem to look much better when you have an angled view of them, compared with the flat view in the brochure. And now I'm not sure, you people seem really helpful and I know that I can rely on you to help me make up my mind!?<P>For Tethys:<BR>Look awesome & really distinctive<P>For Thor:<BR>Less common (in the UK) as Tethys<BR>Might be easier to keep clean!?<P>BTW For those of you who are interested. I'm ordering an S60 D5 SE in Silver, Off Black Leather sports seats 9A70 & mesh trim. Winter pack, Space Ball Gear knob & integrated hands free kit. Oh!! & sports suspension!!<p>[This message has been edited by JC-UK (edited 04-11-2002).]
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JC-UK:<BR>[Bhelp me make up my mind!?<P>For Tethys:<BR>Look awesome & really distinctive<P>[/B]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><B>TETHYS</B> baby!!!!<P>Here in the US, one cannot get the "THOR" alloys unless he/she orders an S60 AWD or V70 AWD. Oh, and they are going to be part of the 75th Anniversary package on the 2002.5 S80 T6.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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Hey, Yannis...<P>(slightly off topic) How did you get your Tethys for your V70? I didn't know that was an option.<P>Damn you! You've get me looking (and caring about) wheels now. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B> <BR>TETHYS</B> baby!!!!<BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yup Yup~!
 

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JC-UK<P>Welcome to Swedespeed!<P>I think that I would go with Tethys, even though they look hard as heck to clean. Thor wheels look great as well. Just to throw something else into the mix, have you considered Amalthea? I think they would look great on a Silver S60. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P><B>Amalthea</B><P> <IMG SRC="http://ebay-images.autotrader.com/images/auction/2002/04/08/79607/04_YV1RS53D412064314_1018279640798.jpg"> <P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 04-11-2002).]
 

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Don't be fooled by the Thors being easy to clean...they aren't. I have the Thors on my 2002 T5 and I chose them over the Tethys because I find them to be a little more shiny than the Tethys. A better contrast with the Black Saphire. With that being said, I almost went with silver and if I did, it would have been Tethys, I just think it looks mega with the Silver Metallic. <P>In Canada, when you order the Sport Suspension (which includes the DSTC) it comes with the Thor. Not many have this wheel and many go with the Tethys, a stand alone option which is also available on the 2.4T.<P>I get peeved at all the mags complaining about the suspension (soft) of the T5. They always test it with the Tethys wheel and automatically assume it has the Sport Suspension. Not so.
 

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Thanks InDy! Amalthea look great but unfortunately they aren't available in the UK.<P>But hey! You're supposed to be helping me, not making my decision harder!! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>I'm just not sure about Tethys! Although they look great the are probably the most common S60 Volvo wheel in the UK.
 

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JC-UK,<P>You know I'm going to say Thor since its my vehicle you saw them on. I prefer them to the Tethys since the Tethys is much more common here. I have yet to see another S60 with Thor wheels outside of the Volvo lot.<P>I don't have much problem cleaning them. A little Simple Green and the brake dust comes right off.<P>Having said that, I love the Amalthea wheels as well. If I get a V70 for my wife next year I'm getting the Amalthea's on it.<P>Its a tough choice but getting any of the three 17" wheels described will be a good choice.<P>Pat<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by daimoni:<BR><B>Hey, Yannis...<P>(slightly off topic) How did you get your Tethys for your V70? I didn't know that was an option.<P>Damn you! You've get me looking (and caring about) wheels now. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Well, that is one of the perks of being in charge of more a 100+ new car inventory...I can do whatever I want as long I do not butcher cars. I had my eyes on Tethys long before my car came in (had to custom order it), so for 7-8 weeks I contemplated and agonized as to which wheel would look better. I have to admit that it looked pretty good with the Amaltheas that it came with but since I was torn I went with my original thought...just like answering a multiple choice question; always go with your FIRST answer! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>JC-UK<P>Welcome to Swedespeed!<P>I think that I would go with Tethys, even though they look hard as heck to clean. [This message has been edited by InDy (edited 04-11-2002).]</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Drew,<P>they are not as hard to clean as they seem. All you need is <I>consistent</I> cleaning (meaning not letting the brake dust harden, rinse once a week with a hose) and a nice, thick brush...just dip inside a bucket with soapy water and run it through the spokes. You don't have to sit there and clean each pair of spokes.<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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JC, <BR>Personally - I'd go with Thor's. I have them on my T5 SE. Goes very nicely with the Dark Grey Pearl paint.<BR>In my opinion, they look much easier to clean! Can't comment if that's true or not.<BR>They don't look as bad when they're dirty - and Thetys look terrible when they're dirty!<BR>In the UK, you're right, every SE you see has Thetys, Thor will be much rarer.<BR>Someone mentioned the Amalthea but as you say, if they're not on the UK brochures you have to treat them as an accessory purchase and the dealer won't give you a full credit for the 4 wheels the car comes with :-(<BR>On the down side, I whacked a pothole and bent one rim out of shape. It was a bad pothole but I don't know if the Thetys would have been any better. Cost me £500 for a new wheel and tyre. I'm currently in "negotiation" with the local council about a refund - that should take about a year!<BR>
 

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Hi JC<BR>Not another S60 in Yorkshire! One thing that appeals to me is that they are less common that A4 and BMW3, so why don't you re-arrange A4 test drive!<BR>I've gone for the Tethys for my D5 SE, not sure why other than they look more distinctive I suppose - just like Volvo generally, understated class. <BR>As I've said before, there's too much choice - the colour selection is bad enough - I've ordered cosmos blue, but since then I rather like silver, but then I've got silver now, so why not have a change. Plus I've gone for arena/oak interior so I think a blue rather than a silver exterior matches best.<BR>Got to be D5 due to new company car tax rules - good performabce and economy and less tax sounds good to me.<BR>I've got an A6 now, I tried another but fancied a change. You're right to cancel A4 test, I found it lightweight and rather too frisky with 1.9TDI engine, whereas S60 feels more solid but still has performance - the car's not underpowered for the (I assume) extra weight.<BR>Mine arrives 1st May, so I might see you around!<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mpeng168:<BR><B><P>Arrakis!<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>What about those...Iraquis? <IMG SRC="http://www.plauder-smilies.de/lol2.gif"> <P><BR>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mpeng168:<BR><B>is this like the Ginger and Mary Ann debate?<P>Arrakis!<P>[This message has been edited by mpeng168 (edited 04-11-2002).]</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I have never seen an S60 with Arrakis wheels, now that would be interesting. I think they look great on the S80. Isn't it strange that they are 17x7 and use 215 tires? I think if I were going for 17's, I would rather have 235's of the 17x7.5 size that the 60/70 17's come with.<P>-Drew
 

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c <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JC-UK:<BR><B>Coladin, You surprise me! What makes the Thors so difficult to clean?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Well, between the spokes it is surprisinly deep and on the spoke itself, take a good look, you have about five creases where dirt settles in. I agree, with someone else who says they don't look as bad dirty as the Tethys.<P>Iceman, since you are in Canuckland, is yours a Sport Suspension model?<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by coladin:<BR><B><BR>Iceman, since you are in Canuckland, is yours a Sport Suspension model?<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope, its an AWD so no sport suspension available unfortunately. And, the ride height is higher than a normal S60 but with the 17" wheels it handles pretty good.<P>Pat<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Iceman:<BR><B> And, the ride height is higher than a normal S60<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>The "higher ride" is negligible...your car is less than .5" higher off the ground than a FWD S60.<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B> <BR>The "higher ride" is negligible...your car is less than .5" higher off the ground than a FWD S60.<P>Yannis<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>According to the review of the S60 AWD on this forum in the road tests section the front is 0.6" and the rear is 1.4" higher than a regular S60. I would say that the two combined would be more than a negligible amount of shift in the center of gravity.<P>Pat<BR><P>
 
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