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Looking into winter wheels for my XC60, I decided to buy new alloy rims as well to avoid damage to OEM rims during tire change process.

My XC60 has 235/60 R18 OEM tires/rims.

TireRack recommends downsizing to a 17" rim and a 65 h/w ratio to give more flexibility. I've also heard this rational from a few colleagues who regularly do this.

Thoughts?
 

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Yep, they are right. Real winter tyres has softer sides, for just keeping grip a bit longer. And when you have smaller rims effect is similar.
 

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I always run winter tires; on my chrysler town and country I've swapped summer/winter on OEM rims and had perfect results in winter. That vehicle has very similar curb weight to my XC60, but obviously different wheelbase/track.

I'll probably go with the downsized rim.
 

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I'm running 17" in winter too. Agree with D5GT for advantages. Also, in icy conditions, chances of sliding and kissing curbs are higher, so more rubber protects there too.
 

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More tire sidewall will also give a softer and quieter ride as well. I am not a fan of large diameter wheels that many new vehicles including Volvos come with.
 

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My xc70 factory summer tires are 235/50/18
The recommended winter size is 235/55/17 ( maintains similar wheel diameter )

I have set of unmounted 17" volvo wheels and a set of barely used snow tires 235/65/17.
These are about 1" taller than 235/55/17.
Other than a slight change in speedometer reading, anything to worry about if I size up my winter tire ?

Thanks - Andy
 
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