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Hi! If anyone can give me some feedback, I would appreciate it. I'm looking seriously at buying an 01 V40, but I have a couple of hesitations.<P>1. Volvo doesn't offer 16 or 17" rims. Is there a problem with these wider rims fitting in the wheel wale? Does it hinder performance? What size, specifically does fit? About how much should I expect to pay?<P>2. Volvo specs show 160hp, which is higher than my '98 1.8T A4. But the A4 seems be faster off the line. Maybe the V40 is just smoother. Volvo doesn't tell me 0-60mph time. Anyone know what it is for the V40? Are the chips that beneficial?
 

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Hi, some answers<P>1) the wheel diameter is a separate measurement than the wheel width. so there isn't really a tie between the width of the wheel and the diameter. there is a tendency to make wider wheels as the diameter goes up though, so in a way, it is sort of connected. There is also the offset to take into consideration as well.<P>there seems to be quite a few rims available for the s40, because it is in a common bolt size (at least more common than the volvo standard). it's 114.3x4, which fits japanese cars (its a nice carry over from the mitsubishi heritage). But still, the wheel and tire selection needs to be test fitted, since the wheel at a given offset needs to clear the brakes, the interior suspension, and the wheel liner/fender when the suspenion is compressed.<P>I've seen lots of people using 16's and 17's rims. popular sizes are 16x7 et38 or et40, and I don't remember the width of the wheel the guys with 17's are using. But they are out there, rest assured.<P>2) I have a a4 1.8T automatic, and it is without a doubt slower than my S40. I have driven a passat 1.8T with tip extensively, and that seemed to be faster than my a4 as well. The a4 1.8T manual though is much faster than the s40.<P>0-60 times are not based just on horsepower. it is also related to torque (i.e how much force the hp delivers), the gearing (how fast the wheels turn at given engine speeds), the weight of the car (the quattro adds a lot of weight), the transmission (as discussed earlier), the shift points (i.e when and where the computer decides to shift gears in the power band), the applied force (the quattro can lay more power to the ground than a fwd car). etc. I don't remember what the exact times where, but for some reason I thought the Audi a4 1.8T auto 0-60 is like 9.7, and the Volvo S40 is somewhere around the neighborhood of 8.7<P>Chips for the a4 and the s40 bring that number down considerably. there isn't a lot of chips yet available in the US though, I am anxious to chip mine soon. <p>[This message has been edited by joe_flies (edited 02-18-2001).]
 

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Wen,<P>You might also want to check the other discussions in the 40-Series forums. There has been a lot of discussions about wheels and chips recently. The 40-series does use a more common bolt pattern than usual Volvo products, so finding aftermarket wheels should not be a problem at all. You should have have no problem using 16-inch and 17-inch wheels. Check out Tire Rack online, and you can look at a different selection of wheels that will fit the 2001 V40. They also have prices listed for each wheel as well. Check out:<P><A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com" TARGET=_blank>Tire Rack Online</A><P>The S.A.M. chip for the 2001 V40 will bring the horsepower up to 200hp. There are other S.A.M. parts that you can use like the performance air filter and sports exhaust system that will bring the power up to 210hp. With these power upgrades TME in Sweden says the car will do 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds. IPD also offers a lot of parts for the V40 as well. Check them out at:<P><A HREF="http://www.samsteffansson.se/products/volvo/sv40.htm" TARGET=_blank>S.A.M. Steffansson Volvo Tuning</A><P><A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com" TARGET=_blank>IPD USA</A><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.samsteffansson.se/products/volvo/sv40_foto2_stor.jpg"> <P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 02-18-2001).]
 

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A few ideas on rims for the V40 from TireRack... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.intelcities.com/Sportster_Way/DrewSRX/v40rims3.jpg"> <P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 03-01-2001).]
 

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Hello all,<P>I have 17 X 7.5 inch lenso wheels. They first rubbed when i put them on so i had to go down to a smaller tire size. went from 215/45 to 215/40 and everything is fine! Make sure you test out everything before you buy larger wheels! <P>Here's a pic of my wheels!<BR> <A HREF="http://axiswheels.com/images/se7en1.jpg" TARGET=_blank>http://axiswheels.com/images/se7en1.jpg</A>
 
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