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Hi. I'm a recent volvo owner. I picked up a 2000 V70R and love it! I'm looking for a second set of wheels for the car to run snow tires on during the winter.<P>I am wondering if someone can tell me what other volvo wheels will fit my 2000 V70R as I've found the "R" wheels tough to come by. I'd like to find wheels that are the same size as my stock R wheels. <P>I have been digging through wheel sizes and it appears that some of the other V70 models came with 16 inch wheels, but they usually show as 6.5 rims rather than 7 inch wide. Are the R rims in fact 7 inches wide vs. the 6.5 inches for the other V70 model 16" wheels?<P>Also, can someone confirm that the 2000 V70R wheels are 5x108 with 35mm offset and are 16x7? Are the '98 and '99 "R" sizes identical?<P>Thanks in advance for any assistance someone can lend.
 

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I'm not sure of the width, but the 16" wheels should all fit your car. That said, be careful that you buy the tires in a complete set and that they have even wear. Mixing and matching tires with varying degree of wear can cause damage to your viscous coupling system.<P>That said, we have a gallery of Volvo wheels. It's not yet definitive, but it shows some of the wheels that'd fit your car.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/special_cars/wheels/index.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/special_cars/wheels/index.shtml</A>
 

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Hey Guys,<P>I came across this accessories bulletin displaying over 40 different Volvo wheels. Hope this helps. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> <A HREF="http://ostroff.org/volvo/alloy_wheels.pdf" TARGET=_blank>http://ostroff.org/volvo/alloy_wheels.pdf</A> <P>
 

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I own 2 2000R (one for sale Silver w/40K)<BR>and I have just been down this road myself<BR>I recently found some beautiful Titans in 17 x 7<BR>The original wheels are 16 x 6.5 and take 205/55/16. Heed Georges warning about uneven tire wear and rotate with every oil change!!! Volvo has downplayed the importance of this. Also keep in mind that the AWD necessitates UNIDIRECTIONAL tire use...ie front to back and vice versa rotation. With summer tires you may want to make sure you mark last location when you take them off. Same goes for winter tires.<BR>The AWD is always working at 90% front and 10% rear unless wheel spin is detected so front tires get the bulk of the wear.<BR>The 2000R is 6.5x16 with 5 x 108 lug pattern and 35mm offset...there are many options in Volvo wheels and in the aftermarket...Check out TireRack.com for nice examples of fitment of aftermarket with graphics showing the wagon with the wheels.<BR>Have fun with the R!!!<BR>Jim
 

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Thanks everyone for the information. It has been helpful. Thanks Jim for confirming my current wheel size.<P>Great advice on the tire rotations and making sure they are always just front to back rotation with tire going in the same direction.<P>This is a great forum! It's nice to find people so eager to help others.<P>- John
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TravelingIncognito:<BR><B><BR>The AWD is always working at 90% front and 10% rear </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Minor correction: Volvo's viscous coupling AWD system is biased 95% front and 5% rear.<P>Subaru's AWd system is biased 90/10.<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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Yannis<BR>Some other fast talking sales guy gave me this info...but why does that surprise me when I generally am educating the sales gyt instead of the other way around<BR>Thanks<BR>Jim
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TravelingIncognito:<BR><B>Yannis<BR>Some other fast talking sales guy gave me this info...but why does that surprise me when I generally am educating the sales gyt instead of the other way around<BR>Thanks<BR>Jim</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That's the sad part of our business (or one of the sad parts) and in general of the Retail field. I also get very disappointed when I run into uneducated salespeople who not only they don't know what they are talking about but they do not LISTEN to me, in finding out what I exactly want and why I am there. That's why being an EXCELLENT salesperson may be tough because you must "have it" [the innate ability to sell and give excellent customer service) but it is also very easy because the competition is inadequate.<P>I only wish consumers would recognize this and not just go where the "best" price is offered...<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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Jim mentioned above that the AWD necessitates unidirection tire rotation. Could someone explain why the AWD necessitates unidirection tire rotation? I've always rotated tires front to back, but am curious about why AWD necessitates this.<P>The reason I'm curious is that I have a line on some studded tires used one season. They are 205/55/16 BFG Winter Slalom's. Has anyone had any experience with these? They are apparently low mileage tires that were run for a few months on a BMW323i w/ traction control. The gal is checking to see if the dealer marked the tires LF, LR, RF, RR when they were removed. Hence you now know why I'm trying to better understand the unidirectional issue. If they were not marked, should I stay away from these? <P>Thanks in advance once again for any advice.<P>- John
 

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V70R<BR>I vaguely remember getting a supplement to the Owners Manual from Volvo in the mail explaining tire rotation and AWD...I will try to find it...since it is a supplement you may be able to get the info from Volvo.<BR>I'll let you know<BR>Jim
 

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Thanks Jim. Anything you can come up with is helpful. I'll contact my local dealer as well. FWD cars it make sense to go front to back. With AWD it seems you would go front to back, then on the next front to back switch sides of the car. This would promote the most even tire wear. I understand the issue with AWD simply to be that the tires need to be very even in circumference so that it does not bind up the AWD system with some tires trying to turn faster than others.<P>Thanks,<P>John
 

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OK. I spoke with my local Volvo dealer and they said that for FWD cars they rotate only front to back. However, for AWD cars they rotate in an "X" pattern for the most even tire wear. The dealer said this was important for the AWD cars...the X pattern apparently gives a more complete rotation (side to side and front to back) keeping the tires all as close as possible in wear to minimize strain on the AWD system.<P>I hope this information is helpful to others.<P>- John
 
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