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Been thinking about getting some new wheels lately, not to sure what i'd like to get. Any suggestions? Do 18''s make your car slower than 17''s? Should i get wider? Best for the $$$. Which aftermarket wheels allow you to keep the volvo wheel caps? Any suggestions are appreciated <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vinnybob</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Been thinking about getting some new wheels lately, not to sure what i'd like to get. Any suggestions? Do 18''s make your car slower than 17''s? Should i get wider? Best for the $$$. Which aftermarket wheels allow you to keep the volvo wheel caps? Any suggestions are appreciated <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>You don't know what you want? Rim choice is highly personal, what you may like other's wouldn't? Also besides being a S40 what color car do you have? Rim's will look very different on different color cars.<p>18" making a car slower over 17"? Fair question, take the time before choosing a rim and do research, many rims you think would lok nice on your car will probably be unavailable. Volvo has an unusual bolt pattern so choices are limited unless you go custom and spend $$$$. As for being slower it comes down to unsprung weight, cast vs forged and material used.<p>A few Examples.<p>On My 850T5 I went from 7.5"x16" twist with 205/55/16 tires to 8"x18" Antera 143's with 225/35/18 could also have run 225/40/18 but wanted the rubberband look. The ride was way harder, the car ate tires, 14 in 3 yrs at $220 a piece, the rims had to be custom made to fit the Volvo bolt pattern 5x108 and took 12 wks to arrive costing me $4k plus $1k for tires. The tires were 2" wider than the stock tires, didn't have any rubbing issues, the offsets were correct as the rim was only .5" wider the rolling diameterwas also within a eighth of an ince so it didn't affect the speedometer very much. Weight of rims/tires was about 6lbs heavier at each corner, rims are cast yet very strong, never bent a rim.<p>On my current car 04 Audi S4 Avant I have 5 set's of rims, much easier to get that bolt pattern 5x120.<p>Stock 8x18 with 235/40/18 Conti Sport contact2<p>RS6 8x19 with 235/35/19 Falken Azenis115, Heavy rim as it's a knockoff of the Audi rim about 8lbs heavier but $200 cheaper per corner than OEM, Set with tires cost me $1670, have bent one rim and tires are shot with 10k mi.<p>ArtecMK 3pc custom painted staggerd 8.5x19 front with 235/35/19, rears 9.5x19 with 265/30/19, shod with Michelins PS2 $6800 much lighter than stock saving 10-15lbs per corner with tire's mounted. Wanted a deep dish look 3.75" at front 4.75" at rear some rubbing at rear, could be fixed by reducing lip by .5"<p>MilleMilla 9x18 with 235/40/18 or 255/35/18 DunlopSP R compound's for the track FREE from friend otherwise rims $800 and $600 for tires.<p>Incoming Audi RS4 current car rims 8x19 with 245/35/19 tires. About $2800 for the set.<p>You see there are choices, sticking with a 18" set from Volvo will probably be the easiest route even though the rims from a dealer might seem expensive? Going aftermarket without research could get you a set of rims you and anybody else couldn't use, wrong offset or pattern. Find a good shop in your area and have them test fit some stock rims first to see what will work size wise go from there.<br>
 

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I believe you can get Volvo caps for any wheel. I know that Ronal had them when I purchased mine. I chose the Ronals due to the light weight and reasonable price in comparison to some of the other options out there. <p>I got 18s and am quite happy. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by quick at 8:15 PM 8-13-2006</i>
 

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My wheels are large and pretty heavy, but I cannot tell a difference on the butt dyno although logic tells me that the car is going to be slower with more rotational mass. I am not driving a race car, so the minimal speed loss really doesnt matter to me. Just look around and pick a wheel that YOU like, fits well, and is in your price range. Volvo have a very nice selection of OEM wheels that look good, fit perfect, and are reasonable in price. An OEM wheel also may help you during resale or trade in. The Heico Volution wheels are also pretty spiffy.<p>Whatever wheel you pick get something 8" or larger in width, the 8.5" wheels on my car looks super aggressive from the front and rear and help the car handle the corners like it's on rails. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I had this 17 versus 18 question, and I chose 17. awd is right. You need in the end to do what you feel is right. Most people on these forums have been happy with their wheel purchase, but each person didn't do the same thing as the next guy.<p>My own story:<p>- I was in it mostly for performance, not looks<br>- Therefore I wanted<br> lightweight < 19 pounds goal<br> offset no more than 8 mm away from stock<br> 17 or maybe 18 inches<br> 7.5 or may 8 inches wide for 225/45/17 tire<br>- I didn't want the risks of potholes for fear of expensive repairs<br>- The Lancer Evolution uses 17x8 lightweight wheels with 235/45/17 tires, and it drives like a go cart.<p>So in the end I wanted 17x8. Unfortunately, I couldn't find 17x8, and settled with 17x7.5 Shuk wheels with 45 mm offset from tirerack.com. I like them a lot. My butt dyno thinks that the acceleration is a bit better, but I can't be sure.<p>If I had to do it again, I might go with teamracingdynamics custom wheel, 17x8 with 48 mm or even higher offset (52.5 mm stock).<p>Gotta run...<p>Here's a bunch of reading material you can use. There are many other postings. <p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=56334" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=56334</A><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=51346" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=51346</A><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=54471" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=54471</A><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=50980" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=50980</A><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53473" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53473</A><p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=58907" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=58907</A><p>
 

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Re: Wheels? (vinnybob)

You may also want to bookmark the (famous?) tire size calculator from the Miata.net:<p><A HREF="http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html</A><p>Stick to a diameter close to your original unless you want to pay the dealer to adjust your speedometer.
 
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