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Do 205/55 r16 tires rub on a S70/V70 ?

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Do 205/55 r16 tires rub on a S70/V70 ?

Postby iapalategi » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:22 pm

Hi! I know 205/55 r16 tires do rub on the 850, but do they in the S70/V70 ? Has anyone experience with them ? I'm planning to replace my 205/50's with 205/55's, and any feedback will be apreciated.

Regards from north Spain,

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Postby MadeInJapan » Sat Aug 19, 2006 12:43 am

Great fit...that's what I have on my S70. Enjoy your new tires!
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Postby JRL » Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:41 am

They do NOT rub on an 850 as they are standard tires on T5's and 850 turbos.
The only way they could rub is with incorrect aftermarket wheels
(Also standard on S and V 70's, (T5's and R's)

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Postby iapalategi » Sat Aug 19, 2006 12:37 pm

Thanks for the replys. JRL, are you sure you have not misread the tire size ? Standard tires in the 850 T5, S70 T5 and V70 are 205/50 r16, and not 205/55 r16. You can read at http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/tips.php , where it says:


"My 850 has 205/55/16's on it, and they rub the wheel wells a bit on tight turns. The official size is 205/50/16, but these are hard to find, and this post if for all you who run the larger size..."

I have even seen photos of 850's with rubbing marks due to 205/55 r16 tires. Are you sure that this is only due to aftermarket rims ?

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Postby 64pvolvo1800 » Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:24 am

My 98 S70 T5M came from the factory with Michelin XGT V4 205-55-16 tires. No rubbing.

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Postby JRL » Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:07 am

Er, NO!
Standard size is 205/55/16, has been for years.
Some EARLY (94-95) 850's had 205/50/16, Volvo had to replace too many bent wheels. NO S70 ever had 50's standard
Your car should not rub with the proper wheel or you have something else going on with your car.
I run 215/45/17's and I don't rub whatsoever

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Postby MadeInJapan » Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:50 am

Jim, you are correct about the '93-'95 having the smaller tires (205-50-16) which changed in '96 to larger tires iirc. Anyway, we were one of the '94 owners who had bent rims from the smaller tires and received $500 in cash from Volvo (due to a class-action suit?) to put the "55" size tires on our car. We then did have some rubbing but really not bad at all. Here's a write-up on what to expect when you put the "55" size on an 850 (this was written pre-'96 so '93'-''95's were the cars of concern):
http://www.volvospeed.com/Repair/2055516.php

Do not put 205-50-16's on an S/V70 (use 205-55-16 if unless you're upgrading to a larger wheel size)....if you have alloy rims, you will get some bent rims especially if you live in an area with lots of pot holes.
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Postby iapalategi » Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:08 pm

"Do not put 205-55-16's on an S/V70 (use 205-55-16 if unless you're upgrading to a larger wheel size)....if you have alloy rims, you will get some bent rims especially if you live in an area with lots of pot holes."

Did you mean do not put 205/55's or 205/50 ? I am from Spain and I believe the v70 and s70's here came with 205/50 .. but anyway, I am glad to hear 205/55's are ok for the car. Those tires are a lot cheaper and will give me the softer ride I need in my T5.

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Postby MadeInJapan » Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:45 pm

Sorry about that, it was late and I didn't notice my mistake. The post has been edited and corrected.
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Postby iapalategi » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:43 pm

thanks to all!!


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