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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 » 18 Aug 2006, 21:22

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.

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Postby MadeInJapan » 19 Aug 2006, 00:43

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

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 » 19 Aug 2006, 12:37

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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Tire size

Postby 64pvolvo1800 » 27 Aug 2006, 01:24

My 98 S70 T5M came from the factory with Michelin XGT V4 205-55-16 tires. No rubbing.
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Postby JRL » 27 Aug 2006, 02:07

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 » 27 Aug 2006, 02:50

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 » 27 Aug 2006, 13:08

"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 » 27 Aug 2006, 13:45

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 » 27 Aug 2006, 21:43

thanks to all!!
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Postby dn » 03 Aug 2007, 07:10

Hi,
Not sure if you are still considering large and wide tyres. I have an 850 with 17x7.5" wheels (same offset as OEM) and 215/45 tyres. They rub on tight turns. So I did the following:
1) Check the gap between the steering stops, ie, between the nylon pad (on the control arm) and the bit on the turning knuckle thats supposed to touch the nylon pad, at full lock, both L and R side. The gaps are same - about 1mm.
2) Drill out the rivets that secured the nylon pad to the control arm. I used a wet towel to cool the rivet down every couple of seconds to prevent the nylon pad melting by the heat.
3) After the rivet heads are cut by the drilling, pry out the nylon pad.
4) Use a strong grip plier to twist and pull the remaining parts of the rivets out. Needs some patience here.
5) Use the nylon pad as template, cut a same size 1.5mm thick piece of plasic or metal (I used vinyl) and drill two holes (they are ~5mm diameter).
6) Put the plastic piece sandwiched between the nylon and control arm, pop rivet them to the control arm using new rivets.
7) Apply grease or brake squeal stop to both touching surfaces.
8) Repeat for the other side.
No more rubbing. Whole job took about 3 hours. Forogot to mention jacking up the car and steer the wheels to right when you do the right side, and left when you do the left side. Turning circle diameter is now about 0.5m bigger.
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Humm

Postby equinutok » 18 Sep 2007, 16:32

Ok call me dumb but my wagon has 15" tires on it.
If I understand correctly putting 16" tires on this wagon was an option at the dealership?
What type of damage can adding 16" on this car do?
Does it change MPG or the speedo?
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Re: Humm

Postby MadeInJapan » 18 Sep 2007, 23:40

equinutok wrote: What type of damage can adding 16" on this car do?


Absolutely nothing.
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Re: Do 205/55 r16 tires rub on a S70/V70 ?

Postby LamboSE5 » 08 Aug 2011, 16:17

I've had 205/55/r16's on my '98 S70 Turbo since I bought it about a year ago and they have always rubbed the inner wheel well plastic guard. They have cut right through it.

So what does that suggest? A suspensoin problem, allignment, balance, What!? haha.
It's not a 'little' rubbing either. it's on full turn (or near) steering. I'm litterally looking for tires right now, and was just remembering a thread here about getting 205/50/r16's instead of "55's".. can't remember exactly.

Thanks!
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