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98 V70XC-Do I need to upgrade brakes for 16" wheels

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98 V70XC-Do I need to upgrade brakes for 16" wheels

Post by photoguy » Fri May 10, 2019 1:41 pm

Afternoon.

Sorry, this may be a silly question. I wanrt to move up to 16" oem wheels on my 98 XC, my brakes now are 280mm (front). Would I have to upgrade rotors to larger size? Front & Rear?

Thought I read somewhere, 16" needed larger rotors.

This is my first post, hoping to be here for quite a while.

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Re: 98 V70XC-Do I need to upgrade brakes for 16" wheels

Post by BEJinFbk » Fri May 10, 2019 1:51 pm

Are your rolling diameters going to change?
In a word, no. The car doesn’t care about your
rim size. And your tire OD is pretty limited, so
I wouldn’t worry about brakes


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Re: 98 V70XC-Do I need to upgrade brakes for 16" wheels

Post by photoguy » Fri May 10, 2019 1:56 pm

I really appreciate this. I thought there was a fitment issue, moving up in size, I must've misunderstood the post.

Thank you much!



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Re: 98 V70XC-Do I need to upgrade brakes for 16" wheels

Post by Klausc » Fri May 10, 2019 2:04 pm

302 brakes require 16" or greater wheels due to caliper size. You are just fine with 16".


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Re: 98 V70XC-Do I need to upgrade brakes for 16" wheels

Post by matthew1 » Fri May 10, 2019 2:07 pm

It’s the opposite. Moving down in wheel diameter might cause a change in brake rotor diameter.


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Re: 98 V70XC-Do I need to upgrade brakes for 16" wheels

Post by photoguy » Fri May 10, 2019 2:17 pm

Aaah! I get it now.

Thank you guys!



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