The wheel offset is the distance from its hub-mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. If the wheel offset is not correct for the car, the handling can be adversely affected and in most cases will cause severe rubbing. The offset will be one of three types — since the sixties Volvo has pretty much stuck with positive offset wheel designs.
If we’re going to be talking about Volvo wheels and tires, let’s take a quick refresher with some common lingo and sizes thanks to IPD.
With a zero offset, the hub-mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel.
With a postive offset, the hub-mounting surface is toward the front or road/outside side of the wheel. Positive offset wheels are generally found on front wheel drive cars and modern rear drive cars. (That means all Volvos!)
With a negative offset, the hub mounting surface is toward the back or brake side of the wheel centerline. Deep dish wheels will typically feature a negative offset.
Popular Volvo Wheel Offsets* & Hub Bores
*(Offset is also commonly referred to as “ET” and is often stamped on the backside of wheels)
- 850/C-S-V 70 1993-2000 + 35-38mm offset with 65.1 mm hub bores
- S40/V40 2000-2004 + 42mm offset with 67.1mm hub bores
- P1 chassis S40, V50, C30 +43mm offset with 63.4 mm hub bores
- P1 chassis C70 +43mm offset with 63.4 mm hub bores
- S60 2001-2007 + 42mm offset with 65.1 mm hub bores
- V70 2001-2007 + 42mm offset with 65.1 mm hub bores
- S80 1999-2006 + 42mm offset with 65.1 mm hub bores
- XC90 2003-2014 +42mm to 48mm offset with 67.1 mm hub bores
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